Review: Yaesu FT-991A

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by N8FVJ, May 24, 2019.

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  1. N8FVJ

    N8FVJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    This remarkable transceiver should be considered. And, if you want HF/VHF/UHF all mode coverage in one transceiver there is no alternate in this power output range and size.

    The Yaesu FT-991A is an excellent transceiver with 160 meters thru 70cm all mode band coverage. It has a built-in antenna tuner (160m thru 10m) and 100 watts output on HF plus 50 watts output on 2m & 70cm. Current draw on 2m & 70cm is 10 amps and 21 amps on HF to 6 meters at 13.8 volts DC. Size is 9" x 3.2" x 9.3" deep. Weight is 9.7lbs.

    Features included a real time Spectrum scope, multi-color Waterfall display, 32 bit DSP, 3kHz roofing filter, standard TCXO for high stability and 3.5" TFT display. USB compatible.

    The waterfall display shows active hams on the band even at low signal strength. The triple conversion (dual on FM) receiver is selective with 20 over S9 signal disappearing at 2.5kHz away. The frequency stability on VHF & UHF is excellent (way superior to the new ICOM IC-9700). The VHF/UHF receiver is as sensitive as it gets. The DNR is excellent without any 'waterfall' sounding artifacts.

    It has 156 menu items on the touch screen, but once set never needs access again. Default settings are fine on most items. I set microphone to 20, compression to 36 and used the microphone EQ for best sound using a Behringer XM8500 desk microphone ($20). It is a very simple transceiver to set up and use. The transmit audio quality is excellent. Even the hand microphone is a good performer audio wise.

    Frankly, this under $1200 transceiver is more like a $2K transceiver considering the features and receiver performance. Receiver performance is meets minimum good ratings on QST reviews. Not a contest machine with dual receiver and other attributes, but more than suitable for reliable communications under tough band conditions.
    WX4SGA, M5DND, KU3X and 1 other person like this.

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