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Yaesu FT 991A vs Icom IC 7300 - Which Radio Should You Buy?

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK7HH, Aug 5, 2021.

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  1. VK7HH

    VK7HH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I get asked this question a lot!

    Which radio should you buy? The Yaesu FT-991A or the Icom IC-7300, both great radios for the starting ham. In this video I hope to answer that question and show the key similarities, differences and specifications that I looked at when comparing the two radios.

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  2. K9GLS

    K9GLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wonder how many hundreds of videos are already out there about the same topic? And every one will give a different answer.
    NH7R, KA4DPO, W4AFK and 11 others like this.
  3. F1TIO

    F1TIO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think the best solution to tell the difference is to buy the two tranceivers:):):)
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  4. W8VIJ

    W8VIJ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I did my research on both radios and decided to buy a IC-7300 and I am very satisfied with its performance and friendly menus for set up on all the modes this radio offers.
    I use Fldigi for BPSK, Olivia, Contestia, DominoEX and several other modes. It was very easy to set up the IC-7300 to operate in D-SSB mode.
    You can find plenty of information on YouTube about both radios. I viewed WA2IVD Ham Cured Smoke IC-7300 A-Z videos and they were a great help for understanding this radio.
    It is a great level entry radio too.
    It comes down to what you want the radio to do.
    I hope to hear you on the air.
    CX3ABD, W1CZX, KN8DAP and 5 others like this.
  5. KA7CCP

    KA7CCP Ham Member QRZ Page

    there more 7300 for sale after people have had them , I don't see to many 991a for sale , and the 991a is a shack in a box 7300 is not , Yaesu comes with a 3 yr factory warranty the 7300 don't, not a very good comparison
    KB9HGI, K6AEA, KN6DAM and 6 others like this.
  6. N1IPU

    N1IPU Ham Member QRZ Page

    If your not big into 2m/430 SSB then the 7300 is nice. I did like the audio on the 991a better with the stock mike. (listening to other station). I bought the 991a because of that and I like vhf/uhf I sideband. I didn't want to buy two rigs also.
    That being said the menus are just plain stupid on it and a real PITA to get up on digital modes. If someone asked I would tell them to go with the 7300 if they are looking to do mainly HF.
    Would I buy the 991a again? Most likely no. Yaesu has a way to go with user friendly.
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  7. W5CJA

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    Having owned both radios myself, your experience mirrors mine. Still, if on a budget, I would buy the 991 instead of the 7300 if I ALSO wanted VHF/UHF SSB and couldn't afford a second rig. There just aren't many options for 2m/440 radios with SSB.
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  8. PA5COR

    PA5COR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Looked at both got 991A, vhf and uhf, better audio receive better DNR, didn't buy them for the display, Used to Yaesu menu's ( also having FT847 with Collins filters, FT2000=D, and FT100.)
    Easy setup for digital modes, C4FM, working good on HF and 2/70.
    If the Ftdx 10 had 2 and 70 it would have been the choice.
    It didn't so the 991a was the choice.
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  9. W4ZGC

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    I've owned both. I kept the 7300. Maybe it's because I have two 9700s and prefer the UI and capability of running radios remotely, or the waterfall display on the Icom's is superior. The Yaesu is a quality product, built well, but the UI plain sucks.
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  10. KF7DS

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    It's a real personal choice (I operate CW and SSB mostly).

    I too had the 7300 and sold it as I could not get used to the audio (raspy to my ears), and inferior to my 7610 and 705 in that regard

    I like my 991a much better because it is less fatiguing to listen to. Menus are easy once you understand the structure-not difficult
    NH7R, W4FLX, N0ZNA and 8 others like this.

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