Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by RK3TD, Nov 5, 2009.
It is in a Yaesu ad in December QST! It is going to be coming out in the future!
Ill give you 3 Tootsie Pops, 3 Suckers, and a Tricycle if you buy me one!
Hmmmm........you pay shipping?
But does the receiver perform? It appears that Yaesu is serious, 9mc IF and no up conversion with all those problems, and a decent band monitor... It remains to be seen if the RX is truly bullet proof and the monitor works as good as it looks... The proof is in the testing...
Currently I have a MK-V (with the roofing filter, and the W8JI keyclick/NB mods) and an Orion II... I looked at upgrading the radios, but didn't see anything that I thought was worth the money, so I spent the annual budget on a new amp - but then, if this new Yaehoo is 99 and 44/100% pure, I just might deficit spend next years budget (hey, if it is good enough for the Big O/Reid/Pelosi, it's good enough for me)...
denny / k8do
You are better off waiting a bit anyway.......Give them time to fix any new rig bugs that me be crawling about waiting for discovery.....
I don't like it. The radio is OK but not impressive, the band scope doesn't impress me a bit, it just don't look like they belong together kinda like a cheep add on.
Take another look; 9 MHz IF down-conversion receiver; 99 db 3rd dynamic range +25dbm 3rd order intercept point @ 1khz. There's even a 300Hz roofing filter. That alone speaks volumes. Seems Yaesu's following in the footsteps of TenTec and Elecraft when it comes to receiver design.
If I didn't already own a K3...
Time will tell. I would be refreshing if Yaesu actually took some time on the receiver, and a little less time on adding more buttons.
If the receiver is better then the Orion II, or close, I will be surprised.
They can do it, but they seem to follow the lead of the marketing department. More buzzwords, buttons, and sub-menus.
Personally, I think the big commercial companies should start looking at working on receiver performance. My Mark-V has plenty of buttons, and the sad reality is that my Ten-Tec Corsair's receiver holds up to the Mark-V in every way other then DSP and convenience. In strong signal blocking the Corsair is even a little better. A radio that cost me $180.
Get the receiver performance up, and I would consider upgrading. I don't need more features that I will never use, as the Mark-V has plenty.
In pure performance, Elecraft is blowing them all away with the K3. Do you need that extra performance? Maybe not, but it is worth more to me then more buttons and dependence on an owners manual.
It could be a good rig, if they did it right. K3 performance in a box with good ergomomics would make me save some coin.
But they can keep that bandscope.