Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W4CLM, May 19, 2012.
Big time... WRONG!
You think that the same components, Mfg. in China and Twain have any different values if they are in Icom, Kenwood or Yaesu PB's are worth a 150% Increase in Base Retail Cost?
A Resistor is a Resistor Etc. Etc.
Happy to see you have the disposal Cash to spend on the HYPE!!
Cheers-N_Beers or the beverage of your choice.
That's like saying "a bolt is a bolt" while comparing a Honda against a Yugo.
But your point is well-taken. If only in spirit. Like cars, it's more about the price, the features and how it makes us feel, than about the quality.
If you buy any (i.e.) $1000 radio it'll be about the same as any other in the price-range.
Was thinking about one, too... but for $1000 cheaper! Not $3000 to $3500, but $2000 to $2500.
And I'm NOT a cheapskate!
Perhaps I'll keep the 850S, and buy a pan-adapter.
The FCC has to approve (type accept) any ham rig offered for commercial sale in the US even if it's been designed by hams. As a commercial product it has to meet various spectrum quality standards etc. Any US ham can "roll his/her own" -- but if they offer for sale as a commercial product -- it has to be type accepted by the FCC.
I would assume that ZL's licensing authority's requirements are similar.
I don't understand your point. So what? Many high-quality electronics products are produced in China (think Apple). Last time I checked, ham radio was still a global hobby so I would hope that gear is designed and made in many places. Competition is good -- and if the rig meets my high standards I don't care where it's made.
Of which many radio manufacturers can do without the FCC ever seeing the radio. They have on-site facilities to self-approve radios to specs, then submit the paperwork to the FCC. Almost just a formality. Gotta love those open-book tests! 8)
I think it looks like a toy. Maybe a replacement for the FT 950. Not for me. How ANYBODY can say that this looks better than the TS-990 amazes me.
The Chinese have been making stuff for over 5 thousand years. If you get something crappy, it's usually because they build it according to cheapskate USA importers specs.
Just another YAESU gimmick that will disappoint.