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Re: [VHFcontesting] [VHF] New Rig: Yaesu FT-991

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Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] [VHF] New Rig: Yaesu FT-991
From: Sebastian <w4as@bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:06:27 -0400
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I think the new FT-991 is aimed at the FM repeater or casual VHF/UHF user 
because it has a single antenna input for 144/432, and another single antenna 
input for HF/6.

Also no IF output port.

73 de Sebastian, W4AS

> On Aug 28, 2014, at 9:25 AM, Gedas <w8bya@mchsi.com> wrote:
> I have not looked at the ad or formal specs yet but it's about time someone 
> makes a nice new DC to daylight based rig.  I hope they geared it to home use 
> and not portable or mobile use where you have a total of 6 tiny buttons to 
> push to access 9000 sub menus.  Give me a large box for home use with real 
> buttons my fat fingers can use ! hi-hi.
> If they managed to keep the size big enough to be comfortable to use and not 
> follow the trend of making these new idiotic card deck sized rigs, and if 
> they keep the quality and performance high, then this should become very 
> popular and give the TS-2000 a run for the money.
> Gedas, W8BYA
> Gallery at http://w8bya.com
> Light travels faster than sound....
> This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Les Rayburn" <les@highnoonfilm.com>
> To: <vhf@w6yx.stanford.edu>; "VHF Contesting Reflector" 
> <vhfcontesting@contesting.com>
> Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2014 2:16 AM
> Subject: [VHF] New Rig: Yaesu FT-991
>> Looks like Yaesu will be offering a new HF/VHF/UHF "DC to Daylight" rig
>> that may be attractive to weak signal operators. The badly translated
>> press release is listed below, along with a link to a web site where you
>> can find some photos of the unit taken at the Tokyo Ham Fair.
>> One of the photos shows a USB connection on the rear of the rig, along
>> with the more familiar mini-DIN plug for RTTY/DATA. I'd speculate that
>> you'll be able to operate sound card modes directly from the rig without
>> the necessity of an interface. That would make the rig attractive for
>> rovers who might wish to operate WSJT.
>> Hate to see Icom, Yaesu, and I believe Kenwood all introducing different
>> "digital" protocols. I was an early adopter of Icom's D-STAR, but found
>> it lacking in several key areas. I doubt I'd be any more impressed with
>> C4FMDigital. If manufacturers really hope to transition amateur radio
>> into digital modes, they're going to need to agree on a standard, and
>> implement it jointly. Until then, I suspect soundcard based modes will
>> continue to dominate.
>> Otherwise, this looks very promising for weak signal types.
>> ===============================================================
>> http://qrznow.com/yaesu-ft-991/

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