[CQ-Contest] FTdx-1101MP Impressions

K9MA k9ma at sdellington.us
Sat Jun 26 15:23:46 EDT 2021

I've only had the radio a week or so, but I'm disappointed in it in many 
respects. Now, I'm a CW contester, and I'm fussy, so many others will 
probably not mind what I see as shortcomings. On the other hand, a lot 
of these issues would concern any serious CW contester. There's no 
question that the basic performance of the radio, like receiver dynamic 
range and transmitter IMD, is excellent.

Here's my list:

1. Very loud relays in QSK with separate rx antenna (much quieter with 
common tx/rx antenna)
2. Lack of per band power setting memory
3. AGC allows too much audio variation, no setting (this is strictly a 
personal preference)
4. Clarifier with ring control far too sensitive, even with 5 Hz steps
5. CW Sideband changes when changing bands (?)
6. Panadapter lacks averaging mode option
7. Fan cycles rapidly in rx mode (better to run continuously at low speed)
8. No electret microphone bias setting (wiring required)
9. Roofing filters do not automatically switch when bandwidth is changed

10. Output power still overshoots about 25 percent at 30 W (latest firmware)

All of these, except the microphone bias, could be fixed in firmware. 
And the microphone bias is no big deal, as a resistor and capacitor on 
the mike connector takes care of it. Some of the others, like the 
clacking relays, I can probably fix temporarily with minor hardware 

It would be nice if Yaesu DID listen to it's customers, or even paid 
attention to what one of its competitors has done.

Scott K9MA

Scott  K9MA

k9ma at sdellington.us

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