[CQ-Contest] FTdx-1101MP Impressions

Jim Brown k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com
Sun Jun 27 17:33:38 EDT 2021

On 6/26/2021 12:23 PM, K9MA wrote:
> 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.

How do you know that? Has someone competent measured these quantities? 
Other recent (last 5 years) Yaesu products have been notorious for bad 
splatter on SSB, and have been notorious for clicks for decades.
> 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

What's a "clarifier?"

> 5. CW Sideband changes when changing bands (?)
> 6. Panadapter lacks averaging mode option

A spectrum display that can't do good averaging is next to useless, and 
a marketing ploy.

73, Jim K9YC

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