[CQ-Contest] FTdx-101MP Impressions

K9MA k9ma at sdellington.us
Sun Jun 27 19:12:22 EDT 2021

QST/ARRL and Rob Sherwood have tested the radio. The key clicks are definitely gone. 

Clarifier is Yaesu-speak for RIT/XIT.

I agree about the spectrum display averaging. 

Scott K9MA 


Scott Ellington

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> On Jun 27, 2021, at 5:25 PM, Jim Brown <k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com> wrote:
> 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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