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So want to pick up a FT-101, which one do I want?

Discussion in 'General Ham Radio Discussion' started by Titan7, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. jon666

    jon666 Sr. Member

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    i paid a massive amount of money for one was supposed to be like new when i got it it was trashed by ups. dumbass seller did not put insurance on it so i lost over 600 \bucks put it in a crate in my closet. o it worked 2 hours after put nos tubes and another 65 bucks
    some day i might fix it. it has am filter in it


     

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    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    ButtFuzz Anti-BS Advocate ● WO0WOO ● Reverend Doctor

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    Unless you are going to use it to kerblast CB'ers on the FCC 40, I would pass altogether.
     
  5. 6meter

    6meter Well-Known Member

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    This is the most important part when considering a radio of this age. If you aren't able to do the work yourself it can be frustrating and expensive.
    On the other hand if a particular radio is on your buck list then you may not be concerned with potential maintenance issues.
    For me I have a Kenwood 830 line that I fire up once in a while.
     
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  6. Staybolt

    Staybolt Well-Known Member

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    I run an old 101b and i like it. Sure its not fancy like the E but fancy isnt important to me.
     
  7. Staybolt

    Staybolt Well-Known Member

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    Yeah i had that issue too when i sold my 101EE. Nobody wanted it because "it twerent ah E" and the ee had an am filter and full compliment of crystals as well as speech processor. Of course the ones that didn't want it because it wasn't the E were all CBers.
     
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  8. AudioShockwav

    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin
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    I still have a 101 B and a E.
    They are both in storage.
    I have not even looked at them in at least 4 years.
    I did have a lot of fun with the 101 many years back running that radio on AM and SSB but to be honest I would not spend any money on one today.
    In fact I would be hard pressed to spend any money on anything built by Yaesu now.
    I used to be a Yaesu fan but that is no longer the case.
    I don't want to be another $1K plus beta tester again.

    73
    Jeff
     
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  9. kopcicle

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    My FT-857 is a wonderful "shack in the box" .
    It's so hard to listen to . It just wears me out.
    I use other receivers and transmit from the 857. Kinda defeats the purpose.
     
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    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin
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    I have the 897D and yes it is a lot of radio in a small package.
    The audio DSP is not that impressive on voice modes , however it is a good little CW rig.
    The nb is almost useless in a mobile.
    The speach processor is a joke.
    Also be aware that if you expand the tx you will lose the auto repeater offsets.
    I got the 897 over the 857 because of how little heatsink there is with the smaller radio.
    I have run it at home, in the mobile (have the mobile bracket) and used it camping many times so I can not say it has not been a good radio , just not a great radio.
    Now it is starting to develop the Zebra syndrome on the display that Yaesu is very aware of and still will not own up to, but will fix for a couple hundred bucks.
    However they will not tell you that sometime down the road it won't fail again.
    I also had a VX5R that was DOA when I bought it new and had to go back before I could even use it.
    The display backlight was too dim and made it hard to read in bright sunlight.
    The printing on the keypad did not last even a year before I had to have that replaced and required you to keep it in a case to prevent it from wearing out again.

    That was followed by a VX7R that the RX sounded like hell from day 1. It also had to go back for a fix that took care of it , but the TX audio was never anything to write home about.
    There was a mod to fix that issue but it involved poking holes in the waterproof membrane over the Mic element..... I was like WTF?
    The water proof feature was one of the selling points of the radio.
    Then about a year later one of the cermanic filters failed in the radio.
    I had that fixed and i threw in the towel and got rid of it.
    All of this has left a bad taste in my mouth for any Yaesu branded products.

    73
    Jeff
     
  11. ahamoperator

    ahamoperator peanut whistle

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    give the ftdx-101D a try and tell us how you like it?
     
  12. oldtymer

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    Never liked the older Yaesu radios, mainly because they used sweep tubes & were
    a little drifty.
    Their more recent offerings 1200, 3000, 5000 are pretty good.
    The 891 mobile has some good feedback also.
    Also the three year warranty gives the buyer a feeling that they are confident in their
    products.
    I recently picked up a FTDX3000 and am quite pleased with it.Very quiet receiver and
    good tx audio. Time will tell.
     
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  13. 6meter

    6meter Well-Known Member

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    The FT-3000 is a nice looking radio. To me it's a nice layout on the front and with the 3 coax ports has some nice antenna connection options.
     
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