Yaesu's first fully solid state CAT controllable rig. I have had mine for just a few years with the matching SP-980 speaker. NO HIDDEN features! everything is upfront and personal. the audio is deeper, cleaner and crisper than my newer Yaesu radios. I get nothing but good comments for my audio using the matching MD-1 microphone. The radio is very sensitive to any SWR and you have to finese it to get a full 100 out. I have not hooked it up to my amplifier yet, but hope to soon. In my humble opinion, it is one of the most attractive radios Yaesu has ever produced.
I am very glad I decided to purchase this old radio a few years ago. My intent was to find a vintage, solid state radio for my shack. First, because of its looks. This radio is impressive. Everything is up front. Looks like the instrument panel in an aircraft. With the matching SP-980 speaker, it really is a show piece. Rx audio is better than my newer rigs including the FT-1000MP Mk V and the FT-950. Rich audio. I enjoy just listening. Matched with the MD-1 mic, my signal and audio reports are as good or better than using the equalizers in the other radios. Runs a little hot due to the power supply, so I only use if for special occasions. This is not a technical review on performance. However, if you are looking for an impressive edition for your collection, this is The Radio.
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