19 November 2014

Yaesu FT-991 - full details and pricing

Some time ago I was posting about the replacement for the FT-897 from Yaesu, the FT-991. It is an all-band, all-mode radio with integrated tuner, 3.5" TFT touch display and 32-bit IF DSP.

Recently the Yaesu FT-991 has been listed on various sites and so the pricing has been revealed:

- Gigaparts (USA): US$ 1800 (discounted to 1699)
- Universal Radio (USA): US$ 1800 (discounted to 1699.95)
- Ham Radio Outlet (USA): US$ 1699.95
- Nevada Radio (UK): £ 999.00 (equivalent of US$ 1563)
- Hamshop.nl (Netherlands):  € 1469.00 (equivalent of US$ 1842)

The item is supposed to hit the shelves sometime in the spring of 2015. Of course, prices vary a bit and when there will be availability they will probably settle to a lower value. At the current average listed price I think it's overpriced, partly because of the useless but expensive implementation of C4FM. It's main competitor in the market is the Icom IC-7100 wich retails at about US$ 1275, but has been initially listed (early 2013) around US$ 1600.

There has been created an official page for the FT-991 on the Yaesu website. The user manual can be downloaded at the moment from Hans' (PD0AC) blog but they should pop up on the official website anytime now.

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