New ICOM and Yaesu products at Dayton?

Dayton is often the place where ICOM and Yaesu announce new products. I’d like to see a replacement to the FT817 from Yaesu, but have all but given up hope. Certainly a few years ago they would have released at a time of sunspot peak. As it is, we have years of falling conditions, so not the best “window of opportunity.”

Roger Lapthorn, G3XBM, is a regular contributor to and writes from Cambridge, England.

5 Responses to “New ICOM and Yaesu products at Dayton?”

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good afternoon Roger, I think the addition of another QRP rig would be great and software defined to boot. With condition as they are QRP is alive and well. Elecraft has done great with their KX3 and the recent introduction of the KX2.

  • neil k2neil:

    Since the release of the technologically breaking-through IC-7300, we’ve all been waiting for follow-ups from all the manufacturers, to see with what they’ll replace their beloved line-ups of what suddenly became old-technology.

  • jerry w5kaw:

    well I like the yeasu ft-817 as it is as it comes with hf-440 all mode but I fear they will come out with something that will have less bands and cost more as some of you know the dealers just went up another $40 on this fine radio when in fact it should have went down in price as its been made for a long time so with that in mind if they would make something with the same bands all mode as the 817 with stand alone sdr and make it very small and much cheaper would be great! so I hope we don’t have to pay more to get less!!

  • Walt-N5EQY:

    Its turning into a $$$ game only now.. I guess thats why the Xiegu X108G is becoming the qrp rig of choice over the Yaesu 817 and other qrp rigs amongst the less affluent and new ham ops. Ya think?? I will get a x108g soon as i save up a few more $ in the radio fund.

  • Dave AC8YU:

    There are the LNR LD-5, though not an full HF QRP rig it does operate on 40, 30, 20, 17 and 15M. 3.5 to 8W and all mode functions. It’s a few dollars cheaper the X108G, only has an LCD display.

    I wish Kenwood would come out an all band QRP rig. Doesn’t have to be SDR, but similar to the 817 and in the same price range.

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