Posts Tagged ‘ft991’
The price here in the UK started out at £1279.95, (e.g. Martin Lynch and Waters and Stanton) which seemed high to me. The rig looks very attractive at the right price, but I think UK dealers are banking on “early adopters” who want a new radio at silly prices. Greed? Who said that? Surely not! Prices are a little cheaper in the USA but not sure of VAT and duty or guarantee. The usual guarantee from the big UK dealers on Yaesu products is 2 years, but it is wise to check. Also, further discounts may be offered if paying cash. I can wait and wait! £999 seems the right price, or even less.
The latest edition of Practical Wireless shows Haydon Communication now selling it at £1099.99. I assume this price includes VAT. I can see others matching or bettering this price when the “early adopters” have had their day.
The rig covers all modes 160m-70cms and includes a limited range internal ATU and a colour touch screen. It also supports Yaesu’s C4FM digital mode. Nice radio, at the right price. I expect the UK price will soon be £999. Wait.
This rig does look like it will be popular, although at a stated UK price of £999 I have my doubts. This seems VERY high to me when the FT840D now sells for £619 before negotiation for a cash deal. UK exchange rates with Japan (£-Yen) have greatly improved, so rig prices should be falling dramatically. At £699, rather than £999 I can see it doing very well. Far less well at £999. In the USA expect to pay $999.
See http://qrznow.com/yaesu-ft-991/ for pictures and a video. I see the rig has now passed FCC testing . I have no news of CE approvals in Europe. Don’t expect we’ll see it in Europe before spring 2015.
I do hope dealers in the UK offer it at a sensible price. Get the price right and you deserve to sell lots of these units. Personally, I’d like to see a 10W or 30W version but doubt this will come in Europe or the USA. Of course, an FT817 replacement might be on the cards? We live in eternal hope.
The first UK price looks like around £999 from Nevada who expect stocks spring/summer 2015. This is more than I was expecting.
This image is the best I could find. The image is located on the Universal Radio site in Ohio and the link to the image will be removed if this is a problem.
I would consider investing in this transceiver, but would be looking for a better price. The FT450D is currently £699 in the UK (even less at MLS £619.95 according to G1KQH) I wonder if they will spin out an FT817 replacement based on the FT991 design? I am sure there would be a good market for a 5-10W version here in the UK.
Has anyone any idea of the likely UK price of this new radio?
It would be excellent if they released one of the low powered versions (normally available in Japan) for UK and Europe too. I think the lower powers are for some Japanese licence classes? It is a lower powered version I quite fancy. 10W or 30W max.
My FT817 units have been excellent buys as have the VX1 and VX2 handhelds. You could call me a Yaesu fan.
I want to concentrate on operating for the next few years. My stroke currently gives me little choice as building and real field experimentation are out of the question, sadly, for a while.
Ever alert Steve G1KQH has spotted that Yaesu launched the new FT991 at the Tokyo Ham Fair in Japan as a replacement for the FT897D. See http://qrznow.com/yaesu-ft-
This looks a very neat, small, multi-band, multi-frequency rig, as long as the price is sensible. In Jaoan, they usually sell a QRP version too. It would be good to see a 20-30W version in Europe too. This would compete well with the (now stopped) IC703 rig by ICOM.
The image is linked from the http://qrznow.com/yaesu-ft-
There is no sign of a replacement for the FT817ND rig. I think Yaesu must have abandoned plans, which is a shame.