"Web price is best or call"

FT991 from Yaesu

The ongoing saga of the FT991 price fall continues. The phrase in the title is from the latest advert by MLS in Radcom.  It looks like they know the price is too high but are looking to see who drops the price first – a kind of game of “chicken”. The best price advertised is £1139. Meanwhile the FT450D (HF and 6m) is just £499 from Waters and Stanton.  I confidently predict the price of the FT991 from the major retailers will drop to £999, or even less, soon.

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

3 Responses to “"Web price is best or call"”

  • Jeff K3JRZ:

    £1139 ($1782) is outrageous!!! Current list price in the U.S. is $1540 (£984) (Ham Radio Outlet). I bought mine for $1450 (£927) on sale during the Dayton Hamvention sale at Ham Radio Outlet… List price then was $1600 (£1022).

  • jerry w5kaw:

    guys, this stuff is way over priced its a money racket! but I like alinco dx-sr8t as it does what I need it to do! plus have the newest ht by alinco dj-500t and it is very nice as well!! alinco is much more affordable plus buy the desk mic the ems-14 for the dx-sr8t and the audio will be just like you sound in person!

  • Jason - KC5HWB:

    Yes. Yaesu has jacked up all of their prices because they are giving their Fusion repeaters away to clubs at $500 a piece, and clubs here in Texas are buying them up like it is a fire sale. Then, in order to use all of the features, you have to purchase their high-priced radios (newest HT is almost $400) and you are stuck because no one else makes Fusion stuff.

    For a real digital experience, stick with DMR. It works better and you have 37 manufacturers worldwide from which to purchase radios.

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