Yaesu FT991 issues?

The price is certainly falling for this rig, but quite a few people have expressed disappointment. I cannot comment on these reports. Some are disappointed saying it is, “cheaply made”.

This is a trend of our age: I have noticed that M&S underpants are now thinner and not as good. My wife recently bought a coat (not M&S) and this was thinner than the one it replaced.  No, making goods to fit a price seems to be the way things are today, rather than built to last. This says lots about our “consumer society”. Things are not made to last any more: they are designed to wear out or fail so we buy new items.

This is a state of affairs that ultimately cannot last.

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

5 Responses to “Yaesu FT991 issues?”

  • peter kg5wy:

    Well said.

  • harry k7zov:

    Radios, cloths, cars, computers, cellphones and the list goes on and on. Cheap and made to last long enough for the next pretty package. Nothing to pass on to the next generation. It will all be in a land fill. You hit it on the head. Problem is how do we fix it? That’s the real problem…

  • Andy G3UEQ:

    Agree in principle, however if things were built to last, we would not have the drive for “progress” in innovation, motivation, still China is getting expensive to produce stuff now, we will see how India and South America get on in the future.

  • Jim kb1qif:

    So what is yaesu going to do about this product/problem. What is the problem with the radio?

  • Stan PA8C:

    There are numerous people who bought a FT-991. It seems there have been a series of about 15 units that were shipped to the UK earlier this year by Yeasu Japan and seem to have hit the consumer market. These units suffer from extreme bad AM that cannot be solved by the owner. I know of one case in The Netherlands where the owner communicated directly with Yeasu UK and after a lot of problems Yeasu UK decided to replace the defective unit with a brand new one.

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