Yaesu launches FT991 in Japan

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-991/ .

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-991/ site. The image is NOT resident on this site. Please follow the link for details of this rig. I have no further details.

There is no sign of a replacement for the FT817ND rig. I think Yaesu must have abandoned plans, which is a shame.

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

5 Responses to “Yaesu launches FT991 in Japan”

  • Py2kc:

    Thanks for info!

  • SM0IES:

    Can’t wait for the cost, nearly. I do have a 897D at home, works fine but I think it’s time to upgrade a bit…

  • Pete G6NJR:

    Is someone trying to suggest this is a replacement for the 857D .

    As many people will point out it is hard enough trying to find a place in the modern car for the front of the 857D , So where the heck are we supposed to put that brick if indeed it is removable .

    And those buttons around the main tuning knob people complained about the 857D layout and the small buttons these are many many times worse .

    The 991 may have a few more fancy fangled bells and whistles but not anywhere near enough to make it a viable alternative to the 857D

    Here’s to the 857D living on well past the expiration date of the FT991 .

    Pete G6NJR

  • Jeff K8INA:

    I’m sure everyone knows by now, but the 991 won’t be released in the US until the middle of January and the cost will be, for the time being, $1650.00 USD

  • Geoff VK2GM:

    Still waiting to see this radio connected to a PC. How is the software and the interaction with radio and features?? anyone got some screen shots?

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