Yaesu FTDX101MP

Very nice transceiver. Since the 2019 Hamcation in Orlando, I have been considering stepping up to one. However the more I investigate the differences in my FTDX5000MP I’m beginning to understand the FTDX101MP isn’t the upgrade I was expecting it to be. First off, a band scope means absolutely nothing to me. I have a SDRPplay connected to the 9mHz output of my FTDX5000MP and found I never use the SDRPplay as a band scope. Never. I consider band scopes bait to hook hams into spending money for a feature that in reality does not enhance the performance of the receiver. A band scope is just a shinny object in the water, designed to get your attention. Front panel real estate on the FTDX101MP has been greatly reduced to make room for the 7 inch LCD, thus several of the controls that I constantly use, are now stuffed into the menu system. Not an ideal design for my operating style. Now I discover that the FTDX101MP will not operate in Class A. I’m one of those who strive to have the cleanest transmitted signal possible, and I operate exclusively in Class A when using my OM Power HF2500 amplifier to achieve such.

My conclusion. I’ve been going back and forth for months if I should sell my FTDX5000MP, and purchase the FTDX101MP. After doing additional research and going through the the FTDX101MP manual, I just don’t see enough difference in these 2 rigs that justify the several thousand dollars difference. In one aspect, I’d be going backwards. Make no mistake about it, I like the FTDX101MP. It’s a fine piece of amateur radio gear. If I were using the Yaesu FTDX1200 or FTDX3000, the FTDX101MP would be a huge step forward. However that’s not where I’m at. Maybe I’ll re-visit this after the FTDX102MP is released.

Yaesu FTDX5000MP


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  1. The FTdx101MP is spot on. I had the FTdx5000MP and part exchanged it for a Kenwood TS990S. I thought that would be the last radio I would need to buy. It definitely out-performed the 5000 on RX and it weren’t bad on TX either. Morse was really good as were digi modes, and having the two screens made tuning life a breeze.

    In rolled the FTdx101D. I couldn’t justify dropping from 200 watts to 100, so I decided to wait for the promised MP. And wait, and wait, and…… The it came on the market so I spent a couple of weeks reading all reviews, watching YouTube and the rest. Rob Sherwoods reports were interesting but only slightly interested me, because like the 5000 and 990 only real World use is the test a radio needs.

    I kept everything crossed and part exchanged the 990 for a brand new, fully loaded FTdx101MP. All extra filters were fitted, and all functions tested by Yaesu UK. When I picked up the Radio I opted for an extra speaker and M-100 Desk Mic. Off I trotted from Portsmouth back to Sheffield. Got to add, a brill day at Waters & Stanton and Nevada, and one of the Carriers were in. Brill.

    Got the Radio home, unpacked everything, put it together, connected my antennas, plugged in the power and turned it on. WOW. No other word came to mind. I have 5 strength constant signal on 14.100 and above. With the choice of filters I was able to get rid of the noise completely and I couldn’t believe what it had kept hidden from me. Straight a way I got contacts from Spain and Italy. Took the filters out and they disappeared in the noise. Put the filters back in and out they came. Sherwood was absolutely right about the receive, but unlike the 5000 and 990, the second receiver was as good. I still had my doubts on whether I had made the best choice, and after4 weeks of testing I can confirm it’s the best move I made. The filter such as Contour, NR, Notch, Shift and Width work a lot better than I had with the 5000, and the filtering is a lot cleaner than the 990.

    Now onto the biggest debate, that’s been going on since the middle of 2019. The 3D Scope and touchscreen. Firstly the touchscreen is fast and very precise. The colour is excellent, I only hope that firmware updates might give more options. Everything on the screen is clear and well laid out. The 3D Scope I thought would be a gimmick, but it works. It blasts the scope on the 990 and the one with the 5000MP. When your browsing the frequencies many a time you miss a contact. With the 3D setting you can see a contact that has been active a few seconds ago, line up on the frequency and wait. A few seconds their back. It works Ace.

    Summary. Sometimes I think about the 5000 and 990, because I love my buttons. Give me 2 minutes on the 101 and I realise why I’m over the moon with it. The Radio and extra came to just shy of £5,000, but I figure if it had been made by Icom or Kenwood you could add another £1,000 To £1,500 to the price tag.

    And on that note happy DXing to all.

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