I’ve had my FT-991A for over a year now and it’s about time I take a few minutes to pen a review of this rig.
You see the beginnings of my humble shack above. Now on to the review.
I’ve had the FT-991A for over year now and haven’t really had the chance to play with it until we moved into our new house here in Montgomery. The 991A is known as a “Shack in the Box,” as it has both the HF bands/10M/6M as well as 2M and 70cm. Since setting up the shack I’ve made two international contacts and a total of nine contacts. Each contact gave me a great signal report and audio report. The rig is menu driven and takes a bit of learning to get it down. I find it very easy to operate. I’m very happy with the purchase. I’ve only played on the SSB portions of the HF spectrum, though this rig can do so much more. I haven’t played with the digital functions as of yet as I need to do a little learning on how to use them. I’m not using the supplied mic, but rather the Yaesu MD-100 as you see in the above photo. I have recommended this rig to many Operators as a good starting rig.
From the Yaseu.com website:
FT-991A ALL-BAND, MULTIMODE PORTABLE TRANSCEIVER
The FT-991A is the next generation in all mode, all band MF/HF/VHF/UHF transceiver with C4FM (System Fusion) Digital capability. The FT-991A includes multi-mode operation on CW, AM, FM, SSB, and Digital Modes (Packet, PSK31, RTTY, and C4FM), with 100 Watts of HF/50mhz Capability (50 Watts VHF/UHF).
The New FT-991A now includes a high-resolution full color 3.5″ TFT Touch panel for superior operability and visibility, incorporating a High Speed Spectrum and High Resolution real-time scope with ASC (Automatic Spectrum-scope control) built right in.
The FT-991A is designed for the most competitive operating situations, with a suite of new features to enhance the experience. Whether you primarily operate at home, mobile or in the field, the FT-991 will provide outstanding fundamental performance plus give you easy access to the full range of exciting modes available on the ham bands today.
|Real-time Spectrum Scope with Automatic Scope Control (ASC)
Multi-color waterfall display
State of the art 32-bit Digital Signal Processing System
3kHz Roofing Filter for enhanced performance
3.5 Inch Full Color TFT
100 Watts of Solid Performance
Compact, Lightweight & Portable
Internal Automatic Antenna Tuner
High Accuracy TCXO