Am I going to trade in my Icom 7610 and Icom 7300 for either of the new HF transceivers? No, not anytime soon. I was able to go to the Hamvention in Xenia this year where Yaesu and Kenwood announced new HF transceivers. Yaesu proudly displayed the new FTDx 101D and Kenwood, the new TS-890s.
The 2018 Hamvention was better organized this year and traffic seemed to flow smoother. Even though it rained on and off, the rain showers were not hard and the flea market area was much better then last year. The walkways inside the track were lined with asphalt grindings which made it better when it rained.
There were more golf carts to shuttle people back and forth to the main parking lot and the shuttle buses going from remote parking to the fairgrounds improved. There was a minor glitch again this year with rain. The tractors hauling people from the bus stop got bogged down in mud. They promptly moved the bus stop location to a another spot and things were rolling smoothly once again.
Lots of Hams commented they were very pleased with the improvements. With the addition of a new building for next year; the Hamvention site at the Greene County Fairgrounds will be even better.
New HF Transceivers – Yaesu FTDX 101D
The release date and price on this radio is unknown. We couldn’t find out much about this one. Here’s what I do know and see the video below for a closeup.
The FTDX-101D rear connections are: Ant 1 and Ant 2, Ant 3/Rx, CAT, USB, Meter jack, Ext speaker: A and B, AF-out, REM, Rtty / Data, Linear, Key, Ext ALC, RX out A / Rx out B and GND.
Features mentioned in advertisements:
- SDR Technology and Waterfall Display
- Large Touch Panel precision color display
- Active Band Monitor enables rapid band changes with LED illumination of the operating band
- Independent control of the Main and Sub Bands allows effortless operation for the serious contester needing to move quickly between the amateur bands
- High-Q VC Tuning Front-End
- Main tuning dial for Main and Sub Band frequency control includes an Outer Dial for clarifier, VC tuning, fine tuning or custom settings.
New Yaesu FTDX 101D Video
New HF Transceivers – Kenwood TS-890S
The release date will be late summer and the price is unknown. We couldn’t find out much about this one either.
Users will be able to hook up a panadapter. The Kenwood TS-890S will be similar to the TS 590SG and a separate SDR receiver can be used as a panadapter. (That option will be available with the Yaesu FTDX 101D above too.)
Features from the ads:
- Full Down Conversion RX
- H-mode Mixer
- High C/N 1st LO
- Built-in Roofing Filters 500Hz / 2.7kHz / 6kHz / 15kHz (270Hz Optional)
- 7 Inch Color TFT Display
- Roofing Frequency Sampling Band Scope
- Auto Scroll Mode
- Multi Information System
New Kenwood TS-890S Video
Toshio Torii, Kenwood’s chief engineer for development of TS480,TS2000,TS590,TS890,TS990. Thank you Mr. Torii for your time and presence at the 2018 Hamvention.
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Best 73 – Rich, K0PIR