I found a fine offer on the Danish second-hand site ham.brugtgrej.dk. An Yaesu FT-920 was for sale in mint condition. The FM-unit and a 250 Hz CW crystal filter were included. I studied the FT-920 reviews on eham.net before contacting the seller. I bought the transceiver on the spot, and transferred the payment via web banking. A big parcel arrived two days later.
The FT-920 is a medium-class transceiver - it is not a contest machine. As I only participate in contests a few times a year, this transceiver will probably fill my needs.
Here are some pro & contra statements regarding the FT-920:
- There are two VFOs with each their own display
- There are 2 antenna ports and one “receive only” port.
- The DSP works at audio frequencies and can be switched off
- The noise blanker is excellent
- The CW operator is spoiled with functionality
- The RF output can be turned down to the mW level
- The 6m band is included (100 W output)
- The RX is pleasant for long-time listening (according to reviews)
- No 2m/70cm band
- No dual receiver
- No option for SSB crystal filter
- No dedicated transverter port
- No band-scope
- The cabinet is big and heavy
|My new transceiver Yaesu FT-920.|
Time will tell if my new purchase turns out to be a success. Right now, I intend to work JT65/JT9 on HF and collect countries for my future QRP DXCC award.
OZ1BXM Lars Petersen