Yaesu FTdx10 Review

Yaesu FTdx10 Review

Yaesu FTdx10 Review

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A Receive Operator's Perspective

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Full Review is pending firmware update from Yaesu on the band timer annoyance.


I have been involved in "radio" for most of my life, there is a magic about receiving transmissions from all around our world. As a young person, I discovered a receiver I could listen to AM broadcast without batteries. Over the years I have for the most part tried to stay involved in the hobby. During these many years, I have owned many radios from Icom, Kenwood, Alinco, Elecraft, and Yaesu.

First Up My Wishes That Yaesu would change.

  1. Band Selection: the front band button is timed, but many times the menu disappears before I have an opportunity to touch and select a different band.
  2. Mouse: Yaesu should list a few mice that work. I tried three and failed - horrible missing support for the mouse.
  3. Resolution: The resolution of the display output is too low and thus the waterfall and external monitor lacks detail.
  4. Too Sensitive Dials: The main VFO dial has the ability to be adjusted but the second dial does not and is way too sensitive to touch which makes tuning to a frequency more difficult. In fact, the drag on the main dial is too light for my taste, and the second dial has no adjustments.
  5. Front buttons: Too closely clustered around the tuning dials for larger fingers. I constantly change the frequency when touching the front buttons. One inch wider in the transceiver width would have allowed better spacing on the buttons and still keep the compact size.
  6. Transmit Inhibit/0 watts: No Transmit Inhibit option. As a receiving operator, I do not want to involuntarily transmit and destroy my receive-only antenna.  ICOM and Kenwood implement xmit inhibit in their radios why not Yaesu?
  7. No receive antenna input or outputs

SDRUno Software for SDRPlay

SDRUno Software for SDRPlay

What I like about the Yaesu FTDX10 Transceiver.

  1.  Ease of use. The radio is laid out in a way that offers the most commonly used features as dials and buttons.
  2. Multiple spectrum display options, such as traditional and 3d - with color options.
  3. Compact size with lots of features
  4. Full Touch Screen
  5. Very Good Digital Noise Reduction filter that rivals radios costing thousands more.
  6. Works well with SDRPlay as a pan-adapter with the right 3rd party software (Omni Rig)

Who would like this radio?  People who don't mind a compact radio with close button placement and enjoy touch screens and using menus to make adjustments for radio features. People who prefer a nice transceiver costing below $1800.00 - budget-minded looking big bang for the buck.

Summary:  A very nice compact transceiver with excellent receive sensitivity with reasonably good audio using the built-in speaker. Transmit reports indicate the transmit audio is very nice as well. Not too much to complain about, a few annoyances which could be addressed in firmware if Yaesu listens to their customer base.  Overall a solid radio that is positioned to be a classic compact transeiver.

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