A Receive Operator's Perspective
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.
- 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.
- Mouse: Yaesu should list a few mice that work. I tried three and failed - horrible missing support for the mouse.
- Resolution: The resolution of the display output is too low and thus the waterfall and external monitor lacks detail.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- No receive antenna input or outputs
SDRUno Software for SDRPlay
What I like about the Yaesu FTDX10 Transceiver.
- Ease of use. The radio is laid out in a way that offers the most commonly used features as dials and buttons.
- Multiple spectrum display options, such as traditional and 3d - with color options.
- Compact size with lots of features
- Full Touch Screen
- Very Good Digital Noise Reduction filter that rivals radios costing thousands more.
- 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.