Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Yaesu FT-950 On The Air...

Well, I finally broke down and upgraded the old ham radio station here at K6CU. Pictured above is the new radio, a Yaesu FT-950, that arrived today.

The previous radio, a Kenwood TS-850s, is excellent, but there were some new features available on the FT-950 that I wanted to play with.

It's amazing how much progress has been made in the past few years. The new radio is all "digital", with dozens of options (some of which I wasn't even aware of) and many features that have come along recently. If any new changes/improvements are made, they can be downloaded from the Yaesu website and the firmware can be updated from my computer. Amazing!

UPDATE: First contact with the new radio was S9DX on 40 meters cw. S9DX is Sao Tome, and island group just off the west coast of Africa.