Yaesu FT-950 HF and 6 Meter Transceiver
The FT-950 HF/50 MHz transceiver fills a void in Yaesu’s product line. It should appeal to radio amateurs looking for big rig performance in an economical package.
When the FT-950 is sitting side by side with the FT-2000, the inherent resemblance is striking but the similarity doesn’t stop at facial features. The ’950 is packed with many of the QRM-fighting and signal-enhancing features that many operators have come to know in the FT-2000 series and in Yaesu’s flagship FTDX9000 series radios. 1 For example, the FT-950 includes digital noise reduction (DNR), which uses a variety of algorithms to separate signals from noise. It also has a CONTOUR control, used to enhance the desired signal and distinguish it from noise and interference.
The FT-950 is also capable of using optional accessories such as Yaesu’s Data Management Unit (DMU-2000) to provide a graphic image of the rig’s operation. It’s also got provisions for adding optional µ-Tune units, precision motorized preselector circuits that can enhance a weak signal or attenuate an interfering signal. 2 I used the optional µ-Tune units with the ’950 and they had an obvious effect on received signals. Not being located near a strong broadcast station or other source of interference, I was unable to fully appreciate the preselector’s performance.
Noticeably smaller than its big brother, the FT-950 is still a substantial piece of gear that makes a nice statement when sitting on the operating desk. One reason for the smaller form factor is the absence of an internal power supply. This can be a benefit to some people because many operators already own a power supply that is used to run several pieces of gear in the shack. I found that the ’950 worked fine using a big, heavy 35 A Astron analog supply or when juiced with a lightweight Yaesu FP-1023 switching supply.