Amateur radio station VK4DX – Brisbane, Australia
After a not so successful operation from Russell Island in 2018, I decided to go back this year and have another go. I booked the same place from Thursday 19th to Tuesday the 24th November.
This time I brought two different antennas and some spare coax, some wire and a 8m squid pole, just in case.
I had the trusted multiband vertical (Hustler 6BTV) and an end-fed half wave (MyAntennas EFHW 8010).
Last time I had my vertical antenna in the middle of the backyard, about 5m from the water, but this time I decided to go to the edge, fully knowing that the ocean tide will affect the SWR.
Yaesu FT-DX10 is a new 100W HF transceiver with a hybrid SDR receiver. It is expected to be available in December 2020.
The FT-DX10 size (266x91x263 mm) is almost identical to Kenwood TS590SG and slightly larger than FT991A (229x80x253 mm) and weights 5.9 kg, compared to 4.3kg FT991A.
Considering its rumoured price of $2,000 (USD), this radio doesn’t look like a direct competition to Icom’s IC-7300 ($1,000) but rather a replacement for the Yaesu’s own FT-DX1200, albeit in a smaller body.
Features of the FT-DX10
Some interesting sun activity in the middle of COVID-19 isolation, unfortunately not “that” activity. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful sunset here in Brisbane.
17m diamond loop
Six band trap vertical – Hustler 6BTV