A few days ago I decided to buy a Yaesu FT-991A, just for the fun of it.
That resulted in series of events that I did not expect to happen (so soon)…
After I announced a few of my radio friends in a small WhatsApp group, I bought the FT-991A, one of them typed: “That means you will sell your IC-7100?”. Though I did not plan that in particular I typed back “And what are you gonna pay me for that radio?”
In a private message he stated what he wanted to pay for it. He wanted a radio he could take with him for holiday’s / weekends with his caravan, had some power and was easy to use in digital modes. Also he likes using 6 /4 /2 and 70 Cm and those are all in the EU version of the IC-7100. I told him I would think about his offer.
The next day I decided I would sell the radio. I like the IC-7100 a lot but owning a FT-991A and a IC-7100 does mean a lot of the same. I would have to let go 70 MHz but as I still not have a decent antenna for that band I could not say that I would miss it 😉
So I sold the IC-7100 and the new owner collected it in the morning..
There I was, some money burning in my pocket and one radio gone… That made me think about some other radio…What if I could buy a new IC-7300 using the money I collected and trading in my FT-950? Sent a email to the shop and found out I could buy one without spending extra money. So set up that deal.
And today it arrived, a new ICOM IC-7300. And what I nice radio that is. Great display, nice receiver. And I have 70 MHz back! 😉
So, within a few days the shack changed from:
Kenwood TS-590S, Yaesu FT-950, ICOM IC-7100 and a Yaesu FT-817ND to
Kenwood TS-590S, Yaesu FT-991A, ICOM IC-7300 and a Yaesu FT-817ND…
The FT-817ND will never be sold, that one has been on so many trips that it has no value when you look at it. But for me, still a nice radio to take with me on all kinds of trips…
But, could all this new radio’s mean I will sell my TS-590S? The King of my shack? Or might that still be my best rig?
Future will tell…