Last week they asked me to pay for the rig.
Then today I got this message from parcel company DPD:-
Your order will be delivered today by David, your DPD driver, between 12:44 and 13:44 Follow my parcel now - Live tracking of your parcel below: David is currently making delivery number 1, you are delivery number 29. David is approximately 3 hours 30 minutes away from you.
David was true to his word and it duly arrived at 12:44.
As usual, click the photos to enlarge if you need to.
Not that I have had time to do much.
As it is planned to use it mostly on 70MHz that is where I pointed it right away. Like the IC-7100 it does not have a band tab for 70MHz, but you select 50MHz and tune up. No problem with the speed-weighted tuning knob.
As you can see I absent-mindedly tuned it to the GM8RBR beacon on Skye on 70.100 (almost). That is a beacon I rarely hear, and up it came - say 529 report. Then, emboldened I tuned it to 70.000 to see if I could hear the Buxton beacon which is usually even harder to hear. I mis-tuned slightly but I could see it on the panoramic display so I tuned to one side and there it was! Also 529 at peaks but never inaudible.
These are very simple tests - I will have to carry out some more investigation.
Power output at full power seems about 40 watts as opposed to the official 50W. I bet that will get some comment, but as I intend to use it as a linear driver it is fine by me. I only need 10 to 15 watts for my purposes.
No time yet to check it out on the lower bands as I am getting ready for the RSGB 4m UK Activity Contest this evening.
I will post a detailed review in due course. However, a couple of things strike me. One is it is very light. It is the width of the FT-450 (which you can see above it), taller to fit in the display screen, and yet it feels much lighter. Not much circuitry needed for the SDR rig, so I guess most of the weight is PA section and tuner.
Anyway so far I have only worked 1 station - Scott, MM3LSO. 3 km distant. IO85wu to IO85wu.