The new Yaesu FTDX10: Yaesu’s latest hybrid SDR HF transceiver

I’ll admit it: I like what I see here.

Yaesu has announced their latest compact 160-6 M transceiver: the FTDX10. Based on the specifications, it looks like it borrows heavily from the FTDX101 series, which is a very good thing.

At 5″, the color TFT display is larger than that of the IC-7300 & IC-705. The specifications appear to be benchmark with excellent dynamic range (3rd IMDR quoted at “109 dB or more”).

We’ll post more details as updates become available. Wimo has listed a pre-order price of €1,550.00 w/out shipping or VAT.

Here’s the full press release via WIMO:


We are pleased to introduce the FTDX10, a new long-waiting compact HF/50MHz 100W SDR Transceiver!

Hybrid SDR Configuration
Like the FTDX101 series, the new FTDX10 utilizes the Yaesu Hybrid SDR configuration – Narrow Band SDR and Direct Sampling SDR. The Narrow band SDR receiver emphasizes excellent receiver performance, while the Direct Sampling SDR provides a Digital Processing Real-Time Spectrum Scope.

Narrow Band SDR with 3 types of Roofing Filters and Phenomenal Multi-signal receiving Characteristics
Like the FTDX101 series, the Down Conversion type receiver configuration with the first IF at 9MHz has been adopted. It makes it possible to incorporate excellent narrow bandwidth crystal roofing filters that have the desired sharp “cliff edge” shape factor. Thanks to the Narrow Band SDR with the latest circuit configuration including 500Hz, 3kHz and 12kHz roofing filters and lownoise oscillator, the RMDR (Reciprocal Mixing Dynamic Range) reaches 116dB or more, the close-in BDR (Blocking Dynamic Range) reaches 141dB or more, and 3rd IMDR (third-order Intermodulation Dynamic Range) reaches 109dB or more, in the
14MHz band at 2kHz separation.

250MHz HRDDS (High Resolution Direct Digital Synthesizer) affords Quiet and Clear Reception
The local circuit of the new FTDX10 uses 250MHz HRDDS method same as the FTDX101 series. Thanks to its characteristics that improve the C/N (carrier to noise) ratio and the careful selection of components in the design, the phase noise characteristic of the local signal achieves an excellent value of -145dB or less in 14MHz at 2kHz separation.

3DSS (3-Dimensional Spectrum Stream) on the 5-inch Full-Color TFT Display with Touch-Panel Functionality
The 5-inch Full-Color panel shows the 3DSS display. By touching the frequency display, the numeric keypad is displayed, and the active band and frequency adjustment can be set by direct input. Frequency setting and adjustment can also be performed by turning the MAIN dial or touching the scope display. Similar to the FTDX101 series, the MULTI display, RX operation status display, Center, FIX and Cursor modes are available at WiMo.

Front Panel Designed for Superior Operating Efficiency
MPVD (Multi-Purpose VFO Outer Dial), is a large multi-purpose ring around the outside of the VFO dial that enables control of
Clarifier, C/S (custom selection function) and recall of memory channels.

Remote Operation with optional LAN unit (SCU-LAN10, see WiMo Website)
Remote operation of the transceiver is possible with the optional SCU-LAN10 and SCU-LAN10 Network Remote Control Software. In addition to controlling the transceiver basic operations, the versatile scope displays enable sophisticated operation such as monitoring the band conditions on a large display at a location away from the ham shack by connection to a home LAN network.

The features of the new FTDX10 include:
– 15 separate band pass filters
– Effective QRM rejection with the IF DSP (IF SHIFT/WIDTH, IF NOTCH DNF, DNR, COUNTOUR)
– High-quality and super stable final amplifier utilizing the new push-pull MOSFET RD70HUP2
– Aluminum Heat Sink with 80mm low-noise axial flow cooling fan
– High Speed Automatic Antenna Tuner with a large capacity 100-channel memory – RF & AF Transmit Monitor
– Microphone Amplifier with Three-stage parametric Equalizer (SSB/ AM mode)
– QMB (Quick Memory Bank)
– Band Stack Function
– Optional speaker – SP-30 designed for the new FTDX10
– Optional roofing filter (300Hz) – XF-130CN available

The new FTDX10 will be available in early December 2020 at WiMo.

Radio Features:

– HF/50MHz band 100W Transceiver
– Hybrid SDR configuration utilizing a Narrow Bandwidth SDR, and a Direct Sampling SDR
– Narrow Band SDR enables Phenomenal Multi-signal Receiving characteristics (2kHz RMDR 116dB+, 2kHz BDR 141dB+, 2kHz 3rd IMDR 109dB+) – Down conversion,
9MHz IF Roofing Filters produce Excellent Shape Factor
– 250 MHz HRDDS (High Resolution Direct Digital Synthesizer) Ultra Low-Noise Local-Oscillator System
– 15 Separate Powerful Band Pass Filters (BPF)
– Effective QRM Rejection with IF DSP (IF SHIFT/WIDTH, IF NOTCH/DNF,CONTOUR,DNR, APF)
– High-quality and Super-Stable Final Amplifier utilizing the new push-pull MOSFET RD70HUP2
– 5-inch Full Color Touch Panel and 3DSS (3-Dimensional Spectrum Stream) Display
– MPVD (Multi-Purpose VFO Outer Dial) enables Outstanding Operating Performance
– Quick Memory Bank (QMB)
– Supports CW operation with multiple functions such as: CW zero-in, CW Auto zero-in, CW Reverse, CW decode, CW keying Signal form Shaping by FPGA and others
– RTTY (FSK)/ PSK Encode/Decode Function
– Other practical features such as Optional RF Gain Selection by IPO. Automatic Gain Control, Quick Split Function – SD Card Slot
– Remote Operation via Internet with optional LAN-Unit (SCU-LAN10 see WiMo website)

Supplied Accessories:

Microphone SSM-75E
DC Power Cable w/Fuse
Spare Fuse
6.3mm 3-contact Plug
Operating Manual

Specifications:

Frequency Ranges:

RX

  • 30kHz – 75MHz (Operating)
  • 1.8MHz – 29.699999MHz (Specified performance, Amateur bands only)*
  • *5.1675/5.332/5.348/5.3585/5.373/5.405MHz (US only), 5.351500-5.366500MHz (EU only)/ 5.25000-5.406500 (UK
    only)
  • 50MHz – 53.999999MHz (Specified performance, Amateur bands only)
  • 70MHz – 70.499999MHz (Specifed performance, UK Amateur bands version only)

TX

  • 1.8 – 54MHz (Amateur bands only)

Modulation Type: A1A(CW), A3E(AM), J3E(LSB,USB), F3E(FM),F1B(RTTY),G1B(PSK)
Frequency Stability: ±0.5ppm (32°F to +122°F/0? to +50?, after 1min)
Supply Voltage: DC 13.8V ±15%
Circuit Type: Double-Conversion Superheterodyne
Intermediate Frequencies 1st IF 9.005MHz; 2nd IF 24kHz
RF Power Output: 5W – 100W (CW, LSB, USB, FM, RTTY, PKT); 5W -25W (AM)
Case Size(W x H x D): 10.47 x 3.58 x 10.35(inch) / 266 x 91 x 263 (mm) *Protruding parts not included at WIMo
Weight (Approx.): 13lbs/ 5.9kg

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27 thoughts on “The new Yaesu FTDX10: Yaesu’s latest hybrid SDR HF transceiver

  1. Mark

    Just have to wait and see what all the true specs are and how it really works. Everyone has their own taste in radios and what features they like. And also everyone also has their opinions. Yaesu can’t please everyone…Now for my opinion and rant, I wish it was a 200 watt radio. The looks don’t matter and surely the weight has nothing to do with anything. If this radio is a winner then I might sell my FTdx1200 in order to purchase this…We will wait and see….K4XJ Mark

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  2. Cliff E

    If this is the FTDX3000 replacement, it better have the 3 antenna ports and both IF and RX Out ports. And NO DSP artifact that shows up on the FTDX3000 waterfall. I think I saw that artifact on a FTDX101D YouTube video as well. Hope I’m wrong. I agree with others the 3D display is a waste. Put the processor horsepower to better use, like remote capabilities such as those of the Kenwood TS890S. The 890S is one heck of a rig. I love my FTDX3000 so unless this thing blows it away in capability, I’ll pass for now.

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  3. john

    Nice radio, but what I would really like to see, is a High Performance VHF/UHF/SHF all mode radio.
    Like the IC-9700, but then built by Yaesu high standards like the NEW FT-DX101.
    Dual Receive with a proper interface for satellite mode.
    Something in the same line as the 101, which is a great radio by the way.

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  4. 13dka

    “The features of the new FTDX10 include:
    […]
    – Microphone Amplifier with Three-stage parametric Equalizer (SSB/ AM mode)”

    I predict some extra-long and frustrating mod tuning sessions. There will be tears. 🙂 Actually I’m only half kidding – my experience made during the “$10.000 of studio equipment in front of the TRX in order to sound like the BBC”-era of the late 90s/early 2000s is that parametric EQs tend to confuse the hell out of some people. 🙂

    Last night I heard Ekki of WiMo using it on 80m and describing it in some detail, interesting radio at a price point obviously aiming at or slightly above the IC-7300. Tough turf tho: German hams jokingly refer to the 7300 as the “Volksempfänger” (because there’s one in every household), CBers call it the “most popular CB radio” and I’m sure the situation isn’t much different anywhere else. Yaesu will surely know that The FTDX10 has to be a considerably better radio to win over that crowd, so it’ll be interesting indeed what Rob Sherwood will find out about it.

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  5. Marshall

    Off piste altogether but would rather see Kenwood come out with a up to date/make over TS 2000 I didn’t particularly like the look of it

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  6. Jurgen Traude

    Hope Yaesu will come out with a hf/vhf/uhf mobile with remote head like the IC-706mk2g. FT-857 to small of a display. I keep my fingers crossed.

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    1. Barry

      I agree. Yaesu needs a good replacement for the FT 857D.
      But…..what’s with that 3D pan adaptor display? Dumb !

      Barry, KU3X

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  7. Rick Germain

    If it comes in at about $1,800 USD, it’s a stretch to say it competes with the IC-7300. I’ll need a lot of value beyond the pretty looks to turn my head…

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    1. Rick P

      The Yaesu DNR is head and shoulder above the IC-7300. Even my little FT-891 crushed the IC-7300 so I sold it. Not sure that’s worth the proposed price above the 7300 but the analog/SDR combo of the frontend sounds nice on the FTDX-101D so if that part trickles down, it’ll be nice.

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  8. Abigail

    Yaesu have always been very solidly built and the weight doesn’t surprise me.

    What surprises me is how little “Yaesu” there is in the design of this thing. It looks like a copy of recent Icoms. Transceivers are starting to look like mobile phones – all roughly the same, with only the innards differentiating them (and even then, not by much).

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  9. Anthony Ryan

    Slightly off topic , I wish that Yaesu would bring out a receiver to give the Icom R8600 some competition.
    The only good thing to come out of the wretched pandemic is a surge in demand for ham radio gear.
    Back on topic, the new rig looks very tempting but I think that the XYL will have the final say.
    73s de G6XYZ

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    1. Thomas Post author

      I agree with you, Anthony. Although I’ve not even heard rumors about a Yaesu receiver, it would be a welcome addition to the market. I’m guessing, however, that there might not be enough market for them to justify it (although the R8600 was more popular than I anticipated–showing I actually no little about those market numbers!). 🙂

      Cheers,
      Thomas
      M0CYI

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  10. n7hex

    Compact but still 13 pounds. huh. If they want some 7300 action they better lower that price or have 2 antenna ports and a RX port on the back etc.

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    1. Thomas Post author

      I suppose it’s still very early days, but it looks like the FTDX10 could have better performance specs than the IC-7300. I won’t completely believe it until Rob Sherwoods has tested it. I should hope it has two antenna ports at least.
      Thomas

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  11. Robert Shaw

    I’ve waited for the FXDX10 to replace my Icom IC-7000 but won’t be buying this due to its weight. While there’s a lot to pack in to modern radios, 13 lbs is insane for an HF “portable” rig. Is the heatsink made of lead?

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