Rob Sherwood tests the new Yaesu FTDX10

Many thanks to Rob Sherwood (NC0B) who shares his recent assessment of the new Yaesu FTDX10.

In short: the FTDX10 is now number 3 (at time of posting) on Rob’s receiver test data table— a table sorted by third-order dynamic range narrow spaced. Most impressive!

Click here to download Rob’s full HF test results and his review notes as a PDF.

FYI: I plan to review the FTDX10 this year.

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6 thoughts on “Rob Sherwood tests the new Yaesu FTDX10

  1. K5JRX

    Thanks for the info. Yes, the ftdx10 has some amazing. RX audio that has the best noise reduction that I have seen in my limited experience. So much so, that’s it’s sometimes unbelievable how it call pull a TX that is deep within the noise floor. And so so clearly at that. Recently I had another operator, unbeknownst to me at the time, that recorded my TX during a quick QSO. He later looked up my email on QRZ and sent me the audio report with recording. Was really a great opportunity to hear how the dx10 and Heil mic we’re working together. In addition to the dx10 capabilities, I also run RX audio through a Heil Parametric EQ system. That too has been a great addition that allows for fairly quick adjustments that allow for pulling a voice out of other surrounding noise that may still be present. Overall I have really enjoyed the dx10. The 991 will remain in my lineup, and still regularly recommend it to new HAMs that are looking to expand their options but just don’t have the time and experience to know what they will ultimately enjoy the most out of this hobby that has so much to offer…whether that is HF itself, SSB, VHF, UHF, digital modes, CW. The 991, in my opinion has to be one of the best “bang for the buck” options out there for versatility and use. It’s RX audio doesn’t even compare to the dx10, but is more than capable of doing the job and allowing someone to enjoy hf.
    With that said…my advice to the new operators is also that they spend a LOT of time on antenna setup, proper grounding, grounding of coax via use of lightning arrestors (although I think it better suited to call them coax grounding blocks….but I digress), reducing RFI within the shack, keep coax/dc distribution/ AC cables/ data cables as separate as possible. All of these step are so important to gaining good quality audio. Everyone wants the now “toy”, but it’s the foundation of the rest of the system that makes the most improvements by far.
    73

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  2. Jeff Frank

    I wish someone would compare this new FTDX10 to the FTDX3000 for it’s receiver performance in real world operating, not just by the numbers. Thanks.
    Jeff — KX2P

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    1. Justin K5JRX

      Same here. Would really like to see a side by side real world test between these two. It was a tough decision as to which way to go. I was running an FT-991, and finally decided on the FTdx10. With that said, the FTdx3000 seems like a really solid choice, especially at the current price very similar to the dx10. There have been some good points, and a few not so good, with the dx10 so far. Overall fairly satisfied with the purchase, but more time will tell.

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      1. James Idone

        I had owned an FTDX3000 for over 3 plus years then bought a 7300 for a backup, while the 7300 did not have the same control flexibility as the 3000 did the phase noise in the 3000 would rear its ugly head when trying to copy a weak CW signal 1 Khz away and you would hear key clicks on the 3K but not the 7300. Fast Forward to the FTDX10, when the band gets chocked full the Ten is like a sharp knife threw hard butter, I have never seen it overload on the RX side even when there is a 30+over S9 signal 1Khz away and it does the same on SSB but in SSB there are allot more jerks running wide audio with horrible IMD products that splatter but no receiver can block that crap!

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    2. RICHARD A. DIPAOLO

      I have both the 3000 and the DX10, Receive wise the DX10 out paces the Icom 7300 by wide margins, (having had both to A/B). The DX10 has a slight margin over the 3000 of better receive than my 3000. The DSP seems superior. I think the screens on DX10 are MUCH easier to navigate than the 3000.

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  3. Barry G. Kery

    I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos on this radio as well as reading numerous reviews. It really seems to be a very impressive radio. One person, in their review, posted a noisy change over relay, the same as the noisy one in the IC7300. For a CW op like myself, I guess I would have to use semi break-in instead of QSK. I can live with that. I find the 3D display dumb. I’ve watched numerous videos focusing on just the display and can’t see why some people are fascinated with it?
    It looks like a well laid out radio. I have an FT 991A and set up the audio by the book with the use of the on board equalizer. I’ve gotten so many unsolicited great audio reports. If this radio has the same audio settings, I’m am sure we have a real winner.
    Barry, KU3X

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