From K6HHH - 17 April 2000
I have been reading your Resource Page and users comments about the FT-920
with great interest. I am strictly a C.W. Op, and have used my FT-920 for
over 2 years with great results. Have only had to return it to Yaesu once
to have the VFO re-aligned, as it was off a few Khz. The one comment made
by one of the users concerning changing the menu item U-20 to EL-2 for
improved cw memory keying was of great help! I was never pleased with the
playback results of what I had recorded, but now, using EL2, it works
I bought a Ten-Tech Scout at the same time for a back-up rig, but have never
had to use it! I use only an MFJ model 1796 Vertical antenna, and so far have
earned my WAS and WAC ARRL Awards. I also belong to the "FISTS" CW Club,
and have already gotten my Fists CC Nr, WAS Award, and only need 9 more QSO's
with Fists members for my Platinum Award. I consistently get excellent signal
reports even under the worst of band conditions! The C.W. filtering system is
excellent, and even more so now that I have installed their YF-116 optional
500 hz filter! For the cost, I can't imagine a better buy, either for a
"new-comer" or oldster like me!
The ONLY thing I don't particularly care for is the S-meter. I live in a very
high-noise area in S.F., and find that the S-meter doesn't accurately display
the RST of the station I'm working unless I turn the RF gain control fully
clock-wise, which I hate to do as it increases the noise level quite a bit.
Other than that, I highly recommend this rig to any c.w. ops. Can't make any
comments about phone operation as I've never used it on phone. All of the
controls on the front panel, including sidetone volume and pitch, zero beat
(Spot) and internal keyer and break-in off-on are very convenient too. It's
nice not to have to go to the rear panel for any adjustments!
All in all, a GREAT rig!