An impulse purchase is what they call it I guess. Even though I loved my FRG-7 receiver I sold it because I wanted a vintage transceiver rather than a receiver only. The GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) seem to go away for some time, but when I saw this Yaesu FT-101E transceiver on http://www.tweedehands.nl I knew I had to have it. One of the grandfathers of ham radio, a.k.a. the works horse. A modular solid state design with a robust tube driver and amplifier. Best of both worlds. This model is one of the later FT-101E’s probably from 1973 – 1975 with the efficient (and still popular) RF clipper speech processor. It’s in showroom condition, has a hot receiver and puts out a healthy 130+ Watts on all bands. What a GREAT radio! Thanks Ron (PA0RCL)!
Here’s two generations that are 40 years apart. The FT-101E from 1973 and my FTdx-3000 from 2013.