Yaesu FT-991 vs FT-991A why buy

I am wondering if the FT-991A is worth the extra 600.00 over the FT-991. I believe that there were some quality issues with the FT-991, but Yaesu corrected the issues with units manufactured in 2016. 

I am open to other radios that are similar. I want 160-10 HF, UHF/VHF. and 6 meters including FM.

I believe Yaesu is the only one that has the complete package in the price range of $1500 and under.


FT-991 Weak HF Receive - Receiver fault

Bugger me, the dam think blew again, I was in the WPX contect with my FTdx3000 with the amp and the FT-991A was on 40m. I noticed that in IPO mode on the 991A nothing heard. Lucky I had bought 50 of those little 150 ohm surface mount resistors.

Pulled the bottom off the 991A and found R1005 just next to RL1001. The resistor had broken in two and the cct board was burnt where is sits. Its not worth trying to solder the bloody thing in there as its too small. I tacked a small piece of wire onto the relay pad where one side of the 150 ohm resistor connects and a small piece of wire onto the terminal of J1001. The ends of these two wires sat above the board a little and I soldered one side of the new 150 ohm resistor to one wire, bent the other wire over to touch the other side of the resistor and soldered it.

FT-991 Weak HF Receive

I seem to have a big drop in sensitivity on all HF bands.  It has been a superb receiver for the past year.  Transmit is normal.

On a strong signal with ATT off and IPO the S- meter is at 0.  The spectrum display is near the bottom line.  The same signal with ATT off and AMP1 is S9+5dB and the spectrum display is above the first bar.   With ATT off and AMP2 the S-meter reads about S9+15dB and the spectrum display is on the second (middle) line.    The difference between IPO and AMP1 is an almost inaudible signal to S9+.

A signal that is S-9 on my FT-897D (with that rigs ATT and IPO both off) is barely S9 on the FT-991 with ATT off and AMP2 on and at S0 with no amps (IPO). With the amps off it is S zero.  VHF/UHF  is normal.  Looks like I have a receiver problem.

Back to Yaesu for repair???

Yaesu FT-991 AM Issue Resolution

Yaesu FT-991 AM Issue Resolution

Glenn/WA3LAB found the fix below on the net to resolve the issue with the Yaesu FT-991 in AM mode. The techs at Yaesu they said they’re aware of it, but Yaesu has not put out a bulletin on it.

Both Glenn & I have followed this procedure and it appears to work. I wouldn’t want it put out there without letting people know that they should proceed with care, and not to change anything else unless they really know what they’re doing. Since there’s not many people running AM anymore most people have no idea there’s a problem.

(Warning: once you put the radio into the service mode you can really screw things up, so do this at your own risk.)

FT-991 AM transmission audio trouble

AM transmission audio trouble 

the problem
Information can be found about the bad transmitted AM audio quality on the internet. To be sure that’s true, I verified this with my FT-991. And the AM audio quality is indeed quite bad. The FET’s from the HF power amplifier of my FT-991 are already replaced (at the Yaesu service centre) and therefore there isn’t a relation between the bad finals and bad AM
audio quality. Based on my “research” I can conclude that the solution is quite simple and can be done yourself.

verification of the facts
As a start I wanted to be sure that the AM audio quality is indeed bad. The FT-2000 was set in receive mode and a dummy load is connected to the HF antenna port of the FT-991. Both radios are set to the same frequency. On all the HF bands, the AM audio quality was bad. Transmission power and other settings didn’t contribute to better audio.

New firmware FT-991 08/24/16 - possible problem

Since updating to the 8/24/16 firmware, I've now had several instances
where pushing the radio front power button will not turn on the radio.

Disconnecting then reconnecting the DC supply corrects things, then the
radio will turn on with power button as normal. This problem would probably
not happen if my radio were not connected to constant DC power, since
cycling the DC power resets whatever is getting stuck/confused.

I've now performed a reset, repeated the Main, DSP, and TFT updates,
including by another reset, then restoring my settings with the RT
systems software. I will see whether the problem continues.

Has anyone else experienced this non-responsive power button problem?

I've had the radio for almost two years now, with no prior issues.

Yaesu FT-991 reSetting the Microprocessor

reSetting Memories (only)
Use this procedure to reset (clear) the previously stored Memory channels, without affecting any configuration changes you may have made to the Menu settings.




Press the front panel ON/OFF switch to turn the transceiver off.

While holding the AM button in, press and hold in the front panel ON/OFF switch to turn the transceiver on. Once the transceiver comes on, you may release the buttons.

New Yaesu FT-991A

The New Yaesu FT-991A


The New FT-991A – HF/50/144/430 MHz All-Mode “Field Gear” Transceiver – Coming October 2016

The FT-991A is the next-generation of the widely popular FT-991. Like its predecessor, the FT-991A is creatively designed to fit into a very compact (W9.0″ xH3.2″ x D9.3″) rugged case and will deliver up to 100 Watts solid output power (50 Watts on 144/430MHz) on SSB, CW, AM, FM, Packet and C4FM Digital on the popular HF/50/144/430MHzBands.

FT-991 Hardware Upgrade Program

FT-991 Hardware Upgrade Program

Coming Soon will be an optional FT-991 Hardware Upgrade Program that will upgrade the original FT-991 currently owned by users to include the new Dynamic Real-Time Spectrum Scope and Multi-Colour Waterfall Display. More Details Coming Soon.