Just to put to rest some of the hype that’s going on right now. Earlier this week ML&S in the UK started taking pre-orders for the hugely anticipated Yaesu ft 818. Later we saw the Yaesu ft-818 up on GigaParts website as well.
Although we pretty much have no doubt there is a Yaesu FT-818 in the pipe, I believe what’s happening is small companies trying to get a jump on the competition, by prematurely publishing fake images and extremely vague documentation, in an effort to secure your pre-order!
Personally, I’m into these radios for the Long Haul. I would not want to be one of the first to buy the brand new rig, regardless of my excitement. Yes I prefer giving them a chance to get the Kinks out first. I did grab the 817 as soon as it was available in Switzerland where I was working at the time. I guess you could call me i gaze of Fanboy, but these days the competition is so fierce infield Communications, Yaesu is definitely going to have to work for my money this time.
As a content creator, there’s nothing more I want to do than bring the Yaesu ft 818 to the channel, as quickly as possible. There’s also other content creators who are much better suited for fire-and-forget publishing than I am. With that said, here’s what I would do.
Hold on to your money, don’t get baited by the pre-order hype. Let’s just wait and see what the Yaesu FT-818 is going to be when it’s published on the Yaesu website! Then,if it’s as awesome as we “the community” thinks it should be, we’ll get one for the channel.