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Fox Tango International
Yaesu FT-101Z/ZD series transceiver
Yaesu FT-101ZD page
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The FT-101 history
The Yaesu FT-101 series transceivers, produced in 1970-1978 were a very good alternative for the very expensive American made receivers and transmitters of the time.They were full of useful options, for which you had to pay much $$$ extra (if available) in other ham equipment.Build like a battleship, with a modular construction, it was easy to repair, and the big numbers which are still around,prove the sound work of the Yaesu engineers at the time.The FT-101 series was very successful, and there were many versions of it, starting with the FT-101, released in 1970 tothe FT-101F, who was released in 1978. See the FT-101 page for more information for the FT-101 series of transceivers.The Yaesu FT-101ZD was brought on the market in 1979, as a low-cost alternative for the FT-901ZD, which is the realdescendant of Yaesu’s famous FT-101 series of transceivers. As Yaesu already had a very good reputation for performance and durability, it is no wonder that the new seriestransceivers became very popular in the ham community, special in Europe, because the high $$$ price of the available American equipment and the high import taxes on them, and the fact that there where almost no agents prohibited abroad distribution of American equipment. I still think the American industry at the time missed a chance here.Only Heathkit had a representative over here, and was very popular at the time for their nice kits. Yaesu had a small sales network in Europe and the Swiss firm Sommerkamp imported the same sets with othertypenumbers and under the name Sommerkamp, they were a big success in Italy and Germany.