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Yeticom Optima Mk2 Anybody got/had one. Just got one but needs a SQL/PWR pot and some activity on the air to test it lol. It looks to be working but only got a long wire at the moment the Sigma snuffed it on Sunday. Could do with a diagram to find out the pot details as it has no markings on it. Don't often use squelch but i could do with the power control working.
Call Sign : 26 CT050 26 FB080 26 WT105 26 TE171 Posts : 715 Times Thanked : 44 Join date : 2019-06-27 QTH or Location : NORTH LONDON Equipment Used : ORIGINAL President Lincoln, Midland 8001XT, President Teddy , Silver Eagle microphones , Gainmaster antenna, use a AMP ofcourse I do sometimes Age : 62
I know when they first came out Alan they was one of the radios to have ,I think there was some teething problems at first because they did a Mk1 Mk2 Mk2b Mk3 versions all with slight differences they also were sold under different names ie: Jopax ,Albright ,Magnum 257, anyway here is a old video review it's about 10 years old when they first came out Link https://youtu.be/VbTttvuRs8o
I have the mk2.5 version. I bought it second hand seven years' a go and It has been a great radio. Compact size, good frequency coverage, all mode and 50w out the back with a good fan/ cooling fin arrangement. They work very well with Icom mics. I use mine with an Icom sm30 desk mic.
They work very well with the Icom hm36 mic too. Make sure the mic is a genuine Icom and not a Chinese copy.
The guy i get this one from said it was a mk2B so it could well be the same radio as yours John. It came with a Icom hm36 mic but not sure if it is genuine or not as never had one in my hand before. Is there a way to tell ,,,, might just open it and see what's in there.
I threw mine in the bin, not long after getting it. From memory, when the two mics were sat next to each other, the genuine mic had much better quality of plastics. I never opened it up to look inside. If you buy from a reputable trader and steer clear of eBay you will know you are getting the genuine article. The copies are much cheaper too.
Performance wise. I did some back to back tests with the Optima's orginal mic and all the reports I got, were the Optima's mic sounded better then the cheap Icom copy. I borrowed a genuine hm36 from a mate and the difference was night and day. The genuine hm36 really lifted the audio on fm (they always sounded a little quiet on this mode) and ssb, giving my audio a real punchy clear sound. Idea for dx.
It lives. Finally spoken on it after all this time. Had a chat with a ham who was calling on the 5s and he did a recording and played it back to me. I had asked him about the audio as the mic that came with it looks and feels cheep plus it's only got the basic guts not a genuine Icom. He said it was bang on frequency and sounder like a expensive "studio mic" his words. Well it can go on the shelf now lol back to the 450d.