Good question, but one thing about hams is that they are constantly tinkering with their outfits and so maybe he got something else. Who knows. In any case this is about $50 less than a brand new one, so it's not a screaming deal but $50 is $50. I've always found the FT-8900 to be a solution to a problem that doesn't exist in a way. Having 10m and 6m is alright, but without SSB you are very limited. OTOH it is only $25 more than the FT-8800, so having two extra bands for just a bit extra isn't a bad thing.
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