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Yaesu FT-817


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The basics.
Upto 5 watts on HF, 6 mtrs, 2 mtrs & 70 Cm.
Built in SWR meter.
Built in battery pack.
Antennas for 6, 2 & 70.
Front BNC connector
Rear [sign in to see URL] remember to ensure you are TXing into the correct one!!!!!
Dual VFO's
LOTS of extras like leather cases, CAT programming leads, large key pads for ease of operation & wonderful little antennas like the Miracle Whip are available to enhance this great little radio.

Yaesu's own site says..
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Yaesu broke new ground with the introduction of the FT-817: the world’s first HF/VHF/UHF self-contained battery-powered Multi-mode Portable Transceiver. Providing up to five watts of power output, the FT-817 is designed for operation on the 160-10 meter HF bands, plus the 6 meter, 2 meter, and 70 cm bands. Whether your preferred operating mode is SSB, CW, AM, FM, Packet, or SSB-based Digital modes like PSK31, the FT-817 is ready to join you on your next hiking, camping, or search-and-rescue adventure!



I have one of the old non ND versions which has been broadbanded & I cannot reccomend these radios highly enough.
This radio is a hand portable, mobile, backpack, homebase capable radio that probably provides more fun per £ than any other radio available today.
I have worked dozens of countries on one of these using a mobile whip & as little as 1 watt.
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Yeah crimso,
This is very handy QRP rig and not bad at all, I heard meny good reviews about that and I had use it at forest and on sea. Very good rx. Only bad think that is like pc, you have to go via meny buttons(menu), and I hate that, I'm old and like more simplle thinks, but is mazing radio and best to emerengy use in midlle of no where. Great qrp rig.
73'mike
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I never really understand the complaints about the Yaesu menu system.
I set my radio up with the handbook in my hand & then apart from when I need to add or remove a memory, I do not have any need to use the menu again.
For me once set up I find there is no need to use anything but the on / Volume switch, lock the VFO, use the squelch, band selector, alter power setting & use the VFO & channel knobs.
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so it good fo u, but if radio enable meny opportunes to eg. find weak stations from noise, so, why not use them. There is simplle radio whitout menu kind use, what does same as 817. But its great radio.
I had 706mkII and same kind menu system. I put all settings as you did, but I use my kenwood ts830s prefer, it not fancy, but all bottons are right in hand. No menu and maybe not reguire any menu. Ofcaurse if u have to make some remedys u have to go inside radio, but not whit 817 or have to?
Still 817 is grande radio.
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