I picked up on this thanks to a “Tweet” from KE9V Jeff and after taking a look at some of the early information I thought I would share it with you.
On the Left you have the Yaesu FT 450 which has been a favourite of new and not so new hams since it was brought out.
On the right is the Yaesu FT450D which is listed on the Universal Radio Website as not for sale yet but coming in the future. Once the FCC rubber stamps it you will be seeing the new version in North America.
Here are the fine points of both radios:
The Yaesu FT-450 provides world class performance in an easy to use, compact package. It employs state of the art IF DSP technology to bring an array of advanced features to the operator. Transmit frequency coverage includes 160 to 6 meters. The receive range is 30 kHz to 54 MHz. Power output is 100 watts on HF and 6 meters. Operating modes include USB, LSB, CW, AM and FM.
9 x 3.3 x 8.5 inches 7.9 lbs. The FT-450 comes with: MH-67A8J hand mic, mic clip and DC power cord. It requires 13.8 VDC at 22 amps. There is an optional, internally mounted ATU-450 automatic tuner available.
The Yaesu FT-450AT version has the ATU-450 automatic tuner factory installed.
The Yaesu FT-450D expands on the success of the FT-450 adding new features (). Enjoy world class performance in an easy to use, compact package. It employs blazing fast 400 MHz IF DSP technology to bring an array of advanced features to the operator. Transmit frequency coverage includes 160 to 6 meters. The receive range is 30 kHz to 54 MHz. Power output is 100 watts on HF and 6 meters. Operating modes include USB, LSB, CW, AM and FM. An antenna tuning system is built in!
The FT-450D comes with: MH-31A8J hand mic, mic clip and DC power cord. It requires 13.8 VDC at 22 amps.
More technical information and additional photos will be added shortly. Estimated delivery is late November 2010.
This device has not been approved by the F.C.C. This device may not be offered for sale or lease or be sold or leased until approval of the F.C.C. has been obtained. The information shown is preliminary and may be subject to change without notice or obligation.
Now if you have been following this blog you know I am a Yaesu Fanatic.
When I cut myself shaving I bleed Orange and Black…
Right now in the shack I am looking at a FT847, FT897 (with a FC40), FT817, FT60r, VX8gr, FT2400 and I think I just bought a VX1 (waiting for the offer to be accepted) I sold my FT857 when I got rid of my car…
So right now the worlds biggest Yaesu fan is sitting here scratching his head and wondering why the new model…
Whats so new and improved???
Lets see… The new one has:
400 MHz built-in IF DSP
According to the literature the old one has a 400 MHZ built in IF DSP
Built in Antenna Tuning System
The FT450 had an optional ATU
Classically Designed Knobs
The FT450 had knobs…
Included Dynamic hand mic
The FT450 uses the MH-67A8J hand mic and the FT450D uses the MH-31A8J hand mic. The MH31 came as the stock mic with my FT897 and I find it to have good quality audio. I have never used the MH67 so I can’t comment on its quality.
Having issues with my eyesight and not always being smart enought to wear my glasses this could be great idea
New and improved angling of dispaly in the FT450D
500 & 300 Hz CW Filters
Better Filters in the FT450D
So there you have it… Built in Tuner (no longer an option) with better CW filters would see to be the main points.…
Having the illuminated keys do make it easier to see and I would have to see both radios side by side to comment on the new and improved Feet. The new hand mic is good but most of the Amateurs who use the FT450 at home use a desk mic anyway…
What do the Yaesu FT450 users out there think??? Would these improvements make you sell the old FT450 and rush out and pick up the FT450D???
As I don’t own a FT 450 these are questions I can’t answer… We saw the VX8r morph into the VX8Dr… Do minor changes deserve a new model number???
Did the changes in this model come out to challenge the new Kenwood TS590?
To us diehard Yeasu users out there… There is no need to challenge…
More on this topic when I can get some new data on the radio…
Thanks again to Jeff KE9V for bringing the new radio to my attention by tweeting about it and as always thanks to Universal Radio for having an up to date website with good data.