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Announcing the Yaesu FT 818???

March 29, 2012

This morning I saw this picture on a blog but it had no real story to go with it…  It peaked my curiosity along with a feeling in the back of my mind that something was not right….

Heres the pic and then we can talk about it after…

 Here it its… The Yaesu FT818

When I first say this I was wondering about it because there was a splash of colour (color if your American) on the face of the rig and a lot of colour on the display…  and it got me thinking…

First of all the FT818 looks a whole bunch like a FT817 with a simple splash of color in a couple of places…

Now if you think about it for a second why would a quality company like Yaesu who made a great radio for portable use suddenly replace the model with a radio that had a colour display that would use more power…  This makes no sense….

And while we are debunking the rumour (rumor if your an American) why would Yaesu not be releasing this at Dayton in a month from now rather than on the internet…  This also makes more sense…

But something seemed out of place with the radio… almost like I had seen it before…

Take a close look at thie IC 7000,  does the display look like something you have seen before?

What someone has done is “Photoshop” the display from an IC 7000 onto the face of a FT817… 

APRIL FOOLS …

so to speak..

Now its a good job and it could get us thinking or dreaming about a new radio…

So this morning while we are dreaming for an updated version lets look a what we would like.  I have been using my FT817 for a long time now and my wishes would be:

**220 mhz SSB for that extra band when out on a DXPediton or as a hilltopper in a VHF Contest 

**Perhaps some sort of built in PSK Modem

**Perhaps a larger display as my eyes are not as good as they used to be

And if there was a way to give us a DSP on the IF section (like my FT 450) I would really be pleased…

And if anyone from Yaesu is reading this (and I know sometimes they do) I offer my services as a tester of this new radio…  Now I’m not sure if this is the first offer you got about this but it could/might be the first made in a public forum…

With the current station including a FT450, FT897, FT 817 FT2900, FT2400, FT60, VX5, VX8gr, FC40 and a VX1 it proves that I know quality equipment and am qualified to review if there is a new radio coming along…

Just wanted to offer my services…

So just to rehash it folks…  its a great idea but as far as I can tell…  Its a joke… A good joke… But a joke…

73bob


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