FS. Yaesu FT817 and accessories

The FT 817 combo has been sold as of 2000z on June 7th

thanks for all the interest



 

To my non ham followers this might not seem like much…. but….

After lots of soul searching I have decided to put my favorite but most unused radio in my collection up for sale.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

FT-817

The Yaesu FT-817 is one of the smallest MF/HF/VHF/UHF multimode general-coverage amateur radio transceivers. The set is built by the Japanese Vertex Standard Corporation and is sold under the Yaesu brand.[1][2] With internal battery pack, on board keyer, its all mode/all band capability and flexible antenna, the set is particularly well suited for portable use. The FT-817 is based on the same main circuit board as Yaesu’s FT-857 and FT-897, so it is a compromise transceiver and incorporates its features to its low price ($670.- at its 2001 release).[3]


 

My Yaesu FT 817 along with lots of accessories

 

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Above front view… Below rear view showing connections for balun to be directly attached to radio eliminating line losses in coax

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My Yaesu FT 817 and LDG QRP autotuner combo with the NUE PSK/RTTY modem along with a keyboard. 

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What you see is what you get (in the above pictures) and I’ll even toss in a 10-20-40 end fed QRP wire antenna which if you use the tuner will load up quite well on all bands between 10m and 80m.  I will also include my homebrewed 6m dipole which works really good for portable VHF Contesting as it loads up fine on 2m and 6m

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I have had this radio forever…. I operated my first DXPediton with this rig back in 2005 and I used it before then….  I bought the radio from Radioworld and then bought the Tuner from a local ham.  Its been well used…  but still works fine. 

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It has a history….Island activations, SOTA activations, Field Days and Public Service events including SAR Exercises…. and in 2017 It won 1st place in the RAC Canada Contest (SOAB QRP ) for VY2 (It was not a high score but it was “the winning score”)

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Now comes the question…  Why am I selling it????  

Mostly because I am not using it….  I’ve hit the age that I no longer want to (or easily) operate portable any more.  After 2 knee replacements I can walk fine but climbing up a hill for a SOTA or hiking through the woods not so much…. 

Rather than leaving it in the bag or on the shelf I figure that there might be a ham out there who would like to try a different part of our hobby without breaking the bank to do so.  or…  A ham out there who really does not want to break his new KX3 or KX2 when the rig falls off the picnic table while he is away from the radio for a minute.  

So there you have it:

YAESU Ft 817 (original – no 60m) Stock mic, Tri Band Rubber Duck antenna and power cord-  NO BOX manuals available on line

LDG QRP Antenna tuner with power cord- No manual but easy to operate

PAR End Fedz QRP 10-20-40m (End FED wire ) antenna that will load up fine on 10-80m using the above mentioned auto tuner. 

Home Brewed 6m wire dipole that will also work great on 2m.  Remember that a 1/4w on 6m is a 5/8w on 2m

NUE PSK/RTTY Modem with power cord and keyboard.  Check out their website at https://www.nue-psk.com/

All you need to operate with the above equipment is a 12v battery.  Your choice of battery depends on your operating style.

All for a non negotiable price of $500.00 Canadian.  Shipping not included.  Feel free to price these items out on line to see the deal I am offering.  

Please read the following:  The items listed above are “Field Used” items and although they work as intended their appearance is not pristine.  My firm and fair price ( in my opinion ) has taken their age, overall appearance and their excellent performance as a portable station into consideration.  I would prefer to sell it locally (100 miles radius) to Kingston Ontario so I can show you its working but I will consider shipping out at your cost after payment has been received.  


WARNING

As with any used electronic device I will not take back after shipping as I don’t know what you did to it when you tried it at your QTH.  It will be working as it should when it leaves….


If you are interested or have any questions please send me an email to  va3rcs@yahoo.ca and we can start the process.

Thanks for reading this

73bob

 

 

 

 

Log them all and let #LoTW sort them out

For a change life has slowed down a bit here and I am finding much more time to hide in the shack.  For now time is spent catching up on some (LOTS) of non radio related paperwork at the same time as trying to complete my Digital WAS from the new QTH here in Kingston Ontario.

I’m using a rather simple way of it though….  Although at this time I am only missing 9 states for my WAZ those states seem slightly rare.  After a couple days of calling on the various HF bands although my signals have been spotted (tnx PSK Reporter) in the missing states it seems no one in those states were watching their screens at the right time so I am still trying….. and trying.

For now the preferred way is call and call and call on the various bands….  My “Stealthy Antenna ”  aka my “Disney Antenna (cuz its really Mickey Mouse) seems to work using my on board auto tuner on my Yaesu FT 450 on the following bands.  10-12-15-17-20-30m.  It used to like 40m as well but something changed…. dunno what…. and now no luck there.  If I insert my 40m Buddistick coil in just beside the balun I can also operate on 80m.

As the US call zones often cover more than 1 state and with their vanity call system often its hard to figure out where anyone is calling from till after the QSO has been made.  My answer is fairly simple…..  Work everyone I can and then let Logbook of The World figure it out.  Sooner or later I will work those missing 9 and then I can start on the CW and SSB WAS to complete my 2nd Triple Play.  When I was living in Ottawa I did manage to complete my Triple Play and it would be great to do it a 2nd time from here in Kingston.

With my great antenna restrictions here I just don’t think any rare DX will be in my future though I am able to reach across SA and most of Europe. Anything much past that is hoping for the Perfect Storm.

More on this later….

73bob

Still making contacts

I started back on October 3 with the new stealth antenna.  Its a twisted Zig Zagged almost vertical wire about 50 feet in length with 3 random length radial.  Its fed by a 4:1 balun and I use a buddipole 40m coil at the bottom of the wire (after the balun) so its kind of base loaded.  By pass the coil and I can operate on 10-12-15-17-20-30 and 40m.  Using the coil I can get 60 and 80m.

The SWR on all band is low enough (under 3:1) that I can get the internal tuner in the FT 450 to bring everything down to a decent match (1:1)

All this is stealth mounted in a large pine tree just on the other side of my fence line.  The balun and the radials are on my side of the fence and the wire runs up into the tree.  Stealth being the key words as there are some antenna restrictions I would rather not debate with the Condo Board.

So how does it work???? Well its better than not being on the air…  So far this month I have made 206 contacts.  A few were voice and most were FT8 with a couple of CW thrown in for good measure.

Contacts were made in North America, South America and Europe.

Now before October the last time I played radio was in the spring of 2018 so I don’t really know if this is good or bad for band conditions.  Either way….  It does not matter…  I got to spend some quality time in the shack and realized how much i missed it.  Right now I just try to spend a couple of hours in the shack each day and also try to upload my logs to LoTW and QRZ.com on a regular basis.

I need 5 more states for the WAS-FT8 and after those 206 contacts I still need those hard to find 5.  As far as the DXCC Digital go one of those 206 brought me up from 48 to 49 so I still have 51 to go …  It will take a while.

But as the camper is off the road for the season… (if you read my earlier post) I do have time on my hands now so why not.

In the mean time…. I am proving that you can make contacts in Amateur Radio with less than fantastic antennas if you want to take the time to work at it…

Hope to hear you on the air

73bob