Posts Tagged ‘FT450’

STILL looking for “The” Radio for the camper…

August 25, 2015

If you look back in the archives….  On July 22nd 2015 I wrote in a blog post    that I was looking for a new radio for the camper and just to shock most of you the radio I was looking at to fill the position was an ICOM 7100 and not one of the Yaesu Brands which I have favoured over the years…

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So far the reviews of the IC 7100 scare me a bit….  Way too many 5/5 reviews and not enough 4/5’s…  Whenever a radio seems to be perfect… I tend to doubt it….  I like the looks of it….  I love the features but…. I doubt the honesty of the reviews on QRZ.com.

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One local ham here in town admitted to buying one and his reviews were less than stellar…. He even tried to send it back to the dealer and buy a different brand of radio (from that same dealer) and was told of a 20% re stocking fee…  He decided to sell the radio privately and recovered his investment without losing 20% and that dealer has lost a customer…

As far as I know the new owner has no issues and is happy with his purchase….  Proving what does not work for some … will work for others…

Guessing it was a noise issue that was was local to his area… But my neighborhood is noisy as well…

The Flex works great here but other radios have not…

My FT 817 works great in the camper but some times 5w just does not cut it…

The reason I am having doubts and questions is that the local ham lives in a situation almost the same as mine… Limited space environmnent with limited space for antennas.

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Granted I am looking for a radio for the camper but I also would of like to use it at home when the camper is parked in storage.  If nothing else would keep it at home for security…  but…. I also might power it up when the bands were not good for QRP.

So I am still looking…  as previously stated the radio will be operated from the campers kitchen table….  It will not be in a position where the driver can operate it so…. no distracted driving in my future….

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So if you have any suggestions or recomendations….  send them my way….  Earlier I was thinking of the Yaesu FT 450 and now its closer to the top of the list … right beside the ICOM as I wait for more data before making my final choice

camper4Not in a rush… but the camper is scheduled to head south to W4 Land in mid February so I gotta make up my mind soon...

73bob

The shack makeover starts

June 8, 2011

If you remember back to a previous posting I was planning to change out some gear in the shack….  Well that process has started and heres what has happened so far…

My FT847 has been sold and will most likely replaced by a Yaesu FT450 as I scour the swap nets looking for a good deal on one…  My FT897 will take over as my Home HF Rig till I find a FT450 and then will become my VHF/6m rig. 

As far as antennas go I will be taking down the W3EDP and replacing it with a vertical for 10-20m or 10-40m depending on whats available locally and I am also going to stretch out some wire which will be fed by the FC40 auto tuner which works with the FT897 and will work with the FT450 when I finally get it.  I have also picked up a 2m loop and a 6m loop.  Both loops are made by KB4AB

Above picture shows both loops

I am going to be mounting both loops on a telescopic masting that will get both antennas just above roof height when in use but well below roof height when not in use to keep the neighbors and landlord happy…  I will keep a 2m JPOLE on a short (10 foot) mast for the local repeaters with the FT2900 and I have a discone type antenna I will have up for APRS.

With some luck the loops should be installed in time for this weekends VHF Contest…(June 11-12)

In addition my FT857 is leaving on Wednesday for a test drive and as it works great should be leaving the collection shortly….  I am still concidering the new Elecraft KX3 early next year once I find out if they work as smooth as they look…

I really like some of the specs and features of this new rig and if anything could convince me to put the FT817 on the shelf it might be this one…

I’ll try to update you on how things are going as they get going…

73bob

 


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