NaBloPoMo – Communications: Yaesu FT-817ND

This is my newest radio.  Yep,  I actually bought it new this past May. It is a Yaesu FT-817ND portable HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver.

From Universal Radio:

TX Frequency Coverage: 160 – 10 Meters, 50 MHz, 144 MHz, 430-450 MHz, plus Alaska Emergency Channel (5167.5 kHz).

RX Frequency Coverage: 100 kHz – 56 MHz; 76 – 154 MHz; 420 – 470 MHz

It is also unique in that it is the smallest self-contained multiband HF radio on the market.   It has many of the same features as the FT-857D and FT-897D but without the power amplifier.  It only outputs 5 watts instead of the 100 watts of the FT-897D.  However it is significantly smaller and can operate off of AA batteries if need be.

I used it to receive the audio for the posting on Amateur Radio Satellite.  The first thing a person notices is how small it is.  The next thing is how heavy it is relative to its size.  It has a die-cast metal chassis and metal covers.   Very little plastic.

The rear showing all the interfaces:

Side showing headphone and microphone jacks.  It is sitting on an AA battery.

All in all a fun radio.  It is very popular with the QRP folks and satellite operators.  I guess its handy in the Alaskan outback too.

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4 Responses to NaBloPoMo – Communications: Yaesu FT-817ND

  1. doranyc says:

    wow! You are totally the kid on the block with the coolest toys!!

    • stupido63 says:

      I do have some nifty radios I must agree. One nice thing about amateur radio, is that the equipment holds its value much longer than other electronics.

      • doranyc says:

        That makes sense. It really is a fool-proof technology. Even if the Zombie Apocalypse comes and we lose all modernity – radio will survive.

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