From My Archive I Choose…

Y is for Yaesu…

Ok – Apologies… these are not ‘Archive’ photos – I’ve stuck with that definition up till now, but for this I thought I’d bend the rules as I didn’t want to replicate a recent photo and I had something new to share…

So – What is / Who are Yaesu?

Yaesu are one of the major manufacturers of Amateur Radio transceivers.   They also make similar radio kit for maritime, police and military applications.   Yaesu are not the sole manufacturer of Amateur Radio rigs – other major manufacturers are Icom, Kenwood, Alinco and Elekraft.   There are a number of others too.   One of the choices that each newly licensed Radio Ham has to make is their choice of HF Rig – a Transceiver for the shortwave bands.   That choice often defines the future purchases as well.   After a lot of thought in the early days, I went down the Yaesu road and I have been very happy with their products.  Others will have chosen Icom or Kenwood or someone else.   It’s very rare afterwards for someone to change allegiances although it can happen.

My first rig was a Yaesu FT-840 –  a good beginners rig as you can’t change many of its settings and it has a great receiver.  Being able to hear people is much more important than being able to call them!   This rig is fully servicable and has been used at the DeHavilland Aircraft Museum to operate GB2DHH.

I upgraded to the Yaesu FT-2000 in 2007.   At the time the rig was under a bit of a cloud as a number of very serious operators were critiscising its performance on the output audio and on receive and I got it at a very good price 🙂   I have to say that I’ve not had any issues with the rig and that half the issues seem to have been user caused – 5 years down the road and it remains my main rig and draws good audio reports on a regular basis.   I know I’m doing something right when I’m complimented on my signal and the quality of my modulation by an Italian station – Many of Italian operators take great pride in their audio.

So now, I’m going to introduce you to my latest rig – the Yaesu FT-817.   How to describe it… It can do everything on every band!   But only at 5watts.   That’s not a lot of power – the local BBC antenna pumps out 750KW and that’s low power by transmission broadcast standards!   But, on the Amateur Radio frequencies you can work the world on very low power – usually referred to as QRP.

The rig arrives in a brown box – very imaginative…

Yaesu FT-817 Box…You hope that when you open the box, everything is there…

There is an instruction manual… and the Yaesu sticker that they hope you will use to advertise their products…

Yaesu manual and StickerAnd there’s a map – Yaesu love to give you a map of the Radio Amateur’s world.   I’ll show you it opened out sometime 🙂

Yaesu MapAnd then….  there’s a rather nice strap for the rig – I’m sure that’s better than my Canon one (Canon please take note!)

Yaesu StrapAnd, finally – here’s the rig…

FT-817You can get an idea of its size by comparing it with the A4 notebook and the FT-2000 hiding behind. This rig is a real ‘Mighty Mouse’!

 

Why am I buying a 5w rig when I have the main station behind?    Time to lose some weight and that equates to time to do some SOTA… ie, walking up and down hills in the countryside 🙂