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Date Posted by Category User IP

2016-01-03 (UTC)



Yaesu FRG-7

Didn't get what you REALLY WANTED for Christmas? Well, my new year's resolution promise to my wife is to keep thinning out the collection of rigs as I plan for eventual retirement. Perhaps we can work together and meet both of our objectives !!!

For sale is my Yaesu FRG-7 shortwave receiver. I haven't used it for awhile, but have tested it prior to writing this listing. On a mediocre antenna it receives local BCB AM transmissions well. On the same antenna I can tune and hear WWV on multiple frequencies, and can copy CB up on 27 MHz. LSB, USB, and CW can also be heard on the HF ham bands. I'd recommend a good antenna if you really want to pull in the rare ones. So, yes, it does work.

Selectivity is not what you'd get with your ham rig with IF DSP or crystal filters. This circa 1990 receiver was designed for casual SWL listening, but many used it as a backup receiver for their ham stations. So, the stock filter is about 8 KHz wide (one of those Murata things). The serial number is 190E290375.

Audio is decent with the internal, front firing speaker, but you can plug in an external speaker for better sounding audio. (That's what I did.)

The radio runs off of line voltage, external nominal 12vdc, or internal D-cell batteries if you get one of the rare plug in battery modules that replaces that rear panel piece that has the black pop-lock fasteners. (I don't have that, so you won't get it.) The other thing you can do is put a 12v gel-cell inside the battery compartment and hold it in place with tye-wraps or velcro straps. (No, I did not do that. This radio is stock.)

The FRG-7 has the Wadley loop synthesis method to divide the 500KHz to 30MHz range into 1MHz bands with a four position bandswitch for the preselector. There is a dial set control to move the hairline right and left if you use an external 100KHz calibrator (not included). Personally, I found the attenuator switch, tone switch and AM/ANL positions of the Mode switch kind of useless...but that's me.

Early models of the FRG-7 (including the version sold by Sears) did NOT have the fine tuning control. This later version unit does have this control that is essential for easily tuning SSB.

All of the panel lights and the s-meter work. None of the switches are broken like some recent eBay sale units. Cosmetics are good. There are a few very minor scratches in unnoticeable places and a minor round blemish on the housing top. The carrying strap is in very good condition. You CAN carry the radio by it. It is not broken, cracked or frayed.

All in all, this is a very nice specimen of the FRG-7. I will include a copy of the manual and Yaesu flyer for this radio. If you really want prime performance, I'd recommend touching up the alignment.

Bottom line: price is $200, shipped to your door in the "lower 48". Alaska or Hawaii, contact me for a shipping quote, since it will cost more. NO SALES TO OUTSIDE OF THE USA. For payment, money order or PayPal are both ok. (No up-charge for PayPal.) Personal check is good too as long as you are willing to wait for the check to clear the banking system before I ship your radio to you.

Thanks for reading my listing. I can send you more pictures of the radio if you contact me directly via email.

Contact me via email at W9MTatARRLdotNet

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