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Date Posted by Category User IP

2016-06-14 (UTC)



Yaesu FRG-7

Chances are, if you are reading this ad, you already know exactly what this is. The "Frog 7". Yaesu's classic FRG-7 receiver, the "Wadley Loop" system, all that. This rig has been a staple among Amateur Radio operators, SWLs and the like for forty years. A fine radio. Not a lot to add, except for the particulars of this radio.

This radio works well, receives from 500kHz to 29.9MHz; had it tuned up and aligned last year at Houston Amateur Radio Supply. Like any radio, the more resonant the antenna, the better it will receive. Yaesu made these for some time; this is one of the later models, as it includes the "fine" tuning knob for SSB, located above the volume control. This is the third FRG-7 I've owned over the years, and two of them had the fine tuning knob. Note that it does take a delicate touch. Nature of the beast, I suppose.

Cosmetically it is a 9 out of 10. Very clean, especially given that this is an upwards of 40 year old radio. In fact, I didn't think it had any scratches on the case at all, until I went to dust it off today, and did find a few, mainly on the bottom. I have no idea who owned the radio before me, nor what kind of environments it resided in (I'm sure the stories of wild orgies, knife fights and poisonings are quite untrue.) But wherever it was or whomever owned it, clearly the radio was well cared for.

On the back of the set, the radio is normally powered by 120VAC, power cord present and in good shape, plus it has a socket for 12VDC. Has the usual SO-239 coax connector, as well as a set of wire connectors for the SW bands, ground wire and the like. It has the elusive 8 D cell battery holder in the back. Most Frog 7's these days seem to be missing this. There is a 4-ohm external speaker jack. Note that some kind of modification has been done to the radio. Just to the right of the external speaker jack there are two RCA jacks, one is labeled "IF", the other "9VDC". Other than what one may infer from the labels, I have no idea what they are for; I was not told of these when I bought the radio.

All the bulbs work, S meter works, excellent front firing speaker (as internal speakers go). One thing it does not come with is a manual. However, documentation is readily available on the Internet. Even though this is an "old style" radio, it is still pretty intuitive in learning to operate it. Photos available by email on request.

The asking price is $250, shipped to CONUS only (no overseas shipping) via UPS ground. Payment by postal money order or personal check only. (Note that if you use one of the major banks, the actual check clearing time these days is quite short.)



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