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Author Topic: Yaesu FT-450 or FT-450AT?  (Read 1565 times)
G0VHL
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« on: September 10, 2010, 05:37:51 AM »

I am considering buying this rig and would appreciate opinions on whether I should go for the 450AT or get a third party tuner, the LDG YT-450, for instance?
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NR4C
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2010, 07:33:51 AM »

I started my HF career with a new LDG tuner.  i liked it very much.  last summer, I acquired a used Kenwood TS-570 with a built-in ATU.  I was sold.  It is great to have this important function integrated with radio.  My club has a TS-50 with it's external AT-50 ATU, and it is very integrated, has memories, follows you up and down the band and has a great tuning range.  But i like the 570 better.

I would suggest you examine the specs on the tuner.  Determine what range of SWR it will match.  Compare it with the 'stand-alone' LDG.  And then make your decision.  But in my opinion, a built-in ATU will add a lot to the pleasure of operation of the radio, and will add to it's re-sale value at some later date.  You can always by-pass it when you add the linear and the high-power tuner later on. And you won't have that pesky short 'jumper' to deal with.

One more item, with an external tuner, you will often see the tuner indicating a 1:1 SWR, while the radio shows 1.4:1.  Now, which is right?  The radio?  The tuner?  Both!?

My $.02 worth.

...bc
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G0VHL
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2010, 04:46:10 AM »

Thanks, bc, good advice.

Pete
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