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Author Topic: QRP with Yaesu FT-840  (Read 830 times)
KC8JWA
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« on: January 14, 2004, 09:28:23 PM »

Hello,
Well, we will soon be camping in our teardrop trailer and I've got qrp on my mind.  At one time I had an MFJ travel rig...but now all I have is my 840 back-up rig.  Has anyone used one of these on 5 watts and how well did they do?  I'm worried about power consumption.  It's a little larger than I'd like to tote along too, but I can't see getting a different rig when this one is perfectly fine.
Thanks and 73,
Bev
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WB8WTU
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2004, 08:39:05 PM »

Hi Bev,

The FT-840 makes a fine QRP rig, although it does use some
power - even in receive. Still, it can be done without too much
trouble. I've used a motorcycle (lawn mower) battery - lead
acid - that should give you enough power for a weekend.  Those
batteries are small, easy to charge, and not too heavy to carry
around. Turn off the display backlighting to conserve power.

The FT-840 is often overshawdowed by the Icom IC-718, but it
has a great receiver, easy to operate, and with the CW filter,
makes an excellent CW QRP rig.

Enjoy the outdoors and QRP.

73,
dennis
WB8WTU
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