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Author Topic: Any reason for me not to buy an FT817ND?  (Read 1610 times)
N4KZ
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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2007, 06:39:26 AM »

Just like an earlier poster said, I too have owned 3 of the FT-817s. I bought an early version but sold it. Immediately regretted it and bought another. Sold it and regretted it. Now, I have purchased my third and vow not to part with it.

Far from being the perfect radio for a lot of reasons, it's still a unique product in many ways and a lot of fun to use.

I'm blessed to have good antennas at home and have used the rig to work some nice DX from 6 meters all the way down to 80 meters. I've done QRP off and on for 35 years and still find myself amazed with the radio's many capabilities. I have even run it mobile and worked several DX stations in Europe, South America and even Africa.

73, Dave, N4KZ
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M0MJH
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« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2007, 02:20:33 AM »

Well, I picked up my new FT-817ND yesterday. It's all charged up and ready to go, I've just got to get my head around setting all the menus out (not too bad as I own an FT857 as well).

My mates are going to wonder what has happened to me; I'm usually the one running 100w or so or taking part in contest stations where we're running 400w and big ol' beams, and now I've gone and bought a QRP rig! Cheesy hehe.

Oh well, I've brought the rig into work with me, so, when I get a break, I can have a trawl through the manual.

73

Mark
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N4MJG
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« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2007, 05:01:15 PM »

i have brought one since march 17,2007 it not that old yet.i took my to up big hills to check out 2 meter now it works,now just needed to check HF as soon i get my buddipole builted. !!!

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Jackie
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G3XBM
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« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2007, 06:22:07 AM »

Go ahead and buy the best little radio on the market. I've had mine since 2001 and enjoyed using it greatly. Working worldwide handheld DX is such a thrill and I've even managed to work across the Atlantic on 6m sporadic-E last summer with just a small vertical antenna! It is perfect for local ragchews on 2m AM/FM and does a good job as a receiver on the new 501kHz LF band. If I had to sell all the ham gear I have and keep just one rig it would be my little FT817. In over 40 years in the hobby it has been the best purchase I've ever made.

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Roger
http://www.g3xbm.co.uk
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