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Author Topic: Yaesu FT-920 vs Ft-450  (Read 3698 times)
KI4SJU
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« on: June 30, 2012, 06:25:18 AM »

I would love everyones input! I have a Yaesu Ft-920 and love the radio but I was looking at trading for a Yaesu Ft-450. Would this be a wise idea or would it be a down grade from the 920 to the 450? Thanks everyone and 73's
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K7MH
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2012, 09:52:32 AM »

I wouldn't make that trade on a BET as they say!
I wouldn't trade it for TWO FT-450's.
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WD5GWY
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2012, 10:44:28 AM »

While the 450 is a nice radio, if I had a choice between the 920 and the 450,
I would go for(keep in this case) the 920. I have used a friend's 920 and really
do like it. It might not be the latest technology out, but, it is still a fine radio.
As for the 450, I have only had the chance to use one one time. It is a decent
radio, but, not in the same class, in my opinion, as the 920.
james
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N0ZNA
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2012, 09:26:02 PM »

I wouldnt trade my ft450d for any other radio.I was unsure what radio to pick,and i called a major supplier...he asked me a few questions and i wanted the ft450d,or the ts590...i am glad i picked the ft450d and never sorry about it one bit...73 de n0zna
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AE4RV
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2012, 10:45:04 AM »

I used an FT-450 for CW at my local Field Day site. I liked the ergonomics well enough and it would have probably been a decent enough radio for SSB but it was terrible for CW contesting. I would have operated a lot more but for the headaches it gave me. I'm not sure but I assumed this was the original non-D version - the buttons didn't light up. The D model claims better CW filtering.

Ironically the SSB station had a K3.
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EI4GMB
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2012, 06:17:52 PM »

I use an FT-920 and find it on a par with rigs such as the FT-1000 series and the Icom 756 Pro III. Personally, I wouldn't trade it in for FT-450. Don't do it!

Kind Regards

Fred EI4GMB
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2012, 07:26:53 PM »

I owned both of these rigs. While the FT450 is a good value as an entry-level rig, I found the FT-920 to have a much better receiver -- particularly after installing Inrad roofing filters.

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W4AMP
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2012, 07:25:56 AM »

FT920 is a better radio. Finding parts for it are getting tough though.
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W7ARX
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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2012, 09:00:42 AM »

Two different radios, that have differing applications.

The 920 is a great, great base radio for HF and 6 with all the functions you can ever need.
The 450 is a great little radio, albeit the main knob sucks, but performs well.  More of a mobile/portable radio.

But if you are looking for a basic, well defined, base radio, the 920.
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W8JX
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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2012, 09:43:21 AM »

It would be a down grade. While 450 is newer, it is a entry level radio lacking in some regards and VERY menu dependent for even simplest functions and has a cheap "feel" to it as well.
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