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Author Topic: Good, older HF transceiver  (Read 6278 times)
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« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2013, 07:45:39 PM »

Quite a few of the older Icom rigs had those problems

That's right. But those are known problems, and once you take care of them you can have a reliable, excellent rig for little money.
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« Reply #31 on: April 20, 2013, 07:16:52 PM »

Give me a boat anchor any day!!   Grin

Yup, got a few around here:  http://webpages.charter.net/aj8mh-radio/todayphoto.html

On the crystals and caps...  It's widely know that the FT-757 can show signs of frequency drift and wobble caused by bad trimmer capacitors.  The sudden intermittent loss of a band or wild frequency change is usually the crystal.  While the board is out, it's probably prudent to replace all the trimmers and crystals.  It's cheap enough.  The FT-757 can really be a boat anchor if the microprocessor dies.

I've also worked on the new stuff.  Replacing surface mount ICs is a problem, but other surface mount components are fairly easy to replace.  Troubleshooting and following the signal flow takes time.  Luckily on my rig, it was just a dirty ribbon cable running from the front panel to the processor board.  Nothing like a soft touch and a diddle-stick.



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« Reply #32 on: April 29, 2013, 10:10:34 AM »

Get a Yaesu FT-890at or a FT-840, both are solid reliable radios.
If you want a small hf rig find a Kenwood TS-50s or hf/vhf try an Icom IC-706II.
Kenwood TS-140s and the TS-440s rig are good performers.
Make sure the pll issues on theTS-440s have been fixed though.

Kevin
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« Reply #33 on: April 29, 2013, 10:17:32 AM »

FT890 was not made long. It was know to blow finals and should be avoided.
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« Reply #34 on: April 29, 2013, 07:41:34 PM »

I think the FT890 was quickly discontinued because it was replaced by the FT900, which was the first HF rig with a remotable faceplate.  They are still really popular with the county hunting crowd.

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« Reply #35 on: April 30, 2013, 04:06:06 PM »

I think the FT890 was quickly discontinued because it was replaced by the FT900, which was the first HF rig with a remotable faceplate.  They are still really popular with the county hunting crowd.

John AF5CC

They also changed the finals in 900 as well. The 890 is not a bad rig otherwise but they are known to pop finals if they have never been changed.
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« Reply #36 on: April 30, 2013, 05:06:23 PM »

I think the FT890 was quickly discontinued because it was replaced by the FT900, which was the first HF rig with a remotable faceplate.  They are still really popular with the county hunting crowd.

John AF5CC

They also changed the finals in 900 as well. The 890 is not a bad rig otherwise but they are known to pop finals if they have never been changed.
  I must be lucky then! I'm on my second 890. It is now a backup rig to my current favorite, the FT-1000MP MKV. I sold the first 890 to help finance the MKV. Both 890's have worked without
problems. They are pretty tough radios. And work surprisingly well.
james
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« Reply #37 on: April 30, 2013, 05:32:58 PM »

I think the FT890 was quickly discontinued because it was replaced by the FT900, which was the first HF rig with a remotable faceplate.  They are still really popular with the county hunting crowd.

John AF5CC

They also changed the finals in 900 as well. The 890 is not a bad rig otherwise but they are known to pop finals if they have never been changed.
  I must be lucky then! I'm on my second 890. It is now a backup rig to my current favorite, the FT-1000MP MKV. I sold the first 890 to help finance the MKV. Both 890's have worked without
problems. They are pretty tough radios. And work surprisingly well.
james
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Yaesu may have changed finals in later units but I have seen a few early ones pop finals. As I recall that was their first attempt as a mosfet final in that type of rig. 
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« Reply #38 on: May 07, 2013, 08:31:04 AM »

As the original owner of a Yaesu FT890AT, I will highly recommend it. It is my backup for the 897D.  By the way, I have an unused and never used  mobile bracket for the 890AT if anyone is interested. This 890AT (With tuner), is not for sale!

Leeds

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