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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Yaesu FT-840 Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu FT-840
Yaesu FT-840 Reviews: 163 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $699.95
Description: Compact High-Performance HF Transceiver
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W4DSM Rating: 5/5 Apr 19, 2015 06:27 Send this review to a friend
Great Basic Radio  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought this FT 840 at the Jackson MS Hamfest for much less that $400. I own a FT 990 and a FT 1000mp Mark V. They are great radios, but cost a LOT more. This FT 840 is a super great radio. No extra frills, but in many ways, just a good as the 990 and 1000mp Mark V. I have received very good reports on the audio. My plan was to use it mobile, but I find myself still going to it to play around. It's a keeper!!
WA6AM Rating: 5/5 Mar 1, 2015 21:17 Send this review to a friend
good for fm and repeaters and great in the motorhome   Time owned: more than 12 months
This is a great little rig.I use mine in the motorhome to enjoy general coverage receive.I also use mine on fm for simplex and repeaters on 10 meters.Spice it up with a W2IHY product and you have a good ssb rig for all applications.You can still find a good deal on this rig.And I wish they were still making them!
W5JV Rating: 4/5 Mar 1, 2015 15:48 Send this review to a friend
Sweet & Worth Bringing Home  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
There is so much that is "right" about the FT-840 that I want to first say it is an ideal first radio, an ideal portable or travel radio, an ideal radio for your camper or even your office if all you need for a time is a SWL receiver. The FT-840 has a hot little receiver and is broad banded in RF output. No tuning is required. You just speak or key and then adjust the RF Level to your output needs, up to 100W on SSB or CW. I give it a 4 star only to hi-lite an issue I had and that has been to find an automatic antenna tuner that it can work with to feed a standard G5RV. I have been through an LDG AT-100ProII which could not tune it even at 1/4 power. I was successful with a borrowed Drake manual tuner but that is too slow. Next try will be a MFJ. If that does not work I'll look at the Elecraft next. If you have had a similar experience and found a solution, please let me know. Thank you & 73.
AB3RY Rating: 5/5 Mar 26, 2014 13:35 Send this review to a friend
A Great Starter Radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Last spring, after getting my General ticket, I picked up one of these on eBay after reading the reviews here. Even though it was at least 10 years old then, it worked great out of the box for both SSB and CW. It has handled the stupid settings and fumbles as I learned all the stuff you don't learn passing the exams. And even though I am a fairly casual operator, I am close to DXCC on a couple of bands.

I spent a bit less than $400 shipped for the radio and feel like it's one of the best values out there especially for beginners. It does most everything you would want without spending a ton of money. This is important since when you are starting out, there are so many more things to get than just a radio.
KB3IRR Rating: 5/5 Oct 30, 2013 18:52 Send this review to a friend
Great RADIO  Time owned: more than 12 months
OK. This is my second contribution... 10 years later.

This is still my primary rig. Is it a $3000 rig? No? Does it have all the 'bells and whistles? No.

It is a radio, plain and simple. If you want sophistication... forget it. This is a radio, in the true sense of the word. Turn it on, tune in, and work the world. Lack of features made me a better operator.
ZL1DT Rating: 5/5 Sep 18, 2013 21:46 Send this review to a friend
Great rig!  Time owned: more than 12 months
This is an unassuming , small rig, which does not get the reviews it deserves. I have had mine for more than 12 months now, and it has performed perfectly on base and also portable. Mine was a "fixer-upper" (some clown with the golden screwdriver in hand), and I have rewired the 12v DC outlet on the back directly from the DC input (with a fuse inline). I have fitted a "proper" earth connection on the back, with wing-nut, as sometimes my portable antennas leave a lot to be desired! All in all, a great rig. Entry level or otherwise.
other rigs in the shack include Yaesu FT990,FT 101ZD, Kenwood TS 520, 520S and a WWII New Zealand milatary transceiver called a ZC1 MK2
W9HAN Rating: 5/5 Feb 11, 2013 20:18 Send this review to a friend
The best rig ever!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I got my HAM ticket in 2006 and extra class not long after that. Got into V/UHF right away and started looking for the perfect HF rig for me. I read jillions of reviews, made complicated spreadsheets, did analysis on all the features, assigned value indexes to the features and could not make a decision. I tend to like ICOM for some reason I canít explain and own all ICOM except a VX-3 which I love. From 2006 until now I never uttered a word or CW signal on HF while I did my research.

This past November 2012 I was at the FCARC Hamfest and I saw the FT-840 walk into the room and it was love at first sight. I knew absolutely nothing about the rig and had not researched it at all, but one look is all I needed and I bought it immediately without any research. I took it home then looked up the eHam reviews and was very happy with what I read. I bought every possible feature for the rig including the TCXO-4, FM, CW filter, AM filter and changed out the hot running 8.2 ohm resister with a 5 watt version. I replaced the dead meter light with an LED. Hooked up the LDG AT100Pro2 tuner and LMR-400 to the ZeroFive BROADBAND36 ground mounted vertical. WOW!

I have made contacts all over the world. Anything I can hear can hear me. The reports on the signal and audio are highly complimentary. The receiver is very good and appropriately sensitive. The controls are in the right place with the right feel. The feel of the radio is solid and well built. I love this near vintage radio.

Tonight I was searching the web for the perfect rig and reading reviews thinking I could do better than the FT-840. Then I realized I already have the best radio and decided it was time to write a review.
K7CID Rating: 5/5 Sep 3, 2012 19:09 Send this review to a friend
Exceptional receiver. Best bang for the buck!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I'm comparing this to my Yaesu FT-950 (2011). The 950 has more functions but costs about $1500. This 840 was less than $400. and has all the features I need. A very solid rig!
K4NBC Rating: 5/5 Aug 13, 2012 04:16 Send this review to a friend
Great Basic Radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased a used ft-840 from a store that had it in consigment and so far its working great. I like the receiver and I get good reports when I TX as well, but I will get a desktop microphone when I can instead of using the handheld mh-31.
N4ZAW Rating: 5/5 Aug 10, 2012 05:00 Send this review to a friend
Four Years later....  Time owned: more than 12 months
I posted a review on the first 840 I purchased back in August of 2008. Please read it a couple pages back.. But an update is in-order here. Since 2008, I've added THREE MORE 840's to my collection. They are the only HF rig I cannot bring myself to sell/trade. This is due to all the same reasons spurring folks to give it 5's. The anomaly with my first one turned out to be a bad tuner. I have noticed what appears to be a design problem of-sorts. The 6volt regulator circuit runs very close to it's current rating,and the big flameproof resistor gets hot enough to light a stogie. Even so, they keep on ticking, with seemingly no other issues. I just put a tiny muffin fan over the heatsink in all of my 840's because of the heat, but only as a precaution. The mod to replace all the front end signal diodes DOES transform the already great receive into superb receive! Worth the time and effort. Give yourself a full day on the bench. The chore can be "whipped-out" in about two hours, but take your time and just be careful.
For what they do vs what they now cost, there are few rigs to compare the 840 to.
The buyer should be aware of their obvious age tho, and be ready to recap them soon because 'Lytics do not last forever.
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