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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Yaesu FT-7800R Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu FT-7800R
Yaesu FT-7800R Reviews: 206 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $329.00
Description: Dualband mobile
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W7KKK Rating: 5/5 May 14, 2004 19:11 Send this review to a friend
Better Quality than others  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This appears to be a solidly built radio. I also have two new FT-2800s and this is a much better radio than they are. The volume and squelch knobs do not wobble like the 2800s. My old FT-1500 did not have knob wobble either. Itís almost like the FT-2800s I bought had something left out.

The radio, unlike the 1500 and 2800s is fan cooled, not cooled by a heat sink. It has a nice quiet fan like the FT-8800R has. It does not do cross band repeat so if you need it step up to the FT-8800R.

Still has a nice sized display so you can see it. Lots of memories are included and good audio from the little speaker. Better audio than either the 2800 or 1500 series.
KB3KOC Rating: 5/5 May 9, 2004 01:01 Send this review to a friend
I'll ask for another one for Father's Day!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This radio was supposed to be my first mobile rig (just got my ticket in December). I decided to set it up in the house for a week or two so I could learn how to work it once I got it in the car.

I am so impressed with this rig, this one has officially become the first rig in my shack and I'll ask the XYL for one for Father's Day. If she gets her ticket, she'll have one in her car too!!

The determining factor for me in getting this rig was the fact that it is small. My car has a big center console and very little room to mount a rig without it interfering with the safe of the car. So it'll go in the trunk and I'll have just enough roon to mount it on the dash.

I can't stress enough how pleased I am with this rig.

VK7HAR Rating: 5/5 Apr 14, 2004 02:28 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Great audio, no intermod/pager problems, small size, good pwr output, useful wideband Rx and a manual that does make sence (I had to read it a few times first)
First rate gear, Yaesu will make money and repeat business from this one
KG4WLP Rating: 5/5 Apr 8, 2004 17:25 Send this review to a friend
A few minor gripes.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I've had this unit for about 6 weeks and am very pleased with it so far. Good Rx & Tx audio. Great display. Good Rx sensitivity with no intermod yet. Haven't figured out all the bells & whistles yet, but it can do everything you need it to. Minor gripes: 1) The coiled cord is so stiff it might stress the jack (very minor).
2) The tuning dial is jumpy. One click and it will move forward 1 or maybe skip & move forward 2 channels (not really too irritating).
Scan is fairly fast at about 12 memories per second. I would give it just under a 5 so I leave the rating at "5". You won't be disapointed with this unit. I like it better than my FT-1500.
KC2LLW Rating: 5/5 Apr 6, 2004 08:50 Send this review to a friend
Great radio easy to use  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I own a FT-7100 and love my FT-7800 easy to program powerful very clear audio what can I say I think I will run to the candy store and buy one for my wife's car too!!
W8OB Rating: 5/5 Apr 5, 2004 09:21 Send this review to a friend
Surprising rig  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
This is one nice rig. Plenty of power and one hot receiver intermod no problem here. I use this as a scanner for the public service bands also and am impressed with how great this thing hears. Fan noise no problem and at last a wide range receiver that isn't deaf on 800 mhz rx. Yaesu got it right on this one
N1NYP Rating: 4/5 Mar 23, 2004 17:29 Send this review to a friend
Surprised but happy  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
To start with, I have never been a Yaesu fan. I have owned a few and have always had some problem with them or found them to be extremely difficult to program against the Icoms and FT-5100 went back to Yaesu 3 times....anyway I could not pass this one up after reading reviews and talking to some current owners and staff at the local radio store.
My first impression was that I could actually program it after about 30 seconds with the manual. Very simple...I thought I had bought the wrong radio, but it really was a Yaesu...anyway the memory banks are great, the functions are more than adequate and keep the radio simple to organize.
The front panel and mike keys are logical and cover the most used functions and the reception reports have been great..Wide receive(including 800mhz) actually work very well. No intermod problems so far. Tone and tone squelch(ctcss and dcs) work well. The separation kit is overpriced and you can use straight through 6 connector phone cable(a little hard to find) or make your own and use a little velcro to attach the head remotely. The mike attaches to the head so no need for a mike extension.

No it's not an 8800 or an 8900, but for a simple, straightforward mobile, you can't do better. So far it appears Yaesu really got this one right..have only had for a short time so cannot give it a 5 yet, but it probably deserves it. What more could you want in a dual band mobile for under $300...
VK7HDX Rating: 5/5 Mar 18, 2004 22:01 Send this review to a friend
value for the dollar  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have just passed my VK licence here in Australia and I was looking for a 2M and 70 cm rig. And the Yaesu FT-7800/R had all the features for a newbie operator would need for a basic set-up into the wide wonderful world of Amateur radio. 1000 Ch memory, remote head, DTMF, good warranty & wideband recive 108 to 999 MHz.

Yeah.. it doesn't have SSB or 6M output but its got one BIG thing going for it.
"Value for money"

73 Karl
KR3DX Rating: 5/5 Mar 15, 2004 00:34 Send this review to a friend
Good rig for the money  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I've been looking for a dual band mobile for several months, when I saw that the 7800 had a memory system similar to the VX-2R, I decided to give it a try. I was a little worried buying a Yaesu, the problems with the FT-90 and the 7100M came to mind. But the 8800 and 8900 seemed to be OK, so I decided to take a chance. I've had the 7800 for 2 weeks now and I've left it on for 24 hours on several occasions, I've run it in the shack and in the mobile. Transmitting on full output it does get warm after several 2 minute transmissions, but not thermonuclear hot like the FT-90. 20 watt transmissions result in a moderately warm heat sink. I think this rig will last quite a while with normal use. The receiver seems very sensitive (I just read the review in the April QST which seems to confirm this) and the intermod performance seems quite good, on a par with my Motorola and GE mobile rigs (listening on the same frequency, using the same antenna on the same car). All of the features and functions work well, the receive audio is good (might require an external speaker for really noisy mobile environments) and I've got good comments on the transmit audio quality. With 1000 memories, the programming can be quite tedious, so I've ordered the software and cable from RT Systems so I can use my computer to program the rig. With 20 banks to assign the 1000 memories to, this rig will make a great VHF high band - UHF scanner. If I encounter any problems with my 7800, I will post them here. Until then, this rig gets a good recommendation.

YC1EES Rating: 3/5 Mar 2, 2004 23:43 Send this review to a friend
Suddenly gone off  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Just bought the rig 3 days ago. The buttons look nice with the right size and easy operated...(even too soft). But last night while transmiting on 2m the rig just gone off, leaving a " tuck..tuck.." sound. Trying to do a reset with no success. So for the moment I'll give it a 3 rating. Will be back to the shop today. Anyone with the same experience or any solution??

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