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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Yaesu FT-450 Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu FT-450
Yaesu FT-450 Reviews: 237 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $aprox 999.00 new
Description: The FT-450 is a rugged, innovative multi-band, multimode portable transceiver for the amateur radio HF & 6M bands. Providing coverage of the 160-10 meter bands plus the 6 m, the FT-450 includes operation on the SSB, CW, AM, FM, and Digital modes, yielding the most comprehensive performance package available for field operation.

Designed for use from an external DC power source, the FT-450 provides 100 watts of power output from a 13.8-Volt external power supply, 160 - 6 meter coverage
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G8LXI Rating: 0/5 Dec 3, 2008 08:18 Send this review to a friend
Bad Batch?  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Having read all the reviews on the FT450, it would seem that are a few owners that have complained of the internal receiver noise, I wonder if there is a"bad batch" out there that have been badly set up by Yaesu? How quiet or noisy is you 450 with the antenna disconncted? The one I owned was very noisey to the point of being deaf when on air compaired as I said with my Icom 718. I should have put it on my comms analizer and compaired it, but was so taken back by the poor preformance and the atitude of Yaesu to a new radio, that I sold it.
VE9AA Rating: 5/5 Nov 19, 2008 19:15 Send this review to a friend
wish it had narrow filters  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I would give it a 4.25 or 4.5, but given the choice of 4 or 5, I would have to say "5"

I wish it had more narrow filters (200-300Hz CW filter, whether DSP or an extra plug-in type would make this a near perfect rig)

Don't particularly care for the teeny tuning knob, but no surprise either. . . I knew about it going in.

Mine seems to be an older version (bought it used) and I have the ability to change the screen color to just about any shade of the rainbow and LOVE this feature. (would make older rigs more valuable than new, IMO)

Menu is certainly easier than a Ic-706 or Ft-100D as far as that goes.

All said and done not a bad rig, ESPECIALLY for the money. Ten years ago this would've have been a mid priced rig. . ..FFD to 2008 and it's still seems like mid priced rig at entry level (or below!) pricing.

Hard to complain.

. . . .but I still would like the narrow filters !
KE5SFK Rating: 5/5 Nov 11, 2008 18:06 Send this review to a friend
No buyers remorse!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Proud of making the choice to buy an FT-450 every time I turn it on. Many compliments have been received on air and I really think people would believe me if I told them I was running a much higher end radio.
The fact is this radio does everything the basic ham would want for a small price.
Good quality and logical menu.
Stock mike sounds good and feels substantial in your hand.
This radio still makes me smile after 9 months.
KE7VZW Rating: 5/5 Nov 11, 2008 16:55 Send this review to a friend
Highest ROI on HF  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I did tireless research and visiting other shacks before choosing an HF transceiver. It is my (and many others') opinion that the FT-450 is the absolute highest Return On Investment that you can get currently for your HF dollar. So far, the radio has performed flawlessly. I wish the tuner knob were a bit bigger, but it's still weighted very well and feels robust, and it basically does not detract at all from the radio. I just can't think of anything else to pick at because I haven't encountered any negatives yet. The dollar to feature ratio is unbeatable. The ears on this thing are wonderful; the OS intuitive and the build quality excellent. I haven't found a negative yet.

KV4AN Rating: 4/5 Nov 11, 2008 12:20 Send this review to a friend
PLENTY OF CONTROLS  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Overall, radio performs very well and has plenty of controls and displays to keep the gadget-oriented kind of ham busy and happy. The receiver is very good. I use the radio on CW, FM, and digital mostly. The rig does FSK RTTY, which was a surprise.

The total DSP system (contour / notch / DNR / width) is effective, but the DNR is not as good as my old Icom IC-746. The manual hints that it is 11 different algorithms, but the effect linear and progressive. The NB works super.

The tuner works great with my G5RV and I use an MFJ auto-tuner extender to help it out.

Transmit Hum/Buzz Problem: I isolated the problem to the "F" METER/DIM buttons. Set the display dimmer to anything except 4 (brightest) or 0 (off) and you get the hum. I'm getting ready to send it back to Yaesu for warranty repair. They know what the problem is and can fix it.
W8RPE Rating: 5/5 Oct 24, 2008 16:20 Send this review to a friend
A keeper!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I really like this radio. I did my research on the radio BEFORE I bought it. A novel idea, eh? The 450 has performed flawlessly for me. It has an excellent receiver and is easy on the ears. The DSP is very effective if you spend time to learn how to use it properly. Audio reports with a Heil GM4 have been great. I didn't opt for the built in tuner. When given a choice for the on board auto-tuner at an additional $100 or not, you're better off buying an LDG or MFJ auto-tuner. Iíve owned a few of the high end radios out there and the 450 is closer to high end performance than to an ďentry levelĒ transceiverÖwhich to me would be a used rig from the 70ís or 80ís. If youíre trying to decide between the IC-718 and FT-450 and choose the 718, then you havenít done your homework. I used both side by side and itís not even an apples to apples comparison. This rig has features that many high end radios of (recent) years past and costing three or four times as much didnít have! For the price, features and quality, the 450 canít be beat. Itís in a class all its own.
KA1VF Rating: 5/5 Oct 17, 2008 13:32 Send this review to a friend
fantastic $$$ value  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I traded my FT-757GXII on 02/28/08 for FT-450AT
at HRO and I'm still a "happy camper". This rig
is absolutely fantastic, and it got me back on
CW after an eleven year hiatus. I've mostly used
it just for CW, but also it got me on 6 meter
SSB which is a new band for me. I've already had
four firmware upgrades since buying this new rig.
Hopefully, I'll get it connected to my IBM laptop
for Digital mode usage.
NJ2H Rating: 5/5 Oct 17, 2008 12:46 Send this review to a friend
Still works great  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I reviewed my FT-450AT some months ago and just wanted to give an update after a few months of use. I am absolutely 100% satisfied with it. I got used to twirling the small dial and that is no longer an issue (the detent in the knob is useless). The AT tunes my AV-640 very well and gives it better broadband performance. In short, this radio is an amazing value.
VK5SW Rating: 5/5 Oct 14, 2008 02:25 Send this review to a friend
Great little Radio...  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have owned my FT-450 for 6 months or so now and have just finished operating it in the 2008 Oceania DX CW Contest... I must say that the Intermodulation Distortion characteristics of this radio are very good... It operates very well on 40Mx CW in this respect and is able to copy very weak signals well... The narrow filter position for CW is very adequate and once you get to know the menu system, it's straight forward to operate with good positioning of the various knobs and buttons... I particularly like the scanning functions too... In summary, a great little radio and excellent value for money... You can see my station at
KE7TRP Rating: 5/5 Oct 11, 2008 01:06 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have owned my 450AT for about a week of solid use. The menu system is fine for me. I am used to that as I use a Yaesu 8800R dual bander each day also.

This radio is a great bargain. The DSP and filter contour takes some time to learn. The power is a solid 100 watts on my Bird 43P meter. Audio reports are fantastic on the air with the stock hand mic.

The best feature is the Reciever. I did side by side tests with other radios and this one flat out hears stations I cannot on other and older radios. I use a 80 meter dipole and the RX is so strong, I normaly run with the IPO turned on to kill one preamp. When I hooked this radio up it was a whole new world of activity. I hear stations on 80,40 and 20 24 hours a day now. With my older rigs, I would sit for days to hear just a few stations when the band was open. Buy this radio for the RX.

Complaints? Not to many

The sound from the small internal speaker is tinny sounding. I have tried several external speakers and I am currently using an External FT101 speaker. My main complaint is hard to explain. If someone is strong, They sound full and rich.. The fidelity is amazing. If a station is barely comming in, they are light and fuzzy sounding. A few turns of the DSP and filters fixes this for the most part.

P.S My radio is the latest version with the color display, Built in AT tuner and latest firmware. I have 3 filter settings as some only have two. My tuner matches from 3 to 1 down to 1.1 everytime and takes just seconds for it to do this.

In Short, A fantastic radio for the money. You cant touch it for this kind of cash.

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