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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Yaesu FT-7B Help


Reviews Summary for Yaesu FT-7B
Yaesu FT-7B Reviews: 12 Average rating: 4.2/5 MSRP: $499.00
Description: Fully solid state HF mobile 50W transceiver. 80, 40, 20, 15,10M
Product is not in production.
More info: http://www.foxtango.org
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4S7AB Rating: 4/5 Sep 21, 2000 07:27 Send this review to a friend
Long Lasting radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I will share my thoughts about this radio which I am having during the last 6 years.

Even though I don't use this very much, I didn't want to sell this off since I really like it.

The circuitry is really clean and neat. You hardly see a wire going through when you open the top cover. Everything nicely plugged into the main boad as sub boards like you see in a PC.

It's hardy and do not burn the finals even if you foget to connect the antenna (Don't try that!!)

Audio is OK but cannot be said 'superb'. 50W output is not adequate in todays conditions. No processing.

It's a good portable radio if one wants to use it that way.

73
kamal
4S7AB Sri Lanka (www.qsl.net/4s7ab)
 
G0VNR Rating: 4/5 Jun 30, 2000 21:03 Send this review to a friend
FT-7B an improvement  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
This radio is a huge improvement on the straight FT-7. The filtering on CW is sharper, the SSB tonal quality is clearer and having worked many obscure stations with this radio, 50W does make a difference. I have used the FT-7 without much success. The lack of the majority of 10M was a let-down, and the PA is puny. The FT-7B addresses these issues and refines an already good proven radio into an excellent proposition for mobile/portable and yes, even as the main shack radio. Mine has the YC-7B outboard digital display, which drifts and lies for about 30 minutes. A crystal oven or some form of temperature compensation on the reference oscillator would help here. On the whole, the FT-7B is a fine piece of kit, and you won't find a better 50W radio in amongst the modern stuff on offer. More to the point, being modular and simple, it's very easy to fix.
Beware, though. these rigs are 20 years old and are starting to show their age. When I got mine, two of the five (yes, five) relays had dirty contacts and one of them was beyond repair. Also the microphone cable picks up RF and the audio in should be decoupled at the socket. The power cable is far too long, and should be kept within 1M if possible. Any longer and the voltage drop starts to affect stability of the VFO on TX.
 
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