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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | Yaesu FRG-7 Help

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Yaesu FRG-7 Reviews: 45 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $300.00
Description: General Coverage Receiver
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W6QT Rating: 5/5 Apr 6, 2010 18:35 Send this review to a friend
Gets High Reviews for a Reason  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
With replacement of old caps & alignment, this receiver works very well with the Wadley Loop system. It seems to be built very well and is held in high regard by radio amateurs. I'm happy to have one and use it just about every day.
ERIEDXER Rating: 5/5 Oct 28, 2009 12:50 Send this review to a friend
Hard to beat the Frog  Time owned: more than 12 months
The FRG-7 is a great little analog SS receiver. Not a lot of bells and whistles or even a digital readout, but it gets the job done right. It's fun for me to operate these types of classics, and the FRG-7 has great sensitivity and audio clarity. For this generation of analog solid state receiver, it was one of the best and still holds its ground today for the SWL/DX'er.

G8ITB Rating: 5/5 Apr 18, 2008 13:11 Send this review to a friend
Just Nice to Use!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
The lst time I owned an FRG-7 was a couple of decades ago! But, I was given an immaculate model a few months ago, still in its original box and packing case. Bought by the original(previous) owner from Western Electronics in Louth in 1978 (the dispatch stamp is on the packing case). The "Ambit International" switched narrow bandwidth modifiation, with a 2.1 KHz mechanical filter, has been properly implemented as per the RSGB RadCom article and switches with the ANL switch. It is a later model with the 'fine tune' control.
It had not been used for a decade or so; all it needed was a gentle clean and a squirt of Servisol on the potentiometers and away she went!
It takes a while to get used to the peculiar way you have to operate the 'old girl' - but she is a great SWL radio and with the narrow bandwidth modification manages to hold her own on the amateur bands - just!
Not a modern DSP all-singing; all-dancing receiver - but still a "classic" in her own right!
I notice on E-Bay that FRG-7's command a higher price in the USA than in Europe - so they have become collectable items; have they?
K9EUI Rating: 4/5 Dec 9, 2007 18:26 Send this review to a friend
Not too bad for its age  Time owned: more than 12 months
I am on my 2nd FRG-7. I'd say for when it was designed, and for the price, it is a good receiver. I won't comment on the bandwidth/filtering - it's pretty much all been said. If you want to get picky, the tone switch is pretty useless as is the attenuator (unless you have a matched antenna).

Mine has some warm-up drift (more than a solid state receiver should have in my opinion). I am not sure yet if it is the VFO or BFO that is drifty but will find out.

But for the design it is a pretty hot receiver.
MI3LVZ Rating: 4/5 Oct 31, 2007 12:41 Send this review to a friend
Good old girl  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I was given a FRG7 by a fellow ham and all round nice guy (MI3WJO) Billy. With this old lady there's none of this lets push a button and away we go! You have to work the old girl and the results are very satisfying, a little bit deaf on the weak stations but then i am using an improvised length of wire as an antenna at the moment. When listening with the cans on you can here a difference of sorts when using the tone switch. The meter can be a bit optimistic but we can live with that. As iv no more room in the shack, i have mine in the living room and it will take you right back to the 1970s just by looking at the old lady, once The Generation Game and Z Cars are over i reach over and turn her on and listen to what the world has to say for its self.
Thanks Billy.
KE5KGA Rating: 5/5 Oct 21, 2007 14:35 Send this review to a friend
Excellent general coverage receiver that is also servicable  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased a nice FRG-7 on eBay for $187.00, it works super except I had to repair the input pad. Last owner had keyed into it. I will also buy another FRG-7 as a spare.(can't get enough) Today it would be cost prohibitive to mfg these receivers as Yaesu once did. This unit is very serviceable.

AARON2007 Rating: 5/5 Jun 10, 2007 12:43 Send this review to a friend
Radio Awsome!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have just purchased the FRG-7 and it is in excellent condition. It has 3 mods and an excellent filter in it. This radio picks up most frequince around the world. I would recommend it to anyone!
JLH63UK Rating: 4/5 May 19, 2007 17:44 Send this review to a friend
ebay special 60 quid  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
good radio and is very sensitive and covers all the hf.set is a joy to use and is built to last and will go on for ever.
it may be old but this one is as good as new and all original inside came with owners manual.
now the bad points one, that is the filter is far far to wide at 7khz max, pathetic,but it can be changed as i am going to use it on ssb only i will fit a 2.5khz ssb filter i have no use for AM,all in all quite good.JEFF..... ENGLAND>>uk
G4KKI Rating: 5/5 Aug 4, 2006 15:50 Send this review to a friend
had one sold it regretted it.  Time owned: months
I always wanted an frg7 when they first came out in the 70's but could never afford one. Then in the 80's i got one in mint condition and loved it. For some reason i sold it and regretted it not long after. Recently i bought another one on ebay. It was not very well when it arrived, been got at. But it did have a 2khz filter fitted and after a bit of work it is now allmost back to how it should be. This receiver might be old hat these days but they are still highly thought of and have stood the test of time. I will not be selling this one and it will be used daily as general coverage and as a seperate rxer on the amateur bands along with simple cw transmitters. I waited a long time to get another one but it has been well worth the wait.
SHEETS_GUY Rating: 5/5 Jul 13, 2006 17:23 Send this review to a friend
A Steal  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Just got the FRG-7 I purchased on e-bay. Of course, it wasn't quite as described and needed an alignment but once that I got that taken care, I was blown away.

The most sensitive radio in my shack, particularly on MW, dusting my 535D, R8-A and R390A. I was shocked at how daytimers 250 miles away sounded almost like locals. Of course, for $200 you don't get it all. Selectivity through the 6khz filter isn't so hot. Cubans sandwiched between 2 locals were unreadable on the Frog while clearly heard on the other 3. My guess is it's more the bandwidth than the dynamic range. I'd love to add-on a couple of filters and see what this baby can do. I know Kiwa does a mod that's adds a 4 khz filter but ideally I like to add a 4khz and a 2khz one. I also had a few issues with the Kiwa mod to my 535D so I'm not sure about using their mod for the FRG-7. (If anyone's got any ideas on who might put in a couple of filters and replace the caps please e-mail me at

All in all, a gem of a performer and a fun radio to just tool around with.

P.S. While the fidelity through the internal speaker isn't up to R8 standards, it's not bad. Better than the stock 535D.
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