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Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Tempo One Help

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KE4ZHN  Rating: 3/5 Mar 21, 2013 10:20  Send this review to a friend!
Not so good  Time owned: more than 12 months
I had one years ago. The receiver on mine was deaf as a rock. The vfo was drifty. You couldnt work an entire band without having to recalibrate the vfo dial or it wouldnt track what frequency you were actually on. This is why many of these had an optional digital display added as the dial was nearly useless unless you constantly checked its calibration. No notch filter. Not much in the way of selectivity either. The pa is sweep tubes which in my opinion suck for an HF rig pa. Real tube transceivers use 6146's or other purpose built transmitting tubes, not crappy TV parts. They were never intended to be used as such and they were just a cheap way for Yaesu to build the rig. Any time you see short cuts taken like that it makes you wonder what other design short cuts the rig has. They didnt even provide a cooling fan for the tubes which were already marginal for the task. Elcheapo. Their later cousin the FT101 series wasnt much better. Even these offered the fan as an option. How silly can you get? These are fine for nostalgia buffs or CB pirates, but to use one of these on the ham bands...good luck. Especially when it comes time to find sweep tubes which havent been made in over 30 years...and the ones out there have all been "CB'ed" to death. A mediocre rig at best. 
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