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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Yaesu FT-707 Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu FT-707
Yaesu FT-707 Reviews: 37 Average rating: 4.3/5 MSRP: $GBP499
Description: One of the first compact multimode HF radios
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IT9AHH Rating: 4/5 May 6, 2018 17:19 Send this review to a friend
vy good rig  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have a 2nd hand early serial 0H ft 707 near mint conditions...virtually unused. My ft 707 comes from an Austrian seller. Excellent if noise blanker if width and vy low noise floor receiver.
This 707 delivers up to 150/160 watt on 3.5 mhz and circa 120 watt on 28 mhz.The rig was about 200/300 off frequency on cw...correcting the frequency readout on both rx and tx was a joke by adjusting the compensator on the counter unit pcb as per user manual.
If your 707 suffers from overheating follow the instructions of Nigel g4nrr on and you will solve this issue.
After warm up i did not notice any frequency drifting ... even after hours the radio is stable and solid as a rock.
I love this old classic attention to the seller there are many heavly modded 707!!
franco, it9ahh.
F8WBD Rating: 4/5 Sep 7, 2015 22:47 Send this review to a friend
Good general use rig  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
QRP CW operator for many years and continue in that niche of the hobby. Have a number of 5 watt rigs. However, I wanted a QRO transceiver capable of higher power for periods when extended poor propagation was unfavorable at 5 watt levels. Essentially to keep my CW skills up when serious lack of activity a possibility. I picked up a third-hand FT-707 at a fair price recently. No QSK or CW filter unfortunately. But, it is drift free after a minute and the front-end is reasonably sensitive and selective for an elderly rig. Don't care for the horizontal bar meter but that is a minor detail. Delivers 100 watts but I never go above 50 or 60. I do not chase rare DX or expeditions and satisfied with Transatlantic contacts into the NA/CA/SA part of the world. The FT-707 delivers good, casual CW QSOs on 20M using a low EF-20 antenna. If you want a back-up QRO rig for those days when your little QRP transceiver can't deliver. you might consider the FT-707. Remember these older transceivers may not have replacement components. I would not sink a lot of money into any 30+ year old rig and I didn't.
G1HBE Rating: 4/5 Jul 12, 2015 05:55 Send this review to a friend
A nice little rig!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I pickrd this up for a very small outlay at a local rally. 'PA not working, other faults', said the sticker, but it looked so neat I decided to take a punt. The RX works fine and the recovered audio on SSB is a joy, so clean and smooth. The PA was fixed very easily - the bias supply to the transistors was missing due to a shorted diode. I want to improve the AM RX, it's rather narrow and 'thick' sounding. Trouble is, the AM bandwidth is governed by the PBT filter. More work required! BTW, I would NOT remove C66 to get more 'top', as it is part of the Zobel network that stops the audio chip frying itself!
WP4OEK Rating: 4/5 Dec 8, 2013 18:04 Send this review to a friend
Great radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Got one from ebay with FP-707. Great audio !!
N3TU Rating: 5/5 Oct 11, 2013 14:38 Send this review to a friend
First Radio in 1992  Time owned: more than 12 months
That was my first radio back in 1992. Sold it around 1998 to upgrade my radios a few times. I miss that old radio and should have kept it. It was a great radio to learn the 20wpm cw requirement at the time.
MI3LVZ Rating: 5/5 Aug 23, 2013 09:50 Send this review to a friend
A cracking little radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I got mine off Ebay for little money. Came in fantastic condition for its age. A surprisingly very good receiver with excellent audio reports even with the standard mic. The VFO felt a bit notchy and ruff so a quick strip, clean and regrease sorted that, be careful when rebuilding the slowmotion drive as its a bit of a bugger!!
Great for some portable opps or even as a back up rig. Who really needs all the bells and whistles of the modern rigs when cheap and cheerful is all you really need..
SV9DRU Rating: 5/5 Jan 24, 2013 02:49 Send this review to a friend
Audio mod !  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Very good analog design with extremely clean TX/RX due to its lack of PLL sinthesizer. Every band coverage is derived from mixing the analog VFO signal with a crystal oscillator signal. You can't get much cleaner than that phase noise wise.
It is true that as any other more than 30year old radio, it will most probably require some TLC to bring it to its full potential, but that is part of the hobby isn't it ?
At any rate, after giving that TLC to mine, I was rewarded with a beautiful RX, but rather bassy audio response. The same is not the case with my FT-901 and 902 rigs which also have solid state AF stages.
The secret to bringing the FT-707 up to its big brother's potential is simply removing C66 from the AF board, a 0.1uF cap bypassing the audio signal to ground via a 1 Ohm resistor, just before reaching the speaker.

This 10min mod will make the signals sound much more natural in AF high frequency response, without increasing the hiss or making the rig any less "quiet".
By the way, the FT-707 is one of the rigs that when you remove the antenna while listening at a comfortable audio level, the RX goes almost completely dead !
It very much rivals my Drake TR4 despite it not having magic glowing bugs inside hi

73 to all,and keep those soldering irons hot !
WE4VB Rating: 5/5 Dec 4, 2011 09:26 Send this review to a friend
Excellent small rig!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have owned and used two of these great little rigs. Had one as my base unit and one for my mobile for over 8 years, for my 100 mile each way commute from WV to No. VA daily. Kept me awake in the early morning with the HHH net and Rotten Apples and again with the Rotten Apples in the evening on the way home. Rugged unit. No issues at all with either rig. If you can find one in good shape, highly recommend it!
KF5MDY Rating: 5/5 Dec 3, 2011 19:02 Send this review to a friend
Loving' mine  Time owned: more than 12 months
Mine used to be my stepdad's who bought it new in 1980. After he passed, it's now my primary HF rig and I'm using it nightly for PSK. After 31 years, the only thing that's gone wrong was a broken wire on the band switch. Great rig.
NL7W Rating: 4/5 Aug 20, 2011 19:15 Send this review to a friend
The Old FT-707 -- Still a Winner!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Finally, I got around to fixing my old FT-707 mobile... the original speaker blew. After sitting for 7 years in the closet, I must say that it's a pleasure to put it on the air again. The receiver is quiet and pulls in CW stations easily with the CW filter installed. There is IF filter blow-by, but other attributes make up for this issue. It's a smooth semi break-in operator; the CW waveform is near perfect.

SSB with the Heil mobile noise-canx hand mic from ten years ago is really good.

I had forgotten just how pleasant this rig is to operate. It maybe old these days, but if you find a good one, snatch it up. It's always been a great mobile. It'll be going into my truck soon.


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