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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
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W0XX Rating: 4/5 Aug 17, 2017 18:14 Send this review to a friend
Fun radio and EZ  Time owned: more than 12 months
Although not full featured, but been having fun using it on the air, folks can't believe what I am running. Sorry to say, sending it to a new home as no space now to keep it hooked up. Easy to use, functional even if old.
ON5HB Rating: 5/5 Feb 22, 2015 17:07 Send this review to a friend
Simply good, wanted to get me one for 30 years now....  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have had several radios.
Like an TS-590S and an Icom IC-706MKII.
Yes they have DSP's and other stuff.
However this 40 year old radio is the max.
It has ver good audio and hears a lot, often more then the TS-590S!
If you can get one, DO IT, it's terribly good transceiver.
Give it 30 minutes to warm up, after it's simply stable and good.
LW8DJI Rating: 5/5 Sep 8, 2010 09:53 Send this review to a friend
very fun radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have several radios, ic775, ts870, ft990,ft857d etc. but this transceiver is really fun, and also works well, I have a tentec 580, but the Yaesu FT7 is much higher, both as rx tx, 50 w reach for most everyday situations. without dsp, pll, or complicated menu, this single conversion works ok. in Argentina price is 150-200 USD, is my companion in my fishing trips, 5 + points for this
G4MJA Rating: 4/5 Feb 14, 2008 12:32 Send this review to a friend
Nice rig!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I owned one of these radios back in the 80's for a couple of years - I previously had the lower powered FT7 & got good results with that. I ran mobile all the time with the FT7B & a set of G-Whip antennas, worked a lot of DX & always received good audio & signal reports. My only complaint with the rig was if I got into a 'rag chewing' session the radio would heat up & drift, not badly, but drift it did! I had no RF pickup problems & it was plugged into the cigarette lighter socket! The receiver was reasonably sensitive & the radio completely reliable. These radios are getting kinda long in the tooth now but are a breeze to service or so a radio technician tells me.
KC0MNM Rating: 5/5 Nov 20, 2007 10:18 Send this review to a friend
Great and simplistic!!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I recently received an FT-7B from an online auction. It was exactly as the seller described and after a good cleaning, it is a very attractive radio. I also have the FT-7 (10 watt rig) and can definitely tell a difference with the increase to 50 watts. I regularly check into the Missouri Traffic Net on 3963 kHz several evenings out of the week at 5:45 central time. The FT-7B really gets through alot better than my FT-7 did and I'm getting many giving me feedback that I need to keep using the FT-7B.

I've started trying to work state QSO parties and can tell a real difference in getting through the pile ups. I will keep and use the FT-7, it's a great radio in its own right, but the FT-7B has that little extra power for getting through when conditions aren't great.
G0IFW Rating: 4/5 Dec 15, 2004 12:27 Send this review to a friend
very satisfying  Time owned: more than 12 months
I owned my FT7B and YC7B since the early eighties and still retain it today.In todays world of Ham Radio simplicity still has its place. Rigs of this mould are still lovely to use,and being able to carry out repairs if you need too make for the enjoyment too. The 500khz VFO looks and feels bomb proof and working out the operating frequency with those Analogue dials keeps you on your toes however the outboard YC7B helps in this matter. Operating the Tune/Load function to obtain the optimum performance of the tx/rx circuits is very practical and the front end just pulls in those signals with ease.This is very much a manual rig in every sense.Of course there are some drawbacks like freq drift especially the outboard counter and the heat it generates adds to this.I added a Tx/Rx FM board to this but I need to refine this.I know I will be definitely keeping this Rig especially when I got it back after it had been stolen from me so maybe I was meant to this Rig.
Now I would like to ask for some help here, I want to get the Rig back to its original colour can anybody Help
Regards Michael
AB4YE Rating: 4/5 Jul 8, 2004 01:26 Send this review to a friend
good rig!!!  Time owned: more than 12 months
my first ham rig. came with the fl110 amp. also worked great. The receiver was super quiet. Audio was really nice. Not a lot of features, but a very rugged rig. WIth the companion linear, the rig was a 100 watt powerhouse. I still have this rig and amp - keeping it for a rainy day..
WB5OAU Rating: 4/5 Jul 7, 2003 17:24 Send this review to a friend
Cool 70s tech rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've got several of these's suffered the abuses of a CBer and is a parts donor, and the other two just keep chugging along. Pretty neat little rig. Ran mobile in my Mustang 2 yrs ago and worked FB. Innovative backplane style construction works far better than it looks.

If you can get one in the 250$ range, you'll enjoy it.
John K5MO
LA1AL Rating: 3/5 Jan 31, 2002 13:10 Send this review to a friend
OK portable radio!  Time owned: months
Got a FT7B with broken final transistors.I made the holes in the print wider and replaced the old
transistors with rugged Motorola MRF 454.
The rig is now working ok with about orginal output power ca 50w.
The FT7 is a fair performer,but the receiver audio is not top-class.Ok for portable work.
V73GOD Rating: 4/5 Aug 31, 2001 19:22 Send this review to a friend
Good Casual Dxpedition Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I am on my second one about 14 years apart. It is great to put in a case with a battery pack, small tuner and wire. It can do the basic DX stuff but not the fancy. Analog readout is a flashback to having to read and lowering the power is a lot of fun. No WARC bands and only the CW/Novice portion of 10 meters isn't a drawback. The 50W output is a challenge but when your prefix is KH6/7/8/9/0, an amplifier really isn't needed. It's solid and has great audio. It's a staple of the stable here at V7 land.
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