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Reviews For: Yaesu FT-757GXII

Category: Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - non QRP <5W

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Review Summary For : Yaesu FT-757GXII
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FT-757GXII HF Mobile/Base Radio
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WA6MOW Rating: 2010-07-27
Still a great rig! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
They don't build them like this anymore. A solid versatile radio. Flip an internal switch and your on MARS or 60 meters. The receiver is excellent. The QSK is quiet and the fan rarely comes on, and when it does, the fan is very quiet. I bought my first one new in the 80's and it travelled the world with me, through the desert, jungles, and wet filthy conditions and it never let me down. Out of all the older radios that sell for around $350.00, this one is hard to beat.
2E0SFX Rating: 2010-02-07
Great peice of kit Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I bought one 21+ years ago for my dear departed Uncle a G4 instructor and he was a cw man worked the world on it and a full G5RV, it came back to me on his departure to see the big man and it works beautifully i love it i paid over $3000 for it the PSU and mike but i have had that back in pleasure and some. I WILL NEVER PART WITH IT, i also have had 897 still running a 847,817 i could go on..........
AD5VJ Rating: 2010-02-01
Nice Rado with good keyer Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
I had a 767GX when I lived on Johnston Island for two years and had all the options along with the 2 es 6 meter modules. I got rid of everything when I got back in the late 80's.

So I wanted to try another one but got the 757GXII instead this time around. Brought back lots of memories of pileups I had engaged in as a rare DX station with the 767GX in front of me.

Except for the band options and a few other subtle differences, the 757GXII is much the same radio. Very sensitive and selective especially on CW.

Recommend this radio highly to anyone wanting one.

73 ES GUD dx,
ZL4TGH Rating: 2008-12-09
Old reliable Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have had mine since 86. I had a brand new MK1 and another Ham brought me a MKII and swapped with me. He liked the CW filter better.
The dreaded VFO bearing lockup happened to me but it was easy for me to fix, caused by lack of lubrication. It's always worked well for me and it's been abused, like the crazy loads it tested for me. It's been a good driver for amps from 500w to 2500w and I seem to be repairing the amps not the radio more often than I like. The front panel is easy to use after coming back months later after my interest had wained. Not like some of my other radios, having to learn how to drive them again. Only one little niggle, thats the mode button, wish is was a rotary switch like the previous model, other than that it's great!
WU1E Rating: 2008-05-31
All around nice HF radio. Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Bought mine brand new in early 90's and it has served and still serves me well. I use a MD-1 desk mic and an SP-767 external speaker with it and love it. I decided to write this review because I finally had a problem with it. Not even electrical! More of a mechanical issue. The last couple of weeks I noticed the vfo knob was starting to bind up and today I could barely turn it. The short story is all that I had to do was pull the vfo knob straight off (takes a bit of force), then use a right angle philips to loosen the tension assembly, which allows the white plastic friction disc to be removed. You will see a lock ring on the shaft. Turn it so that the open side of the lock ring is facing up and drip some penetrating oil into the gap. Work it in really good until shaft starts to spin nice and free. I followed up with a bit of teflon lube and put it back together. I fired it up and quickly worked spain, trinidad & tobago, and grand bahama. Love this radio. I still want a FT-1000D someday but nothing wrong with my faithful GXII.
W9CPI Rating: 2007-08-03
Pretty good at everything! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I've owned mine for 17 years. While I've never been head-over-heels in love with it, the rig's virtues have grown on me over the years. It does everything pretty well. Built in FM for 10m, AM with a separate 6 Khz filter. CW with a narrow filter, QSK, and a keyer built-in. Separate RF/AF gain controls, switchable preamp, and switchable attenuator. IF shift and a notch filter. AGC fast and slow (but no off position). Noise blanker is adjustable, as is the squelch. General coverage receiver, 10 memories, and scan. The back panel has separate audio in/out for hooking up a computer to do digital modes.

At times the receive audio seems a bit harsh and noisy. The built-in speaker is small and poor. The switch for checking SWR is on the back panel and is awkward.

Mine has been to Ukraine with me and Paraguay twice, as well as several stops in the U.S. It's rugged, small, and versatile. I have worked 47 countries on RTTY/psk31 with it in the last 3 months, running about 20 watts to a vertical on 20 meters.

Sure, I would like a top-of-the-line rig with all the trimmings. But I'll still keep this one. I wish everything I owned worked as well as my 757!
N5EAT Rating: 2007-07-29
Quite Good Time Owned: more than 12 months.
This was my first new radio, purchased in 1986 or so. It had/has the best noise blanker i've ever used on a rig. It also has a good built-in 500 hz cw filter. The receiver was not supposed to be that good, but I found that by using the if-shift, etc - i could pull almost anything out.
CW work was much easier with the included filter.

Everything worked on this radio. Something I can't say for many of the other rigs I've used.
N4MJG Rating: 2007-01-05
Great Rig ! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
This rig was great ! i have never had any problem with this rig, i wish i would kept it.but turn around and sold the rig ! shame on i get anouhter rig that one this time i'll keep it next time around !


Earlier 5-star review posted by N4MJG on 2002-01-27

VA2UT Rating: 2007-01-05
Must to have Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I'm a third owner of this awesome rig really awesome.

Works very well on TX and RX good audio comin from speaker also the shift and notch do their job.

A must to have to anyone want a rig for mobile - base and portable operation.

WB5UDI Rating: 2006-11-29
Best HF Rig I Have Ever Owned!!! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I am the original owner of my FT-757 GX2, and have had it for 20 years now. It has seen years and years of operation. Very often I would just leave the rig on for days at a time.

I purchased a separate Pyramid power supply to drive the rig, along with the matching Antenna Tuner. I connected many a dipole and G5RV antenna to that unit and it always worked wonderfully.

Since this HF rig is the only one I ever owned, then my comments are totally biased and not helpful to compare with other rigs.

All I know is that all the functions have worked over the years and nothing has ever failed on this unit. My SSB reports have always been "very good audio" with the Desktop mike that accompanied the rig at that time.

I suppose I will keep using this rig until either it or I expire. I don't know what would entice me to want to change over to some other rig---but then, I never operated another rig. It's hard to believe that my operating enjoyment could be that much better to warrant a switch.

All in all, I am so glad that I purchased this specific model 20 years ago, brand new. It has been a faithful friend and companion for thousands of QSO's. It still is in mint condition as I have taken very, very good care of it.

Stan Weber