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Yaesu Ft 817 - Any good? (2 replies)

Paul
Paul
3 weeks ago
Paul 3 weeks ago

Hi All
I'm just getting back into the hobby after a break of over 20 years and looking for a used peice of kit to dip my toe back in the waters. Looking around a lot has changed and I am unsure of the current, or recent kit, and could do with some advice. I like the look of the Yaesu FT-817 but my only concern is the very low operating power as I live in North Yorkshire and the Amateur scene is pretty quiet round here with no close repeaters so even on 2m I think I would struggle to reach anyone. What are your views and what would you recommend as an inexpensive rig to get back into it with?
Any help or advice gratefully received.
G1YBQ

Paul M0XMT
3 weeks ago
Paul M0XMT 3 weeks ago

Tried to post a detailed post on this a couple of times but failed for some reason. Short answer is don't unless you hell bent on QRP. I have owned an 817 for 3 years and I love it in its own way but for HF fun now you need more grunt. So an 897 or 450D. Buy a cheap Baofeng for 2M. I'm happy to expand on this in another post. 

Paul
Paul
2 weeks ago
Paul 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the response Paul. You confirm what I had started to feel. Years ago had a IC 706 which I really enjoyed and HF and data is what I am particularly interested in. The 817 just seems so popular I thought I must be missing something. From what I can tell the Ham scene is all but dead here in Yorkshire so VHF and UHF would be a waist of time anyway. Thanks for taking the time. All the best.

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