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Yaesu Original FT-450D HF/50MHz Compact Amateur Base Transceiver - 100 Watts, IF DSP Technology
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- FM-USB-LSB-AM-CW, 100 Watts of Transmit output on 6-160M Amateur Radio.
- Receives 30Khz to 54Mhz continious including All Shortwave & AM broadcast.
- Built-In Automatic Antenna tuner, ctcss, 500 & 300 Hz CW Filters.
- Fast 400 MHz IF DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology.
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The FT-450D is a compact yet superb HF/50MHz radio with state-of-the-art IF DSP technology configured to provide World Class performance in an easy to operate package. New licensees, casual operators, DX chasers, contesters, portable / field enthusiasts, and emergency service providers…This Radio is for YOU ! The current "FT 450D" model includes some great features not offered with the original FT 450 and FT 450AT models that have been discontinued. Illuminated Key Buttons 300Hz / 500Hz / 2.4 kHz CW IF Filter Front Feet Stand * Classically Designed Main Dial * and Knobs Dynamic Microphone MH-31A8J Included
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I have had nothing but good reports about the sound quality of my signals on SSB, and even AM. Six meter FM had the same good reports. Digital communication modes are excellent.
The variable bandwidth and tunable notch filter make working a busy digital band (like 20 meters) fairly easy. I use PSK31, JT65 and JT9 on a regular basis. This radio will easily handle 30 Watts digital for a full minute (= 100% key down). I have used it at 40 Watts digital and noticed that the variable speed fan ramps up after about 40 seconds of continuous use. For SSB, crank it up to 100 Watts and you can talk all day long.
The radio needs a 12 Volt power source with a good Amperage rating. I use a 30 amp supply set to 13.5 Volts connected to a 12 Volt gel cell battery (for power loss backup) and all seems to work well.
The built in antenna tuner is a nice feature, it will tune up to about 3:1 to 1:1. I did purchase an external manual tuner so that I could experiment with different wire antennas that had very high VSWRs. The RF power is adjustable from 100 Watts down to 5 Watts. On digital, set it at 100 Watts and use the modulating signal to vary the power level (else the ALC might distort the signal). I have no problems creating a 1/2 (or 30) Watt digital transmission with this method.
The learning curve for the digital features was fairly steep for me. On SSB use, you may never need anything more than the DNR. For digital mode communications, learning how to properly use all of the digital features makes this radio a dream to use.
As a FYI, this radio is fairly easy to modify for MARS operation and after modded, can transmit on on most all HF frequencies. Also FYI, unless you operate with MARS, or there is a life threatening emergency, transmitting on unauthorized bands with this radio can get you a hefty $ penalty.
The AM mode is limited to 25 watts, few people use AM, not a big deal. I also owned the Yaesu 857D. I gave that one to my son who is busy on 2 meters and studying for his General class license (motivation). I personally prefer the larger buttons and display of this radio and use a hand held for VHF/UHF work.
Ken - K6WGX
A really great radio for the beginner or working portable. Check out my QRZ page - VK3PAT
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