Merry Christmas to Me!

It’s a Yaesu (naturally) 450D.

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Finally, a new radio!

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

Novel Way to Describe an FT-102

Vintage transceiver measures 14″ x 15″ x 5 1/2″.  It is marked “Yaesu HF Transceiver, FT-102, 3K 090702, 048208163, Made in Japan, Model FB 08B12LY (on cooling fan)” and is made of various metals.  It has not been tested and is being sold in the found condition for restoration or parts.  It may work, but it has been stored for some time.  It comes out of the estate of a Ham Radio enthusiast.

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Cosmetic condition is fair – some surface scuffs/scratches/knicks, no dings, no dents, not bent, some loss of paint, some oxidation or something on the top.

You feeling the confidence?

English as a Selling Language

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THIS AUCTION IS FOR YAESU FT 767GX HF TRANSCEIVER, THIS RADIO WHEN STARTED IT SHOW 7000.00 AS YOU CAN SEE THE PIC, BUT IF YOU CHANGE THE FREQUENCY IT GO ANY FREQ YOU WANT ,IF YOU TURN OFF AND STARTED AGAIN DO SAME FREQ, SOME BODY TELL ME IS THE MEMORY BATTERY ,SO I AM NOT TECH TO DOING ,I SOLD AS IS ,IS THE ONLY PROBLEM I KNOW, COME W/ SHURE DESK MIC 444, AS YOU CAN SEE THE ELEMENT ,SHIP TO USA ONLY, NO INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ,THANKS

 

Where’s the BBQ Sauce?

This radio may not be working. It was in a home that burnt. The radio its self was not in the part of the home that burnt however the radio has smoke on it. No parts are melted but it needs a good cleaning. If nothing else it should make a great parts radio. Bid accordingly.

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Radio looks like it was cooked just right….

 

There’s an FT-747GX Sitting on My Porch

I’m trying it again. Bought this from eBay over the weekend iand it arrived this afternoon.

newft747The only thing that’s bothering me is that the seller shipped it in a medium size USPS box. (I asked him to package it well and I would pay for any additional S&H over what eBay said it would cost but he told me not to worry about it.) I’ve left it on the porch because I don’t want to really open the box after what happened to the last one. I’m bringing it in tonight…

UPDATE: 2 for 2- No damage and it works.

My Fan Has Been Found!!

Back in July I bought an FT-401B from a Canadian seller. It arrived in very disheveled condition. Aside from 2/3 of the tubes having been shake loose from their sockets, the fan was smashed on the back.

back01That was actually the worst of the problems because this Yeasu uses a Kondo fan that has no lower overhang for the motor. (You can get a standard 4-pin fan to fit but you need to do some grinding or gasket build-up to get it there.) So what do my wandering eyes behold on eBay this afternoon? The fan! After only 6 months of looking!

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Looking good!

The Dog Ate My Earphones!

He really did. Our newly arrived and 10-month old Bentley (Bear 2 died last month), yet another in a string of Norwegian Elkhounds, found where I stashed my Yaesu YH-55 headphones and he devoured the ear pads. I was heart-broken. (Hahahahahahahaha!) So I found a replacement YH-55 on eBay.

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Not bad for $29 (including shipping.)

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Ever Hear of a QRP FT-747

Apparently it was sold into the Japanese market, where the seller bought it years ago.

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Although in working order, as you can see in the top picture, the radio is missing its logo plate and the MOX button. No problem. As luck would have it, I was able to buy the destroyed 747GX for a fraction of its original selling price so I have a whole platform of replacement parts –including a full-power PA unit if I want to swap out the 10 watt unit.

Ham Neck Alert!

Okay, where to start on this one? Simply put, Motorola has applied for a patent of a microphone with a transceiver and power supply that is designed to be tattooed onto your throat.

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The idea is to capture vibrations directly from your larynx in order to cut out background noise — while eliminating something else you could lose, we imagine. The skin-borne device could communicate with your handset or other portable device by Bluetooth, NFC or other wireless protocols and would pack a battery that “may or may not be rechargeable.” The patent adds that the technology could also be applied to “other animals,” so we’re a bit concerned that Motorola is taking its wearable schemes in the wrong direction.

From Engadget

Selling My FP-757HD

Never opened the box it arrived in…

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It’s on eBay with a starting bid of $80.

“Bought this FP-757HD about a week ago on eBay for a 757GX I purchased at about the same time. Then I saw the smaller FP-757GX and bought that yesterday. So I’m selling the FP-757GX power supply/external speaker. I haven’t even opened the box it arrived in. The pictures above are the ones the original owner provided in his auction. They’re fuzzy. Maybe on purpose. Look at the first one carefully, It seems that there might be some damage to the grill. Note that no power cord is shown for the unit so I presume none was included. It’s not the usual Yaesu Cinch-Jones variety. It appears to be a standard 3-prong computer-type power cord. (manual) Typically they sell between $9 and $12.

According to the original auction, “yaesu hd 757 power supply works very good.” In as much as I have not opened the box and cannot verify the condition myself, it’s being sold as a parts or repair unit with no refunds or returns. When it gets to you, it;s yours. Paypal accepted. CONUS only. Insurance included in shipping cost. Starting bid is lower than I paid for it.

Damage Control

Sometimes, after UPS or the USPS has dropped your radio on its face several times and the person who shipped it to you has only packaged it in Kleenex, your radio may sustain some damage.

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Many times it’s a complex repair but it could just be a coupler…

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Sometimes just the coupler gets destroyed (sometimes!) and simply replacing it will fix the problem. I bought 3.