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Old 12-14-2010, 11:39 AM
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I agree. Good solid dualbander for a smokin holiday price. Perfect entry point.

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Old 12-14-2010, 11:49 AM
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I agree. Good solid dualbander for a smokin holiday price. Perfect entry point.
That's prolly 1/2 or less of its original price and less than 1/2 of a new FT-8800 or DR-635T, the closest current production radios. Looks like it was a base QTH rig, not beat up in a mobile use. Somebody really should grab it!
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:39 AM
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Ed. Note: This is a typo, it's a FT-817ND

Yaesu FT-517ND - All mode/All band radio - $475 (Colo Spgs)
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Here is a mint condition FT-517ND rig that comes with an internal battery, power supply, and a 20 meter portable antenna.
This second is the FT-817, the first generation of the radio. It's lacks the WARC bands and does have a different final power amp design that is slightly less reliable than the current FT-817ND (and I stress slightly). But with the BHI board this would be a very, very nice radio. I'm tempted to buy it and sell my FT-817ND...

Yaesu FT-817 with BHI DSP and dual filter board with 300hz and 2300hz - $550 (Fort Collins)
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I bought this used 3 months ago for and haven't had time to play with it. The mic cord is yellow now because the one pictured broke a connector. Also included is a field manual for the radio. I think this thing needs a new speaker too, I just set it up and couldn't get any sound even though it was receiving and transmitting.

Yaesu FT-817 with BHI DSP and dual filter board with 300hz and 2300hz Collins filters

New with the options is over a grand. This one priced at $550

This is a very nice FT-817 with the upgraded PA board to cure the blown finals problem.

Installed from W4RT are the BHI DSP unit which is excellent. Also the One Board Filter with Collins 300hz and 2300hz mechanical filters.

Info here: http://www.w4rt.com/

After the finals went south a couple years ago, the PA board was replaced with the latest board that solves the blown finals problem. After installation, I tested the rig into a dummy load @ 5W keydown for 30 minutes and while it got really hot, there were no problems, so the new PA design seems solid.

There have been no mods to increase power (a bad idea even with the new PA). Full power is set to exactly 5W, as read on my OHR QRP meter. Lower output settings are right on the money.

Other enhancements include an 8-cell AA battery holder that has been fused to allow charging in the rig.

Also included is a Maha MN-FNB-72 1700 MaH NiMH pack. It will take a charge, but I have not tested capacity. I have been using Sanyo Eneloop AA cells with great success, so the Maha pack has little use.

With the DSP and filters, this little rig really performs well. The 2300hz Collins filter not only helps receive, but it really helps with transmit, allowing more audio punch in the right places, over the stock ceramic filter. I have made many SSB contacts on 5 watts into a 30 foot wire in a tree.

For CW, the 300hz filter gives this little rig great selectivity.

Included are the box, OEM whip antenna, mic, and strap. Unfortionately, I lost one of the strap brackets that mount on the rig, so if you want to use the strap, you will need to order a bracket from Yaesu.

I really hate to part with this little gem, as I have had a lot of fun with it, but I recently built an Elecraft K1 for CW, and an Elecraft K3 that I will be using for portable SSB and digital. Since I want some more options for the K3, the FT-817 needs to go to pay for them.

If you are looking for a loaded FT-817, you will be pleased with this one. All the options are installed, and it is ready for field day.

From what I understand, there is a mod to add 60M to this rig, but I never looked into that, as 5W ssb on 60M probably isn't very practical.
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Old 12-17-2010, 04:56 PM
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The Yaesu web site claims the FT-817ND will operate on all bands 160-10 meters, 6 meters, 2 meters, plus 70cm. How come this one won't work on the WARC bands? It seems to me that the one in Fort Collins comes with too much baggage. Too much bad history. And if it really doesn't have WARC band capabilities, it's not worth anywhere near the asking price. Buyer beware!
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:12 PM
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The Yaesu web site claims the FT-817ND will operate on all bands 160-10 meters, 6 meters, 2 meters, plus 70cm. How come this one won't work on the WARC bands? It seems to me that the one in Fort Collins comes with too much baggage. Too much bad history. And if it really doesn't have WARC band capabilities, it's not worth anywhere near the asking price. Buyer beware!
The W4RT mods and the Collins filters alone are worth $400, more if the mods included the dual Heil mic elements.

The 1st gen 817's (non ND's) had a problems with the PA and it sounds like that problem has been fixed. 1st gens didn't have the WARC bands programed in, Yaesu has since released a firmware update to solve that problem as well ('cept 60 meters is not channelized, But we're hams and can figure that out )
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:37 PM
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The Yaesu web site claims the FT-817ND will operate on all bands 160-10 meters, 6 meters, 2 meters, plus 70cm. How come this one won't work on the WARC bands? It seems to me that the one in Fort Collins comes with too much baggage. Too much bad history. And if it really doesn't have WARC band capabilities, it's not worth anywhere near the asking price. Buyer beware!
Like Brian says, the early FT-817 (no ND) did not do WARC bands out of the box. The DSP is worth about $170 and the dual filter mod about $250. New the FT-817ND is about $625. The finals problem was a known issue and Yaesu did replacements to the power amp board that is in the current FT-817ND, so that in and of itself wouldn't be a huge worry. I agree that I would probably offer a bit less than he's asking, though. Two things would concern me, the battery modification can be problematic and whether or not the mods were done by W4RT or not.

http://www.w4rt.com/
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Yaesu VX-5R w/ accessorie​s - $175 (Arvada)

Not too bad of a price, desirable radio.

Yaesu FT-840 Amateur Transeiver w/ Tuner - $500 (Arvada)

Price seems a little high, but a solid radio. A new FT-450 is only $100 or so more and that is a much better radio (although the FT-450D with built-in tuner is more like $900). For $500 it seems to include the tuner, which makes it a better deal.

Yaesu FT-450AT /MT Amateur Radio - $600 (Aurora)

For comparison to the FT-840, something sorta like this one...

Yaesu FT-817ND + Extras - $500 (Colo Spgs)

I really like my FT-817, super fun radio... Price isn't super good, though.

Ham Radio/2Meter Transceiver - $200 (Golden)

This is a Radio Shack HTX-202. Popular radio, based on an ICOM design, although not sure if they actually built it. Thing is literally a brick but I just don't see why they command the price they do. It's a cult thing I guess.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:31 AM
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Paging Gary! Nice radio, not a super great price for just the radio (new they are around $650). But the power supply is probably worth $100 and the FL-222 SSB filter, UT-106 and UT-102 are all combined worth another $500 so the package is a good deal.

IC718 w/PS85, Mike UT102, UT106 cables and SEC1235M - $650 (COS-Briargate)

Icom IC-718 100w HF all band Transceiver. Comes with Matching Icom PS85 AC (110v) power supply and cable, DC mobile cable, HM-36 Hand Microphone, SignaLink data cable, 13pin DIN pigtail cable. Serial # 01984. This model is still in production.
I got this transceiver less then a year ago and am now out of the hobby. I have not used this item more then ten times.
It works great and has the FL222 IF filter, UT102 Voice Synthesizer, and UT106 DSP/ANF receive circuit installed. On SSB you will be able to work all over the US and Canada, as well as England, Italy, Bosnia, Brazil, Azores, Cuba and Italy.

Its from a Non-Smoking shack.

Amateur License is required to transmit with this radio.

In addition, I am including a Samplex SEC1235M power supply.
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What a sweet deal! I must have missed it! Don't really have the $$ right now anyway. Thanks for thinking of me, I will have something like that soon.
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No prob, always dreaming.
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