[amsat-bb] New FT-818
w4upd at cfl.rr.com
Sun Feb 25 15:42:37 UTC 2018
I agree, especially for the $200 dollars difference it cost over what I
paid for my last FT817ND. My first FT817 went up in smoke literally from
the finals doing their thing on a low battery. It not only took out the
finals, but the final board, and burnt the RF board under it as well. So
it wasn't repairable and the replacement(s) were over #300 dollars. Half
the price of a new one then. The old unit was 16 years old before it
died, so I can't complain (well I can, but it didn't help).
So, the finals and its board were removed and it is being used as a
receiver only unit with the other fully functional unit. I paid a little
over $600 so I just don't feel the new FT818 is worth the $200+ difference.
On 2/24/2018 11:44 PM, Frank wrote:
> From my point of view there is no improvement that is of interest to a
> satellite operator. I will keep my FT-817 and FT-817ND.
> On 2/24/18 8:23 PM, Mike Hoblinski wrote:
>> I ran across the FT-817ND replacement. At first I thought the FT-818 was
>> fake news.
>> After seeing it offered on the HRO and Gigaparts web site for pre sale I
>> guess its
>> real. Some improvements in battery size and the TCXO is now built in.
>> TX power
>> was increased to 6W and I think aircraft and FM broadcast band added.
>> I was
>> if anybody has seen the offical Yaesu broschure. The specs are on the
>> and Gigaparts
>> site. I was kinda expecting a bit more of an upgrade after all these
>> Maybe like
>> Fusion capabilities or USB program and control. Is anybody going to
>> run out
>> and buy it
>> when its supposed to go on sale in March.
>> Mike Hoblinski
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