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Yaesu FT-450D Transceiver

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by dksac2, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. dksac2

    dksac2 Member

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    For the price, this is the best HF transceiver you can get.
    The DSP works great, it has just about all the features of the more expensive models and best of all, you can find them for under $100.00 new. The auto tuner works great within it's limits.
    They put out an honest 100 watts of power.
    They are not the best contesting transceiver, but for the price, they do everything well.
    For a first ham rig, they are hard to beat. Yes, there are better rigs out there, but you will pay far more for them.
    The Yaesu is far better than the Alinco and lowest priced Icoms.



    When you are ready to spend 4K plus on a high end transceiver, the size of the 450 makes them perfect for go kits, a back up or to put in your vehicle.
    For under $900. you get one heck of a lot of radio. People never guess I'm talking on a low priced transceiver and I've busted more than a few big pile ups using just 100 watts and a vertical antenna.

    If your new, money is tight or you just want a great compact transceiver, you cannot go wrong with the Yaesu 450, it's one heck of a great unit for the low price. The DSP filtering does a great job of getting rid of QRM. There is better filtering in the high priced units, but none better in the lower priced receivers and the Alinco does not even have DSP.
    Buy one and don't look back, great audio, I get fantastic reports all the time and when you are ready to upgrade, if you even decide to, it's a great back up or fine for taking on trips. I doubt I'll upgrade for a long time. I'm not into DX awards (though I really enjoy a good DX contact and can make them with this radio) and this unit does everything I need, it even had duel VFO's for split freq. Money would be far better spent on a great antenna system before ever considering buying a more expensive radio.
    You can have the best radio in the world and it will get out like poop on a poor antenna. Antennas are the place to put your money if your just starting out, great antennas will get you many more contacts than a
    10K radio.
    The Yaesu 450 and good antenna(s) will get the job done. If you have way more money than I do, go ahead and buy your 10K radio and towers with yagi's with a 1500 watt amp and you will have one of the best stations anywhere, but if your like most of us, a Yaesu 450 and money spent on great antennas will get you more contacts than you will ever think possible. Being a good operator is a huge help also.

    73's John KF7VXA
     

  2. W2EKG

    W2EKG 201 Mike Action

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    Won't break the bank, and the wife won't divorce ya! Yaesu make marvelous radios BTW.
     
  3. BJ radionut

    BJ radionut Supporting Member and 6m addict

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    FT-450D YAESU FT450D
    [FT450D] HF/6M base

    $679.00
    $100.00 coupon has been applied to the above price.

    Coupon is valid through 01/31/18
    If in Ohio, tax is applied to $779
    Free Shipping on FT450D

    http://www.randl.com/shop/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=480&products_id=68271

    Even better pricing now on MANY rigs...strong USD and high inventory at factories...

    FT-891 YAESU FT891
    [FT891] HF/6m Base/Mobile

    $554.00
    $100.00 coupon has been applied to the above price.

    Coupon is valid through 01/31/18

    If in Ohio, tax is applied to $654
    Free Shipping on FT891 http://www.randl.com/shop/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=345&products_id=72735

    The FT891's are selling pretty much as fast as they hit the stores...some have stock others are taking orders for back orders to hold the sale pricing...
    Outlet above received 30 for stock, lasted less than a week (ALL SOLD)...but still taking orders to hold sale pricing for next shipment awaiting delivery...WOW
    :LOL:
    Icom also has some good pricing on some rigs...

    FT-2980R YAESU FT2980R
    [FT2980R] 2M FM Mobile/Base 80 WATT

    $144.89
    $20.00 coupon has been applied to the above price.
    Coupon is valid through 01/31/18

    If in Ohio, tax is applied to $164.89
    Free Shipping on FT2980R
    This is an 80 WATT FM 2M RIG...for less than $150...crazy
    http://www.randl.com/shop/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=250&products_id=73741

    If your in the market or need to DROP A HINT for late Christmas gift...
    There are some really good deals flying at many of the Amateur outlet stores.

    I know an OP just purchased an New Yaesu FTdx3000D with Heil Desk mic and cable pkg/ PLUS FREE SHIPPING for $1550 USD...($2,395 Mfg. Sug. price):love::D
    (HRO)
    ENJOY:D
    Happy Holiday's / Merry Christmas:whistle:(y)
    All the Best
    Gary/W9FNB
     
    #3 BJ radionut, Dec 14, 2017
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  4. Slowmover

    Slowmover Sr. Member

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    And the price on a lightly-used Ft450 is reasonable now it’s been out a while.

    Hmm, a New Design Super Whack-Pack Stryker 955 for $900 drop-shipped from the the gate guards leaky motorhome at the back entrance of Epstein’s New Mexican Zorro Ranch for $900?

    Or a used ft450 for about $5-600?

    Decisions, decisions . . . .

    .
     
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  5. w9cll

    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Buy the 450 and send it off to be wacked packed and blinged out...
     
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  6. fourstringburn

    fourstringburn W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member K5KNM

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    And have a multi-tone roger beep and echo board installed too!
     
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  7. Slowmover

    Slowmover Sr. Member

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    Yup, . . . chrome it!

     
  8. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    Then we will need to find a mod to make it transmit where it shouldn't........:whistle:
     
  9. undertaker

    undertaker Undertaker

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    Mine had the mars cap mod:D:D
     
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