So I’m a big fan of the Yaesu FT-817/818 series radios. This general coverage QRP radio has had a longer market run than any other transceiver I can think of and for good reason.
While the 817/818 lacks some of the advanced features of more modern field rigs and have no internal tuner, it makes up for it by:
- sporting multi-mode HF, VHF, and UHF coverage,
- having two selectable antenna options (a front panel BNC and back panel SP-239),
- being incredible durable/rugged,
- featuring excellent QSK (albeit with a bit of relay clicking…which I actually like),
- and generally being very affordable (prices typically from $400 used to $650 new).
In addition, they tend to hold up well with time.
For the price? I feel like you get a lot of radio with the FT-817/818.
This is the reason why I often recommend the FT-817ND and FT-818ND if it sounds like a good match for the operator.
One gotcha though…
I’m starting to realize that there is one downside to this rig especially if you’re primarily a CW operator: optional narrow filter availability. Continue reading The Yaesu FT-817/FT-818 and narrow filter availability