by Kev Tatlow // #G4XLO
“The Yaesu FT450-D is sometimes classed as “an Entry Level Radio”, however for me, I needed something that was simple to operate user-friendly. I had had a few years out of the hobby and came back to Ham Radio in 2014 when I dug out my old Trio TS130S and AT120 ATU – wanting to try out digital modes and 6m I decided to get a new radio. I looked at all the manufacturers and for me, Yaesu was the most user-friendly although some will disagree!
The menus are simple and as well laid out – I particularly like the DSP filtering that comes as standard on the radio. Audio reports I have had a lot and they are all very complimentary. Another great feature of this ”budget” radio is the automatics ATU that’s built in – it does say and that its not that effective with a long wire antenna – I use a 53ft long wire with a 9 to 1 un-un and tunes perfectly on all the bands that I operate on from 80 thru to 6 with an SWR of between 1:1:1 to 1:4:1
Operating digital modes with this radio is a breeze, the 6 pin data port at the back of the radio is accessible easily and I have a serial interface which allows me to integrate the shack PC so that I can run FT8 as well as JT65 with ease. The headphone jack, as well as CW key jack, are conveniently located at the front of the rig – the keys are also illuminated as well making night-time operation when the family are in bed so much easier.
The LCD readout is large and easy to read as well as all the operating information you need in 1 easy to read display. I have found that a real bonus to this radio is the selective output power, you can run anything from 5w to 100w and to change power level is so easy. I think the only flaw worth noting with this radio is the ALC control – or lack of it!”
About the radio…
The Yaesu FT450-D base station is great in general terms, and exceptional value for money, Kev has told us. Kev believes the radio is aimed mostly at everyone, with an exceptional range of settings and features. He thinks this radio is great in terms of quality. Kev purchased the radio new for 599 GBP at a regional retail in 2016. He believes the radio was manufactured in 2012. Kev says that this radio operates in the following modes: AM,FM,USB,LSB,CW,Digital. It also operates on the HF / Shortwave,VHF frequency bands, and that the Yaesu FT450-D base station isn’t a Software Defined Radio / SDR. He uses a HAM Radio antenna for this radio.
Radio: Yaesu FT450-D base station
General Opinion: great
Value for Money: exceptional
Price Paid: 599 GBP new
Year of Manufacture: 2012
Operating Modes: AM,FM,USB,LSB,CW,Digital
Operating Bands: HF / Shortwave,VHF
Software Defined Radio: This radio isn’t an SDR.
Features and Settings: exceptional
Overall Quality: great
Power Output (Watts): 100
Power Source: 13.8V DC Power Supply
Type: a HAM Radio antenna
Detail: 53ft Long Wire on the roof
Ratings (%): Usability 95. Features 100. Looks 90. Performance 100. Price 100.
About the reviewer…
Kev was born in 1967 and lives in the United Kingdom. He first became interested in radio in 1979 through HAM Radio, and is a member of the following radio clubs / societies: Wythall Radio Club, Various Digital Radio Groups (FT8 Club, DMC, EPC etc). He is a licensed HAM / Amateur radio operator. (G4XLO) Kev’s favourite radio ever is Yaesu FT480R back in the day!!. More information about the author is available at Kev’s profile page: bcrlivestream.com/user/G4XLO
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