Yaesu FT817ND | MW6GHY

Yaesu FT817ND
An owner review of the Yaesu FT817ND
by Carl Beamish // #MW6GHY


The ubiquitous Yaesu FT817ND, now discontinued as a production model. It will never be a desktop diva, instead it is a QRP workhorse. Capable, solid and light weight. The menu system is easy to understand once you have read the manual. Not the most crisp sounding microphone or speaker but again they do their job well.

This rig has been around for a long time. The community have created some wonderful videos and guides on how to get the best out of this rig. After market accessories are available, including filters and battery upgrades. Even with these accessories the 817 will always be a QRP transceiver. It’s lack of features is part of its charm. ”

Overview…
The Yaesu FT817ND mobile radio is great in general terms, and good value for money, Carl has told us. Carl believes the radio is aimed mostly at everyone, with an good range of settings and features. He thinks this radio is great in terms of quality. Carl purchased the radio new for 490 GPD at a national retailer in 2017. He believes the radio was manufactured in 2017. Carl says that this radio operates in the following modes: AM,FM,USB,LSB,CW,Digital. It also operates on the HF / Shortwave,VHF,UHF frequency bands, and that the Yaesu FT817ND mobile radio isn’t a Software Defined Radio / SDR. He uses a HAM Radio antenna for this radio.

Radio: Yaesu FT817ND mobile radio

General Opinion: great
Value for Money: good
Price Paid: 490 GBP new
Year of Manufacture: 2017
Operating Modes: AM,FM,USB,LSB,CW,Digital
Operating Bands: HF / Shortwave,VHF,UHF
Software Defined Radio: This radio isn’t an SDR.
Features and Settings: good
Overall Quality: great
Power Output (Watts): 5W
Power Source: Internal battery or SLAB

Antenna Used…
Type: a HAM Radio antenna
Detail: Homebrew

Ratings (%): Usability 90. Features 70. Looks 90. Performance 100. Price 90.

About the reviewer…
Carl was born in 1969 and lives in the United Kingdom. He first became interested in radio in 1980 through electronics, and is a member of the following radio clubs / societies: No info provided. He is a licensed HAM / Amateur radio operator. (MW6GHY) Carl’s favourite radio ever is this radio!. More information about the author is available at Carl’s profile page: bcrlivestream.com/user/MW6GHY

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Yaesu FT817ND

490 GBP new
8.8

Usability

9.0/10

Features

7.0/10

Looks

9.0/10

Performance

10.0/10

Price

9.0/10
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