YAESU FT 817 ND

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I WANTED A 70CM THRU TO HF ULTRA COMPACT QRP RIG WHICH WOULD BE GOOD FOR SEARCH & RESCUE AND BACKPACKING ETC,AFTER A LOT OF COMPARISON AND A FAIR BIT OF HANDS ON THE CHOICE CAME DOWN TO ONE OF TWO EITHER AN ICOM IC703 OR THE FT817ND,THE YAESU WON MOSTLY BECAUSE I PREFERED THE "FEEL" OF IT AND WAS USED TO YAESU RADIOS SO I WAS ALMOST SOLD UPON THE IDEA OF BUYING ONE ,WHEN I WAS OFFERED ONE AT A BARGAIN PRICE SO GOOD THAT I WAS ABLE TO AFFORD AN LDG Z817 AS WELL THE DECISION WAS MADE,NOW SEVERAL MONTHS AND A LOT OF USE LATER I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT I FEEL I MADE A GOOD CHIOCE AND HAVE BEEN QUITE SATISFIED WITH THE EQUIPMENTS PERFORMANCE SO FOR ANYONE THINKING OF BUYING ONE I CAN RECOMMEND THE 817  IT HAS ITS FAULTS BUT IS A GOOD LIGHTWEIGHT ALL ROUNDER AND FOR A QRP UNIT PERFORMS VERY WELL INDEED,
UPDATE,BOUGHT SECONDHAND THIS UNIT WAS IN SERVICE FOR 3 1/2 YEARS AND APART FROM A WORN ROTARY ENCODER ONLY REQUIRED ANOTHER BATTERY IT WAS GETTING A LITTLE WORN AND SHOWING ITS AGE AND HAS NOW BEEN REPLACED
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