FT-450 or FT-897?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W7KKK, Jan 19, 2008.

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  1. W7KKK

    W7KKK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I need a rig for the RV for traveling full time.
    I would rather have something a little larger than the 706 or 857 as space is not that big of an issue in a motor home.
    Given a choice would you get the FT-897 that has been around awhile or the newer FT-450?
    And I don't really care about the 2m and 70 cm bands.
    I see good reports on both radios.
  2. AB9LZ

    AB9LZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    The QST review painted a pretty bad picture of the 450, no dedicated RIT for starters. The 897 is noisy and has a small display with lots of hard to get to embedded menu's.

    Get an IC 7000, or a 706...

    Believe it or not, I'm not a big Icom fan, but these radios are much better values than the Yaesu's that you've mentioned.

    73 m/4
  3. W0LPQ

    W0LPQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    7WV a local had a 450 ... would not transmit. Receive was fair.. not a good CW rig (which he is CW op). Returned it to the dealer, who also could not make it transmit. They swapped him a 746 Pro.
  4. W7KKK

    W7KKK Ham Member QRZ Page

    TNX for the responses so far.
    Maybe I had better look at some other rigs too.
  5. KA4DPO

    KA4DPO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Recently I have seen several very discouraging reviews on Yaesu equipment particularly, the FT-2000, FT-950, and the FT-450.

    Yaesu seems to have gone down hill on performance that last few years. In the same price range I would look at the Icom 746PRO or the Kenwood TS-480SAT.
  6. W7KKK

    W7KKK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I had a number of ICOMS. I did not like their service people in Bellvue, WA.
    The radios were great.
    I know very little about the Kenwoods. More research in order.
  7. VO1GXG

    VO1GXG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Kenwood TS-480 or TS-570. Wonderful rigs.
  8. AB9LZ

    AB9LZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm a big Kenwood fan (have 8 of them around), but found the 570 to be a mediocre rig. I had always thought that the 480 was "ugly weird" until I tried one, the overall experience performance wise was excellent, especially for CW.

    73 m/4
  9. WW1MM

    WW1MM Ham Member QRZ Page

    go 897, you get 2m and 70cm as well, just get more for your dollar, AND you can have internal batteries or a powersupply, basically a better radio i think, and the stock filtering is better as well
  10. W7KKK

    W7KKK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Does anyone know much about the older FT-900? I see them out there for sale.
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