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Yaesu FT-227R

Discussion in 'VHF/UHF - 50Mhz and Beyond' started by N4GKS, Nov 4, 2017.

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  1. N4GKS

    N4GKS Ham Member QRZ Page

    How many of you had one? It was my first radio after I got my Tech in 1981. Great radio for it’s time and built like a tank. Wish it had a tone board as I would love to have one today.
  2. KD5RKO

    KD5RKO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've got one upstairs in my office I picked up off ebay a while back and have done nothing yet. the plan was to integrate a tone board and also change out the electrolytic caps. I acquired all the caps and a tone board, but that's as far as I got. (5 kids keep me busy and free time is more spent on a nap now and then than hobbies these days. :) It's just another thing on my "one of these days" list.) I'll upload some pictures later. If your interested I could be talked out of it I'm sure. I'd rather it be used than sitting in a pile!
  3. N4GKS

    N4GKS Ham Member QRZ Page

    How does it look cosmeticly? Pics would be great. That radio was made from real metal and was heavy. My very first radio when I got my Tech in 1981. May talk to you about a purchase.
  4. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yaesu FT-227A Memorizer 2-meter FM transceiver, 10 watt RF output (1977-1981).
    Instruction Manual (Repeater Builder)
    The FT-227RA is an adaptation of the FT-227R which provides expanded memory capability as well as scanning capability. The scanner will search for a busy or clear channel, as desired, or will scan indefinitely until halted by a press of the microphone PTT switch. Instruction and Service Manual.pdf
    Yaesu FT-227RB
    Com-Spec SS-64 CTCSS Encoder, Instructions
    Yaesu FT-227 Hookup instructions
    Reviving an old work horse, the Yaesu FT-227R
    by KD7REM
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2017
  5. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I had one (not nearly my "first rig," nor even my "first 2m FM rig") and it was excellent -- and I agree, pretty bulletproof.

    Won't be too useful today, at least not here where we have repeaters on odd-splits and they all use CTCSS; but "for its time" it was a very good rig.

    My "first" 2m FM rig was a Motorola 80D in the trunk, with a dynamotor. That was in 1967. In the trunk of my old Plymouth Valiant -- and when I pressed the PTT and the dynamotor spun up, the headlights would dim and the car would almost stall. Actually, occasionally, it did stall.:p

    "We've come a long way.":)
  6. N8EKT

    N8EKT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Had a great front end.
    Nothing even comes close today.
  7. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Because it was a "2m only" rig, as many others of that day were.

    The Kenwood TR-7400A was even better (same reason, though).

    Problem with "today's" 2m rigs is most of them receive over a huge spectrum and don't have the helical resonators in the front end to reject crap from out of band.
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  8. VA3VF

    VA3VF Guest

    Same thing happened with HF transceivers, once the receiver was 'opened'.

    The FT-227R was the first hamradio transceiver I ever used. It was not mine. I had a chance to get one a few years ago. I don't use it, but it's a trip down memory lane.
  9. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    You could build a simple tone encoder. Decode is rarely needed.

    Have Fun. I still have one.
  10. WA9ROB

    WA9ROB Ham Member QRZ Page

    ... I remember riding with my Dad in a 1976 Buick Century station wagon , remember station wagons ?? , from deep southern Illinois to a long gone ham radio dealer in St. Louis Missouri , to pick up his new FT-227 , the RB model ... with the dtmf mic for phone patches
    ... a year or so ago he gave it to me , I occasionally power it on and listen to what little 2 meter traffic is on the airwaves nowadays
    ... I have picked up an old Com-Spec tone encoder , maybe I'll wire it in one of these days
    ... excellent receive audio and can read that awesome LED display from a room away

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