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Yaesu FT-450D Review
« on: April 12, 2019, 10:49:21 PM »
I've been using the FT-450D for over 5 year, now, and am very satisfied with it. This radio offers excellent performance for the price range. In fact, probably the best performance for a rig in this price range. The RX section is very good. The DSP features work very well when dealing with QRM and QRN. It also helps dig weak signals out of the noise. Most of the rig settings are entirely menu driven. This may take some getting used to for some, but I have found the menus to be very easy to navigate and intuitive. There are only a couple of settings that I change on a regular basis, one of them being RF POWER. Once I got used to it, I am able to make changes very quickly.
The internal ATU works well, and can match antenna loads up to about a 3:1 SWR. The cooling fan does turn on when transmitting, and may stay on for a few seconds after transmitting in high duty cycle modes. I have not found the fan to be overly loud.
I use the FT-450D as my main rig in a home base station. My main activity is HF DXng. Although the FT-450D is not a high end DXing rig, I have done quite well with it. The CW and SSB filter width selections are just about right, and work well during contest operating.
I have found the FT-450D to have very good linearity, and I get good PSK IMD reports. The TX ALC indicator works well, and allows for easy setting of audio drive level in the digital modes.
I get great audio reports on SSB and CW.
Space for equipment is somewhat limited in my shack, but the FT-450D is very compact and doesn't take up a lot of space.
All in all, the FT-450D has been a good and reliable rig for me.
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73 de Yiannis, SV5FRI