Equipment I've owned, past and present.

Thinking back, I seem to have been though quite some kit in my time, most of which has gone by the wayside for one reason or another. I do still have a couple of radios from my past but all the really good stuff, much to my regret, has disappeared. The lesson here is, try to keep hold of your kit. It takes time and money to accumulate life's toys and selling them is almost always a mistake.

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On this page we have the following :

Yaesu FT-208 Handheld Yaesu FT-60 Handheld Yaesu FT-480
Yaesu FT-707 Yaesu FT-101E Yaesu FT-ONE
Yaesu FT-208 VHF Handheld

My very first radio as a newly licensed G6 back in early 1983. The Yaesu FT-208R was a brick of a radio, very rugged, very well built and great to use, so long as you didn't have to carry it too far. If memory serves me right, it was 2.5Watts output, F.M. only. When I say "my" first radio, it was in fact a communal arrangement as my Dad, Colin, G6THM actually handed over the cash to buy it from South Midlands Communications when they had a shop in Talke.

This radio got stolen out of my car a few years later so, if you ever come across a Yaesu FT208R with the call sign G6THM engraved down the side, I'd really like to get it back!

Yaesu FT-60 Handheld

The modern equivalent of the original FT-208 is the FT-60 dual band handheld. I picked this up in September 2012 and it is an excellent little radio.

I acquired a speaker/mic via eBay shortly after getting the radio and proved that the buyer really should beware. After receiving really poor audio reports I had to resort to taking the mic apart and trying to figure out the problem. It must have been a faulty batch of original Yaesu mics that someone had gotten hold of and attempted to fix. Unfortunately, they didn't do a very good job and it was wired all wrong with the speaker trying to perform as the mic.

A bit of head scratching and a new electret insert later, I'm now happy with mic's performance.

Overall thought, I'm delighted with it and expect to get many happy hours out of it.

Yaesu FT-480 VHF Multimode Mobile

I really don't remember too much about the 480. I know at the time I wanted something with USB as the Multi 700ex was only FM.

The S-Meter was poor and it felt rather old fashioned even back in the 80's.

It got sold very quickly.

Yaesu FT-707 H.F. Mobile

Now then... the FT-707 is a radio I do remember with great fondness. This was my very first H.F. radio acquired from the Southport Radio Rally around 1984. I was a Class B at the time and obviously couldn't use it to transmit but I had great fun listening on 80Mtrs.

I did attach a Microwave Modules 2Mtr Transverter and worked some interesting VHF SSB.

Great device, only missing 160Mtrs and FM but apart from that, fantastic. If I stumble across one of these again in the future, and it's at the right price, I could well be tempted to get it.

Yaesu FT-101E H.F. Valve Base Station

The FT-101E was, in may ways, a right of passage back in the 80's, you simply just had to have one. The "old guard" didn't really think you were a real "ham" until you could tune up a proper radio and, for many people, the 101E was the one.

Mine was a really nice example, clean and tidy, never abused and almost a pleasure to use. I say "almost" as, not being one of the old guard, I never really had the affinity with thermionic valves and I found the whole process a bit fiddly.

However, it did have top band and that made me a happy chap.

Yaesu FT-ONE all mode, all band H.F. Base Station with General Coverage Receive

My life was complete when, after many years of drooling, I finally got my hands on my very own Yaesu FT-ONE. I paid the very princely sum of £800 to relieve Joe G0CAP of his particularly nice specimen.

Never before, or since, have I had more pleasure out of a radio than my FT-ONE; it did it all and it did it all well.

It was a very sad day when it had to go but, and here is the good news, I know where it is and you never just know, one day, it may return.

How about it Martin? Oh... and don't forget the AT-230 while you at it! :o)

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