I was craving for an FT-817D but couldn’t find a used one for the right price. That’s the reason I decided to make a battery pack for my FT-897D (seems to work pretty well, more about that another time) and also a justification for getting that nice old FT-101E in the shack. Just a couple of days after I got the 101, I saw a 2 year old FT–817ND in mint condition for a fair price, I just couldn’t resist. I’m not sure if I’m gonna keep all of them, but for the coming holidays, I will most certainly have fun with that little bugger! I charged up the battery and this afternoon I made some local QSO’s on 40m and got 5/9 reports with only 5W output. Even got a 5/9 report from France. Big fun with this little radio!
An impulse purchase is what they call it I guess. Even though I loved my FRG-7 receiver I sold it because I wanted a vintage transceiver rather than a receiver only. The GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) seem to go away for some time, but when I saw this Yaesu FT-101E transceiver on http://www.tweedehands.nl I knew I had to have it. One of the grandfathers of ham radio, a.k.a. the works horse. A modular solid state design with a robust tube driver and amplifier. Best of both worlds. This model is one of the later FT-101E’s probably from 1973 – 1975 with the efficient (and still popular) RF clipper speech processor. It’s in showroom condition, has a hot receiver and puts out a healthy 130+ Watts on all bands. What a GREAT radio! Thanks Ron (PA0RCL)!
Here’s two generations that are 40 years apart. The FT-101E from 1973 and my FTdx-3000 from 2013.