The exam is written, new books did not arrive yet, no parties or other obligations... a perfect time to ... buy a new rig.
Which I did!
Now, there is an additional small big one sitting on my shelf. Small and big to the same time? Yep, I bought a Yaesu FT-450. Primarily w/o the internal tuner option. The very friendly dealer gave me the hint, that in fact buying the tuner-less FT-450 and the tuner ATU-450 itself later on will actually be saving money over buying the FT-450AT. We both agreed that this does not make any deeper sense, marketing-wise and could be explained by a stragetic error in Yaesu's HQ only.
Experience sofar, nice rig, however pretty useless without a manual! I guess, I will have to free space in the shack to allow easy access to the printed documentation. Some settings come along easy, for some settings one needs to dive deep into the menus. At a first glance, the rig seemed to be factory set to voice operators. Actually, I was even dissapointed with the CW capabilities at first. However, with the help of the manual, I am coming closer to settings which would satisfy my needs for comfortable A1A operations.
Things I liked directly:
- the key/paddle connects to the front face
- 3.5mm key- and phones-connectors
- nicely arranged display
- all dials positioned low
- flat "car type" fuses
- receives well below 100kHz (tested on DCF77)
- noise from the AF stage, even w/ volume set to minimum
- ATT on by default at lower frequencies
- single leads power-cord (not twin-lead!)
- tiny GND-connection screw
- a lot of the default settings
Settings settings settings...
Thus, more on the radio, as soon as I understood more of the transceiver's main, extended and hidden menues.