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Yaesu FT8000R Design Failure


  03:12:11 pm, by The Dreamer   , 661 words  
Categories: Amateur Radio

Yaesu FT8000R Design Failure

Some time in 1997, I acquired the Yaesu FT8000R dual band mobile radio. I hardly used it, mostly just listened the local repeaters and the ambulance channel probably. There was probably only one or two public service events where I actually got to talk on it.

But, then I totaled the car in November 1997. And, I barely got the radio out when I went to visit the car in the salvage yard.

I moved away from Medicine Hat and boxed up all things Amateur Radio and moved. I left most of the big stuff (antennas) at my parents place, when I later moved down to the US. And, I already talked about that story.

Now that I'm back doing Amateur Radio stuff. I've been slowly going through boxes digging it out. There might be the opportunity for some public service work, though that wasn't what led to me digging for the FT8000R.

There's the upcoming 10th anniversary of the K-Link system coming up, and the local K-Link repeater requires tone access. Also, I apparently it is located somewhere that I can't work using my HT at home.

So, I got to thinking that I should have a base 2m (at least) radio. Of which I should have two in my collection somewhere. Since, I need tone....that meant looking for the Yaesu, because the ICOM clone doesn't do tone or much else...it was cheap from a hamfest, and being sold as a packet radio because it lacked things like a microphone. Which is fine, because I was getting tired of heating up my HT for packet radio....

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