Yaesu FRG-7

Desktop Shortwave receiver

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The Yaesu FRG-7 is an all mode receiver covering 200 kHz to 29.90 MHz in four bands. Modes of reception include AM, USB and LSB/CW. The display is linear analog providing up to ±5 kHz dial accuracy. Features include: RF Attenuator, Preselector, Fine Tuning [later production], Tone Control and ANL. There is a carry handle on the right side. The rear panel has high and low impedance antenna inputs. The FRG-7 operates from 120 VAC, 13 VDC or 8 D cells that plug in the battery pack that is accessible via the rear panel.

Early versions did not feature the fine tuning knob.

General characteristics

HAM bands
Frequency stability
±500Hz per 30 minutes afater warm-up
Tuning steps


0.2-30 MHz in four bands
AM   CW   USB   LSB  
AM: <2 µV (10 dB S/N)
SSB/CW: <0.7 µV (10 dB S/N)
±3 kHz (-6 dB), ±7 kHz (-50 dB)
Receiver system
Triple conversion superheterodyne
1st: 54.6-55.5 MHz
2nd: 2.1-3 MHz
3rd: 455 KHz
Image rejection
Audio output
2W @ 8 Ohms


SO-239 + Clamps / screws


Power requirements
13.8V DC or mains + battery option
Current drain RX


Between 1976 and 1980 in Japan
Dimensions (w×h×d)
340 × 153 × 285 mm (13.39 × 6.02 × 11.22 in)
7.00 kg (15.4 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station

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Good receiver with great audio

Yaesu FRG-7, Desktop Shortwave receiver

Bought my "FROG" thro Ebay in Jan 2017 from a retiring ham. Having replaced all the ageing electrolytic capacitors (15 total) it works like new.
Mine must be a late one because it has a digital frequency display which looks factory fitted.
It uses a Wadeley Loop and is a bit quirky to operate, but great fun. Sensitivity on a 50m long wire is as good as my modern TECSUN PL660.
My FRG7 also has the Fine Tune adjustment (later versions only) which benefits greatly from an extra 20uf being added in series with the vari-cap. This makes the selectivity as good as the Tecsun.
Solid, well built receiver which will go on forever!

Written by jbeggs on Feb 14, 2017

Build quality
User friendliness
Value for money
Good condition in 2017
GBP 160.00

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Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Yaesu FRG-7 is around:

  • EUR 62.00
  • USD 167.00 ~ USD 159.00
  • GBP 157.00
Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2019 USD 160.00 Used / Fair Ivan Taylor
2017 GBP 160.00 Used / Good jbeggs
2016 USD 175.00 Used / Good Minicowman
2010 USD 191.25 Used / Good eBay
2010 EUR 156.00 Used / Okay eBay

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