The FRG-7700 is not the best receiver to be had, but it performs quite okay for a rig more than 20 years old. I bought mine for about 75 euro's, which I think is great value. The optional memory module isn't installed in my rig. I also have the antenna tuner (FRT-7700), but I don't use it much.
Frequency stability is the biggest weakness in my opinion. In order to listen to a station (especially weak ones) you need to constantly keep tuning. If you don't you'll lose the station in minutes. Receiving digital modes is all but impossible because of this instability.
All in all the FRG-7700 is a basic rig which performs well considering its age. But its great fun to use and listen to!
A really good, basic SWL set similar in design to the Kenwood R-1000. It almost requires a tuned antenna though, and in fact Yaesu made a complementary preselector-tuner for this radio. When used as such (just an indoor tuned loop is fine) the FRG-7700 really sings - you'll be in for an SWL joy ride. Good punchy audio, great stability, ease of use and fairly good filter selectivity on sideband (2.7 kHz). Its a desktop rig that doesn't do too much, but doesn't do too little, and delivers the goods in fine fashion.
I prefer the FRG-7700 over the:
- Kenwood R-1000
- Kenwood R-2000 (w/o VHF converter)
- Drake SW-8
- Yaesu FRG-8800
The FRG-7700 doesn't usually sell for a lot - it shouldn't - I'd say a perfect, unblemished version is worth $300, tops, not a penny more.
exellent reciver,picks up signals very well one of the best hf recivers i have ever owned will never part with it.
Owned this one since new and still performing brilliantly. Easy to listen to with excellent tone from the inbuilt speaker. I don't have the memory unit on this rig. The record jack on the front panel makes it easy to attach a computer for digital modes and I have received many sstv pictures using this receiver. Stability is good after warmup.
Allround receiver. Not at the top, but very smart. Better in AM. Good in USB, I would prefer a filter little bit narrow.