I have owned the FT-1500m 2M rig for almost ten years now. Never had a problem with this radio and have even used it with FLDIGI for digital communications. The data port on the back of this radio worked great. It is very nice to be able to use voice and digital at the same time. Great radio. Don't be afraid to buy a used one. Having said that....buyer beware.
Bought mine about a year after they came out and set it up for a 24/7 365 packet radio. About ten years ago I switched it to my APRS radio. It a real Energizer Bunny of a radio. It runs and runs and........ Wish all my radio equipment ran as well! I bought this new and paid 135.00 for it in 1992 IIRC and would not sell it for 175.00
Estimating the value of a rig can be challenging. The graph below shows historical prices paid by hams over the years. May it guide you to good fortune...
|USD 137.00||Mint / New||1991||kb3iuu|
|USD 120.00||Mint / New||2000||N8WLF|
|USD 135.00||Mint / New||2002||kb1chu|
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