The Yaesu FT-450 provides world class performance in an easy to use, compact package. It employs state of the art IF DSP technology to bring an array of advanced features to the operator. A special DATA mode is available for RTTY/PSK/etc. modulations. This radio covers all the HF bands plus 6 meters.
The Yaesu Yaesu FT-450AT version has the ATU-450 (Automatic Antenna Tuner) factory installed.
The FT-450 is my first HF tranceiver. I also considered the Yaesu FT-857 and FT-897 and the Icom IC-703. I finally went for the FT-450 because I like the fact that it has IF-DSP, HF and 6m (I don't really care about 2m and 70cm) and it does 100W. The Icom only does 10W and I think is more a vacation/mobile rig. The FT-857 is nice, but the buttons are so tiny that you're almost forced to use some sort of computer control software. The FT-897 is also very nice, it has 2m and 70cm as a bonus. But it doesn't have IF-DSP and it's quite a bit more expensive than the FT-450.
Before the FT-450 I've had several receivers, like the Yaesu FRG-7000, FRG-7700 and Kenwood R-2000. As I said the FT-450 is my first tranceiver, but as a receiver it also performs very well. My previous rigs where all quite vintage. The FRG-7000 even featured 3 pre-selector knobs to tune the thing. As you can imagine, the FT-450 is a pleasant and stable rig to work with compared to my former receivers. I don't have to re-tune every 30 seconds any more, I like that :)
Some have commented on the small knobs. They are a bit small, true. But I haven't had any problems in that respect. Tuning is easy enough. Managing the 500 memory channels is more of a challenge. Entering a frequency into memory is strait forward, but to add an alpha tag requires going deep into the menus and is not intuitive. Every time I need to programm a tag I need to get out the manual. For this I have rated the ergonomics only 3/5.
The display is sometimes no so easy to read. The contrast between when items are 'on' or 'off' in the display isn't that great because the 'off' items also light up slightly. I finally managed to get it fairly good by turning the contrast all the way up and the brightness almost zero. If Yaesu manages to fix this, I'll rate build quality 5/5, now I'm going to go for 4/5.
The FT-450 is a decent rig with IF-DSP that actually works, even the DSP noise blanker is usefull. Being able to set Width, Notch and Contour filters comes in handy when trying to hear just that small signal next to all the clutter. I haven't regretted going for this rig!
I swapped a ft 897 for the ft450.it makes the 897 like its 50 yrs old.so advanced,the tuners great,using 9ft 1/4 twig ,pulls in lovely all bands,mike settings good ,a great swap,
Just what you need for a modest station. I bought a IC 718, no AM, FM! Upgraded immediately to FT450 then added an AT450, works great with Hy Gain 4 band Vertical with good conterpoise system.
Would I buy another...yes, probily a FT950 next!
Size of Main Tuner Knob marginally too small.
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