Yaesu FT-501 Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

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Uses early (VFD) Vacuum Florescent digital display (Nixie tubes).

Frequency range

RX-range
80-10m
TX-range
80-10m
HAM bands
80m  40m  20m  15m  10m 
Stability
-
Tuning steps
-
Filters
-

Receiver

Modulations
CW   USB   LSB  
Sensitivity
0.5 µV (20 dB S/N)
Selectivity
2.4 kHz (-6 dB)
Receiver system
-
IF-frequencies
-
Image rejection
-
Audio output
2 W

Transmitter

Modulations
CW   USB   LSB  
RF-Output
200W

Connections

Antenna
SO-239
Impedance
50Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
Mains (110/240 V AC)
Current drain RX
-
TX
-

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
350 × 160 × 300 mm (13.78 × 6.30 × 11.81 in)
Weight
22.00 kg (48.5 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 197x and 197x in Japan
MPN

Other features

Memories
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Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
-
Accessories
-

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Stories & reviews

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Yaesu FT-501, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

I love my FT501. One day it is going to kill me, but I'll still have it buried with me. It doesn't do AM, no WARC bands and no 160m band. The 6KD6 valves used in the finals are EXTREMELY expensive to replace. On the other hand, it is one of the most beautiful radios ever built, in my opinion. It puts out an enormous signal well over 280 watts and modulation is excellent. The construction is solid, it is very heavy and buttons practically indestructible. It can take a punch and after 40+ years, mine is still working perfectly, despite some heavy handling at times. It is a bit of a Frankenstein mix of transistors and vacuum tubes, but it is a well thought through mix. That Nixie tube display is amazing.

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Value for money
Aquired
Good condition in 1992
USD 240.00

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Price Condition Year User
USD 240.00 Used / Good 1992 sjaarsveldt

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