Reviewed by Rick Lindquist, N1RL ARRL Contributing Editor
The FT-450 is Yaesu’s latest entry in the HF/50 MHz transceiver field. It’s a sturdy and competent general-purpose radio in the under $1000 price class. It’s generously endowed with an array of features, a few borrowed from its more vaunted brethren. It is not a mini FT-2000, however, as some Internet wags have speculated. Let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer. In broad strokes, the FT-450 is a lightweight, compact — but not too compact — multimode 100 W transceiver that will do yeoman’s duty in a variety of Amateur Radio applications, including portable (but probably not mobile) operation and HF or 50 MHz beacon service.
It has two VFOs, gobs of memories, general coverage receive and scanning capability and, in the unit we reviewed, a snappy optional automatic antenna tuner. Digital signal processing (DSP) in the 24 kHz second IF handles filtering and interference-rejection tasks and the FT-450 features a 10 kHz roofing filter — that’s 5 or 10 kHz narrower than many transceivers. The radio also integrates audio level speech compression and DSP transmit audio tailoring (equalization) for phone operation, a digital voice recorder and a CW keyer with three memories. Like some other Yaesu radios, the FT-450.. Download FULL Review in .PDF
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