Attending the Pacific NW DX Convention this weekend, I had the privilege of seeing the new Yaesu FT-450 radio. The cool thing about this radio is the weight — just under eight pounds and providing full coverage through six meters.
Since I spend a good amount of time and thought on radios for DXpeditions, the FT-450 immediately comes up as a great alternative to my current radio. Easily fitting into a carry on bag, the radio really breaks the weight barrier.
The presenter who used the radio wanted to find out if the receiver would really do the trick in HF pileups…and it did.
Another cool thing: redundancy. Since the radio is only 8-pounds, you can take two with you for the weight of one radio.
Time to do some more research, for sure. Interfaces, FSK RTTY…all need to be looked into. But, I’m looking!
Here’s a quick six second video of the FT-450 from Dayton. Think of an FT-1000MP at 1/3 the size.
If you have a need for something like this for either DXpeditions or in your car, it’s worth a serious look.