The FT-817nd has been the favorite of many radio amateurs for as long as it exists, which is now about 10 years. For years the HAM radio community is hoping for a new version to update and refresh the FT-817nd.
So when rumors appeared that a new version would come on the market, every radio amateur jumped on it.
The specifications of the FT-818 were quite impressive;
- All mode, all bands 1.8-1296MHz with 5MHz and 70MHz
- 5W RF (2W 1296MHz)
- 3.5AHr Li-Ion battery pack (2hr charging)
- Built in random wire and whip auto-ATU
- Full color OLED display
- Multi-function DSP noise reduction
- RF Speech processor
- QSK in CW
Hopefully there will be a new model coming up of the FT-817nd or another type of QRP rig from Yaesu but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
I guess radio enthousiasts that want a bit more updated technology will have to look elsewhere. Maybe the Elecraft KX3?