Yaesu FT-818 is Real – Tokyo Sighting

Fuji Musen Denki (Fuji Radio) in Tokyo’s akhibara is taking FT-818 orders For March delivery.


1 Chome-11-2 Sotokanda, 千代田区 Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0021, Japan


The QRP community is stunned and disapointed to learn that they will not be getting a FT-891 in an FT-817 chassis but an 817 in a 817 chassis. Tears were flowing hoping for a new radio to buy at the Dayton (Xenia) Hamfest. Japanese hams took it all in stride as they expected to have Fusion mode on their wish list.

President Jun Hasegawa replied that the FT-818 is a new radio Johnnysan. The obsolete parts have been replaced with a slightly newer design and we look forward to another successful 17 years of being the #1 portable radio worldwide. Thank you for your continued support of Yaesu. ( bow ) and I have dispatched a Yaesu hat and stickers for your pleasure.

NOTE: Yaesu has planned a FT-818ND version to include the DTMF microphone for Ham Fair in august.


For the record the new radio is 6 watts, a new 1900 mah battery and built txco board is included.






New FT-818 Yaesu is not really a New QRP rig its the same rig with a new Battery

Yaesu has released their new update to the FT-817 after over 20 years and it’s a boring update and may not be a big success as hoped to be.


Martin Lynch and Sons the largest UK stockist for Yaesu is accepting deposits for this $600 British pounds sterling ($1100 CAD)

The new FT-818 incorporates all the many basic and attractive features of the ever-popular FT-817ND while providing upgrades desired by many existing owners.

The FT-818 provides 6W of solid output power with external DC power source. The supplied Ni-MH battery pack (SBR-32MH) has been upgraded to now provide larger battery capacity – 9.6v/1900mAh. The FT-818 includes the build in TCXO-9 oscillator that gives the FT-818 fantastic frequency stability (+/-0.5ppm). 5Mhz band (WRC-15 frequency is also available on the new FT-818.

The FT-818 includes all the useful functions that are included in the FT-817ND: Dual VFO’s, Split frequency operation; IF Shift; Clarifier “R.I.T”; IF Noise Blanker; RF Gain and Squelch control; IPO (Intercept Point Opimisation); AM Aircraft reception; AM and FM Broadcast reception; VOX; Built-in electronic keyer; Adjustable CW pitch; Automatic Repeater Shift (ARS); Built in CTCSS Encoder/Decoder; 208 memory channels with 10 memory groups; two antenna connectors; automatic power off (APO) and Time out Timer (TOT) functions; and so on.

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Radio Features:

Increased power output 6W(SSB, CW, FM) 2.0W(AM Carrier) *NEW!
– Improved frequency stability ±0.5 ppm : Built-in TCXO-9 *NEW!
– Larger battery capacity : 9.6V/1,900mAh (SBR-32) *NEW!
– 5MHz band (WRC-15 + UK frequency) Operation available 
– 208 Memory Channels / 10 Memory Groups
– Operates on 160-10m , HF, 6m, 2m and 70 cm Bands
– Ultra Compact and Portable
– Two Antenna Connectors
– IF Shift, IF Noise Blanker, IPO, ATT
– CW “Semi-Break-in”, CW Reverse, CW Pitch Control
– Built-in Electronic Keyer
– Multi-Color Easy to see LCD
– Internal Battery Operation Capability
– ARS Automatic Repeater Shift
– APO Automatic Power Off
– Front Panel Key Lock Mode

Supplied Accessories:

Hand Microphone(MH-31A8J)
Battery (SBR-32 9.6V 1900mAh Ni-MH )
Battery Case (FBA-28) (Requires 8 “AA: batteries)
Whip Antenna for 50/144/430 MHz (YHA-63)
DC Cable (E-DC-6)
Shoulder Strap, Ferrite Core, Rubber Foot
Operating Manual
Battery Charger (PA-48)

Frequency Ranges: RX 100 kHz – 30 MHz
50 MHz – 54 MHz
76 MHz – 108 MHz
87.5 MHz – 108 MHz
430 MHz – 440 MHz
TX 1.8 MHz – 54 MHz
(5.2500 MHz – 5.4065 MHz) WRC-15 + UK
144 MHz – 146 MHz
430 MHz – 440 MHz (Amateur Bands only)
Circuit Type: Double-Conversion Superheterodyne (SSB/CW/AM/FM)
Single-Conversion Superheterodyne 
Modulation Type: A1A(CW), A3E(AM), J3E(LSB,USB), F3E(FM), F1D(PACKET), F2D(PACKET)
RF Power Output : 6 W (SSB/CW/FM), 2 W (AM Carrier) @13.8 V
Memory Channels: 208
Case Size(W x H x D): 135 x 38 x 165 mm w/o knob and connector
Weight: 900 g (w/o Battery, Antenna and Microphone)

GO BOX Out in the Field

Getting out in the field and practising radio operations is always a lot of fun. This time I had a car battery and a big SLA as I wanted to also run 100 watts using the NVIS antenna as well as a vertical.

I was ecstatic working the special event Indianapolis 500 station on 40m  on the first try.

The site was ideal for radio work until York Regional Police showed up.

Based on the garbage I found while erecting the antenna farm I am not surprised they dropped by to a radio check.

The officer did not understand that during the Emcomm exercise we had comms into the York Region Public Safety liaison teams.

Once I explained what I was doing he went onto his next task of the day and I jumped back into 2m simplex while keeping an mic on 40m.


John VE3IPS/portable


The box weighs over 60 pounds loaded and I had to take out the battery tray I installed on the back cover.

DMR was on the 4550 of course and I did some Fusion on the FT-3200DR (65 watts) and D-Star off the 880H.


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SteppIR Urban Beam

This is a small beam perfect for the suburban or downtown home owner looking for some gain on 20m to 6m (30m/40m it is like a dipole).

The 4 foot boom with a 16 foot turning radius will fit perfectly in a townhouse 17 foot lot.

Typical of a 2 element yagi the gain is 6 dB which is an S unit and with the directivity can make a difference in making a QSO or not. Add a desktop 1Kw linear and you add a few more S units helping your check into the net or work Bouvet/ maritime mobile.

With the included control box it will allow the motors to lengthen and shorten the antenna as needed for lowest SWR.

Power rating is a ridiculous 3Kw but will mate nicely with a Henry 3K (floor standing HF amplifier).

Due to the small size and light weight this is one of the easiest beam antennas to install, but please use a climbing belt anyways. This could be rooftopped on a tripod mount and will work well on a chimney mount.

Bungalow home owners in a HOA zone may manage to fit this in the attic keeping the beam away from the inspectors.

17m is open – lets go make QSO

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High Sierra SideKick Screwdriver Antenna



Also due to our harsh winter conditions it is important to practice self hygiene of this antenna to ensure all connections are clean from corrosion and tight.


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VE3IPS/Mobile 40m


40M NVIS with the Chameleon CHA Hybrid Micro Antenna (MPAS)

Chameleon Antennas makes the brilliant MPAS system which is comprised of various components.

This lends itself to field, bush and portable operations very well for the active have radio operator that is on the go.

Its a 60 foot longwire and a whip element for two different configurations (many more ideas at their website in the documents section)

I like to operate this as a NVIS set up with the antenna about 5 feet off the ground on the 40m/60m band and its easy to get signal reports by checking into the numerous nets.

Running 10 watts calling CQ can be time consuming if the band is light as many hams dont bother with weaker signals (and many have poor antennas – if you cant hear em you cant work em)  anymore but running NVIS I can make good contacts within the regional zone easily.

If you dont have the room for the 60 feet of wire then the whip version can be used as a DX vertical or set up for NVIS but its a compromise on the lower bands as the short antenna does not have more rf current to send out.

But I did work a 10000km contact as in the previous post so this rock solid setup works.


The whip also has an extension that can be added to increase the rf current output but is too long to walk around with on your back.

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pre snow conditions (noagv) and I added the suggested 30 foot counterpoise.

NOTE: You do need an antenna tuner but the swr is typically under 3 to one so a built in antenna pruner on the radio will work fine.

I hope to post some rf current readings comparing various antennas when it gets warmer and the snow goes melted.

73s and gud field ops