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Hands on Yaesu FT 450D

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Smurf Hunter:

--- Quote from: Carl on October 13, 2018, 01:04:21 AM ---Most of the current Ham transceivers in manufacture today are CPU driven...

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Another consequence of the modern CPU based transceivers is serviceability.  Last year I had the CPU fail on my FT-450 that I coincidentally traded from Carl.  Certainly not any fault of Carl's.  Yaesu ended up replacing the entire main PCB.  Cost me around $250.  I was a bit annoyed, but I could not buy half that radio for the price of repair.  I'm hopeful that means I have a mostly new transceiver.

Though if Yaesu ever ends support for that model and the replacement microprocessor boards aren't supplied, it couldn't realistically be repaired compared to many vintage models.

Though this is the way of most consumer electronics, so it shouldn't sway your choice of radio too much.


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