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PostSubject: Radio headaches and tales of an old Yaesu FT-227R   Radio headaches and tales of an old Yaesu FT-227R Icon_minitimeMon May 10, 2021 10:49 pm

Hi All,

Hope you're all well. Smile


Some of you know that I've had a few problems with my old Yaesu FT757GX HF set. I've had quite a few problems with the old girl over time but for a forty year old radio I suppose I would have. Like some of us she's no spring-chook and getting a bit ragged around the edges.

I've since repaired it.....and not repaired it!
She receives great now that I've 'repaired' her, better than she ever did in all the time I've had her, but will she transmit?!?! After spending hours and days on her she does transmit.....when she's apart on the bench! Put her back together and she stops transmitting! Arrrggghhhh! Frustrating is not the word and there aren't enough profanities to exclaim it.

Yes, I know, there's a "loose" connection in there somewhere.....but with loads of wire interconnects inside her resembling an explosion in a spaghetti factory it's tedious to locate. So for now she's on the back burner and apart from my little Baofeng thingy I have no radio. Sad



So I trawled the 'bay' to see if I could get hold of a cheap CB, maybe even something needing repair and boost my confidence in my electronic skills.

Cheap CB? Pah! Fat Chance!
Prices are still through the roof for even the most basic of old rigs that have passed through more hands than a fifty year old hooker. I wanted something old being better able to repair it than some fancy display microprocessor controlled nonsense the size of a 20 Dunhill pack of cigarettes.
(These modern rigs are tiny, especially for old hands and eyes and that's just operating them let alone repairing them!)


Then I came across something that sparked my interest.....put my bid on and after a few days notified that I'd "won".

Here she is, a late 1970's 2m, (144Mhz), mobile transceiver :-

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To some she'd be an ugly bugger but to me she was absolutely beautiful and I had to have her!

Something about those red seven segment displays drew me in, reminiscent of many an old CB and she's got four of them rather than a CB's typical two. Wink

Listed as 'spares or repairs' it was worth the punt at a lowly starting bid of £25...and that one bid won her. Not surprising really, who in their right mind buys a radio over 40 years old without 2.5kHz steps and no CTCSS? Only a mad fool like me!

The 5kHz steps will do me fine, gets me good old GB3PI and throw in the old Simplex channels too. I'll soon knock up a Tone encoder to give me CTCSS access too.


Notice the badge? "Memorizer" - she's got a whole four memories! Can you imagine?! FOUR! Don't disconnect the power though...she loses the lot! (When wired up in a vehicle as intended she runs live via the battery so even when you turn the radio off and the ignition she'll keep the memories.....unless the battery goes flat.)

She's built like a proverbial tank and almost weighs as much as one too. No plastic casing fronts here my friend, solid metal construction.
I took a look inside too, I do like a peek, but was hit with the smell that only 1970's electronics have. Wonderful! She's also a 'virgin'...no dirty mitts have defiled her or scabby old soldering iron burned her innards. She even has the original light bulb indicators which are still all working!
(The green 'Busy' indicator and red 'On Air' really give me a buzz being the sad old git I am. Wink)

For all intent and purposes she looks like she stepped out of the Doctor's TARDIS not showing her age one bit. Awesome!



Those in the 'know' may be interested in that she runs on an old uPD857 PLL (phase locked loop). Perhaps the old Uniden uPD858 rings a better bell? Oh yes, she be a Uniden and was even sold under the Uniden badge. As expected for such a radio of that era also equipped with beautiful dual gate MOSFET receiver circuitry and a proper Foster-Seeley FM discriminator. None of that typical FM chip 'hash' here but a gentle breeze of true FM goodness. Sounds flipping wonderful on receive!

Talking of receive, she picks up more than the Baofeng ever does even when connected up to the same homebrew 2M antenna. Through the old audio amplifier circuitry and internal 3 inch speaker the sound is full rich in mid-tones and bass, really good on the old ears. Smile


To say I'm happy would be an understatement - I'm flipping ecstatic!! 


If you've never given 2m a go, (most newly qualified Hams seem preoccupied with HF interests), it'd be worth giving it a go. There's far less of the the BR68 old guard bemoaning you being on their HF frequencies, ("We had to do Morse and everything dont-cha-know!"), some good old chit-chat can be had on the old repeaters and you'll often find someone gabbering on the Simplex channels too. It's doesn't usually herald much in the way of DX, (but tropospheric prop can be exciting, a friend and myself once had a 'break' from a 2m operator in Liverpool some 120 miles away!), but then "Repeat please....yes 5 over 9 my friend...QRZ" HF working becomes tedious after a while.


Anyway, enough of my waffle. (Been a while. Wink)


I'll just leave you with this picture :-

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Oh yes - Came in the original box, original inner packaging, manual, accessory box with components and a microphone with a curly cord you could physically tow a truck with!! What a microphone too, proper old school fist mic with the smoothest PTT you ever did handle!

She did step out of the TARDIS and I flipping love her.

Think I'm weird? Here's weird for you.....that original box smelled beautiful in only the way old cardboard can! Can you imagine holding onto a radio for over 40 years let alone the box? Wonderful stuff indeed. Wink



All the best,
Victor

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Your speaking my language, I love old radios. I'm actually looking for a Yeasu FT-101, I'm not really fussed if it's working or not, those old rigs are built to be serviced... good old school solid rigs!

Love you passion!



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Nice one Victor.
And i know you will fix your hf set the next time you look at it.
I have every faith in you Victor.

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@Hotel Zulu 253

Cheers Andrew, there is definitely something about older radios that draws us in. The build quality alone is enough to make most dribble! Very Happy

Yes, an old Ham friend of mine has a Yaesu FT101, I think the ZD and he absolutely loves it! I love it too but don't let him know that I prefer the old FT902. Wink

I hope you manage to find yourself a nice tidy 101 and know it'd make you smile from ear to ear.


All the best mate.


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@Alan Pilot

Hi Alan mate. Yeah, I'll get there with the old 757 and in the meantime I'm smiling with this 227 acquisition. It's that little smile that can be the incentive to keep us going on. 

Pretty smitten with this VHF set though and can't wait to fit a CTCSS to use her in earnest on the repeater and band. Smile


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Oo. Something from the dark ages and I'm happy for you.
You've absolutely right about the new stuff but it does appeal to the throw away society.
Personally I prefer valve sets.
The only problem being sourcing the little cherubs without taking out a mortgage.
My main source for them being Russia.
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Cool radio! I have the 220MHz version of that.

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I think you'd love visiting the radio museum at Watchet, Somerset, if you're ever that way Victor. The radio displays do have a distinctive and great smell Smile

Your new acquisition looks to be a good win. It's funny, I was reading your post on my phone in the car whilst I was waiting for my better half to come out of her work, and when I got the pic of the radio I had to zoom in because I thought at first it was a Uniden something, then I read on and low an behold..  Smile

Hope you get your 757 fixed. I had similar with a Concorde III back in the day.. worked fine with the covers off. Turned out just to be a small indentation on a cover piece that was touching the circuit board. Bit of insulating tape between sorted it.

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@PaulGray

Hi Paul, do love an old radio and this is right up my street. I know what you mean with valve gear as I love it! 
I restored an old Telequipment valve oscilloscope a while back and thoroughly enjoyed it. Still have my old Jubilee II receiver but had to modify the power supply to a silicon rectifier as I couldn't source an EZ80 at the time. Getting harder to keep the old stuff going nowadays and when the Soviet & Chinese stuff dries up we're a bit stuffed.

Much appreciated mate. 

All the best.


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@2AL454

Hi Tracy. I agree, they are pretty cool radios!  Radio headaches and tales of an old Yaesu FT-227R 1f44d 
Cheers for the heads up on the 220MHz version, searched and found it was the FT-127RA which aren't found in the UK as we don't have the 1.25m band. Seems you guys love them in the USA and I found a wealth of extra info that's still relevant to the FT-227 so helped me out a fair bit. Smile

Really appreciate that.

All the best.

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Hiya Neal. I shall take note of that Museum, we were supposed to holiday that way last year but obviously didn't happen. If I get another chance to get that way I'll have to look in and breathe in that beautiful smell that only vintage electronics have! Smile

Yes, do love a Uniden chassis and pretty chuffed she turns out to be one. They just always seemed to be excellently designed receivers and this one's a beaut at plucking signals from the ether and the sound is awesome.

I'll get there with the 757, intermittent wiring faults always test your patience and I felt like I'd tried everything. This 'new' radio has given me a much deserved break so I'll be more upbeat when I get back to her.

Much appreciated mate and all the best to you.


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Thanks ever so much guys, your responses are really appreciated.

Nice to know that I'm not the only mad fool that gets a smile from a vintage radio! Smile

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Nice radio, Victor. Have fun with it.😎👍

I love the look and tactile feel of the old cbs too. They look great and all the controls have a nice solid feel to them.

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Cheer John, much appreciated mate. Radio headaches and tales of an old Yaesu FT-227R 1f44d 


Ooh she is so tactile that it's almost perverted! Very Happy

Solid, sturdy feel to her, smoothest power on / volume control, a squelch that only Uniden could truly master without a kerchunk or annoying tail. The channel selector is optically encoded with a ball bearing/spring arrangement and makes that distinctive 'clink/pop' as you rotate it around plus the radio is so solid she doesn't skit around as you turn it! Wink

She's great in every way inside and out.

Weirdo I am. 


Now you know why I think you're a lucky man with your Stalker, another Uniden classic. Smile

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