Yaesu FT-840 Review
Yaesu FT-840 Overview
The Yaesu FT-840 is a robust little solid state HF radio that looks great, performs well and is a pleasure to operate. It has a really nice looking led readout with an orange back light. In my opinion it is kind of like the updated version of the old Kenwood TS120 having similar basic features and size. A couple of bad points with the FT-840 is the poor RX filtering, the tinny sounding speaker and also the design fault with the under rated resistor ( R2213 ) mounted to the main board. If you own an FT-840 then PLEASE replace R2213 with a chassis mounted 30W resistor or else the heat will eventually destroy the board. Once this mod is done it is a really great and very reliable little radio.
Compact, easy to use and super reliable
The FT-840 is a great radio with all the basic features you could want. Run it with a good external speaker and do the R2213 mod as mentioned above and they are very reliable. Although the FT-840 doesnt have all of the bells and whistles of modern radios it is still a great choice us budget conscious operators.