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[Yaesu] FT-301 Receive Mods? Display Led Mod

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Subject: [Yaesu] FT-301 Receive Mods? Display Led Mod
From: WD8ARZ" <wd8arz@IX.NETCOM.COM (WD8ARZ)
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 10:39:20 -0400
I had the FT-301D. Bought it new and used it for years. Never was aware of
any mods for the receiver, or the need for it. Keep in the mind that the pll
is noisy and that shows up in the test reports for the receiver performance.

What I did have a problem with, was the red led read outs would fail due to
heat. These are no standard leds. They actually have a frequency counter as
part of the led display module, and boy do they run hot normally. After
buying replacements I took a common tin can as a source for my material, and
made heat sinks that I put on the back of the led units. No more failures
after that and when I traded it to a friend, the spare set of leds for it
went with it, and he didn't need them either.

Those dot matrix red read out were annoying to me when I was tired and it
was late at night. Focusing the eyes on them were a strain during those
times.... hi

If you tune up this rig, be careful. Getting the ganged coil arrangement out
of alignment can cause a output power spike even if the power level control
is set to minimum. Blew out a frequency counter this way!

Also enjoyed using crystal control with this rig. It was when I learned that
even crystal control operation can have some transmit frequency drift. Used
the external Vfo too.

Been surprised over the last ten years to still see messages about this rig.
Says that it has hung in there very well.

73 from Bill - WD8ARZ

----- Original Message -----
From: "Glenn Butzlaff" <gbutzlaff@wi.rr.com>
To: <yaesu@contesting.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2001 1:07 AM
Subject: [Yaesu] FT-301 Receive Mods?

> Does anyone on the list know of any receive mods for the old FT-301? I
have searched with no real results using Google. Any info
> appreciated.
> Glenn Butzlaff, WE9K
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