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Re: Yaesu Serial Numbers

Chris, and others on the list. I have a Yaesu VX-1R and I noted on the
battery printed in a color not too much darker than the battery casing is a
two digit/letter indicator. One of my batteries has 7D and the other one has
7K. I had theorized that the 7 was the year and the letter was the month. (D
for April and K for November) Can anyone confirm or refute this?

Marty, KC4BFF

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Edmondson <vk3ce@tbsa.com.au>
To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.org <amsat-bb@AMSAT.org>
Cc: amsat-bb@AMSAT.org <amsat-bb@AMSAT.org>
Date: Thursday, April 02, 1998 11:42 AM
Subject: Yaesu Serial Numbers

>The numbering system of Yaesu transceivers has been constant for many
>years. Basically, as you have guessed, the first number refers to the year
>of production.
>A radio manufactured in 1988 would be identified with an 8 -- but so will
>radios made in 1998, as is the case with my FT-847.
>The rest of the numbers and the single letter indicate which model run and
>so on. Although the numbers therefore are duplicated every ten years, Yaesu
>figures you should be able to work out which decade your radio was made in!
>As an aside, yes, the person who suggested the FT-736 with its quirky
>automatic quinmatic system was one of the longest-surviving commercial
>amateur transceivers was pretty close to the mark, certainly where the JA
>manufacturers are concerned. However, some other non-JA makers have kept
>models going for a very long time, and the FT-736 had several fairly major
>revisions during its life.
>The Icom IC-735 is another excellent example. It has been more or less in
>continuous manufacture for even longer than the FT-736. It is STILL sold in
>some Asian markets, as are some really ancient HTs we haven't seen for a
>very long time. They are used by military forces, logging contractors...
>all sorts of strange applications.
>Anyway, enough space wasted! Greetings to all...