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Re: FT-847

This is a message I sent to Yaesu, and the reply.

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>Date: Mon, 18 May 1998 18:36:51 -0700
>To: wricharz@charlotte.infi.net
>From: Yaesu Technical Support <yaesutech@worldnet.att.net>
>Subject: Re: FT-847
>At 08:58 PM 5/18/98 -0400, you wrote:
>>I've been using my FT-847 for a couple of months now and 
>>love it.  I have only 3 problems. (1)  The volumn control
>>can not be set to a very low level, it just sort of comes 
>>up from nothing...will there be a FIX for this?
>>(2) The CAT control...does not output the frequency...Is there
>>a possible fix for this?  It would sure help for logging.  
>>(3) The CAT control does not allow the minor settings, 9600 baud,
>>etc.  I can live without this, but would be nice.
>>When I'm asking about fix, I mean a fix for my radio...I think
>>I have serial #3.  Like I said, I really like the radio, not sure
>>if it's a great satellite radio with HF and 6 meters, or a great
>>HF radio with added 6meters, & satellite capabilities.
>>Thanks for the information.
>>73 de Bill, N4DH
>Hi Bill
>Thanks for your email and sorry about the problems with your FT-847.....It
>is a great radio and I don't think you will be sorry if you keep the radio
>and work with us for awhile until we can get all of the bugs worked out of
>it (very few I might add). And I would say that it is a great saltellite
>and weak signal radio with good hf thrown in.....it was primarily designed
>as a satellite radio with the HF secondary. VHF and UHF weak signal and EME
>are going to be great with this rig. Read the review for the radio in the
>June issue of CQ VHF by Gordon West. As far as the problems that you
>describe, Yes we now have a fix for the volume control linearity problem
>(not a problem really...it was designed that way but people don't like it
>so we changed it). the cat system also has a problem which Japan is working
>right now but as of yet there is no solution to that one. If you can live
>with the AF Gain problem for a short time I would suggest keeping it until
>we come up with the fix for the CAT system that way we can install all of
>the udates at the same time and you will be able to enjoy the radio as it
>was meant to be. If you do decide to send it please send to:
>Yaesu USA
>17210 Edwards Rd.
>Cerritos, Ca. 90703
>Attn: Service Department
>Please include a short note describing the problems and work to be done
>along with your name, shipping address, daytime phone and a copy of your
>sales receipt. All work will be taken care of under warranty. Please email
>me if you have any questions or problems.
>Best Regards, Jerry Darby, N6UME, Yaesu Technical Support
Bill Richarz <N4DH> ex WA4VAF 
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