[AMRadio] Yaesu FT-102 on AM

Skip Frolik frolik at gulftel.com
Mon Oct 3 12:26:32 EDT 2005

Hello Paul,
You've peaked my curiosity about the Yaesu FT-102.
Several years ago a close friend of mine gave me an
FT-102 station. Wally was going into an assisted
home and no room for radios. I don't believe he
ever used it on AM but it does have the AM/FM module
installed. I personally have never used it. Just put
it on the shelf as a memory from him. (He's now SK)
Hmmmmm .... maybe I should get it down and find the
mods that relate to AM. I took a quick look at your
web site thinking you might have some reference to
that but didn't see anything. Also did the usual
web search using different search engines. That was
sort of interesting .... Hi. Got over a thousand
references to FT-102 including several *Zoom* sites.
Hmmmmm .... FT-102 was used in *Zoom* movies ????
Hehehe .... ya gotta love the garbage on the Internet.
Anyway if you have any personal info on AM mods for
the FT-102 I'd appreciate it. If nothing else I'll
archive it and put it with the radio for a possible
later project. AM is all I'm really interested
in these days and most of the time I don't consider
the ham solid state/hybrid gear that interesting
but maybe I need to readjust my attitude .... Hi.
*By the way I had to resend this message with the
word Zoom cause using (starts with a p ends with an
n second letter is an o and third is an r .... Hi)
caused the filters to take this as spam*.
Hehehe .... interesting filtering.
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Sent: Monday, October 03, 2005 07:43 AM
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Subject: [AMRadio] Equipment discussion -- AM "value"

Hi Jose,
Welcome to AM !  At least that's what I get from your
To establish "value" for an AM rig you have to set
some priorities.
If you also plan to use the equipment on SSB you may
limit yourself somewhat because of likely technical
compromises. Broadly stated, most contemporary
transceivers presume the user will be using SSB, so
the audio quality on transmit and receive will
typically suffer on AM. That's because manufactuers
traditionally shortchange audio quality for SSB. For
those of us who use only AM, such rigs have little
value. There are exceptions, including the Yaesu
FT-102 which can be dressed up with some audio
modifications to sound like this:


The older Yaesu FT-101E can also be made to sound very
good, and the purchase price for used gear like this
is less than $400.  Here's Frank's example of the


On receive, the Ten-Tec RX 340 uses synchronous
detection and low-distortion audio circuitry to
recover audio that sounds like this:


I have to point out that the economic value is
different than the practical operating value. The
Yaesu FT1000MP sounds very, very good when
transmitting AM with a good quality microphone. Yet,
why pay for all the other stuff on there that a user
oriented toward AM would never utilize? For the person
who specializes iN AM, the same or far less money
could be spent on a rig designed with AM as its
emphasis. If you're planning vintage gear (and this is
the sort of equipment that emphasizes AM) you'll need
to sort out whether you can settle for audio that
sounds like the space shuttle, or whether you want
audio that's human-sounding: warm and high quality. In
this equation, establishing "value" is up to you
rather than recommendations from out here. You'll know
what you want.

Best of luck, and feel free when you decide among some
candidates to run them by the opionion gallery here.


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