The kit is built around
the FT-817 Radio. The Yaesu FT-817 is a fun little radio, but also a capable radio. With 5 Watts
out when using an external battery you don’t have a bug gun station but it is able to make contacts and when matched
to the proper antenna is fully capable.
I bought the radio used on eBay.
I am always nervous about spending big $$$s on something sight unseen, but I really got lucky with this radio.
I got it for half the cost that most sell for, it was clean inside and out and lightly used. I added
a few mods to the radio like the One Big Punch microphone processor and I also added the Audio DSP add-on which works
well. Both made a big difference and were worth the cost. I also added the flip out
feet and a mod to convert the small DC power plug into an Anderson Power Pole connection.The QRP Go Kit consists of 2 Parts, the radio bag and the antenna bag. The Radio Bag has:
Antenna Bag includes:
+ OBP + DSP
LDG Z817 Auto Tuner + Connecting Cables
25 Feet of RG-58 Mini Coax
2 Sets of high
capacity rechargeable AA batteries
Home Made CAT interface cable and RS232 to USB converter
Cig Lighter Power adapter
Mic and Paddle and original UHF/VHF antenna
Not shown in
this picture is a 34 Ft long antenna wire and Ground plane wire.
Documents include the Nifty Manual for the radio,
Band Plan Charts, Copy of License
MP-1 Antenna Kit + 80 Meter Coil
Home Made Antenna Mounting adapter
Dynex Collapsible Tripod.
Missing from the picture is a LDG 4:1 Balun for the wire
on what the mission of the day is, I can bring a 35 Watt HF-Packer AMP and 12AH Gell Cell which can help a lot if size and
weight is not an issue.
The little Trypod came from Best Buy and was
the lowest cost unit they had. I removed the camera mount and then went to work finding something I could use to mount
the antenna to it with. I found standard PVC sprinkler pipe fit over the stub on the Tripod and a few metal parts, some
sanding and a little paint and the mount was made.