FT-690 MKII

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Steve, G4WCS

Sat Apr 26 2008, 09:00PM
anyone running one of these little rigs ?
the main station rig is an FT-857D, running an auto atu, but Ive had to disconnect all this to plug in the 6M aerial ( cant bring myself to type antenna).
Ive just bought one off ebay, so I can leave the 857 dedicated to HF, and have a separate 6m radio I can leave on.
also I can throw it in the car for hilltopping, and use it portable- looking forward to getting it
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Ian, G6TGO
Sun Apr 27 2008, 05:05PM
Ian, G6TGO
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Hello Steve.
Dave M3CRV Northwich had one and was very pleased with it and Tom M3UOG Wigan is equally pleased with his machine, for what it is worth we tried it against a 706G the otherday in the 22/04/08 opening with JN61,62,80,81 STATIONS the 690 won hands down for front end performance.
Regards.
Ian,G6TGO IO83
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Steve, G4WCS
Sun Apr 27 2008, 06:33PM
Steve, G4WCS
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sounds good Ian, small world- Im IO83 also !!
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Slim, G4IPZ
Mon Apr 28 2008, 03:39PM
Slim, G4IPZ
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Hi - I run a really early FT690 (no R or MK11 suffix) into an HL-66 amp and so far have been very pleased with the beast. The early version doesn't have the repeater shift switch of later models but if you want to use the repeaters then you can get round that by using the split frequency settings instead. Of course you'll still need to generate CCTSS tones too
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Steve, G4WCS
Tue May 13 2008, 09:47AM
Steve, G4WCS
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Got the little rig the other day, and am very pleased with it.

Ive not fitted it with batteries, for the odd bit of portable work I do I have the option of a 1.2AH or a 17AH ( in a carrying case) Lead acid gel battery.
Realistically the bulk of work with this rig will be static mobile- Ive a BNOS Linear on the way, and have already sourced a Watson hands free kit, and Firestik mobile antenna- this will give me the capability of being QRV most lunchtimes for an hour or so- looking forward to the E's season
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Ian, G6TGO
Mon Mar 30 2009, 07:46AM
Ian, G6TGO
Registered Member #170
Joined: Sat Apr 05 2008, 12:42PM

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Hello, Well I now own a FT690MK2 and managed to obtain some interesting bits and pieces over the months.
Batteries for general use.
AA into D cell cases where you can use 2900mh AA's I will be conducting some 'live' experiments in IO70 (Cornwall in May) to measure how much operating time I get most likly limited but nothing ventured nothing gained.

Also if you look at the red case in the picture, I have my 690 in there I have fitted a SO258 and with a BNC to PL use the telescopic whip with success!!!!!.
A Yagi or other aerial can be connected direct to the socket rather than direct to th rig.
No losses noted.
Grounding is via the metal rim round the case.
I have used this /p with 100% success .
I have used the telescopic on a magmount on the car with success.
I did notice that a lot of electronic noise comes from my car (07 model).
This has been hard toget round as I have no means to connect direct to the car battery.
Tried clip on ferrites on both the aerials and dc input no real change.
So will have to use independant power source.
I have a 10W clip on linier which I us base/mobile.
I am delighted with my machine .
73 for now, IAN

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