Yaesu FT-450D Compact yet superb HF/50MHz

Yaesu FT-450D Compact yet superb HF/50MHz
Part Number: FT-450D
£749.95 ( £624.96 EXC. VAT )
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No longer in production.

The new Yaesu FT-450D is the updated version of the original FT-450. Used by many
CDXC members operating DX-peditions from around the world, ML&S have introduced a very special price to tempt you into this excellent HF/6m base transceiver.

The FT-450D is a compact yet superb HF/50MHz radio with state-of-the-art IF DSP technology configured to provide World Class performance in an easy to operate package. Suitable for all applications; beginners, casual operators, enthusiasts, portable/field users and emergency service providers.


For FULL 5mhz coverage you will need to have the radio wide banded

  • Large, informative LCD Negative type Front Panel Display with convenient Control knobs and Switches. The display shows the Frequency, S-Meter, a Graphical indication of RF to IF settings, and the DSP Interference Elimination settings (Contour, Notch, DNR, WIdth and Shift).
  • Key, Mic & Phone jacks are provided on the front panel for handy access.
  • Compact Size & Lightweight.
  • Rugged aluminium die-cast chassis with large thermostatically-controlled cooling fan.
  • Operates anywhere using the built-in Automatic Antenna Tuner, or optional External Antenna Tuning systems.
  • 67.899 MHz 4 pole 10kHz Roofing Filter (MCF/Monolithic Crystal Filter) and 8 band-pass filters at the RF stages provide excellent suppression of out-of-band interference.
  • 20dB Att (Attenuator) and IPO (Intercept Point Optimization) feature allows optimisation of the receiver front-end characteristics, to improve receiver dynamic range.

  • Legendary Yaesu IF DSP system, well regarded among top and world-class DX operators.
  • Independent Fast IF Shift control.
  • Functions for eliminating interference together with IF Shift.
  • Contour Control Operation with Yaesu's unique CONTOUR filter.
  • Manual IF Notch.
  • Digital Noise Reduction (DNR).
  • IF Width Tuning.
  • 10-Preset Digital Microphone Equalizer selections.
  • DSP VOX Operation.
  • Two Voice Memories (SSB/AM/FM) stores up to 10 seconds of audio in each memory.
  • Digital Voice Announcement, announces Frequency, Mode and S-Meter readings.

  • Selectable 300Hz/500Hz/2.4kHz CW IF Filters.
  • Built-in Electronic Keyer.
  • Keyer speed adjustable between 4 WPM and 60 WPM.
  • Weight (Dot:Dash Ratio) adjustable.
  • T/R recovery delay programmable (30 - 3000ms)
  • CW Beacon - Up to 118 characters using the CW message keyer 3 memory banks.
  • Pitch Adjustment (400 - 800Hz, in 100Hz steps).
  • CW Spotting (Zero-Beating) function.
  • CW Reverse - provides BFO injection from LSB side instead of default USB side.
  • Sidetone Generator.
  • Keying on SSB modes.
  • Keying using Up/Down keys on the microphone.
  • Training feature sends random Morse Code via the built-in sidetone generator.
Additional Features

  • Large, easy to read digital S-Meter with peak hold capability.
  • QMB (Quick Memory Bank).
  • Key Illumination.
  • Versatile Memory System; up to 500 memory channels may be separated into as many as 13 Memory Groups.
  • TXW, to monitor the Transmit Frequency when split frequency operation is engaged.
  • Clarifier.
  • Built-in TCXO for incredible ±1 ppm/hour stabiltiy (@ 25ºC, after warmup).
  • Dedicated Data Jack for DATA operation (FSK RTTY available).
  • CTCSS Operation (FM).
  • My Band/My Mode functions; recalls your favourite operating environments.
  • Lock Function.
  • CS Switch to recall a favourite Menu Selection directly.
  • TOT (TX Time Out Timer).
  • Various Scan functions.
  • CAT System (D-sub 9 pin) for Computer Programming.
  • Cloning Capability.
RX Frequency Range 30 kHz - 56 MHz (operating)
  160 - 6m (specified performance, Amateur bands only)
TX Frequency Range 160 - 6m (Amateur bands only)
Frequency Stability ±1 ppm/hour (@ 25ºC, after warm-up)
Operating Temperature Range -10ºC - +50ºC
Emission Modes A1A (CW), A3E (AM), J3E (LSB,USB), F3E (FM)
Frequency Steps 1/10/20Hz (SSB & CW), 100/200Hz (AM & FM)
Antenna Impedance 50 Ω, unbalanced
Power Consumption RX (signal present) 1.5A
  TX (100W) 22A
Supply Voltage 13.8 VDC, ±10%
Dimensions (W x H x D, mm) 229 x 84 x 217
Weight (approx, Kg) 4.0
Power Output 100 Watts (25W, AM Carrier)
Modulation Types J3E (SSB): Balanced
  A3E (AM): Low-Level (Early Stage)
  F3E (FM): Variable Reactance
Maximum FM Deviation ±5.0 kHz / ±2.5 kHz
Harmonic Radiation Better than -60dB (160 - 10m Amateur bands)
  Better than -70dB (6m Amateur band)
SSB Carrier Suppression At least 60dB below peak output
Undesired Sideband Suppression At least 60dB below peak output
Audio Response (SSB) Not more than -6dB from 300 to 2400Hz
Microphone Impedance 600Ω (200 to 10kΩ)
Circuit Type Double-Conversion Superheterodyne
Intermediate Frequencies (IF) 1st IF 67.899kHz  /  2nd IF 24kHz
Sensitivity (IPO Off, ATT: Off)  
SSB (BW: 2.4kHz, 10dB S+NN)
  0.25µV (1.8 - 2.0MHz)
  0.25µV (3.5 - 30MHz)
  0.20µV (50 - 54 MHz)
AM (BW: 6kHz, 10db S+NN)
  30% modulation @ 400Hz
  2.00µV (1.8 - 2.0MHz)
  2.00µV (3.5 - 30MHz)
  1.00µV (50 - 54MHz)
FM (BW: 10kHz, 12dB SINAD)
  0.50µV (28 - 30MHz)
  0.30µV (50 - 54MHz)
  ** There is no specification in frequency ranges not listed.
Squelch Sensitivity

(IPO Off, ATT: Off)
  2.50µV (1.8 - 30MHz)
  1.00µV (50 - 54 MHz)
  0.32µV (28 - 30MHz)
  0.16µV (50 - 54MHz)
  ** There is no specification in frequency ranges not listed.
Selectivity (-6 / -60dB)  
Mode -6 dB -60 dB
CW-N 0.25kHz or better 0.7kHz or better
SSB 2.2kHz or better 4.5kHz or better
AM 6kHz or better 20kHz or better
FM 15kHz or better 30kHz or better
FM-N 9kHz or better 25kHz or better
Image Rejection 80dB or better
IF Rejection 80dB or better (160 - 10m Amateur bands)
  65dB or better (6m Amateur band)
Maximum Audio Output 2.2W into 4Ω with 10% THD
Audio Output Impedance 4 to 16Ω (8Ω: nominal)
Conducted Radiation Less than 4000 µµW
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice, and are guaranteed within the Amateur bands only.
(5 reviews)Write a review
Yaesu 450D (new, unused)
The Yaesu 450D matches and keeps up with a lot of the more expensive higher end receivers. I bought this radio as I already had mobile radios to cover 2m/70cm so I as really looking for a decent mid range radio that would be rugged and perform well. Out of the box I was amazed by the weight and the build quality, sturdy heavy but petite radio with a big lcd display on front and tuning dial for easy band hopping. I connected the radio to the longwire antenna and connected up the scu-17 data interface. Performed a quick power/vswr test and straight onto 14.230mhz I went. In came the SSTV signals through the interface and made easy by this beautiful radio. I was impressed by the Smeter readout and the smoothness in navigating the tuning immediately. So I decided I would test the radio further and away from the data side I went onto our local net. All the nearby stations were coming through crystal clear and further away stations could easily be rescued from the mud by using the DSP to pull them out of it. On ssb I switched to the MD100 desk mic to test the modulation and voice output of the radio. We performed a lot of tests and found the only drawback to be no matter how much you fiddle the settings (mic eq, gain etc) you cannot bring the kHz upto 3kz at the peak. Output maxes out around 2.8Khz on this radio but I suppose using a standard mic with no compression you can't expect too much. Overall I would highly recommend this HF set to anyone. Ideal for a beginner or a serious player too as it's a small but powerful radio and would make for a good /mm rig too. Well done.. Cheers
Excellent !
Have been using my 450D for about 18 months as my only rig. Have always had excellent audio reports. It also works perfectly with the Yaesu SCU-17 PC interface unit so I can do the data modes through WSJT-X. An absolute classic rig.
Good for any licence level!!
Been using my FT - 450D for a while now never been happier, if I can find my way around it then anyone can!! Even used it on a special event station where even the non Yaesu operators were impressed!!
Brilliant Radio
If you want a radio with great functionality and portability, this is value for money Forget 'entry level' this is a good rig for field days as well
Marvelous Set
For what you pay its a match to the mid price radios, very impressed with this and as always great service from MLS.
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