Welcome to the N1RWY Ft-100 site

This site is dedicated to the YAESU FT-100, the best mobile HF - VHF - UHF radio on the market.

Yeah, that is a bold statement, but as they say in the kitchen:

"The proof is in the pudding."

Questions or comments about this site?
Email me: baack@maine.edu
The YAESU FT-100 is the best HF-VHF-UHF mobile rig on the amateur radio market. The radio covers all HF and WARC bands (1.8 - 30 MHz). The radio also covers the 6 meter and 2 meter bands, as well as the entire 70 cm band. A general coverage receiver allows for broadcast band reception to boot. (A nice feature during long commutes!) The radio allows for a mobile mount option and does include two antenna jacks for simultaneous HF and VHF - UHF antennas. The combination of the ATAS-100 and a good dual band 144 / 440 antenna works FB. If you want to read more about all of the specs for the radio, go here!
With all mobile HF sites on the web, I had to include pictures of my radio installation. I am especially proud of the installation that I have due to the minimal cost that was associated with it. The mount that that you see to the left as well as below was a "hamfest special" found at the Hosstraders hamfest.

Total cost : $1. Yeah, one buck!

Even better than the fact that the mount cost 1 dollar is the fact that there were no holes to drill to the truck to use this mount. This mount uses the same bolt and housing as the main seat attachment that is located in the middle of the bench seat! Many of you want to know more about the mount I use. Here is the info on it. It is supposed to be used for as a wall mount for a camera! Go figure!

The stand that I use is able to hold my complete mobile station for 3.8 -> 440 MHz (plus 800 MHz for work). However, before I get into the mobile system, I wanted to go over the mount that I use in greater detail. Like some hams, I did not want to drill holes into a new vehicle. In this day and age, finding a place to mount radios in modern vehicles is becoming quite difficult. I spent quite a long time looking at different options before I settled on this simple, cheap mount. This mount works especially well due to how simple it is to install, and where it puts the remote mount head.

A lot of the FT-100 users have placed the remote head in locations that look great, and I have to admit, they did a wonderful job running (and hiding!) cables to it. However, as nice looking as some of these FT-100s are, they seem to be in positions that are not practical to have the user manipulate the controls. I wanted my control head up close so I can manipulate the main dial and push buttons. I like having my fingertips resting on the controls, being able to spin the dial and push buttons easily! It makes quick adjustments easy, and allows me to "fine tune" my receiver enjoyment.
( I will take function over fashion any day!)

As you can see from the liberal use of black zip ties, I am a strong believer in them. They work well and they are easy to replace if something needs to be moved, replaced or rewired. In the past I would drill and redrill mounts in the past as I moved items that would "fit better" or be easier to reach, etc. You all know the drill, as soon as you mount something, you always have to say what if...
So, by using the zip ties, the "what if" becomes, "right now". If you want to try something different, cut the cables, do it, and see what you think. If you do not have any I recommend that you go out and buy some. They have 1000's of uses, but I could make a whole other web site on that topic!

As I said before, the installation of the base was very simple to install as I was able to use the bolt that secures the seat to the floor of the truck to "sandwich" the radio mount to the seat mount and then pass the bolt right through both to the floor of the truck.

Very simple, easy and stable. Trust me, I have tried all of the flimsy mounts, this thing is rugged and tight, with very little vibration when traveling on or off road.
Everyone always wants to know how one has their radio wired for power. Power to the rig is supplied via 20' of 8 gauge wire purchased from RF Connections. This cable is temperature rated from -30C (-22F) to +80C (176F) and is jacketed with a VW-1 flame retardant rated automotive PVC. A secondary jacket makes this cable highly resistant to oil water, acids, alkalis, ozone and grease/diesel fumes!

Good Stuff !!

It is run directly from the battery to the rig, with fuses on both the positive and negative feeds. (These are the standard fuses that come with the FT-100). The power leads pass around the engine cage and up through the firewall behind the jump seat in the back of the truck. The FT-100 is the only item powered off of this feed. In the above photo, the power cable coming from the dash board is the charger for the cell phone, as I have not directly wired the charger from the battery yet.

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