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post #8 of Old 01-31-2008
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It only seems complicated but is no more so than hooking up a TV, stereo, cable, and a DVD. I have a Yaesu FT-817 and have hooked everything up and used it out in the field many times. The big issue is just having the right cables, connecting them properly, and understanding that you MUST properly match the radio to the antenna. It sounds like you have the right stuff but just need a little more knowledge. Rocket science may be involved in producing the semiconductors and connecting them to make a working device, but beyond that it is simply hooking it up, turning a few knobs, and watching a couple of dials. I think navigation is far more difficult than operating a transceiver.
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