Friday, 26 July 2019



My Yaesu FT-290R MkII came with a 25W Linear Power Amp which was very nice to have, BUT it meant that you had to provide a decent 13.8V power-supply to it, which in turn, meant that it was far less portable than it was in its original configuration.

So I went on the hunt for an original FBA-8 Battery Compartment and pretty soon one came up for sale in what looked like AMAZING condition, on eBayUK.

The compartment takes 9 X C batteries and this will restrict the TX output to something like 2.5W but atop a big hill, it should do quite well if connected to a decent antenna - we'll see. I'll update this post after trials.