Plug in the power and turn the rig on to see if it survived. The first run rigs had audio hum problems on transmit. We pride ourselves on welcoming Radio Hobby enthusiasts of all types, while offering unbiased, informative, and friendly discussion among the members. I have some rigs that are 4 years old and can't get parts easily. Laying the radio open on your bench, plug in the power to it. Not really worth shortening the radios life by digging inside and turning up the power. .
Use it for a while until you decide what kind of operator you are. The difference between 70 watts and 100 watts is not noticeable to anyone except the op watching the watt meter. I personally have loaned old rigs to new hams to get them started. Any advice would be appreciated. Unlike years ago, the support life of newer rigs is very short. My son worked as a Regional Sales Manager for Icom back in the early 90's and told me what to avoid in older Icom radios. All you had to do was get the antenna close had a scale on the side of it and hit the auto tune button and you were on the air.
This is a great rig, don't let any one tell you different. We are working every day to make sure our community is the best Radio Hobbyist's site. I wouldn't base my decision on that alone. Otherwise, try to borrow something or pay very little for it. Some prices higher, if items added later.
If someone tries it, kindly let me know how it works. Buy it today and no parts tomorrow. I just got my general last month and expect to get my extra in December. It is reasonably priced, and has just about all the bells and whistles a new and a seasoned ham would need. With other optional accessories, you can select over 100 possible configurations! Kenwood radios don't turn me on. Again, I am not asking which rig is better, rather getting an older rig v.
There is an external power supply on the 400 watt version. You can watch the band with a fast acting spectrum display D version with variable frequency range. . Again, buy it new, don't buy used. But I also knew who I bought it from and can find him still today.
Many older hams would be glad to give you a junker if you can convince them you will be active on the air. Also, enjoy the colorful commentary by the original author! The 200 watt versions feature a built-in power supply. Logged I had one with the auto tuner and separation kit. I was a tech for 16 years and just now retired got time to study for a more advanced license. I had a huge screwdriver antenna.
I am running an Icom 736,it does about 90 watts on 80 metes ,80 to 85 on 10 meters and does actually hit 100 watts on 15. Most people are not happy for long with the low dollar new rigs. Myself, I've checked Ebay for several months and decided that the older radios are selling within a couple hundred bucks of a nice, never used, up to date, bells and whistles radio of today. If you can get one in good cndx. It got really good reviews and I really like the ergonomics of the rig.
You should be leery of some of those guys trying to peddle old radios off on newbies. I wish I had never sold mine. Also be leery of Eham review ratings. Return it to Yaesu, quietly, if it didn't under warrantee repair. You get true dual receive with identical receivers for Main and Sub. I ran it mobile for over 2 years.