I didn't know there was an amp available for it, the yaesu website didn't mention one, though they seem to be a bit dated.
Part of the reason for looking at the 817 was that it seems to be able to run on AA's needs be, and I have the ability to solar charge them in large numbers with a 60 watt setup very easily. I could also possibly connect it to the deep-cycle battery in that setup as it seems to handle car input.
HF Linear Amplifier :: HL-45B - 160m~10m (45w)
Toyko Hi power ~50 watt designed for the FT-817. $440 USD new, under 300 USD usedhttp://www.tokyohypower.com/hl-45b.html
Ya, that pretty near the cost of the radio.
Yaesu FL110 100 watt amplifier, sold with the FT 7 years ago About 300 USD for a nice unit - check ham-fests and eham/QRZ for sale boards. GOt mine at a hmafest years ago, still words great.
Build your own - 35 watts - 229 USDHF Projects - HF Packer-Amp V4
Ham'n is about rolling your own. KIts are one way to go PLus, if you need to work on it, you know all about it.
Build it yourself starting with just a circuit board and get your own partshttp://www.farcircuits.net/rfpa2.htm#11rfpa
Get a board and build your owndata for the board amp
After you get above 50 watts for so, you start having problems with neighbors.
A gain antenna - even a tri-bander and good COAX will give you much better bang for the buck.
Or, for fun, get a starter kit like the Rockmite.
You'll have to get to speed on code.
Or if PSK 31 sound like fun, get a
warbler - allows you to connect your PC sound card to the warbler and go!
Steve has several good kits at a reasonable price point.
And the -817 is a good backpacking rig.Here's a trip I took this summer in the mock bug out
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