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Old 10-11-2017, 7:37 PM
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Default New FT101E Owner with an easy question

I just got my first HF rig, an FT101E. I plan to set up a half wave dipole for 20 meters in the next 2 weeks but right now I have a 2 meter antenna already in place. My question is, as long as I leave the mic disconnected, the heater off, the mox/vox off, and all of those switches in a row there off, would it be ok for me to see what I can hear using the non resonant antenna for receive only? Can I hurt the receiver just listening around on 20/40/80 to see if I can hear anything? I've downloaded a manual and I am trying to learn as much as I can about this radio while I study for my general ticket, but there is SO much to learn.
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Old 10-11-2017, 9:28 PM
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My first rig was a Yaesu FT101E back in the early eighties. You will be fine to listen away. It may work best pulling the pl 259 antenna connector out a bit and just the center connector touching, WELCOME to amateur radio! Mike.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:39 PM
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You will not hurt the receiver leaving it in the receive position and listening. If you hook it up to that two meter antenna you'll not hear as many signals as with a properly sized antenna but heck give it a try. 20 meters is mostly a daytime band, while 80 meters is a nighttime one. 40 meters is someone in between the two, but usually opens up at night. On 40 meters at night you will hear shortwave stations using AM, these would be strong signals so try those.

The FT101E is a classic rig from the 70's, had one myself years ago, a beautiful radio. Like the fact that is has a built-in power supply too.

Have fun.
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Old 10-12-2017, 3:51 AM
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Thank you both for your replys. It probably seems like a strange thing to want to do but I have this radio sitting here now and no proper antenna for a week or so. Thank you!
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Old 10-12-2017, 6:26 AM
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One additional suggestion would be to run a simple wire antenna inside; perhaps around the edges of the ceiling, the longer the better. This might be better than the outside 2 meter antenna. For receiving you have much more freedom as far as antenna construction.
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