Last night I got around to installing my own LASERBEAM filter into my FT-817 and it works like a champ! This will be a great addition to the radio, especially now that the stock filters are becoming hard to come by. In case you missed it, I'll be offering an installation service for these filters, you can see more info about it by clicking the link on the right side of this page. (I also pasted it below for the lazier ones)
The SOTABEAMS LASERBEAM-817 is a digital audio filter that you can place inside an FT-817 that drastically improves the receive audio of this great little radio. The filter works in SSB and CW modes. While the installation is not very difficult, it does require opening the radio and working in close proximity to very very small components. If you find this challenging, that is where I come in! I have extensive experience building kits of all kinds, especially Steve Webber's MTR. You can be sure my LASERBEAM-817 installation will be clean and professional.
The LASERBEAM-817 will work in any FT-817, even if the OEM filters are installed.
Customers who would like to have a LASERBEAM-817 filter fitted in their 817 will need to send me their radio, preferably using an insured shipping carrier (UPS/DHL/Fedex/USPS). I will install the filter from my stock and return the radio via USPS Priority mail. The price for this service is $110 which includes the filter, installation, and return shipping.
To arrange installation of your LASERBEAM-817 filter, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will issue a Paypal invoice.