View Full Version : Yaesu FT-897 User Reviews
12-10-2002, 05:10 PM
I realize there are user feedback forums on this subject (i.e. product reviews) but haven't seen much on the FT-897. Impressions or feedback on this radio yet?
Haven't seen it scheduled yet for QST.
12-14-2002, 08:13 PM
The best place I have found for user input on products is www.eHam.net. Here is a link on user reviews on yours.
12-31-2002, 09:51 AM
Just recently, Dan, n0fpe, made these comments about the FT-897 when he answered a question about choosing a first rig:
# # " . . . I would look at the Yaesu FT-897
100 watt rig bult for the on the go ham. It has all the goodies and is built like a tank!!! I just got mine last week and it is just way to kewl! with the internal batteries and opitional tuner it is a TRUE ARES/RACES ops dream. I plan to use mine when I go camping next summer.
If you plan to spend $950+ on a 100D or a 706 I would first look at the 897
It is a bit more expensive BUT you get a lot more veritility
After owning a number of other rigs over the years this is the first time I have REALLY been excited over a new radio. The FT-897 is it for me . . ."
02-06-2003, 03:01 AM
I have had my FT-847 for about three years. The only problem to date is the power switch. It's been replaced twice. I use the radio on all bands. I have managed to get my VUCC on 6m with a loop antenna up 20 feet. I am going to add some filters for ssb in the near furure. 73 Randy
12-29-2003, 09:42 PM
i like mine, although it is my first do it all rig. very easy to program verses the icom rigs which i happen to own two of. i like the internal battery option,so if you have an emergency you can throw in the battery's and put on the miracle antenna and get with the program. i suspect this is going to be a popular rig with the contesters and the ares and races guys. one hell of a rig and its the best bang for your buck at this current time.
12-29-2003, 10:23 PM
I want to know, CAN ONE SUBSTITUTE a more REASONABLY PRICED (HomeBrew) Battery Pack for REAL FIELD WORK? I plan to attempt a NATION-HOPPING HAM-RADIO EX-PEDITION hopping FREIGHT-TRAINS, something I have 20+ years FIRST-HAND EXPERIANCE at. The avalibility of ELECTRIC POWER to recharge batteries is NIL to HOMELESS BUMS so I hope to utilise STORAGE BATTERIES that can be BOUGHT in BETTER COMMERCIAL ELECTRONICS OUTLETS. The MODUS OPERANDI of FREIGHT HOPPING means MOST LAY-OVERS, TRAIN STOPS, etc. are in MAJOR INDUSTRIAL CITIES, (Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Salt Lake City, Oakland, San Deigo, etc.) so SHOULD be able to do a Walk Around & aquire batteries.
I ALWAYS support my self as a PROFESS-IONAL FOLK SINGER/GUITARIST/FRENCH-HARPIST/MANDOLINIST, BANJOIST and RECENTLY aquired a STRADIVARIUS Violin, NOT a ORIGINAL, but a late 18th. Century by his SONS, a SWEET Sounding, German-Built Violin...however I have not played VIOLIN since 1960, (I took 3 years under Maestro Leno Bartolli at Baylor University, 1958-1960) so, to re-learn Violin, I must needs be STAY FAR AWAY FROM PEOPLE, (If your Young Child ever took Violin Lessions you can SYMPHATHYZE)
As for an ANTENNA.....Think....Using the Tiny Antenna Tuner from MFJ, I can LOAD UP THE RAILS while RIDING the TRAIN.....talk about a LONG WIRE ANTENNA!
If you doubt the Veracity of such a Antenna, I HAVE GARNERED 100's of Scientific Studies on SUCH ABNORMAL means of RF TRANSMISSION, read these 2 articles from one of my WebSites, on GROUND TRANSMISSIONS of RF ENERGY...<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FreighttrainDomain/message/79> or <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FreighttrainDomain/message/80>