Basic walk through on ft891 a great compact but complicated rig

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  1. SA4MDN

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    Never had any problems with menu settings and my 891,857,817, find them all pretty easy,
    if you don't want to loose your dsp settings just push in the multi knob and spin it to change bands that way, all your settings remain the same
     
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  2. WU3U

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    I had one for a while and it was a great radio. I think the filtering is better than my 7300. I just got tired of the menus which I eventually got used to. The worst part of the radio is the two seconds you have to change bands. Still the best band for your buck in the price range.
     
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  3. K4FMH

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    Love mine. Menus are just something to learn. They are Yaesu style...so my ft-857d and ft-450d are a good learning curve. But my 7300 and 570SG are just new menu systems to learn for me.
     
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  4. KB2YCF

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    I just bought this radio on sale and love it! I made contact to Argentina over (5000 miles) and South Africa (over 8000 miles) away during mobile operation on 10 meters the first week of ownership. The menus are not that bad as you make it out to be. I was using it quickly without reading the manual and only had to look up a few menu settings I needed. Locals operators report I sound just as good as the FT-991A. Anyone interested in buying one don't hesitate. It's a nice small compact radio that gets out to the world.
     
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  5. WA3JKB

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    I use the FT-891 as my primary transceiver. For base station use, the key is to couple the 891 with a good rig control program. I have used HRD Rig Control, FLRig, N4PY, and DXLabs Commander successfully. I'm currently using N4PY Rig Control which allows me to interface with SDR Console (using an SDRPlay RSPdx) , JTDX or FLDigi, and Log4OM simultaneously.
    With this setup, menus are not a problem. I can click with the mouse for almost anything I need. The RSPdx and SDR Console combo gives me a first class panadapter. Just added an LDG auto-tuner which works great with ATAS, and with the excellent receive capability of this compact radio, there isn't anything I would trade for under $1500 (well maybe an FT-991a).
     
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  6. AE0AQ

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    Had mine for almost 2 years. Yes, menus take some getting used to, but just chalk it up to a learning curve. Actually, after you understand the logic the menus make a lot more sense. When I use this as a base I also use HRD which gives me instant access to any function so that really isn't an issue. When I use it mobile now I don't really have any trouble with it. What a great little radio for the price and the size!
     
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  7. VA7AON

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    I've had mine for two years now and really like this little rig. I'm using it as my base station and have worked the world with it on CW. As far as the menus go, I find that the advanced manual that's available from Yeasu on-line really helps. As well, there are great YouTube videos that explain how to adjust the mic, set up digital modes, etc. The rig may appear complex because it has so many features that are found in larger and much more expensive radios. I plan to keep it for ARES, portable, SOTA and backup.
     
  8. KI5AAI

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    Receive is awesome. Menus suck but then again, how often do you really need to access obscure functions? I just made an index card that sits next to it with a few things I might use and gets me to where I need to be.

    Again, I can't say enough good things about the receive on this radio.
     
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  9. W9WQA

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    with the concept of 1000 menu spaces broken into 10x 100 it seems like all mfgrs could standardize on that at least, then some programming functions.
     
  10. KE7MPO

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    I've had one as my primary base and table top mobile in our RV and loved it. Once learned the menus aren't that bad. Not that long of a learning curve if you're interested in spending the time. HF while driving is for me. I have ft8900r's in RV drivers spot and in my truck. Sold my 857D to fund the 891. Found for table top RV use I miss the shack in a box aspect the 857D has over the 891. Bumping up to a 991a for shack in a box. That's the only reason I no longer have the 891. Great HF rig
     
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