Basic walk through on ft891 a great compact but complicated rig

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  1. K3FHP

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    If it's too complicated for you, I'll trade tour even for a TenTec Scout. No mode or band switch even. PTT it does sub, press the key it does CW.

    If you want to do many things with many modes and bands there wild be buttons or menus, there is NO free lunch.
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  2. KK9W

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    Yaesu: "Space is limited so let's make the most of it. Give them four buttons for VFO and memory operation because they will certainly need any of those more than a dedicated tune button." :rolleyes:

    DSP is hot garbage. It makes everyone sound like they are talking underwater.
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  3. KK9W

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    Right. But if the 891 were a sandwich the bread would be in the middle.
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  4. KD2EJ

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    I had the Icom-7000 nice small radio and the worst menu set up I have ever seen on a radio. This radio is impossible to change settings while driving. I believe is the most complex menu I have ever seen. I bought the IC-7100 and that's fantastic, simple and touch screen. Good luck with the Yaesu
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  5. K1YPB

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    I own both the FT891, and the FT-991 as well as an original FT-817. So I guess I am a Yaesu man. I actually like the 891. The receiver is awesome, and you can't beat Yaesu's DNR and Contour controls. Once you get the menu strategies understood it is really easy to use. It is actually easier than the 991 in my opinion. The only thing I wish the 891 had was a built in sound card like the 991. I use the Yaesu SCU-17 with 891. I have paired my 891 with the Yaesu FC-50 auto tuner. It grabs a match lightning fast, and the interface is seamless. It also look really nice. The 891 is a great radio in a small package. Is it perfect? No. Love it or hate it... you can't find a better radio for the money. I like mine and will be keeping it for a long time.
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  6. NQ6B

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    I've had one for almost two years. I was attracted to it because it was the cheapest 100w xcvr from the big manufacturers (I'm a real cheap-skate).

    Regarding the menus, they are intuitive but, for a CW op, they take way too long to navigate. I wrote a simple Python script which (thru CAT) allows me to change several settings with a single keystroke. It's customized for my operating habits. For me, that completely solves the menu problem. Happy to share, if you're interested.

    The IF DSP is fine, down to 50 Hz bandwidth, great for CW. However, a strong CW signal just outside the filter range can be heard (thumping and key-clicks, although it doesn't seem to take control of the AGC). My $150 SDR Play doesn't do that.

    I don't operate SSB much so can't speak to the Tx audio other than to say that when operating FT8 and MSK144 its output has low distortion (speech processor off). Rx audio if fine and volume can go high enough to overcome traffic noise.

    Notch and NB works well for my needs (I read the other person who didn't like the NB, YMMV).
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  7. KI5AAI

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    I am more of a script kittie with Python LOL. I would love to see what you wrote. My email is valid on my QRZ page.

  8. CL7YW

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    Yo tengo uno y lo uso más frecuentemente que cualquiera de mis radios, a pesar de su pequeño tamaño es formidable es verdad que la interface de la pantalla no es tan atractiva como otros radios pero en un funcionamiento general se desempeña excelente, además tiene incluida muchas funciones que otros radios de de mayor envergadura poseen pero en este supieron combinarlas y crear casi un radio perfecto
  9. KC3GIO

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    I have one and I love it going to buy a 2nd one
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  10. W3HG

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    You can’t have both a large display and a small size, combined with nearly all of the features of an FTDX1200 without deep menus.

    if using as a base, then set up control software. It makes it far easier to use. If mobile, set it up ahead of time and choose your user-selectable controls wisely as there aren’t many without getting deep into the menu.

    You won’t find a better radio in the price range.
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