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  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    If you had your choice of the IC-706MKIIG or the Yeasu FT-857 OR the Yeasu FT-897 which would you choose , and why?? [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Yaesu FT-897. My reasons might be different than yours,
    but I wanted it for a home station, not mobile use, with
    the option of portable operation, and the size is perfect.
    It also has the (expensive) option of running on
    internal batteries. For purely personal reasons, I
    dislike radios with detachable faceplates, and the
    FT-897 is built like a tank.
    Plus in several side-by-side comparisons with the IC-706mkIIG
    that I read, the Yaesu was rated better.

    And most importantly, because the price was right on
    the used FT-897 I bought.
  3. K6PME

    K6PME Ham Member QRZ Page

    I wanted a radio that would work for both home and field use and would work with internal batts, 12 vdc or AC. (Field Day, hunting camps, sailboat, etc.) I don't operate any radio's mobile.

    I bought the 897.

    It's limited to 20w output on anything but AC though. The 'add ons' will cost as much as the basic unit. I got the PS ($250 +/-) with it and since I have deep cycle batts and solar panels I didn't buy the internal batteries. I might consider the tuner at a later date. The newer D models have 60m and the MARS mod seems easy enough.

    And yes, It's built TOUGH.....
  4. KG6OPR

    KG6OPR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have both, the 857 in the car and the 897 at the qth. Both great radios. Great rebates when Yasue had them. [​IMG]
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