Measuring just 7.9" x 3.2" x 9.1" (without knobs), the FT-897 is unmatched in performance versus size. With the optional FC-30 Automatic Antenna Tuner installed, the convenient carrying handle of the FT-897 lets you easily transport your HF/VHF/UHF station to a portable location and get on the air instantly.
Innovative FC-30 (optional) Automatic Antenna Tuner:
Adding less than 2" to the total width of the FT- 897 assembly, the optional FC-30 is a high-speed, relay-controlled Automatic Antenna Tuner utilizing a combination of sixteen capacitors and nine low- loss coils to reduce SWR as presented to the FT- 897 feedpoint. Impedances of 17 to 150 Ohms may be tuned by the FC-30 on HF (25 to 100 Ohms on 50 MHz), and the lightning-fast tuning ensures that you won't miss out on the DX. (optional) TC-30 Automatic Antenna Tuner
Big-Radio Tuning Dial and Ergonomics
in Ultra"Compact Transceiver:
Ease of operation of the FT-897 is enhanced by the large-diameter (1.8") Main Tuning Dial,similar in size to the tuning knob of a large base- station transceiver.
Selectable tuning steps of 2 kHz/4 kHz per revolution ensure that fine tuning is always available, while allowing easy navigation around your favorite bands.
Easy Receiver Offset Tuning (Clarifier):
The convenient "Clarifier" (R.I.T.) knob, located at the bottom right-hand corner of the front panel, allows offset of the receiver frequency from the transmitter frequency, to follow a drifting station or to tune around a DX pile-up. But if you want a larger knob for offset tuning, you may use the Menu system to assign the Clarifier function either to the Selector knob, or the Main Tuning Dial.
Easy-to-Use "Scrolling Front Panel" Keys:
The compactness of the FT-897 is made possible by the easy-to-use "multi-function keys," which allow adjustment of a number of transceiver operating functions during operation. Pressing the [F] key allows selection of the operating function row, using the Selector knob, and you may then press the [A], [B], or [C] switch, as needed, to change the setting. What's more, a number of these keys provide instant "hot key" switching to a related Menu item, for "set and forget" configuration adjustment.
Rugged, High-Output Power Amplifier with Efficient Heat Sink:
Achieving 100 Watts of power output from such a compact package is a difficult mechanical and electrical engineering task.
2SK2975S On HF, push-pull 2SK5125 MOSFETs driven by push-pull provide the 100-Watt power capability, while on VHF maximum efficiency during battery operation is yielded by 2SC3102 bipolar PA transistors.
The rugged aluminum die-cast chassis provides a solid foundation for the heat sink for the power amplifier, with a total of almost 40 cubic inches of heat sink surface area available. With its quiet, thermostatically-controlled twin cooling fans, the FT-897 will stand up to the rigors of DX-pedition or home contest use, with dissipation capability to spare.
TX POWER OUTPUT
HF 50 MHz 144MHz 430 MHz
100(20W) 100(20W) 50(20W) 20 (10W)
( ) indicates Power Output during operation using internal batteries.
Take the QRP Challenge
Ideal for low-power operation under battery power, the FT-897 is easily adjusted down to the 5-Watt limit for "QRP" operation, and you'll enjoy the thrill of having those rare DX stations come back to your "flea power" portable station.
Legendary YAESU Receiver Design
When you've traveled a great distance to find that ultimate quiet operating location, you want a great receiver so as to take advantage of itIYaesu's top receiver design team crafted the front end of the FT-897, accounting for the dramatic differences between low bands like 160 meters and the 430 MHz microwave band. Wide dynamic range and low noise low noise figure are the product of the advanced preamplifier stage with negative feedback for stability, and the GaAs balanced mixer design, with careful gain distribution from the RF through the audio stages.
Flexibility in strong-signal operation is also provided by the RF Gain control, input attenuator, input preamplifier bypass capability (IPO), and Slow/Fast/Off AGC selections.
High-Performance PLL Design
The quiet, fast-acting local oscillator system of the FT-897 borrows extensively from the renowned FT-847, using a Direct Digital Synthesizer (DDS) to achieve fast lock times and silky-smooth tuning in 10 Hz steps. The excellent carrier-to-noise ratio helps preserve spurious-free dynamic range in a crowded band, and the smooth tuning leaves you with the feeling you're using an analog VFO.
All Customer Reviews
FT897 purchase Tom 07-12-2014
This is a superb radio in every respect, I already have the 817 and 857, but on the desktop it really has presence, and a great tuning dial. Many thanks to ML and son for a great service, and being very helpful. Ordered late Thursday and arrived Tea Time Friday. You cannot beat that. Tom W.
YAESU FT897D NEIL 01-10-2013
wow !! if your looking for a multi mode transceiver, then this is the one...covers all bands. good clear audio. great dsp. good audio reports. very easy to set up. and a nice radio to operate.. it's all the radio you'll ever need .. hf /2m/70cm/6m and cw.. also you can practice morse with the feature built that is built into this great radio...... this a must buy for any radio ham. that is starting in the hobby....also a first class service included. always received by all members of staff at mls
Excellent kit Darren 02-08-2013
My first step into Amateur Radio with a second-hand one of these Richard sold me which I still have currently. I love this baby as well as my 857 I know they are basically the same but this has been set up at home and the 857 home and mobile but the management are telling me to scale down a bit so I fear this one may have to go to allow the 857 to sit at home and the FT8900 Richard has just sold me for the mobile I know it makes sense but why do I need to sell stuff !!!. A tank of radios never lets you down and does all you want it to every time a nice well built and sturdy rig may try to hide it rather than sell it on lots of HF contacts on this as well even some France Spain and an Italy on this gem tough and works like a real power house get one you wont regret it.
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