Yaesu FT-817ND transceiver

Yaesu FT-817ND transceiver
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The FT-817ND now includes the latest high capacity Metal Hydride FNB-85 battery. The radio is a fully self-contained, battery-powered, low power amateur MF/HF/VHF/UHF transceiver for portable/camping/mountain top use. Providing coverage of of the 160-10 meter amateur bands, plus the 6 M, 2M and 70 cm bands, the FT-817D includes operation on the SSB, CW, AM, FM and digital modes.

This radio is designed for use either from an external DC source or internal batteries and provides up to 5 watts of power output when on external DC power. When using the battery pack or 8 AA cells (not supplied), the radio automatically switches to 2.5 watts. The multi-function LCD screen includes selectable blue or amber backlighting which may be disabled for battery conservation. 

This radio comes with: MH-31A8J Hand mic, FNB-85 Ni-MH 1400 mAh battery, PA-48U compact charger, YHA-63 Whip antenna for 50/144/430 MHz, E-DC-6 DC cable and shoulder strap. 

Ultra Compact HF/VHF/UHF Multimode Rig
Despite its incredibly small size (5.3" x 1.5" x 6.5"), the FT-817 delivers big performance! Its next-generagion PA puts out five watts on all HF bands, plus the 50 MHz, 144 MHz, and 430 MHz bands, on all popular operating modes: USB/LSB/CW/AM/FM/Packet/PSK-31/RTTY.

Wide Receiver Frequency Coverage
Enjoy shortwave and FM broadcasts, , public safety communications, and airband calls thanks to the extended frequency coverage of the FT-817, which includes receptino on 100 kHz - 56 MHz, 76 - 108 MHz (W-FM only), 108 - 154 MHz, and 420 - 470 MHz.

Two Antenna Connectors for Ease of Installation
The front panel includes a convenient BNC connector for attachment of a whip or VHF/UHF rubber flex antenna (supplied). The rear panel includes a type “M” (“SO-239”) connector. As shipped from the factory, the BNC jack is active on 50/144/430 MHz, while the “M” connector is active on HF. But using the Menu, you can assign, for example, 50 and 144 MHz to the rear panel, if your coaxial cables have matching plugs.

Receiver Enahncement Features
• IF Shift – For reduction of adjacent-frequency interference. • IF Noise Blanker – For reduction of ignition and other impulse-type noise. • IPO (Intercept Point Optimization) – Bypasses RX Preamp on HF/50 MHz for improved performance during strong-signal conditions. • ATT (Front End Attenuator) – For more pleasant reception of very strong signals.

Outstanding CW Features
• CW “Semi Break-in,” with T?R recovery delay programmable from 10 ms ~ 2500 ms. At 10 ms setting, performance emulates QSK operation. • CW Reverse: provides BFO injection from LSB-side, instead of default USB-side. • CW Pitch Control: adjusts TX offset and (identical) sidetone between 300 Hz and 1000 Hz in 50 Hz steps; this allows precise spotting on DX stations. Sidetone level is adjustable. • Built-in Electronic Keyer, with speed adjustable between 4 WPM and 60 WPM, and Weight (Dot:Dash Ratio) adjustable between 1:2.5 and 1:4.5. • For emergency use, the Menu allows you to set up the Microphone’s [UP] and [DWN] keys for generation of “Dots” and “Dashes” on CW!

Versatile, Easy-To-See Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
A wealth of information is available on the front panel LCD: • When you have to be away from the radio for a few minutes, but would like a visual indication of activity while you’re away, activate the Spectrum Scope Monitor. The Spectrum Scope Monitor allows you to watch activity ±5 channels from the current operating frequency. • The LCD illumination color may be set to either Blue or Amber color, using the Menu. • Watch for low battery trouble using the Battery Voltage Meter display selection. • For ease of viewing while outdoors, you can double the size of the frequency display

High Performance Collins® Mechanical Filter Options
An optional filter slot is provided in the FT-817, allowing the owner to install one of two available Collins® Mechanical Filters. For CW operation, choose the 7-pole YF-122C (500 Hz bandwidth), or for very natural-sounding SSB select the 10-pole YF-122S (2.3 kHz bandwidth).

Internal Battery Power
The FT-817 is the only rig in its class with internal battery operation capability. Shipped from the factory with a battery tray for 8 "AA" batteries, the FT-817 may also be operated from the optional FNB-85 battery pack. full power output is available under battery power. Other manufacturers make you carry around a heavy external power source. . .but the FT-817 is entirely self-contained, making it ideal for backpacking or search-and-rescue work.
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice, and are guaranteed within Amateur Bands only. Frequency ranges vary according to transceiver version; check with your details.

Frequency Range Receive
  100kHz - 30MHz
  50 - 54MHz
  76 - 108MHz (WFM only)
  144 - 146MHz
  430 - 440MHz
  160 - 6 Metres
  2 Metres
  70 Centimetres
Emission Modes A1A (CW), A3E (AM), J3E (USB/LSB), F3E (FM)
  F1D (9600bps Packet), F2D (1200bps Packet)
Synthesizer Steps (Min.) 10Hz (CW/SSB), 100Hz (AM/FM)
Antenna Impedance 50Ω, Unbalanced (Front: Type BNC, Rear: Type M [SO239])
Operating Temp. Range -10ºC TO +60ºC
Frequency Stability ±4ppm from 1 min. to 60 min. after power on
  @ 25ºC: 1ppm/hour
  ±0.5ppm/1 hour @ 25ºC, after warmup (w/opt TCXO-9)
Supply Voltage Normal: 13.8VDC ±15%, Negative Ground
  Operating: 8.0 - 16.0VDC, Negative Ground
  FBA-28 (w/8 AA Alkaline Batteries): 12.0VDC
  FNB-85 (NiMh Battery Pack): 9.6V
Current Consumption Squelched: 250mA (approx.)
  Receive: 450mA
  Transmit: 2.0A
Case Size (W x H x D, mm) 135 x 38 x 165
Weight (approx., kg) 1.17, w/alkaline batteries & antenna, but w/o microphone.
RF Power Output 5W (SSB/CW/FM), 1.5W (AM Carrier) @ 13.8V
Modulation Types SSB: Balanced Modulator
  AM: Early Stage (Low Level)
  FM: Variable Reactance
FM Maximum Deviation ±5kHz (NFM: ±2.5kHz)
Spurious Radiation -50dB (1.8 - 29.7MHz)
  -60dB (50/144/430MHz)
Carrier Suppression > 40dB
Opp. Sideband Suppression > 50dB
SSB Frequency Response 400Hz - 2600Hz (-6dB)
Microphone Impedance 200 - 10kΩ (Nominal 60Ω)
Circuit Type Double-Conversion Superheterodyne
Intermediate Frequencies (IF) 1st: 68.33MHz (SSB/CW/AM/FM); 10.7MHz (WFM)
  2nd: 455kHz

100kHz - 500kHz - - -
500kHz - 1.8MHz - 32 µV -
1.8MHz - 28MHz 0.25µV 2µV -
28MHz - 30MHz 0.25µV 2µV 0.5µV
50MHz - 54MHz 0.2µV 2µV 0.32µV
144/430MHz 0.125µV - 0.2µV
(IPO, ATT off, SSB/CW/AM = 10dB S/N, FM - 12dB SINAD)
 Squelch Sensitivity
1.8MHz - 28MHz 2.5µV -
28MHz - 30MHz 2.5µV 0.32µV
50MHz - 54MHz 1µV 0.2µV
144/430MHz 0.5µV 0.16µV

(IPO, ATT off)
Image Rejection HF/50MHz: 70dB
  144/430MHz: 60dB
IF Rejection 60dB
Selectivity (-6dB/-60dB) SSB/CW: 2.2kHz/4.5kHz
  AM: 6kHz/20kHz
  NFM: 9kHz/25kHz
  SSB (optional YF-122S installed): 2.3kHz/4.7kHz (-66dB)
  CW (optional YF-122C installed): 500Hz/2.0kHz
  CW (optional YF-122CN installed): 300Hz/1.0kHz
AF Output 1.0W (8Ω, 10% THD or less)
AF Output Impedance 4 - 16Ω
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I bought this just to monitor hf ,realy happy with it ,don’t usually do qrp but going give it a try ,very good at reception G1cvr 73s
Best radio ever says M0SAZ
I am declaring the FT-817ND the best radio ever. I have spent many thousands (mainly with ML&S!) on radios throughout my relatively short ham radio career, owning big box radios like the FTDX-9000D and FTDX-5000MP, small radios like the Ten-Tec Eagle and Elecraft KX3 and everything in between. I have bought and sold dozens of radios in the pursuit of finding technical and ergonomic excellence, with the backup of something is robust to use. But the pinnacle always leaves me wanting more. The FT-817ND is low power and not the best at everything, yet it is a swiss army knife of radios and that's its biggest appeal. I have made no less contacts on a 5w rig in a given period than a 100w or 200w one. With this wonderful radio, you get 160m to 70cm all mode, compact for the shack, able to take mobile or portable, lots of options, it is robust and has been around for years in its ND and non-ND form. Everything to know or say about the radio has been said so the knowledge and limitations are "out there", known. What's more, its not expensive, even with its options. I have never felt so comfortable or happy behind any other radio I have 2 FT-817NDs in the shack now - one connected base-style, the other in a case ready to go portable or act as the spare. Using headphones or external speaker, mechanical filter for your chosen mode, Palm Peg Legs, adjusting the TX and RX carrier offset to improve the tone and quality of the transmission/reception, proper use of IPO/ATT/RF Gain, TCXO-9 are all low cost or included things that make the radio perform even better. When you bust a pile up or work some serious DX on a lowly FT-817, all you can do is take a step back and say "wow". Get one of these radios if you haven't already - it must be the most sold Amateur Radio transceiver ever sold and the eHam reviews score it favorably. Yaesu might replace this one day with a small SDR, touch screen, built in ATU, 4m and/or 23cm and I am sure it will be popular - I won't be interested in changing from my FT-817ND and I hope parts and sacrificial "spares" radios will be in plenty supply to keep my 2 radios running nice for many years to come. Do a search for my callsign on YouTube to see just how many radios I have owned (many more than once). I have almost become a reviewer, getting many questions each month via email on various radios and antennas I have used. Its been great and I don't regret it. Now I need to settle into my station and get my CW skills sorted. 73 Mike M0SAZ
The best commercial transceiver in the world
After owning an FT817 for over 12 years I cannot recommend this transceiver highly enough. Mine has worked the world on SSB and CW and is used just about every single day. There is no better transceiver available that does as much as well for the price.
5W is enough
Fantastic radio, First 2 evenings trying it out I had PSK QSO's all over europe on 5 and 2,5 W on 20m . Cant wait to go /P with this one.
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