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Author Topic: FT-817  (Read 1288 times)
N8IK
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« on: May 12, 2006, 11:03:17 AM »

Is the FT-817 keyer Mode A or Mode B or something else?  TIA, Ian N8IK
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N3EF
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2006, 06:22:08 PM »

  I have an FT897 and it is mode b only. No way to change it. I suspect the 817 is the same. I looked in the manual and couldn't find a reference to it, but it isn't in the 897 manual either. I don't use "squeeze" keying so it doesn't matter to me.

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N8IK
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2006, 08:48:33 AM »

Thanks!  I'm a Mode B guy so that works for me.  Hope to get one at Dayton.
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2006, 10:23:44 AM »

Just thought I would say hi N8IK, cant wait for dayton eather!
73 KG4SGP - Jim
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2006, 11:44:59 AM »

The FT-817 is a *HORRIBLE* CW rig until you add a filter.  Once you add the CW filter it becomes very respectable.  If you're planning on buying one make sure you budget in the extra dollars for the Collins mechanical filter at either 300Hz or 500Hz.

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N8IK
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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2006, 10:40:57 AM »

Thanks Caity - the 500Hz filter is definitely on my toy list!
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2006, 06:23:08 AM »

More like a required upgrade than a toy.  When I bought my FT-817 and first tried it out on CW, I wondered if I had made a grave mistake.  It was pretty obvious that it would be useless under many conditions.  After adding the 500 Hz filter, I used it for Field Day with great results.  I leave the filter on pretty much all the time.  I'like to get a 250Hz filter and rig up a circuit to switch between the two.
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2006, 12:26:41 AM »

You can get a filter from W4ART or from Inrad, or if you want the same unit for a lot more money, from Yaesu.
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WP4BXS
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2006, 07:50:15 PM »

Gents,

I'm planning on getting the FT-817 or the FT-817ND mostly for CW with occassional SSB.  I noticed you mentioned the CW filters for either 300 or 500mhz, what about the W4RT One board with the 500mhz and the 2.3khz SSB filter? Are there any other accessories/upgrades that I should consider getting?  I mostly will use it during my hikes, along with my compact buddipole.  Finally, what is a reasonable price to pay for one.

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Fred
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W4SK
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2006, 04:57:52 PM »

Beware K7VO.
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