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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Yaesu FT-847 Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu FT-847
Yaesu FT-847 Reviews: 174 Average rating: 4.4/5 MSRP: $1599
Description: HF+2M,6M and 70cm Transceiver
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N4MJG Rating: 5/5 Jun 10, 2010 21:14 Send this review to a friend
Awsome Rig !  Time owned: more than 12 months
the FT 847 keep on ticking ! no problem !

VK4BOF Rating: 4/5 Jun 10, 2010 17:52 Send this review to a friend
Great VHF/UHF Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
In my amateur life I have had 2 FT847's.

The first was an early model, with the uni-directional CAT interface and an unstable master oscillator.

I got the oscillator to be stable after buying a TCXO kit from Kuhne Electronics but never got the CAT interface sorted. (I was quoted over AU$200.00 to get the CPU replaced by my local Yaesu distributors and deemed it to be too overpriced.)
I had alot of fun with that radio on the 6M and higher bands.
(I never used that one on HF at all)

My second FT847 was a dream, it had all the Yaesu mods done as it was one of the last 847's made.
(To the point that the circuit diagram and parts layout drawings in the service manual were different to the actual radio!)

It had a stable oscillator, all the interfaces worked correctly and I actually used it on HF. (And in a few contests too!)

I have also owned an FT897d and a Kenwood TS480SAT, both of which were easily shadowed by the 847, particulary on 6M in the Kenwoods case.
(The 897D was crap everywhere, its a piece of junk.)

I have only just recently sold my FT847, which has been replaced with an Elecraft K3/100 with its internal 2m transverter.
The Elecraft gives me the 6M and 2M performance I am used to with the 847 but with far greater selectivity.
To me, the Elecraft K3 was the ONLY upgrade path available for my VHF activities.
VE6GWC Rating: 5/5 Nov 20, 2009 13:00 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
This was my first rig when I got into amateur radio in 2005.
This is the one unit I will likely never sell.
All mode all band, satellite, digital work... a beauty
Good filters, knobs on the front make adjustments easy, clear audio, 4 antenna connections, can use ATAS-120A screwdriver antenna also.
This rig is more portable than my other rigs so I use this when camping or other.
I have read about the little problems and issues associated with this rig but all rigs have their little problems.
Currently I use my FT-847 for 2m & 70 cm as well as digital modes. I found it easy to connect for digital using HRD than my 950
Nothing bad to say about this baby.
I use an FT-950 and FT-1000 MP Mark V for HF work.
G0KSC Rating: 5/5 Nov 7, 2009 15:51 Send this review to a friend
good rig with little factory misses  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought this rig for the purpose of 70MHz only and like G7VGG says, the powerout is sorted by a PA1O mod, removing a cap form the bottom of the PA board and snipping an alc wire does the job. HOwever, the reciever on 4M is poor. pre-amps will help but the real problem is the BPF. PA1O again has a fix for this, 10 components bring the receiver up form only receiving 1MV signals to 0.4MV. adding a pre-amp now will give 0.1MV signals on 4M. One other good mos is chanign all pin diode to high quality types, this reduces receive noise.

All in all a good rig once the half-done job of the Yaesu engineers is completed.

Justin G0KSC
9M6WST Rating: 5/5 Sep 30, 2009 01:35 Send this review to a friend
Best Rig  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Own it about a year. Never easily get hot during operation. Good audio and the DSP are so good. Easy operation and menus. Recommended rig to have.
WA4RVB Rating: 5/5 Sep 9, 2009 12:10 Send this review to a friend
NICE RIG  Time owned: more than 12 months
KE5GFJ Rating: 5/5 Sep 8, 2009 21:19 Send this review to a friend
Great all around rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
It seems you either love this rig or hate it. I have owned it for about 5 years and learned to love it even more the more I use it. What other rig can you buy that you can experience ALL of ham radio with? HF, 2M, 440, satellite, digital modes, whatever you can learn to do, this radio can do it. Yes, the hard core contesters who are not happy with anything but a $10,000 rig that can hear a pin drop in China will cut it down. But who gives a rip about that in the real world of ham radio? If you got into ham radio to learn, expand your horizons and experience all ham radio has to offer this rig can get you there. All the talk about problems with this rig is baloney. It's a great rig. The only thing that would impress me more was if I had two of them. There is not a rig on the market today that can do all this rig can do. The Kenwood TS2000? Great rig, but has a birdie right smack dab in the middle of the Satellite receive frequency for the most popular satellites. If Kenwood would get rid of that birdie, then I would conceed that the TS is better. But for some odd reason they can't seem to figure out how to do it. For that reason alone, most serious satellite hams use the FT 847. What other rig has held it's resale value like this one? Check EBay and you will see this rig has one of the best resale values, and holds it's value better than almost any rig made in the last ten years. That, alone tells the story.
So if any of you negative reviewers who hate this rig want to get rid of it, ship it to me and I'll gladly take it off your hands.
AB4D Rating: 5/5 Sep 2, 2009 06:19 Send this review to a friend
Great when used for its intended purpose.  Time owned: more than 12 months
Iíve read several reviews here bashing this transceiver about its performance on HF, but some of them admit they have never even used the FT-847 on anything above 30 mhz. IMO, the FT-847 was NOT designed to be an HF rig with VHF and UHF coverage, and was never advertised to be a HF contest rig. The FT 847 was advertised as a satellite rig, much like the Yaesu FT 736r. The FT-847 is more akin to a VHF/UHF all mode transceiver that just happens to have HF coverage, IMO the HF was probably intended more for those who may want to use transverters, with the first IF in the HF bands, than to actually use it as a main HF transceiver.

On VHF and UHF the FT-847 has worked as well as anything I have used on both FM and SSB (Yaesu FT-736r, Ft-857, Icom 706 MkII, etc). I have used it occasionally on HF, signal reports have been good, and I find the receiver and DSP is adequate for most average HF use. The FT-847 is a nice semi-compact rig and can free up desk space which may be occupied by multiple single band FM transceivers. If your main interests are HF or HF contesting, no doubt there are better choices out there. However, if you are looking for a VHF/UHF radio that can serve as your main 2/6 meter and 70 centimeter FM rig, and can also accommodate satellite operation (which very few radios have the true capability), I certainly can recommend the FT-847 for consideration.

I rate the FT-847 a 5 based on its performance for which it was designed (VHF/UHF operation and Satellite work).

GM4ULS Rating: 4/5 Apr 24, 2009 22:24 Send this review to a friend
addendum  Time owned: more than 12 months
Just a note to G7VGG's review. I think a better option for 4m is a 100W linear amplifier. I don't have a 4m antenna up at present, but I do have a linear, with a built-in rx pre-amp. I have run this from my previous location, using a separate psu for the linear. The antenna was a very simple groundplane in the loft - worked a treat.

By the way, if anyone has an 847 which covers 7.1 to 7.2 MHz I would be interested to know how they managed the modification.
G7VGG Rating: 5/5 Apr 24, 2009 13:43 Send this review to a friend
Highly recommended!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
In UK spec, its the only Ham radio available in the UK that covers every current UK Ham band from HF to 70cms (except for the experimental 5mhz band)as standard.
To most countries use of the 4m band is seen as virtually exclusive to the UK and a few other countries in Western Europe, and therefore Japanese rig manufacturers like Yaesu dont deem the potential market large enough to be worth designing it into their new radios. Because of this the FT-847 was never originally designed to cover 4m either...Understandably there can be problems. They fluffed up the 4m PA stage for instance as in standard spec it only produces 10 watts out on 4m at a consumption of around 20 amps! Thankfully an extremely simple mod, courtesy of Marc Vlemmings (PA10), can be performed which gives a safe 85 watts out on 4m at only 16 Amps consumption, whilst reducing power consumption on 6m too. Apart from the RX being a little hard of hearing on 4m thats about the only cons I can think of...Everything else about the FT-847 is big plus and I cant imagine ever wanting to buy any other radio!
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