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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: 177 Average rating: 4.4/5 MSRP: $1599
Description: HF+2M,6M and 70cm Transceiver
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N8FVJ Rating: 3/5 Sep 4, 2019 17:01 Send this review to a friend
VHF/UHF, HF less good  Time owned: more than 12 months
My previous review was for VHF/UHF only. I will downgrade to a 3 rating when considering HF use as many of you will. I should have stated it is a rather poor performer on the HF bands. A lowly FT-747GX is a better HF receiver than this FT-847.
DL1ESZ Rating: 5/5 Apr 28, 2018 01:40 Send this review to a friend
Solidand great  Time owned: more than 12 months
i owned my since 2003 first by in Euro. Was a long decision what to by after get the licence.
Ive worked with the FT847 satellite 2m and 70cm analog FM and D-Star with extension boards. Also use for 9k6 Packet. After get on SW in 2006 i use it with the MD100 Mic for SSB on all Bands, in SSB and CW (most with my ATAS-100 Antenna on Balkony).
Also with digital modes like PSK31, JT65,JT9 and FT8 with a selfmade Interface (including Transformer isulaton and opto coupler, usb hub, usb soundcard)
Making 1500 contacts with my novice licence and more than 4000 QSO with the full licence in SW) without any problems with the rig over the last 15 years.
Solid and very good. Would buy again, shure, was a good decision to get it.
N4MJG Rating: 5/5 Mar 13, 2018 17:18 Send this review to a friend
Great rig since 2001  Time owned: more than 12 months
When I brought this 2001 after I passed my no code tech they stop making the radio back in 2005 no longer sells them unless you find at local hamfest for the less price !

I love my radio also I have hail microphone to go with it of original PR780 really work with this radio sounds so good people asking what radio are you talking so I told Them the FT-847 they are saying no wonder why you are soudnding so good with PR780 too !

AG4B Rating: 1/5 Nov 5, 2017 15:28 Send this review to a friend
Garbage  Time owned: more than 12 months
Of the several hundred pieces of Ham gear I have owned since 1964, this is the worst piece of garbage of all. I have the FT-847 and the FC-20 tuner. A $1500 rig with a $2.00 on/off switch that died after less than 100 hours is not acceptable. The replacement switch cost over $25.00. I'll take a hammer and bust this piece of crap in a thousand little specs of dust before I spend that kind of money. My Heathkit HW-101 was much more desirable. Worst Yaesu radio I have ever owned and I have owned several Yaesu's All were good until this one. Very noisy receiver without the very costly filters. I enjoy my 60 year old Drake 1-A receiver 1A over the FT-847. This could be such a wonderful radio but to much stuff of low quality parts makes it expensive junk. Even the FC-20 tuner is very marginal. Very shallow SWR range compared to my cheap LDG tuners which work very well. This is the only rig that I'm disappointed in over 50 years of Amateur radio.
W4KVW Rating: 2/5 Aug 6, 2017 20:45 Send this review to a friend
OK on a good day  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Had one for several weeks & the receiver needed lots of help.The filtering was terrible on a crowded band.VHF/UHF was OK but any band that was crowded made for some tough operation because the front end has very little rejection.It's a nice looking rig but it would drive me crazy if it was my fully time main rig because of the issues with the lack of rejection from other signals on the band.Maybe as a Satellite Rig it would be OK or for repeater use but don't buy one if you work DX on the HF Bands or 6 Meters or you may never hear the DX at all.It was far from a keeper for me.
N4MJG Rating: 5/5 Aug 6, 2017 14:29 Send this review to a friend
Best Rig ever ! ever 16 years !  Time owned: more than 12 months
For 16 years since I had it! And i almost sell this rig, So i'm going to keep it until it dies !

Since i never have any problem with this rig, And i have try satlite once works great !

This has never been doing any mod or anything ! I kept stock the day i brought it on home back 2001 when i was a no code tech back 01

Plus i did some 6 meters and HF

The only thing i wish it has were you can change colors, But i found on ebay of filters any colors you want that what i did with mine !

N8FVJ Rating: 5/5 Aug 5, 2017 06:12 Send this review to a friend
Super 144/430mHz Transceiver  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
After searching for a good used VHF/UHF all mode dual band transceiver, I acquired an used late model Yaesu FT-847 in like new condition for $750 shipped.

Previously I bought a used FT-FT726R. It did not work on FM, so I was refunded & seller graciously told me to keep it. Shamefully, I sold it for parts & kept the SP-102 & MC-1 desk mic that works on the FT-847. The SP-102 speaker is far superior to the FT-847 internal speaker.

These is no real comparison in-between the two transceivers, spend the extra $400. No only is the receiver more sensitive, the FT-847 has many more features. The FT-847 is light years ahead of the FT-726R.

The FT-847 has a very sensitive VHF/UHF receiver. Even 6 meters compares well to my Yaesu FT-625RD I sold. The FT-625RD is known as a stellar performer despite the older design.

I tried the FT-847 on HF and it does handle 75 meter summer band noise very well. Many have stated the HF performance is lacking, but I did not buy the radio for HF use. If you want an all mode 160 meter to 70cm radio, I would not be that quick to dismiss the FT-847 HF performance. I did compare the FT-847 to a Kenwood TS-590SG and the difference is apparent. The TS-590SG has noise reduction & makes for easier armchair copy on signals with poor band conditions. However, unless you are a contester or very weak signal DX chaser, the FT-847 performs well enough.

As I mentioned the SP-102 speaker really improves the receive audio. In fact, I never used a finer external speaker & the SP-102 runs circles around a Palstar SP30B external speaker.

On 144mHz SSB there is quite a few external carriers on the band in my location. They sound like birdies, but are not internal to the FT-847. The handy auto notch filter does a fine job removing these signals. The DSP filtering tunes the audio in a fine manner for easier reception.

The VHF/UHF output is 50 watts. That is enough power to drive most high power amplifiers. The radio is, of course, made for satellite communications. The only other used transceiver in the FT-847 class and price range is the Kenwood TS-2000. Being available as new as of date of this review, it is more expensive vs the FT-847. Although FT-847s costs in-between $700 and $1100 used, the TS-2000 is rarely under $1100 used. It is said the FT-847 has a more sensitive VHF/UHF receiver, but many would not likely notice the difference.

It does appear the FT-847 was Yaesu's last effort for an all mode VHF/UHF transceiver. The early models do have issues with the power switch failing, so try to purchase a later model. Later models have the CAT interface vs early models that do not.

In my opinion you cannot go wrong with the FT-847. And, with careful shopping it is around $500 less expensive than a used Kenwood TS-2000.
KE4AMQ Rating: 5/5 Jul 11, 2017 12:06 Send this review to a friend
i like  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
i just got one of these rigs the other day did some trading i ordered filters for it and looking for a new screen the one i have has a small crack in it. I love the rig does everything i want it to do plus more, and dont look bad either
G4REK Rating: 5/5 Jan 14, 2017 09:11 Send this review to a friend
VERY GOOD  Time owned: more than 12 months
Had this set for yonks now modded for 70 megs its great
KH6TA Rating: 5/5 Sep 1, 2016 09:52 Send this review to a friend
Much Better than expected! Wow!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I was lucky to find a like-new one and added the optional INRAD SSB filter and the Collins CW filter. Guess I'm "old school" and though I did like the IC-7100, in my opinion, this FT-847 out performs it, plus is a satellite radio (I am an AMSAT member).

This radio puts out the power it is supposed to, has excellent sensitivity, AND for a 15-year-old radio, it has DSP which works very well. No apologies needed when operating this rig!

These sell for a low of $700 to a high of $1100. IF it is a really nice one and HAS the optional filters ($300), expect to pay top end. Some I have seen listed for sale lately haven't been that nice and have been overpriced.

Not sure why Yaesu discontinued this radio without coming out with an updated model........

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