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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Yaesu FT-890 Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu FT-890
Yaesu FT-890 Reviews: 81 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $1529.00
Description: FT-890AT MF-HF Tranceiver
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N5XJT Rating: 5/5 May 6, 2019 12:33 Send this review to a friend
A Good One!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Very pleasant to operate with no menus to decipher and attempt to manipulate. The receiver is very good and notch and IF shift actually work and work well. The internal tuner handles both my dipole and vertical well in most situations. Transmit audio is strong and the little rig puts out around 120+ watts all bands. A little known extra is the ability to change tx and rx tones to suit using the "fast and mode" controls simultaneously. This is not listed in the owners manual. All in all a keeper.
W0BKR Rating: 5/5 Nov 4, 2016 21:00 Send this review to a friend
Great Sized/Featured Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
Won't go into all the details but the 890 is a great size, not a TS-130 but built like it, a little brick of a radio. Very solid, easy to figure out with or without the manual, no goofy menus to scroll thru. Does all modes, very quiet and sensitive receiver and not much more you need to ask for. If you see one, grab one.
AE5SB Rating: 5/5 May 22, 2016 07:25 Send this review to a friend
Like This One  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Bought this rig off QRZ as a "tech special". Had been butchered pretty much. Or I thought! After reconnecting all the cables "the right way" the little came to life.
This is one nice radio. Rx is quite and the NB works good. Solid 100 watts on all bands but 10 where I get 90+. This will be a keeper.
KG9H Rating: 5/5 Feb 14, 2015 13:13 Send this review to a friend
Great little radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have compared the 757, etc and just love the way this radio sounds, works and... looks. Excellent reports always with this little radio. Looks great on the desk.
NN4P Rating: 5/5 Aug 29, 2014 18:24 Send this review to a friend
Good enough is enough  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have owned many HF rigs, my first being a Yeasu Ft-840 and thought that was the RIG!!! It was for me in my infancy to HF. The radio was exceptional and getting back into the hobby with limited funds, the FT-890 has some super perks. Filtering etc.... I'll move up to the FT-1200 or the like in a few months, but this radio "Works". Can't beat one for the prices going for it at present. Great RX
KG7EQG Rating: 2/5 Oct 14, 2013 21:16 Send this review to a friend
Volume control  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
The volume is always max in order for me to hear 90% of the time. Is there a way I can improve the volume control? I have my FT890 AT hooked up to a 780 power supply with a external speaker but the volume once again is set on max if very weak receiving. Can you make a recommendation which would help?
KC1AAQ Rating: 5/5 Jul 5, 2013 16:07 Send this review to a friend
I'm happy!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
A New General HAM with an old radio...

I was looking specifically for rig with 'buttons' and was confused with multi-level menus on new compact rigs and can't afford the 'DX' super radios.

I found it!!! Very good price and very serviceable even after 20yrs. Several Elmers have also given it their blessing.

Now I just need to learn more of the basics, and think it will be easier with this radio as almost all functions have a dedicated button and/or knob to setup and control. I sort of consider this the closest to a tube radio I'll ever get.

I have already QSO'ed with European contacts and will keep running this rig as long as it's happy.
M0SRW Rating: 5/5 Apr 10, 2013 08:52 Send this review to a friend
FT1000 in a small box !  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Great little set get some filters in it and you won't want that old FT1000 on the bench takeing up all that space.

It's got a proper analog meter nice sound from the speaker tho I use a ext speaker on mine it sounds like my MK5. Easy to use controls and well made in the days of well made stuff I've worked VK on 25w on 40m with a 40m dipole useing a old turner jm2 mic busting through a pile up.
No stupid gimmicks or flashy lights or more menus than a Chinese take away like some radios out there.
It recives as well as my MK5 but like I say put a Collins filter in there and bingo get rid of the FT1000 and make space for more junk or a big AMP to plug it into !
WA8ATF Rating: 5/5 Jan 26, 2013 09:34 Send this review to a friend
Straight Forward,Does It Well  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have mine equipped with the inrad 2.8 kHz filter which makes the receiver musical to listen to.well built straight forward rig.
It has all important features and necessary weaponry on the face panel.i am a voice operator and whatever I ask of it it does well,including very pleasant am receive,along with good am transmit considering what it is,as low level solid state.even today I'm still excellent choice for shack or to go
(Field day,camping,mobile,etc.)The 890 was well thought out and engineered.Comes from an era of lineage when Yaesu really had it together.strongly recommend this rig.
N8YQX Rating: 4/5 Jan 4, 2013 16:41 Send this review to a friend
Good basic radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought this radio used as my first HF rig. I recently replaced it with Icom IC-7410, so now this radio is for backup.

1. Compact design, but all controls are easy to use.
2. Dedicated controls for commonly used functions. No need to deep dive into a menu during everyday operation.
3. Good, solid tuning dial that glides effortlessly. Feels like very high end audio system volume control.
4. Low standby current consumption. Great for portable operation.

1. Sudden frequency shift. I think this is the same problem others have experienced.
2. Data terminal is very noisy. PSK31 waterfall turned white. Worked OK when connected to SPK output.
3. No gain control for the data terminal.

Overall, very good basic radio. Portable size and low power consumption would make it a good radio for backup and field day.
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