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Reviews Categories | SWR & Wattmeters & Dummy Loads | LDG FT-Meter Help

Reviews Summary for LDG FT-Meter
LDG FT-Meter Reviews: 49 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $49.00
Description: Yaesu's popular FT-857 and FT-897 transceivers are wonders of compact efficiency. These do-anything, go-anywhere transceivers were science fiction just a few years ago, but ham's today are using them in shacks, mobiles and on dxpeditions from the back yard to the top of the world.

About the only problem with these radios is that us hams who are old enough to remember when stuff like this really was science fiction are also old enough to wish that the display was just little bit bigger. As we grow in wisdom and experience, we also grow to depend on bifocals; those tiny little screens are just plain hard to read! Add to that a strong desire to see a real live meter needle bouncing on voice peaks, and you find yourself wishing Yaesu had thought all this through when they designed the radio.

Well, in fact they did. A little known feature of these radios, noticed only by compulsive manual readers, is a meter jack on the bottom of the front panel. You have to figure that Yaesu knew they needed a bigger display all along, but just left it as an exercise for the user. Well, help is here! The LDG FT-Meter is a low-cost, plug-and-play solution to all your FT metering needs.

The FT-Meter presents a lush, highly readable 2.5" meter face with calibrated scales for signal strength and discriminator reading on receive, and power output, SWR, modulation, ALC action and supply voltage on transmit. Each function is s electable from the radio's menu. Easily visible from anywhere on your desk or dash, the FT-Meter is illuminated by any external 12 vdc source. The FT-Meter comes fully assembled and ready to go; just plug it into the radio and you're in the picture like never before. Order yours today
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N6BIZ Rating: 5/5 Mar 6, 2015 13:46 Send this review to a friend
TERRIFC  Time owned: more than 12 months
K4FMH Rating: 5/5 Mar 6, 2015 10:31 Send this review to a friend
Great accessory!  Time owned: more than 12 months
My experience with the LDG FT-Meter for the Yaesu FT-857D has been nothing less than superlative. It gives a much better view of the standard meter readings that would get lost in the very small LCD on the rig itself. Mine was purchased through an LDG reseller (probably, arrived in great shape, and has operated flawlessly for several years now. It's currently installed in a Gator Case for my portable ops station so it does get a bang or two while being transported.

Angel Perez bashed on MFJ in his review. I have a simiilar meter from MFJ in my shack. It works flawlessly. Not quite as accurate as a Bird but what is? It's certainly accurate enough for operating on the HF bands!

My other LDG products---autotuners---have worked great too. LDG omitted a power cable from the 600 watt model and BOTH LDG and Cheapham sent replacements!
KP4MLF Rating: 0/5 Mar 5, 2015 18:47 Send this review to a friend
no quality control  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
LDG is owned by MFJ?

How a brand new meter can come DOA because the meter needle is broke and when ask the company they ask you to send it back of course by your own expenses. Never again LDG, no quality control
K7DRO Rating: 4/5 Nov 9, 2014 07:31 Send this review to a friend
I like this Meter  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The FTL-meter works great out of the box with the Ft-897d. Nice packaging, quick shipping from HRO. I have had no issues with the QC. Added the 9v battery MOD, looks good on my desk.
K3LRH Rating: 5/5 Sep 7, 2014 14:12 Send this review to a friend
GREAT OLD METER "5"  Time owned: more than 12 months seems that the newer releases of this meter are suffering from cheap parts and poor (NO?)QC. My ca.2008 meter has worked flawlessly for six years. Older reviews of this meter seem to support these comments.
N7AHE Rating: 1/5 Sep 7, 2014 07:55 Send this review to a friend
Very poor quality control  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Similar to KC2NEO I received one of these with the backlight not working. The meter functions worked fine.

Had to pay shipping to return. Received a new one - same problem, no backlight. Would have to pay again to have it fixed/replaced again. Won't do that.

Fixed it myself. It had an open solder joint where the socket connects to the board. To answer KC2NEO's question, it looks like they have little/no QC on these and a high failure rate.

If you need or expect a meter with a backlight, look elsewhere. Wish I had read the reviews before I purchased. Lesson learned. Won't consider LDG meters in the future.
KC2NEO Rating: 2/5 Jul 29, 2014 16:51 Send this review to a friend
Poor Quality Control  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Before I ordered my FT-Meter I read the reviews here. For most, it worked out of the box. For some, the cables provided didn't mate correctly.

I'm one of the schlubs that got a dud. The cable for 12V to power the light didn't want to seat at all in the jack. Confirmed the power is getting to the plug as it should. A bit of jostling and now it seats all the way but no light.

Don't they test things before they send out?
Apparently not.

Now I get to see how to resolve this dud. Buyer beware.
KE5WGR Rating: 4/5 Dec 9, 2013 10:11 Send this review to a friend
FTL Meter  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Purchased a FTL-Meter (Large Display) for my Yaesu 897D.

I will break ranks with the masses on this one....

Pro: The Meter side is one of the best I have used and I will continue to use the unit.

Cons: Both the rear-panel plugs (Meter / 12VDC) Do-Not fit well and are of Poor design / Materials. The Meter plug is very difficult to insert and once in, sometimes falls out....

The unit is supposed to have a Back-Lit display and has both an ON-Off switch and has a 12VDC plug for same on the back-panel.

When attempting to plug in the 12 VDC male to the back panel, the plug does-not fit well - very lose and in my case the illumination does not work at all (yes I checked the 12vdc with a meter and 12 vdc is going to the Tip of same..)

Seems almost like a Metric to Inches type situation almost or very poor parts I suppose. QA - Not.

LDG will gladly repair this Materially Defective unit, if I pay for shipping - which will likely cost around
~$ 30. for the round trip...That's poor Customer Service in my view. They should "Make it Right" and look into the Design / QA in my view as well - Hint!

Thus, Not worth the cost to ship as just fixing a poorly crafted unit to get the back-lit display working & will just install something myself perhaps.

If these two (2) issues were not present I would likely give it a 5/5 - but reference above, poor design / low-quality parts and clearly no real QA on the back-panel items noted above will drop to a 4/5 - only because the Meter is indeed good.

Being generous. The opinions are my own.

WW1I Rating: 3/5 Oct 23, 2013 05:29 Send this review to a friend
Arrived DOA  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
My meter arrive with an obvious bad DC female plug. LDG wanted me to pay to ship their new dead meter back and then wait for repair. On the other hand, DX engineering emailed me a return shipping label and shipped a replacement the same day.
AE5J Rating: 5/5 Feb 22, 2013 20:12 Send this review to a friend
Quality Investment  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Nothing I can add except that if you have an FT-857, buy one of these. I am very pleased with the meter and it has added a great deal to my enjoyment of the little 857. Best $50 I have spent in quite some time.
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