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Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Yaesu FT-897 & 897D Help

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G8JNJ  Rating: 5/5 Sep 14, 2007 06:26  Send this review to a friend!
Great fun to use  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought this model after originally considering the FT-857D, as the overall size seemed more suitable for desktop and occasional portable operation.

I think it offers excellent value for money, especially if compared against tranceivers you may have bought previously (or all the separate boxes I traded in to buy it, which just about provided the same functionality).

Providing it’s only considered as a low cost product, for average use with a modest antenna, then you won’t go far wrong in buying one. However if you are expecting contest grade performance, or are interested in ESSB or Hi-Fi SSB, buy something better.

My only criticisms would be:-

• The MH-31 stock microphone gives muffled speech (with my voice).
• The ALC circuit provides speech compression which can cause splatter.
• The ‘in channel’ noise floor on transmit is poor (clock noise).
• The front panel is fastened with four flimsy plastic tabs which break.

Otherwise it’s very difficult to fault. Great fun to use, and highly reccomended by me.
Product is in production.
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