My first true HF rig. Actually it is almost a “DC to Light” rig. A “DC to Light” rig is a radio which receives/transmits from KHz to GHz. This one does’t quite make it to the GHz.
My brother-in-law bought this radio for me since I bought and took to him a Nikon 40x DSLR. Yes I participated in the “grey market”. He started GLC Producciones with the Nikon. I just listen to random stuff and occasionally transmit with the Yaesu FT-897D.
Anyway, the FT-897D is a semi portable with internal battery option (mine does not have that) HF/VHF/UHF transceiver. It has an output of a 100 watts on HF and 50 watts on VHF and UHF. To put that into prospective, a cell phone has less than a watt output. Additionally, it does CW, AM, SSB and FM modulation. Also has computer control and accessory I/O for modes like PSK31.
A nice system diagram:
It is not cheap but then is covers all of the commonly used ham bands. All in all it is a solid radio and has alot of support.