NaBloPoMo – Communications: Yaesu FT-897D

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.

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