OK I admit, I’m a sucker for Yaesu so it seems. I did trade my (2nd!) FT-897D for an IC-7000 and fair is fair, the IC-7000 is a much better radio, especially on HF and has more and better features than the FT-897D e.g. the IF DSP, voice recorder and full color TFT screen to name a few. So why get rid of it?
I can’t get used to the menus. Last time when I wanted to change the RF power, I just could not seem to find the parameter menu and had to grab for the manual. I had the same problem with the IC-706 and IC-706MKII that I had before. For some reason, I just can’t seem to grab the Icom logic behind menus. Frans, PE0F, found me a nice used FT-897D from 2004 with a compression mike plus steep flanked InRad 2.3 kHz SSB filter for a great price, I just couldn’t resist.
In the shack, I’m using the FT-897D exclusively for local rag chewing on VHF (and seldomly on UHF). During my holidays, I use it merely with digital modes, no voice so… even though I don’t like the FT-897D on HF that much, I guess it will do just fine.
I also like to take the FT-817ND out on short (motorbike) holidays and are kind of challenged to get a QRP /P station on the air. When 5W is the maximum power you’ve got, I guess CW is the way to go so I am training again using LCWO.net and using the FT-897D’s built-in CW trainer. Hopefully, I will persist and finally can copy 15 WPM QSO’s and in summer, actually make some /QRP CW QSO’s.