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Blending the high performance digital frequency synthesis techniques from the Yaesu FT-890 with the operating convenience and affordability of the FT-747GX, the FT-840 adds a choice of two optional remote automatic antenna tuners and a wealth of convenient functions. For compact base and mobile stations, the FT-840 set the new standard for high-performance affordable transceivers. As a first-time rig, back-up or main station transceiver, the FT-840 has the features and dependability that both beginners and seasoned operators will appreciate.

Low Noise Receiver
The receiver section of the FT-840 includes direct feed to the first mixer, for excellent rejection of intermodulation. The careful design yields a highly sensitive receiver that is renowned for its "quiet" performance.

Ease of Operation
Without the clutter and complexity of some other rigs, the FT-840's outstanding ergonomics mean you always find the button or control you need quickly. The reduced number of keys also means that there is a greater proportion of the front panel space dedicated to the display than on competing rigs.

IF Shift
To help reduce interference on SSB or CW, the IF Shift feature allows you to move the center frequency of the passband around, rolling off interference from either the high or low side. Once a feature only found on top of the line transceivers, it's here for you on the FT-840!

Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS)
The lightning-fast DDS system provides instant lock time for the synthesizer, along with ultra-fine tuning steps, for silky-smooth tuning similar to that found on older analog VFOs.

Computer Control Capability
The FT-840 supports Yaesu's CAT System for computer control. Use your favorite logging program to read your current operating frequency, or send frequency commands based on "spots" from your local packet cluster.

General characteristics

HAM bands
160m  80m  60m  40m  30m (WARC)  20m  17m (WARC)  15m  12m (WARC)  11m (CB)  10m 
Frequency stability
± 10 p.p.m. (or ± 500 Hz FM)
Tuning steps
10 / 100 Hz (CW, SSB)
100 / 1000 Hz (AM, FM)
100 channels in 1 bank(s)


0.1-30 MHz
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB  
1.8-30 MHz (CW, SSB, AM): < 2.0 µV
20-30 MHz (FM, optional): < 0.32 µV
CW: 500 Hz @ -6 dB, 1.8 kHz @ -60 dB
SSB, CW, AM: 2.2 kHz @ -6 dB, 5.0 kHz @ -60 dB
W-AM: 6 kHz @ -6 dB, 14 kHz @ -60 dB
FM: 8 kHz @ -6 dB, 19 kHz @ -60 dB
Receiver system
Double/triple conversion superheterodyne
1st: 47.055 MHz
2nd: 8.215 MHz
3rd: 455 kHz (FM, optional)
Image rejection
60-70 dB
Audio output
1.5 W


10-160 m + WARC
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB  
SSB/CW: 1-100 W, AM: 1-25 W




Power requirements
13.8V DC ±10%
Current drain RX
1.2 A
20 A max


Dimensions (w×h×d)
238 × 93 × 243 mm (9.37 × 3.66 × 9.57 in)
4.50 kg (9.9 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Between 1993 and 200x in Japan

Other features

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Manuals, diagrams and brochures

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Reviews & stories

Rating Title Submitted
Mr Daniel Stahlavsky, OK1DSD 2 months ago by Stahlavsky.D
Dependable and great audio 7 years ago by wa1ufo
Can't go wrong with this rig 10 years ago by NH6RF
Great Beginners Rig 11 years ago by KA9MOT

New and second-hand prices

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Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Yaesu FT-840 is around:

  • EUR 124.00 ~ EUR 95.00
  • USD 200.00 ~ USD 56.00
  • GBP 50.00

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These estimates are based on the following prices:

Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2022 USD 400.00 Used / Good Dave
2020 EUR 100.00 Used / Mint Stefan Andreas
2016 USD 330.00 Used / Good RHB
2015 EUR 250.00 Used / Poor Ruediger
2011 USD 280.00 Used / Good NH6RF

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