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The Yaesu FT-847 Earth Station: A masterpiece of high-tech design and packaging know-how!

Utilizing the latest computer-aided design techniques and thousand of "chip" components. Yaesu's engineers have achieved an engineering breakthrough that was only a dream just a few years ago: a full-power transceiver covering HF, 50 MHz, 144 MHz, and 430 MHz bands in a package about 2/3 the size of an average briefcase. Ready for action on SSB, CW, AM, FM, and digital modes, the FT-847's ultra-compact size makes it ideal for serious base stations use, and well as a variety of portable and mobile applications, including Field Day, DX-peditions, VHF/UHF "Rove" operation, and RV installations. And long-term reliability is ensured by the rugged construction, featuring an aluminum diecast chassis which doubles as the power amplifiers’ heat sink.

Unmatched for Satellite Operation
The FT-847 includes crossband full duplex operatin, so you can hear yourdownlink signal while transmitting (on a different band) on the uplink. The FT-847 is ready for operatin on Mode A (TX: 145 MHz, RX: 29 MHz), Mode B (TX: 435 MHz, RX: 145 MHz), Mode J (TX: 145 MHz, RX: 435 MHz), or Mode T (TX: 21 MHz, RX: 145 MHz).

Independent display of both the TX and RX frequencies is provided, and twelve dedicated Satellite VFOs allow you to set the transceiver up for operation on a number of different transponders.

Both "Normal" and "Inverted" tracking of the uplink and dosnlink VFOs is available.

Leading-Edge Receiver Design
Strong enough to survive the rigors of competitive HF operatin, yet sensitive enough for stand-alone Moonbounce operation without an external preamplifier, the receiver section of the FT-847 includes a low noise preamplifier, followed by a quad-FET first mixer, whch provides outstanding rejection of intermodulation.

On 430 MHz, the receiver preamplifier is a HEMT device, for extremely low noise. And if you have tower-mounted preamplifiers you wish to utilize, the FT-847 can be configured to bypass the internal preamp in favort of passing +12V through your coax line to power your preamplifier.

Built-in Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
For improved interference rejection, or enhancement of the signal-to-nise ratio, the FT-847 incvludes a sophisticated audio DSP system. Featuring Auto-Notch, Noise Reduction, and Bandpass Filter circuits, the DSP is an effective tool for improving receiver performance.

The Bandpass Filter is particularly effective in weak signal work, such as EME (Moonbounce), as the CW bandwidth may be reduced to a razor-sharp 25 Hz, with a variable center frequency. This can yield almost 10 dB of signal-to-noise improvement over many commonly-used audio filters.

Shuttle-Jog™ Quick Tuning Aid
First introduced on Yaesu's FT-1000MP transceiver, the Shuttle-Jog™ Tuning Ring provides rapid frequency change by its unique spring-loaded design. Rotating the Shuttle-Jog™ ring slightly to the left or right beginas manual scanning to lower or higher frequencies, respectively; lean the ring further, and the scanning rate increases!

High-Contrast Multi-Function Blue Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
The large blue LCD provides high resolution and contrast for easy viewing from a wide range of angles and light levels. Dozens of status indicators keep you informed of every aspect of your FT-847's operating characteristics, with a large Sub-VFO field on the right side beig particularly helpful during satellite operation. The LCD's illumination brightness is adjustable via an 8-level dimmer function.

General characteristics

HAM bands
160m  80m  40m  30m (WARC)  20m  17m (WARC)  15m  12m (WARC)  6m  2m  70cm  10m 
Frequency stability
Tuning steps


0.1-30 / 36-76 / 108-174 / 420-512 MHz
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB  
Receiver system
Image rejection
Audio output


10-160 m + WARC/ 50-54 / 144-146 / 430-440 MHz (also 4 meters in the UK)
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB  
FM/SSB/CW: 100/100/50/50 W, AM: 25/25/12.5/12.5 W




Power requirements
13.8V DC
Current drain RX
Max 2 A
Max 22 A


Dimensions (w×h×d)
260 × 86 × 270 mm (10.24 × 3.39 × 10.63 in)
7.00 kg (15.4 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Between 1998 and 2005 in Japan

Other features

Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
9K6 packet ready
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Manuals, diagrams and brochures

Yaesu FT-847 Operation manual PDF - Unknown size, submitted by RigReference
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Reviews & stories

Rating Title Submitted
Nice TRX for little Money 12 years ago by do5bfh
FT-847 Review 13 years ago by N0RC
Very good alround rig 13 years ago by Lars
Great "all-in-one" radio 13 years ago by zm1267
My sad little rig 13 years ago by Bob56

New and second-hand prices

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Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Yaesu FT-847 is around:

  • EUR 347.00 ~ EUR 100.00
  • USD 147.00 ~ USD 56.00
  • CAD 79.00

Price History Chart

These estimates are based on the following prices:

Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2018 EUR 750.00 Used / Good Lukas Thorwald Hey
2015 EUR 700.00 Used / Mint ON8ODK
2012 EUR 400.00 Used / Good do5bfh
2010 USD 919.95 New / Good universal-radio
2010 EUR 772.00 Used / Good eBay

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