When i purchased this mobile/base transceiver was not aware of it being an original of the D model being sold. As i have compared they are both the same except for a few features the original did have, 60 meters. Which is an easy modification simply by removing a couple of components depending on what modification your doing. Beautiful both in transmitting and receiving as i use most of the features and including playing around with the beacon section.
for its spec works well in all modes.using a 6 trap hustler copied from usa,norway,s,africa, ussr thyland very good for its cost, used for 3 yrs but have now swapped for ft 450. which is years ahead in spec,
What a great rig this is. Very easy to use and understand. This rig works great as a field station, mobile or base station. The reaction I get from those who have never seen this radio before is "Wow" I use my FT-897-D as my base station.
Estimating the value of a rig can be challenging. The graph below shows historical prices paid by hams over the years. May it guide you to good fortune...
|GBP 514.00||Good / New||2007||ken|
|USD 550.00||Good / Used||2008||N2OBS|
|USD 800.00||Mint / New||2009||MARK|
|USD 730.00||Good / Used||2010||eBay|
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