Yaesu FT-897D

Mobile HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver

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General characteristics

HAM bands
Frequency stability
±0.5 ppm/1 hour @25 °C, after warmup
Tuning steps
CW/SSB: 10 Hz, AM/FM/W-FM: 0.1 kHz


0.1-56 / 76-108 / 118-164 / 420-470 MHz
AM   FM   W-FM   CW   USB   LSB  
SSB/CW (10 dB S/N): 0.2 µV (1.8-30 MHz), 0.125 µV (50-440 MHz)
AM (10 dB S/N): 32 µV (0.1-1.8 MHz), 2 µV (1.8-28 MHz), 1 µV (50-54 MHz)
FM (12 dB SINAD): 0.5 µV (28-30 MHz), 0.2 µV (50-440 MHz)
SSB/CW: 2.2 kHz (-6 dB), 4.5 kHz (-60 dB)
AM: 6 kHz (-6 dB), 20 kHz (-60 dB)
FM: 15 kHz (-6 dB), 30 kHz (-60 dB)
N-FM: 9 kHz (-6 dB), 25 kHz (-60 dB)
Optional filters will increase selectivity
Receiver system
Double-Conversion Superheterodyne (SSB/CW/AM/FM) Superheterodyne (W-FM)
1st: 68.33 MHz (SSB/CW/AM/FM); 10.7 MHz (WFM)
2nd: 455 kHz
Image rejection
70 dB (HF/6 m), 60 dB (2/70 cm)
Audio output
2.5 W (@4 Ohms, 10% THD or less)


10-160m + WARC + 60m / 6m / 2m / 70cm
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB  
FM/SSB/CW: 100/100/50/20 W, AM: 25/25/12.5/5 W


50 Ω


Power requirements
13.8V DC ±15%, optional FNB-78 13.2 V Ni-MH Battery Pack
Current drain RX
0.6-1 A
Max 22 A


Between 2004 and 200x in Japan
Dimensions (w×h×d)
200 × 80 × 262 mm (7.87 × 3.15 × 10.31 in)
3.90 kg (8.6 lbs) w/o Ni-MH battery, antenna, Microphone
Form factor

Other features

200 channels in 1 bank(s)
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
9K6 packet ready. DSP, DCS, CTCSS, ARTS & RS-232. Beacon function
TXCO is included in this updated version.

Manuals, diagrams and brochures

Yaesu FT-897D Operation Manual submitted by RigReference
Yaesu FT-897 New Product Flyer submitted by RigReference
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Reviews & stories

Great little rig.

Yaesu FT-897D, Mobile HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver

I bought my FT-897D after having been dormant on the amateur radio scene for around 12 years. Oh how things have moved on!

The FT-897 is just a little bigger than you would expect a 1980's 10watt 2metre mobile rig to be, but it covers 160-10m plus 6m, 2m and 70cm too! What a great little package. It is well built and easy to use.

Initially, my thoughts were, OMG this is complicated to use with all the menus, etc. but after a little practice you soon get to know how to select and adjust everything you need to get to regularly, though the menu system, which is quite extensive. The rig is capable of picking out weak stations very well thanks to a good noise blanker and various IF digital signal processing (DSP) options. I have found at my QTH that turning the pre-amp off [IPO] menu option makes things considerably better in most situations simply due to the amount of background mush from broadband, computers, tv's etc. around in a typical urban environment. I can't complain really as the XYL and I have more than our fair share of consumer electronics! Surprisingly though the preamp somehow seems to amplify the QRM more than the signals at times!

When I first got the rig, I didn't have an HF antenna up and simply slung a half size G5RV up between the side gate and the rear fence which meant it was at about 5ft off the ground, went between two houses, was within 2 inches of the aluminium grenhouse as it passed it, and the 300ohm section which should be at right angles was draped across plant pots, bins, etc. I checked the SWR which surprisingly looked fine and then put a call out on 20m only to get a reply from a K1, 3150 miles away, then a W2 3280 miles away. I was impressed! My third QSO was with a YV1 in Venezuela, over 4600 miles distant. I could not believe this on what should have been an awfully sited antenna! All stations gave me reports of a great 5-9 signal!

Since then I have put the half size G5RV up high, but due to the size of our postage stamp garden it is wrapped around the end of the house just below the roof. Not ideal, but it is doing its job well.

As for the FT-897, it continues to amaze me with what it can pull in and how well I get out with such a modest antenna.

Written by g8wwd on Nov 19, 2009

Build quality
User friendliness
Value for money
Good condition in 2009
GBP 599.00

New and second-hand prices

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Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Yaesu FT-897D is around:

  • EUR 541.00 ~ EUR 159.00
  • USD 350.00 ~ USD 798.00
  • GBP 189.00
Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2019 USD 800.00 Used / Mint Cliff Fox
2017 EUR 600.00 New / Mint zs6hda
2015 EUR 600.00 Used / Mint earman
2010 EUR 749.00 New / Good thiecom.de
2010 EUR 695.00 Used / Good eBay
2010 USD 880.00 New / Mint 1stTankerSki
2010 EUR 400.00 Used / Good S52DK
2009 GBP 599.00 Used / Good g8wwd

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