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The FT-897D is a rugged, innovative, multiband, multimode portable transceiver for the amateur radio MF/HF/VHF/UHF bands. Providing coverage of the 160-10 meter bands plus the 6 m, 2 m, and 70 cm bands, the FT-897 includes operation on the SSB, CW, AM, FM, and Digital modes, and it's capable of 20-Watt portable operation using internal batteries, or up to 100 Watts when using an external 13.8-volt DC power source.
The new FT-897"D" version includes coverage of the U.S. 60-meter (5 MHz) band, along with the 0.5 ppm TCXO Unit, at no additional charge!
Battery-Powered Field OperationThe bottom side of the FT-897 contains a “power source tray” which can accommodate up to two of the optional 13.2 Volt, 4500 mAh FNB-78 Ni-MH Battery Packs, for completely portable operation without any external power source. Maximum power output is 20 Watts (all bands) during battery operation, and with two FNB-78s you may expect up to eight hours of operating time (TX 5%, RX 5%, standby 90%). What’s more, you can charge one of the FNB-78 Battery Packs while operating the FT-897 off the other pack—ideal for situations where solar or other power sources are available.DC 13.8V Mobile Operation
The optional CD-24 Charge Adapter provides the necessary voltage for charging, and it may be used in conjunction with an external 13.8 Volt source, or the optional PA-26 AC Adapter may be used to power the CD-24.Mobile operation, using the FT-897 as the cornerstone, is pure joy! The combination of the FT-897 and the ATAS-120 Auto-Tune Antenna System provides automated operation from HF through the UHF spectrum!Base Station Operation
Using an external 13.8 Volt power source, you get a full 100 Watts of power output on HF and six meters (144 MHz: 50 W, 430 MHz: 20 W).The FT-897’s outstanding fundamental performance invites expansion into a full-featured base station. The optional FP-30 Internal Power Supply provides operation from AC sources, and the clamp-on FC-30 Automatic Antenna Tuner option expands the impedance range of the transceiver. Round out your station with the MD-200A8X Deluxe Desk Microphone and the VL-1000 Quadra System Linear Amplifier for world-class performance at home!Rugged, High-Output Power Amplifier
The power source tray of the FT-897 is designed to accommodate the optional FP-30 Internal Power Supply, allowing full-power operation from 100-120 V or 200-240 V AC power sources. The quiet switching-regulator design of the FP-30 is tolerant of AC input voltage variations, making it ideal for DX-pedition use! And to extend the impedance bandwidth of your antenna system, the innovative FC-30 Automatic Antenna Tuner option clamps onto the left side of the FT-897 in seconds!Achieving 100 Watts of power output from such a compact package is a difficult mechanical and electrical engineering task. On HF, push-pull 2SC5125 Bipolar transistors driven by push-pull 2SK2975s provide the 100-Watt power capability, while on VHF maximum efficiency during battery operation is yielded by 2SC3102 bipolar PA transistors. The rugged aluminum die-cast chassis provides a solid foundation for the heat sink for the power amplifier, with a total of almost 40 cubic inches of heat sink surface area available. With its thermostatically-controlled twin cooling fans, the FT-897 will stand up to the rigors of DX-pedition or home contest use, with dissipation capability to spare!Built-in Digital Signal ProcessingThe FT-897 includes a wide array of analog and DSP filters to help you dig out those weak DX signals on a crowded band! One-touch activation of the DSP filters, plus a convenient “DSP” LED on the front panel, enhance the ease of using the DSP. DSP Bandpass Filters, Noise Reduction,a nd Auto-Notch Filter circuits are included.Outstanding Features for the CW ExpertA wide array of features are tailored to the CW enthusiast operating from home or on an expedition!
Included are a CW Tuning indicator, CW Pitch control, Electronic Keyer with three memories and Weight Control, and selection of Full QSK or “Semi-break-in” operation.
For DX-pedition use, a unique “Beacon” mode allows you to send a repetitive message on, for example, six meters, to help others spot propagation to your location.
And if you’re looking to upgrade your license class, the CW Trainer feature will send five-character letters and/or numbers via the speaker, so you can practice CW reception when the bands are dead!
Model Antenna Tuners FC-40
Automatic Antenna Tuner (For Long Wire Antenna)
Active-Tuning Antenna (Automatic Type)
ATAS-25 The ATAS-25 is a manually-tuned portable antenna system ideal for the FT-817, FT-897, and FT-857 transceivers. Capable of operating on the Amateur bands between 7 MHz and 450 MHz, the ATAS-25 is designed for mounting on a standard 1/4" camera tripod stud (tripod not supplied), and includes an innovative fine-tuning system allowing precise SWR adjustment in the field. ATBK-100 Balcony Mount Counterpoise Kit (Base Mount Required) FC-30 Automatic Antenna Tuner (For coaxial lines) Cables CT-39
Packet Interface Cable
Filters YF-122C Collins CW Filter 500 Hz, 7-pole YF-122S Collins SSB Filter 2.3 kHz, 10-pole Headsets YH-77STA Lightweight Stereo Headset for use with HF transcievers Microphones M-90D
Microphone Stand Kit (microphone stand is not included).
MD-200A8X Desktop Microphone MH-36E8J DTMF Mobile Microphone Miscellaneous CT-58 Band Data Cable CT-62 CAT Interface Cable MMB-80 Mobile Mounting Bracket TCXO-9 Temperature-Compensated Crystal Oscillator 0.5 ppm Power Supplies CD-24 Charge Adapter FNB-78 Ni-MH Battery (FT-897 accepts two) FP-1030A
Power Supply (30A)
23 Amp Power Supply 100/200-240 VAC (No longer available to order)
PA-26B AC Adapter for CD-24 Speakers MLS-100 External Speaker (12 Watt Peak) SP-8 Desktop External Speaker w/Filter
Amateur Radio \ Brochures \ HF/Satellite Transceivers and Amps
FT-897 Brochure ( 814.34 KB )
Amateur Radio \ Manuals \ HF/Satellite Transceivers and Amps
FC-30 Installation Instructions ( 754.71 KB )
FC-40 Installation Instructions ( 822.61 KB )
FT-897 Operating Manual ( 2.85 MB )
FT-897 Spanish Manual ( 3.25 MB )
FT-897D Deutsch Operating Manual (1307F-WY) ( 59.58 MB )
FT-897D Operating Manual ( 3.26 MB )
SCU-17 USB Interface Unit Instruction Manual ( 2.97 MB )
Amateur Radio \ Software
FT-897D/ SCU-17 USB Driver (Virtual COM Port Driver) ( 3.51 MB )
FT-897D_SCU-17 USB Driver Installation Manual (1909-C) ( 594.19 KB )
Are the 60-meter frequencies in my FT-897 off frequency?
Not at all.
Your attention is directed to ARRL's FAQ regarding 60-meter operation:http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/faq-60.html
NTIA specifies channels in terms of "channel center" frequencies, where as amateur transceivers, in tuning a commercial channel, typically must be tuned 1.5 kHz lower than the specified "channel center" frequency. For example, for a "channel center" frequency of 5332 kHz, you tune a "traditional" transceiver to 5330.5 kHz.
So go ahead and try it. Set up an FT-817ND/857D/897D to the "5332" channel, and tune your FT-1000MP to 5330.5 kHz. Now transmit from the 817ND/857D/897D; you will find that you are precisely on frequency as you monitor on the other transceiver.
Note: If you program 5330.5 kHz into a "regular" memory from the VFO, it will be on the same frequency as the "5332 kHz" channel in the special 5 MHz memory bank, as the 60-meter bank (only) displays according to the "channel center" format.
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