- ----I wonder if the FT-897 will need an A.M. filter like my FT-100
did? I didn't see it listed as an option. A few months ago, I found
someone to talk to on 6 meters...Nothing very unusual..But this
fellow had A.M. on his radio! So, I put my radio on A.M. and was
told it sounded muffled! What a disappointment when I learned I
needed to buy the A.M. filter for transmission and reception.
Perhaps I am naive, but I figured if the radio came with the A.M.
mode, it would be able to talk on the mode...Well, it can, but it
does not sound good at all (at least without the filter).
Fortunately, I was able to purchase the filter and install it with no
problems at all. Except for the little A.M. filter confusion, I have
had no problems with My FT-100 in the three years since I have owned
it. I've also got an FT-8000 dual bander that I have had since 1995
or so, with no problems whatsoever. Go Yaesu! If the price is
right, I might invest in the FT-897, of course I will have to cut
back on luxuries such as food and electricity, haha.
- ----I don't know what that jack on the front is, whether it's a
headphone jack, or a jack for a c.w. key, but regardless, it's nice
to have something mounted in the front for a change. One thing I
would like to see with new rigs, is one of those microphone
connectors that you actually have to screw on, and are made of
metal. Granted, i've NEVER had a problem with the plastic telephone
type plugs, but I have heard about ten times more complaints with the
telephone type plugs compared to the metal, round ones...They just
seem more fragile than the metal plugs. Okay, enough critiquing and
complaining for tonight...I need to go to sleep, haha.
- I beleive the jack in the front is the headset jack It looks like it
Definitly not an antenna feed. Also I have ordered both the
rigblaster and the echolink radio control program I have also made
contact this morning with the local 2m repeater owner. Needless to
say on a trial bases and "as long as theres not too much
KERchunking!" My station will be connected to the local repeater
A.S.A.P. I picked up an htx-245 today at the local pawn shop for
$75.00 So as soon as I get the rigblaster I will be up and running.
Also I would like to inform everybody that I have built a web page
for the club that can be accessed through the Dx-zone,E.ham.net,and
QRZ.com. Its listed under Clubs and organization's on all site,s
except for Qrz.com which will take a few days.You can also get to it
by my callsign look up KG4LMU please refer all freinds you think
might be interested in the club to this page. Also there has been a
wealth of info uploaded to the files tab so check it out. Thanks and
good luck Dxing.