Re: [FT897] Re: "New" digital modes on 60 Meters
- I agree - for one channel it is really not worth the risk to your rig.
60M was a nightmare day one of the change and pretty jerked up for a while
after that but it appears to have settled down. The ARRL did not help
things much with publishing
misleading information on the modes then retracting it. I think many
people now realize that it does not offer you
anything that any other band does not. It used to be a fun little band
when USB only. now you
have digital and CW to contend with and when you should only have one
QSO at a time on any
channel , not to mention avoiding interfering with primary users, it
gets hard to manage.
Add to that you have the Lids that try to enforce rules like channel 5
is the ' DX only ' frequency and
jam you when you are trying to have a short QSO there regardless of the
presence of DX and the people working
DX split , so you cant even tell if there is DX on there because the DX
is not transmitting on a frequency that US hams
can use. People trying to run nets, people moving 80M roundtables down
After being a very frequent 60M user I no longer go there.
On 4/30/2012 11:03 PM, don wrote:
> Hi Dave & Ken,
> Much caution is advised before you start gouging at the Circuit board
> with a cheap solder iron. The simple and best way to update the new 60
> meter channels,is to use RT systems ADMS software and download the
> latest update to the software from their website. The software works
> very nicely and puts the new channel frequency into the memory and
> permits setting the mode for USB or CW on the 60 meter memories. You
> do not need to butcher your radio or risk destroying it totally.
> If Yaesu starts shipping new FT-897 radios with the new 60 meter
> ability the options may change. Be patient. Who knows,it may even be a
> good reason to upgrade your station.
> Best advice about the MARS mod, from a tech who has salvaged several
> radios that were distroyed by impatient inexperienced hams, "do not
> even think about it". Most of the modification information found by a
> Google search is old, inaccurate and confusing. There are different
> levels of the FT-897 and many different configurations for export to
> different countries. Even a successfully modified radio loses some of
> its memory and programming functions.
> Just Enjoy a Great Radio!
> 73 Don WD7P
> --- In FT897@yahoogroups.com <mailto:FT897%40yahoogroups.com>, ken
> <kg9o@...> wrote:
> > HI Dave
> > To get the FT897D programmed with the new frequencies and power
> level you will have to open the radio up , then do a factory reset , I
> did one of mine , if you have not looked inside the FT 897D , the
> solder pads for the jumpers are very small and can be dammaged very
> easily , the Yaesu service center in Cypress Cal told me they would
> not do the mod .
> > I am 70 and my eyes are not too good some days , but I did manage to
> get it done , a fellow ham posted the mod here on our site .
> > Thanks KenÂ Â kg9o
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