FT-897D Settings


The FT-897D is a great portable or compact base station rig. I have mine as a base station, and I love it. It's an all-mode rig that covers HF, 50 MHz, 144 MHz, and 430 MHz. I have had mine for about 4 years now and have had nothing but excellent results. Although it is primarily made as a portable rig, allowing you to install battery packs in the bottom of the rig, I use mine as a base station using the Yaesu FP-30 internal power supply. I use the LDG AT-897 tuner with a 25' dipole in my attic, andhave also added the MD-100A8X desk mic.

A lot of people don't like the Yaesu rigs because of the extensive menu system. At first I was a bit overwhelmed with it until I realized that almost all of the menu's are set-it-and-forget-it. There are a few that I go to from time to time such as IPO and Power Out. However, that is really about it. So once you align the ALC, set all of your levels, and then tweak them, you're done.

Setting the memory channels can take quite a while. That is why I have opted to use Bob Freeth's great programming software called FTBasicMMO. It is very inexpensive and does a great job at programming the rigs and managing a number of programs. And if you are like me and have both the FT-897D and the FT-857D, then this one program will handle both rigs. He also has programming software for many other Yaesu rigs.

Below are some downloads and settings I use for this rig. These settings are a good starting point for someone new to the FT-897D, but remember that the microphone settings are for my voice with the MD-100A8J desk mic.



FT-897D Manual

FT-897D Brochure

FP-30 Power Supply Manual

MD-100A8J Desk Mic

SCU-17 USB Interface Unit

SCU-17 USB Drivers

SCU-17 Driver Install Guide

Chirp Programming Software (Windows)

Chirp Programming Software (Linux)


 My FT-897D Settings  

No Menu Item Function Default Setting My Setting
 1 EXT MENU Enables/Disables the extended Menu Mode. OFF ON
144MHz ARS  Activates/Deactivates ARS on 144 MHz band   ON ON 
430MHz ARS  Activates/Deactivates ARS on 430 MHz band   ON  ON
AM&FM DIAL  Enables/Disables the DIAL knob on AM/FM mode.   DISABLED  DISABLED
AM MIC GAIN   Adjusts the mic gain level for the AM mode.  50 50 
AM STEP  Selects the tuning steps on the AM mode.  5 KHz   5 KHz
APO TIME  Selects the Auto Power Off time.  OFF  OFF 
ARTS BEEP  Selects the ARTS beep mode.   RANGE  RANGE
ARTS ID  Enables/Disables CW ID during ARTS op.   OFF OFF 
10  ARTS IDW  Stores your callsign into the CW identifier.  YAESU   KB4MTO
11   BEACON TXT1 Stores the message for the beacon.  - -
12  BEACON TIME  Selects the beacon interval time.   OFF  OFF
13  BEEP TONE  Selects the beep frequency.   880 Hz 880 Hz 
14  BEEP VOL   Selects the beep volume level.  50 50 
15  CAR LSB R  Sets the RX Carrier Point for LSB  0 Hz   0 Hz
16 CAR LSB T   Sets the TX Carrier Point for LSB  0 Hz   0 Hz
17  CAR USB R   Sets the RX Carrier Point for USB   0 Hz   +150 Hz 
18  CAR USB T   Sets the TX Carrier Point for USB  0 Hz   0 Hz
19  CAT RATE  Sets the CAT baud rate to be used. 4800 bps  4800 bps
20  CAT/LIN/TUNE  Selects the device type using the CAT port.   CAT CAT 
21  CLAR DIAL SET  Defines the control knob to be used for the clarifier.   CLAR  CLAR
22  CW AUTO MODE  Enables/Disables the KEY jack in SSB/FM.  OFF  OFF
23  CW BFO  Sets the CW carrier oscillator injection side.  USB  USB
24  CW DELAY  Sets the RX recovery time during QSK.   250 msec  250 msec
25  CW KEY REV  Sets the keyer paddle's wiring configuration.   NORMAL  NORMAL
26   CW PADDLE  Enables/Disables using the mic UP/DWN button keys.  ELEKEY ELEKEY 
27  CW PITCH  Sets the pitch of the CW sidetone & BFO offset.  700 Hz  700 Hz 
28  CW QSK  Sets the time delay between PTT and TX.  10 ms  10 ms 
29  CW SIDE TONE   Setting the CW sidetone volume level 50  50 
30  CW SPEED  Sets the sending speed of the built-in keyer.  12 wpm  20 wpm 
31  CW TRAINING  Sends random CW characters via the sidetone. 
32  CW WEIGHT  Sets the Dot/Dash ratio for the built-in keyer.  1:3.0  1:3.0 
33  DCS CODE  Setting of the DCS code.   023  T:023
34  DCS INV  Setting "Normal" or "Inverted" DCS coding.   Tn-Rn Tn-Rn
35  DIAL STEP  Setting the DIAL knobs tuning speed.  FINE  FINE 
36  DIG DISP Defines the displayed freq offset.  0 Hz  0 Hz 
37  DIG GAIN Adjusts audio level from terminal eq. 50 50
38  DIG MODE  Selects the mode and sideband.  RTTY-L  USER-U 
39  DIG SHIFT  Defines the carrier freq offset. 0 Hz  0 Hz 
40   DIG VOX  Sets the gain of the VOX's input level.  0
41  DISP COLOR   Sets the color for each operating status. FIX:15 
42  DISP CONTRAST  Setting of the display contrast level.   5
43  DISP INTENSITY  Setting of the display brightness level. 
44  DISP MODE  Sets up the LCD Lamp mode.  AUTO2  AUTO2 
45  DSP BPF WIDTH   Sets the bw for the DSP CW audio filter.  240 Hz  240 Hz
46  DSP HPF CUTOFF  Adjusts the low-cut char. of the DSP filter.  100 Hz  160 Hz
47  DSP LPF CUTOFF  Adjusts the high-cut char. of the DSP filter.  6000 Hz   2290 Hz
48  DSP MIC EQ  Sets the DSP mic eq pattern.  OFF  BOTH
49  DSP NR LEVEL  Sets the degree of DSP Noise Reduction.  8  11
50  EMERGENCY  Enables the Alaska Emergency Channel. OFF OFF
51  FM MIC GAIN  Adjusts the mic gain level for FM mode.  50 75 
52  FM STEP   Selects the tuning steps in the FM mode. -  20 KHz
53  HOME --> VFO  Enables/Disables moving HOME channel to the VFO.  ON ON 
54  LOCK MODE  Selects the operation of the front panel's LOCK key.  DIAL DIAL 
55  MEM GROUP   Enables/Disables the memory grouping feature OFF OFF 
56  MEM TAG  Stores alpha-numeric tags for the MEM channels. 
57  MEM/VFO DIAL MODE   Selects function when MEM/VFO CH knob is pushed.  MHz/MEM GRP MHz/MEM GRP 
58   MIC SCAN  Enables/Disables scanning access from the mic. ON  ON 
59  MIC SEL  Selects the microphone being used with the rig.  NOR  NOR 
60  MTR ARX SEL  Selects the meter config while the radio is receiving.  SIG  SIG 
61  MTR ATX SEL  Selects the meter config when the radio is transmitting.  PWR  MOD 
62  MTR PEAK HOLD  Enables/Disables the meter's "peak hold" feature.  ON  ON 
63  NB LEVEL  Sets the blanking level for the IF noise blanker.  50  45 
64  OP FILTER 1  Not Available.   -
65   PG A Programs the "A" Key.   MONI
66  PG B  Programs the "B" key.  Q.SPL 
67  PG C  Programs the "C" key.  ATC 
68  PG ACC  Programs the MH-59 microphones ACC button.  MONI 
69  PG P1  Programs the MH-59' microphones P1 button.  Q.SPL 
70  PG P2   Programs the MH-59 microphones P2 button. TCALL 
71  PKT 1200  Sets the audio input level for 1200 bps operation.  50 40 
72  PKT 9600  Sets the audio input level for 9600 bps operation.  50 50 
73  PKT RATE  Sets the radios packet rate.  1200 bps  1200 bps 
74  PROC LEVEL  Sets the compression levelin SSB/AM modes.  50 30 
75   RF POWER SET Sets the RF power out for the specific band.  100 50 
76  RPT SHIFT   Sets the magnitude of the repeater shift  .60MHz
77  SCAN MODE  Sets the desired Scan-Resume mode.   TIME TIME 
78  SCAN RESUME   Sets the delay time for scanning resumption. 5 SEC  5 SEC 
79  SPLIT TONE  Enables/Disables split CTCSS/DCS coding.  OFF  OFF 
80  SQL/RF GAIN  Selects the configuration of the SQL/RF knob.  RF-GAIN 
81  SSB MIC GAIN  Adjusts the mic gain level for SSB mode.  50  85 
82  SSB STEP  Selects the tuning steps for the SSB mode.  2.5 KHz  2.5 KHz 
83  TONE FREQ  Sets the CTCSS tone frequency.  88.5 Hz  103.5 
84  TOT TIME  Sets the Time-Out-Timer time.  OFF  OFF 
85  TUNER/ATAS  Sets the device to be controlled by the Tune key.  OFF  OFF 
86  TX IF FILTER  Sets the Transmit IF Filter.  CFIL  CFIL 
87  VOX DELAY  Sets the "hang time" for VOX.  500 ms  500 ms 
88  VOX GAIN  Sets the VOX audio input gain.  50  50 
89  XVTR A FREQ  Used for transverters. 
90  XVTR B FREQ  Used for transverters 
91  XVTR SEL  Used for transverters.  OFF  OFF 

















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