Yaesu FT-847

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The Yaesu FT-847 Earth Station

The Yaesu FT-847 offers three radios in one -- HF, VHF/UHF and satellite. You get 100 watt output on HF and 6 Meters, plus 50 watts on both 2 Meters and 430 MHz bands. Additional features include: Cross-band Full Duplex operation, Normal/Reverse Tracking, CTCSS/DCS Encode and Decode, 0.1 Hz tuning steps, DSP Notch, DSP NR and DSP BPF, Shuttle Jog Tuning Dial, Carry Handle and Keypad Entry. The FT-847 is also 1200/9600 bps Packet ready.

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Product dimensions: 10.2 x 3.4 x 10.6 inches. With MH-31B8 hand mic.

Firstly the RX frequency coverage is:

  • 100Khz to 76Mhz ( no gaps ) even though the instruction manual and advertising brochure has a gap between 30Mhz and 37Mhz.
  • 108Mhz to 174Mhz
  • 410Mhz to 512Mhz

The Selectivity of the FT847 is

  • SSB/CW 2.2Khz
  • AM 9Khz
  • AM/N 2.2Khz
  • FM 15Khz
  • FM/N 9Khz

review

Mike Foubister ZL3TIC has a pretty good review.

See: Review of the Yaesu FT-847

Other comments:

The Yaesu FT-847 and Kenwood TS-2000 are very similar in features.

There is no built-in SWR meter, just a "High SWR" indicator.

basic usage

Q: Does the FT-847 have dual monitor / dual receive?
A: No. Although it will not dual receive, it does does have a priority function as another option, which is considered a "dual watch." The second VFO is transmit only, designed for satellite work.

Q: Does the FT-847 have true cross-band repeat?
A: No. It claims to, but it can only rebroadcast incoming signal while it cannot allow a remote HT to reply back through it. It is only useful if you want to listen on the HT.

priority function

Priority Channel Scanning (dual Watch) is possible with the Yaesu FT-897. It allows you to operate on a VFO, Memory channel, or Home channel, while periodically checking a user-defined Priority Memory Channel for activity. If a station is received on the Priority Memory Channel which is strong enough to open the Squelch, the scanning will pause on that station. The Priority feature is available in all operating modes.

  • When loading memories, remember to reserve Channel #1 for Priority use.

Here's how it works: Press the keypad's [5(PRI)] key momentarily to initiate the Priority mode. The FT-847 will continue to operate normally on the current frequency, but every five seconds will switch briefly to Memory Channel #1, looking for activity. If no activity is found, operation will resume on the current frequency.

  • If activity is found on the Priority Channel (Memory #1), the transceiver will lock on the Priority Channel for a time interval set via Menu #26
  • Using PTT will lock it on the priority channel if that's where it was at when you pressed.
  • Press [VFO/M] or [5(PRI)] key to exit priority channel.

erase memory channel

  1. Press MCK/W
  2. select channel to delete with MEM/VFO CH knob
  3. Press REV
  4. Press MCK/W

program memory channel

  1. select frequency and PL tone for channel
  2. Press MCK/W
  3. select available channel with MEM/VFO CH knob
  4. Long Press MCK/W

cross band repeater (one-way only)

  1. press SAT to activate Satellite mode
  2. set xmit freq to sub display
  3. set rec freq to main display
  4. press MENU and select item #41 X RPT set to ON
  5. press MENU

vfo frequency range scan

You can also do a "programmed" scan. Set Memory Channel L to the lower limit you want to scan and Memory Channel H to the upper limit. Press the PMS button and "LU" will show in the memory channel number position. If you press Scan now, the rig will scan between those limits. Note that the firmware in the rig will round off your L and H values to the next lower 100 kHz. This means that the smallest increment you can scan is 100 kHz.

  1. press ENT and enter the lower frequency limit followed by ENT
  2. Press MCK/W
  3. Turn the MEM/VFO CH dial until "L" is displayed for channel
  4. Long Press MCK/W
  5. press ENT and enter the upper frequency limit followed by ENT
  6. Press MCK/W
  7. Turn the MEM/VFO CH dial until "U" is displayed for channel
  8. Long Press MCK/W
  9. Press the PMS button and "LU" will be displayed for channel
  10. Press SCAN

To exit the scan press SCAN again, and press PMS

Note that you will now have channels L U in the normal channel sequence. You can delete them or set them to skip. However, if you set them to skip you cannot put the rig into Programmed Scan mode by pressing the PMS key.

full menu options list

1 Display Dimmer Level

2 VFO Dial Step Size

3 VFO/Mem Ch Step Size (SSB/CW)

4 VFO/Mem Ch Step Size (AM)

5 VFO/Mem Ch Step Size (FM)

6 CW Sidetone/BFO Pitch

7 CW Keyer Weight (Dash:Dot ratio)

8 CW Sidetone Level

9 CW Delay Time (Rx Recovery Time)

10 DSP CW Filter Bandwidth

11 DSP Noise Reduction Level

12 CTCSS Tone Frequency

13 DCS Code #

14 Auto Rptr Shift (144 MHz)

15 Auto Rptr Shift (430 MHz)

16 Rptr Shift Magnitude (29 MHz)

17 Rptr Shift Magnitude (50 MHz)

18 Rptr Shift Magnitude (144 MHz)

19 Rptr Shift Magnitude (430 MHz)

20 SSB Monitor Audio Level

21 "Beep" Tone Pitch

22 "Beep" Tone Audio Level

23 FM Packet Baud Rate

24 Tx Mode Multimeter Readout

25 FM Mode Mic Gain

26 Scan-Resume Pause Time

27 [Lock] Switch Mode

28 50 MHz Antenna Port Selection

29 Rx Preamp Selection (144 MHz)

30 RX Preamp Selection (430 MHz)

31 [Tuner] Switch Control Function

32 Mic. Up/Dwn Sw. Control Function

33 CW Filter Activation

34 Satellite Mode TX Meter Function

35 Satellite Memory Alpha Labels

36 Satellite Auto-Memory Function

37 Data-Transfer Baud Rate

38 Clear All Memories

39 Microprocessor Full Reset

40 useless function

41 One-Way Cross-Band Repeater Mode

42 Menu Expansion (To #90 ~ 96)

90 TX DCS Code Inversion

91 RX DCS Code Inversion

92 TX Carrier Injection Point (USB)

93 Rx Carrier Injection Point (LSB)

94 Cloning Data Transfer Baud Rate

95 Clone Mode "SEND"

96 Clone Mode "RECEIVE"


model variations

quote "Generally, prior to the 8G05 production run, there was one main problem in the design of the radio: it only had unidirectional CAT control for frequency and mode (i.e., you could only use the PC to command the rig but not to report the rig frequency and mode back to the software on the PC). Beginning with production run 8G05, the radios have bidirectional CAT for frequency and mode (PC commanding the rig, and the rig reporting information to the PC). In the USA (at least), Yaesu offered to upgrade all radios older than 8G05xxxx under warranty, which involved replacing a computer chip in the radio and some other modifications. Many people with earlier rigs took Yaesu up on their offer." , source.

Serial Number Format: Year of manufacture-Month of manufacture-Production Run-Individual Unit number, where the month of manufacture is offset by 2, so "C" means January, "D" means February, "E" means March, and so forth.

Example: 8G051234 = 1998, May (fifth month, or "G"), Production Run 05, unit #1234 in this run.

Example: 8G060144 = 1998, May, Production Run 06, unit #144

technical

microphone pinout

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modification

The Frequency coverage of the 847 TX once modified is:

1.8Mhz to 76Mhz ( no gaps )

DO NOT TRANSMIT IN THE RANGE 32MHZ TO 37MHZ AS YOU ARE TRANSMITTING INTO A LOW PASS FILTER AND COULD DO DAMAGE TO THE POWER AMPLIFIER.

137Mhz to 174 Mhz and 410Mhz to 470Mhz

The modifications are quiet simple:

Remove bottom cover you will see the backup battery, on the left hand side their are 6 solder pads numbered 1 to 6 pad one already has a 0 ohm chip resistor across it, short pads 2 and 3 with 0 ohm chip resistors or just use solder ( not as neat ).

Check pad 6 if it has a chip resistor on it remove it ( if it is not removed the radio will not go out of band on HF and 6M )

Replace cover , reconnect radio press the fast and lock buttons together at the same time and turn the radio on this will reset the micro ( you will loose all your memories ).

Testing this mod on a dummy load and watt meter found 1.8Mhz to 30Mhz getting a good 100W right though, from 37Mhz to 50Mhz was also very close to a 100W!!

From 54Mhz to 76Mhz the power did drop off the higher the frequency at 70Mhz getting approx 20W.

137Mhz to 174Mhz was pretty good with output of 50W!! found the same on 410Mhz to 470Mhz !!

MODIFIED SOLDER PAD CONFIGURATION:

  1. IN PLACE - a resistor should already be present here
  2. IN PLACE - a resistor should already be present here
  3. SOLDER BRIDGE - solder a bridge across the pad if a resistor is not present
  4. OPEN - remove resistor if present or leave open
  5. IN PLACE - a resistor should already be present here
  6. OPEN - remove resistor if present or leave open

See: http://www.g1ivg.com/ft847.htm - he has a picture

See also: http://www.radiomods.co.nz/yaesu/yaesuft847.html

hidden menus

There are special menus on the FT-847. One, documented in the Operating Manual, is accessed by changing Menu #42 EXTEND to ON.

Alignment menu - not mentioned in the manual. To access this menu, you need the standard mike with the UP, DOWN, and FAST buttons. Hold down these three buttons simultaneously and turn on the radio using the power switch. This will place you into the alignment menu. Doing this does not cause a reset of your radio.