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Using YSK-857 Head Separation Kit with FT-897D

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  1. MSFRider

    MSFRider Member

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    Hello All,

    I'm a soon to be Tech (taking the VEC test on the 31st) and I've purchased a Yaesu FT-897D with the primary interest of using 10 meter phone ad exploring 2 meters. Much of the use will be mobile. To that end I purchased the separation kit YSK-857 listed by Yaesu as the accessory to separate the face of the radio for mounting on the dash and the radio elsewhere. I've read the docs and submitted a request for info to Yaesu but thought I might seek advice from some folks that may have experience in the matter. I appreciate any advice. Thanks!



    Bill
    Prescott Valley AZ
     
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  2. wile2u

    wile2u W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    ummm. i don't think the head on the ft-897d detaches. so if you bought the kit for the ft-857d it won't work.
     
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  3. MSFRider

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    That is what I'm finding since I received my purchases. I relied on the Yaesu description of accessories and apparently should not have done so. :oops:

    The radio is just what I wanted, except for being able to remotely mount it in my vehicle. I likely will keep it for use as a base station and get another radio for my vehicle, one that does have the remote mounting option. Such are the trials of the un-initiated.

    Thanks for the input Rich!
     
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  4. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur Staff Member

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    There is obviously a misunderstanding either in what you read or between you and Yaesu. I have never seen the YSK-857 listed as an accessory for the FT-897 and if you asked Yaesu about then they probably assumed you made a typo and meant the FT-857 which is what the YSK-857 was meant for. There is no removable faceplate on the FT-897.


    I stand corrected. It is right here on the Yaesu page.

    http://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cm...D=0372FA803B7BBADBF3076C94ACA7A8C5&DivisionID

    The problem is that the FT-857 and the FT-897 are identical radios in different boxes. I mean they are EXACTLY the same radio and as such the accessories are the same. The difference is that the FT-857 is meant as a mobile unit and the FT-897 is meant as a base with builtin power supply or as a portable unit with internal battery pack.
     
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  5. Mudfoot

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    At least it sounds like you'll soon have 2 radios. no harm there.
     
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  6. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur Staff Member

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    Two radios? Where? The OP bought the FT-897 and a separation kit for an FT-857.

    BTW a note to the OP: You will not find that the FT-897 is very suited for use mobile. It does not come with a mounting bracket, in fact there is no mobile bracket for it IIRC, and it is a bit large for mobile anyway. The FT-857 is what you should have bought IMHO based on what you have stated you intend to use it for.
     
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  7. Mudfoot

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    He's keeping the 897 for a base and buying another radio for his mobile.

    Thus, 2 radios for the WIN.
     
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    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin Staff Member

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    The MMB80 Mounting Bracket, It is very nice I have one for My 897.
    I have used mine mobile lots of times in my Pick-up.
    Hey Captain, even the FT 101 had a mounting Bracket


    73
    Jeff
     
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  9. MSFRider

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    Such is the life of living in an area that the closest HAM store is over a 100 miles away. Have to depend on catalogs and such for info until you can find another source.

    Yep, Made a mistake but thee is a silver lining there. As M42Duster stated, keeping the 897 to use on the bench and something different for the vehicle. The wife is even good with that!

    I received a reply from Yaesu with the info that the face would not come off to be mounted elsewhere. Now I'll be looking for another radio that fits the bill. I guess I'll just have to brave the traffic and people in Phoenix to visit the Ham Radio Outlet there.

    Thanks for the input fellas!

    Bill
     
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