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Yaesu has it wrong! FT-891 RX/TX Current Test

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  1. OH8STN

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    Hello Operators
    Topic of the day is the Yaesu FT-891. Many field radio operators have turned away from the Yaesu FT-891, because of thd specs regarding current draw on RX, published on the Yaesu website. Having owned the Yaesu FT-857, and 897 in past years, the current specs for the 891, seemed somewhat off- In fact, I wondered if Yaesu simply published “worst case” numbers on the site, without bothering to publish a range of numbers which would make more sense to potential buyers. So, in this video we’ll be measuring the current draw of the Yaesu FT-891 at RX, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, and 100 Watts.

    Background
    I’ve had many requests on the channel for such a video. Operators would like to compare current consumption to other popular rigs like the Yaesu FT-857D, Icom 7200, Icom 7300, as well as understanding how hungry this radio is when deployed in the field.

    Despite the heart crushing review from the ARRL, I have found this rig to be a better investment, than the up and coming FT-818. Opinions may vary, I’ve got mine.
    Enjoy the video.

    73
    Julian oh8stn


  2. KD7WPJ

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  3. NX1Q

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    Thanks for the video and the effort behind it.

    I thought the same thing when I saw the 2 amp draw spec, and basically dismissed it out of hand to too much Tokyo 20% Rice Sake…(just like the quirky items the radio has, like resetting both the width and shift every time you use the band button, not saving width and shift settings in the memory and some others.)

    But, what makes me very happy is that you, Julian OH8STN, one of the premier portable operators has obtained the same radio I recently have also chosen for portable/mobile, really likes it, and is using it while making videos about it ! I’m looking very forward to more !

    Thanks so much !

    Don NX1Q


  4. YO5PTD

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  5. K1YYI

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  6. K3FHP

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  7. OH8STN

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