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Re: Yaesu FT-891
« Reply #30 on: August 12, 2016, 01:48:53 AM »
So...they REMOVE FEATURES from an 857 and call it an improvement???
And sell it at a NEW and improved price...and people BUY it because it is NEW?
Well,I just have to have one... :sarcasm:

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Re: Yaesu FT-891
« Reply #31 on: August 12, 2016, 08:53:40 AM »
One would hope the "new" model would drive down the price for the 857.  I haven't found a new model selling for less than $700 anyplace.

Last year at our local hamfest, I saw I used FT857 + LDG tuner + TNC-X for $600.
If I could get that bundle for $500 used I might jump on it.


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Re: Yaesu FT-891
« Reply #32 on: February 05, 2017, 01:05:33 AM »
So no love for pre-production, but how about now that it's out?  I have compared it to the IC-7200 and on paper it looks like a clear winner.

Has scope function, specs are almost exact, has USB for data modes, is HALF the weight and much smaller than 7200.

Filters work very well from the vids I've seen so far and matched tuner for $1050.00 delivered.

Seems like a winner?

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Re: Yaesu FT-891
« Reply #33 on: February 22, 2017, 09:10:38 AM »
As of now, the FT-891 is selling new for around $675.

What's curious to me is that's cheaper than the FT-450D at almost every retailer I checked.  The difference ranges from $20-70, but on paper this is curious.

Both radios have the same band and mode coverage.  Allegedly the receive is much nicer on the FT-891, as well as the portable size.
The only practical feature gap for the FT-891 is the lack of a built-in tuner.  (< $200 for a decent LDG)

So if a beginning HF ham had $800 for a new radio, this is an interesting decision. 

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Re: Yaesu FT-891
« Reply #34 on: February 22, 2017, 05:43:58 PM »
It's getting decidedly mixed reviews over at eham: http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/13042

One would hope the "new" model would drive down the price for the 857.  I haven't found a new model selling for less than $700 anyplace.
If anything, the prices seem to be driving in the opposite direction.

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Re: Yaesu FT-891
« Reply #35 on: February 22, 2017, 06:10:22 PM »
As of now, the FT-891 is selling new for around $675.

What's curious to me is that's cheaper than the FT-450D at almost every retailer I checked.  The difference ranges from $20-70, but on paper this is curious.

Both radios have the same band and mode coverage.  Allegedly the receive is much nicer on the FT-891, as well as the portable size.
The only practical feature gap for the FT-891 is the lack of a built-in tuner.  (< $200 for a decent LDG)

So if a beginning HF ham had $800 for a new radio, this is an interesting decision.

I would get the 450D in a rush because at the same price as the 450 is a stable,older,got all the bugs out,model and I own one already and really LIKE IT!

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Re: Yaesu FT-891
« Reply #36 on: February 22, 2017, 06:15:31 PM »
One consistent complaint is the USB "AUDIO".  Manual would imply it's got an on board sound card similar to a signalink, or what the ic7200 has.  Apparently it's only rig control and programming.  There's no "device" like a usb audio codec, for fldigi or other digital apps to use

That's a major failure in my opinion.

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Re: Yaesu FT-891
« Reply #37 on: February 24, 2017, 12:32:26 PM »
Yeah, that's a deal breaker.  Looks like it's gonna be the KX2 after all.

Food for thought... https://youtu.be/IJhx9i3E0Ws

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Re: Yaesu FT-891
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Re: Yaesu FT-891
« Reply #39 on: March 13, 2017, 06:42:06 PM »
Yeah, that's a deal breaker.  Looks like it's gonna be the KX2 after all.

Food for thought... https://youtu.be/IJhx9i3E0Ws
Excellent video, K7, thanks for posting.  Deserves some discussion, but I didn't want to thread-jack so I started up another thread http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=60039.0

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Re: Yaesu FT-891
« Reply #40 on: April 06, 2017, 04:29:59 PM »
Excellent video, K7, thanks for posting.  Deserves some discussion, but I didn't want to thread-jack so I started up another thread http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=60039.0

Suppose I already have an audio interface, and I forgive Yaesu for neglecting this feature.

The Ft-891 allegedly has good receiver performance.  For under $700 is there a better receiver?  Currently new model FT-857 are MORE expensive ($880 last I checked).
It's been almost a year - and firmware updates theoretically should be easy with the USB input.  I've read it's muchimproved over the FT-857d.

I know this rig is not getting love in the prepper community, usually due to the omission of VHF/UHF (who cares frankly), but I wonder if it'll become a dark horse favorite eventually?

One thing I dislike is the relatively high current draw for RX.  I read 2 amps!  I think the reason is all the CPU based DSP and filtering that's available.  You have more processing happening, so that takes power.  Though if that helps receive a poor signal, maybe it's worth sacrificing some battery time.

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Re: Yaesu FT-891
« Reply #41 on: April 06, 2017, 04:36:18 PM »
And it's looking like $900:
http://www.mtcradio.com/yaesu-ft-891-hf-6m-100w-all-mode-transceiver-pre-order/

Not rushing out to buy one, but I will be watching for reviews with interest.

Or $679.00 ...
http://www.randl.com/shop/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=72735&osCsid=chnrsbk49pjk0ue2lighoq0cf7

Never mind...I answered the last post on page one of this thread...never done that before...or have I?

And SMURF...the performance and price of this FT891 are hard to beat...I think it is just a simplified design and the radio looks like a stable design with few "NEW" features...it should be a winner. On the battery thing...I ran my FT857 for over four hours of typical TX/RX and the 12 amp hour ery was still holding up at 25 watts transmit power.
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Re: Yaesu FT-891
« Reply #42 on: April 06, 2017, 04:57:06 PM »
Or $679.00 ...
http://www.randl.com/shop/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=72735&osCsid=chnrsbk49pjk0ue2lighoq0cf7

Never mind...I answered the last post on page one of this thread...never done that before...or have I?

And SMURF...the performance and price of this FT891 are hard to beat...I think it is just a simplified design and the radio looks like a stable design with few "NEW" features...it should be a winner. On the battery thing...I ran my FT857 for over four hours of typical TX/RX and the 12 amp hour ery was still holding up at 25 watts transmit power.

I plan to attend the SEA-PAC hamfest in early June down in Oregon.  https://www.seapac.org/
Yaesu will have a booth, and there's no sales tax in OR.   I'm hopefully deals can be found.

The only problem with my planned trip, I'm bringing along the family and making it a weekend getaway.  That could make it more difficult to sneak a new radio into the house undetected ;)