There is a lot that the Yaesu FT-891 can do and the true power and capability of the FT-891 often goes overlooked. So I went through the manual and the menu system and found five clever things that you probably didn’t know you could do with the Yaesu FT-891.
The Yaesu FT-891 is a small and very capable amateur radio transceiver. It packs a lot of punch into a small package. There is a lot that it can do and the true power and capability of the FT-891 goes overlooked. So what I did was go through the manual and the menu system and found five clever things that you probably didn’t know the FT-891 could do. So let’s take a look at the five clever things you can do with an FT-891.
First off, is setting the transmit power. Now if you’ve used the FT-891 for any length of time, you’ve come in contact with this feature, but for the new users out there, you can independently set the power levels for sideband and CW or digital. You can also independently set the power levels for the 6 meter band. Let’s take a look at that feature.
Second is quickly switching between the meters on the front panel display. The meter function is buried in the front panel menu, but if move that option to one of the front buttons, you can quickly switch between meter types. Let’s see how that is done.
Third is the Digital Voice keyer volume. If you are an active user of the digital voice keyer like I am, you may notice that the audio output to the speaker is a bit loud. In the menu you can set the volume of the digital voice. Let’s check that out.
Fourth is the Meter peak hold feature. For activities like Parks on the air, we like to give accurate signal reports. In the heat of an activation it can be tough to catch what the peak signal reading was. Fortunately the FT-891 has a peak hold feature to make catching those peak levels easier. Let’s look at how that works.
Finally, the fifth clever trick is the quick split. Split operation is commonly used by DX stations or other highly sought after entities. The station employing split operation will listen about 5 Khz up from their transmit frequency. Stations calling are then supposed to transmit 5 khz up from the operating frequency. This keeps the operating frequency clear of congestion caused by the massive pileups, making overall operation more efficient. Many of the stations of the popular 13 colonies special event used split to manage their pileps. Running split on the FT-891 can involve many button presses, but the rig also has a quick split mode that will put you in a default 5 khz split operation with the press of a couple buttons. Let’s see how that works.
There you have it, five clever things you didn’t know the FT-891 could do. What is your favorite? Do you have a tip or trick for the Ft-891 you’d like to share? Please leave it in the comments below.
Playlist of Yaesu FT-891 How-to Videos:
Clever FT-891 Tricks:
01:20 Quick meter display selection
03:54 Setting the transmit power
06:31 Setting DVS Volume level
10:20 Meter peak hold
12:26 Quick split feature
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