Episode 67: Unboxing and Testing the Yaesu FT-891 HF Radio

Episode 67: Unboxing and Testing the Yaesu FT-891 HF Radio

Yaesu FT-891 Unboxing and Testing

Yaesu’s newest HF radio, constructed for mobile use, based on its size and removable faceplate, has some cool ft891afilters, a large display, and is fairly easy to use.  However, with the price-point around $850 (LINK), and the fact that the radio is missing VHF/UHF, the facts just don’t add up.

Sure, this is a good radio, and it works well on HF.  But does it need to be priced higher than the FT-857D?  What if you want to do some USB on 144MHz?  Not happening with this FT-891.

Yaesu wants to separate the HF from the VHF/UHF radios.  Good, that is a great idea.  But why price the radio like it still has all these features?

On a positive note, I did find the radio very easy to use, the menus easy to navigate, and I got good audio reports.  Being and HF-only rig seems to be a legit job for this radio, I just didn’t agree with the price-point.  But some of you die-hard Yaesu fans are going to love it, I suspect.

To purchase this radio, see THIS LINK

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2 thoughts on “Episode 67: Unboxing and Testing the Yaesu FT-891 HF Radio

  1. Even though it has no vhf/uhf, there are indeed expensive items added.
    1. TXCO at .5ppm to buy that for the FT-857 is $120
    2. Digital IF DSP is expensive and is included
    3. FT-891 has filter ranges from 100 – 3000 hz built in, to buy the optional filters for 857
    would cost hundreds.
    4. The receiver is way better
    There are too many other improvements to include here … bottom line its a fantastic deal at around $840
    Let alone the black friday deal at $760 i bought for.

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