Yaesu's popular FT-857(D) and FT-897(D)
transceivers are wonders of compact efficiency. These do-anything, go-anywhere
transceivers were science fiction just a few years ago, but ham's today are
using them in shacks, mobiles and on DXpeditions from the back yard to the top
of the world.
About the only problem with these radios is
that we hams who are old enough to remember when stuff like this really was science fiction are also old enough
to wish that the display were just little bit bigger. Add to that a strong
desire to see a real live meter needle bouncing on voice peaks, and you find
yourself wishing that Yaesu had thought all this through when they designed the
Well, it turns out they did. A little known
feature of these radios, noticed only by compulsive manual readers, is a meter
jack on the bottom of the front panel. Well, help is here! The LDG FTL-Meter is
a large, easy-to-read, plug-and-play solution to all of your metering needs.
version of its popular FTL-Meter presents a lush, highly readable 4.5 inch
meter face with calibrated scales for signal strength and discriminator reading
on receive, and power output, SWR, modulation, ALC action and supply voltage on
transmit. Each function is selectable from the radio's menu.