In two previous articles I went over the Yaesu FT-897D radio and accessories. Both articles are worth the read:
So let’s go over my standard format, what is the mission for all of this?
To safely store the radio and all components with which to operate the radio in HF mode.
Requirements & Restrictions –
- Cases must be sturdy, at least to military specifications.
- Cases musty protect against dust, dirt, and water impingement.
- Cases should protect the contents against damage due to reasonable heights and rough handling.
- Cases should be low profile and not draw attention to them.
The case I chose was the SKB i-series 3I-1711–68-C.. These cases are waterproof and as sturdy, if not more so, that Pelican cases. And they are cheaper that Pelican cases. They come with “cubed” foam ready to be cut to size for your equipment.
So this is what my pair of cases looks like for my Yaesu FT-897D –
- 1 x 6′ Cable, power harness with 25amp auto fuzes, radio connector on one end, Anderson Power Poles on the other end.
- 1 x Yaesu FT-897D radio with AT897 Autotuner attached
- 1 x Microphone, Yaesu MH-31
- 1 x Cable, Data, 14″
- 1 x Cable, Antenna, 12″
- 1 x Cable, power, 35amp auto fuze, battery clamps on one end, Anderson Power Poles on the other end.
On top of the radio I place a 897D user’s manual in a 1-gallon Ziplock bag and in an other 1-gallon Ziplock bag I place a user’s manual for the autotuner and the power switch as well as a latest copy of the US Amateur Radio Bands chart.
- 1 x Wire antenna, 4:1 Balum, Buxcomm B2KC41
- 1 x Lead PL-239, 50′
- 1 x PL-259 male/male connector
- 1 x PL-259 male/female connector with ground connector
- 1 x ground wire pipe/stake clamp
- 1 x Power Supply, AC, 30amp, MFJ-1230MV
- 1 x Power Supply, AC power cord
- 1 x Screwdriver, phillips head
- 1 x Headphones, Yaesu YH-77sta with adaptor
- 1 x RT Systems Programming CD
- 1 x RT Systems Programming cable
- 1 x power cable, 6″, Anderson Power Poles to eyelets
I have given you a list of the equipment needed to run the Yaesu FT-897D Ham radio. Is it everything you might need? No, it isn’t. I didn’t include the little things like some 550 Paracord to string up the antenna. I didn’t include the battery or solar panels. This was meant strictly for the radio equipment itself.
Take this list and use it as a starting point for your specific need and mission.
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