[Yaesu] PTT/VOX problem with FT-897

Peter Sundberg sm2cew at telia.com
Sat Nov 13 01:28:38 PST 2010

My friend has developed a problem with his FT-897, I wonder if any of you
know what the issue might be.

Here's what is going on, based on what my friend has been telling me:

- All of a sudden while operating it is impossible to switch the radio to
transmit via the PTT button. VOX does not work either. 

- Switching the radio from SSB to CW (BK-in = on) and hitting the CW key
will not put the radio in transmit either. 

- The sidetone is heard while keying. 

- After CW-keying for 10-15 seconds the radio all of a sudden switches to
transmit and then the PTT/VOX also works in SSB. 

- After this the radio can run for hours without problems.

It is NOT a wiring issue with the microphone, it has something to do with
the RX/TX switching circuit.

Is this a known FT-897 problem? I have an FT-897 myself but I have never
seen this happen. 

73 de Peter SM2CEW


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