How to Modify a Yaesu FT-897D Frequency

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How to Modify a Yaesu FT-897D Frequency
Coverage includes the 6m, 2m, and 70cm bands. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Yaesu's FT-897D multimode, portable transceiver operates on the amateur MF, HF, VHF and UHF bands. Coverage of the 160-10 meter bands plus the 6m, 2m, and 70cm bands is included, as is Single Side Band functionality. The U.S. version also provides 60-meter coverage. Modifying the frequency on the radio is performed differently depending on whether you are using Single Side Band, CW, and Digital modes, or using AM, FM or Packet modes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Rotate the "Dial" knob to finely modify the frequency in "SSB/CW/DIG" modes. The "Dial" knob is in the centre of the front panel and is the larger of the five knobs. Clockwise rotation of the knob increases the FT-897D's frequency in small increments.

  2. 2

    Turn the "MEM/VFO CH" knob to modify the frequency in "AM/FM/PKT" modes. The MEM/VFO CH" knob is the uppermost right-hand knob. Again, clockwise rotation increases the frequency.

  3. 3

    Rotate the "MEM/VFO CH" knob to modify the frequency in large steps in "SSB/CW/DIG" modes. Turning it clockwise increases frequency in large increments. Then use the "Dial" knob to fine tune.

  4. 4

    Press the "MEM/VFO CH" knob quickly and then rotate it to change frequencies in 1-MHz steps. This is good for the VHF and UHF bands.

Tips and warnings

  • Change the "Dial" mode speed to a faster tuning rate if the fine-tuning speed is too slow. Engage "Fast Tuning" by pressing the "Power" button for a moment. The "Power" button is the blue button. Doing this will increase the tuning rate and modify the 897's frequency faster.
  • "Dial" mode is disabled in "AM/FM/PKT" modes.

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