Yaesu FT-817 – How do i read the blinking Power Meter?????

ft817 powerPage 28 of the FT-817 operating manual attempts to explain how to adjust your power output. Itis very difficult to understand because the coders cannot represent power output in a easy manner for some reason.


So take a minute with a coffee and you will NOW know how to set the power on your radio.


To control the power levels, press the function (F) button for 1 second


Rotate the SELECT knob to display the menu item 9 [ PWR MTR xxx ]  (xxx will represent pwr for POWER level, alc for ALC level, swr for SWR display or mod for FM deviation level).  


Press button A to control the power level, button B to select the meter display


Press the PWR button (button A) to step through the display.



With the input voltage  GREATER THAN > 11.5 volts, the display will look like this.

(L_l__) One bar displayed = 0.5 watts.


(L_ll_) Two bars displayed = 1.0 watts.


(L_lll) Three bars displayed = 2.5 watts.


(L____) No bars displayed = 5.0 watts.



With an input voltage voltage LESS THAN < 11.5 volts, the display will look like this.

(L_l__) One bar displayed = 0.5 watts.


(L_ll_) Two bars displayed = 1.0 watts.


(L_lll) Three bars displayed = 2.5 watts.


(L____)-(L_lll) (BLINKING) Three BLINKING bars displayed = 5.0 watts.





For an odd reason the blinking display is a warning that you are using the 5-watt level while on battery power. if you have the stock 1400 maH battery installed then you will have known by now the battery life is very short.


The Windcamp lithium FT817 internal battery is well recommended

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