Helpful Information

I have owned my FT-817 for a while now.  I had been using it only on internal batteries, so it was easy to tell what kind of power output I was producing.  Now, with the advent of my portable field station, I have been using an external battery pack.  This has produced some quandaries for me.  I had been able to produce the “blinking” LIII on internal batteries.  Not so with the external power.

After quite a bit of searching I have discovered that the FT-817 power indicators are different, depending on the source of the applied power.  When using an external power source, you DO NOT get the blinking LIII for 5 watts.  You get a BLANK or no indicator.  I have searched my manual but I have not been able to find that information stated there.  So, in summary, here are the FT-817ND power indicators (LCD panel):

Internal Batteries:
LI                     .5 watt
LII                     1 watt
LIII                    2 watts
Blinking LIII      5 watts

External Power Source:
LI                     .5 watt
LII                     1 watt
LIII                    2 watts
Blank                5 watts

73 de Mike, W6GYC