At our monthly breakfast this morning, Jon, KG6URI, noted that if you have a Yaesu FT-857/897, you don’t need a PicoKeyer. It has a built-in MCW mode. I asked him to send me the particulars, and here’s his e-mail:
The Yaesu FT-857/897 is capable of MCW operation, although it is well hidden. The only mention I could find is on page 100 of my FT-857D manual where it says “FM Mode: F2″.
It’s easy to set up. Enter menu set mode by holding down FUNC. Just scroll to “22 CW AUTO MODE” and set to on. Now, the CW key is operational under both SSB and FM as well. Using the VFO or memory, select an FM channel or repeater, and use the key to send just like you were in CW mode.
Other interesting features in the menu are “31 CW TRAINING” which plays random characters through the sidetone and “26 CW PADDLE” which lets you use the up/down keys on the mic instead of a paddle.
Now, all I gotta do is get him on the air so that he can get some CW practice in. Right, Jon?? :)