I now use the FT-897 a lot with the SGC-230 smartuner, a fine combination. Because I installed the optional power supply and also when operationg on a DC battery, I wanted a easy solution to power my SGC-230.
- Remove bottom cover or optional power supply FP-30
- Locate the red and black wire for main power supply to board
- Insert two short wires through the smal hole next to the power socket
- Solder those two wires (red & black) onto the board, there are two free solderpoints below the power cords
- Secure the soldered wires against pulling with small straps (also just behind the chassis)
- Replace the bottom cover or power supply.
- You can additionally use smal straps to align the two female DC connectors.
I used 0.75mm˛ wire so I have more than enough current without risk. You could insert an extra fuse for further protection.
The SGC-230 takes up 0.9 Amps while operation. Other models even use less current.
The mods is very easy to carry out and doesn't require high skills, but I recommend using a decent soldering iron.
This mod is great, now I can hook up my SGC-230 (or even another low current device) in a very compact and decent way.
The mod can be easely reversed if needed.
I found this mod to make me working portable even more fun with this nice combination.