Yaesu FT-857D: The curious case of… the PWR OUT bars

Recently, also to test a new 30 Ah LiFePo4 battery (but that’s another story), I dusted off the rig that is normally kept in the backpack for portable activities, ready to use (and I emphasize that it is ready, not that it is used).

After turning it on, I connected the trusty Bird wattmeter with the dummy load and tested the various output powers on all bands.

The powers were all within specifications, but I noticed that on the HF frequencies from 14MHz and above, the bars indicating (more or less…) the power emitted by the radio only showed a couple of notches even though the radio was actually set to 100W.

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