The LDG FT Meter takes advantage of a little known feature on the FT-857, FT-857D, FT-897 and FT-897D. There is a meter jack on the bottom of the front panel. You have to figure that Yaesu knew they needed a bigger display all along, but just left it as an exercise for the user. Well, help is here! The LDG FT-Meter is a low-cost, plug-and-play solution to all your FT metering needs. The FT-Meter presents a lush, highly readable 2.5 inch meter face with calibrated scales for signal strength and discriminator reading on receive, and power output, SWR, modulation, ALC action and supply voltage on transmit. Each function is electable from the radio's menu. Easily visible from anywhere on your desk or dash, the FT-Meter is illuminated by any external 12 vdc source. Current production features a blue backlit display. (The original version had a yellow backlight). The FT-Meter comes fully assembled and ready to go; just plug it into the radio and you are in the picture like never before.