Paging rhyary! Wire me $800 and I'd be sure to work it through its paces, just to be helpful, dontcha know.
The ICOM IC-746 is a really, really awesome all mode (CW, AM, FM, SSB, packet) 160m-6m & 2m radio (40W on AM, 100W all other modes). This radio would blow away a FT-897 and is $100 less than a new one of those. Give up battery options (no biggie) and UHF to it, but generation newer DSP and probably an order better receiver.
If I had $800 I'd be all over this one, that's pretty close to 1/2 of its new price. In fact, if someone wanted to buy my refreshed Alinco DX-70T(H) and FT-8800R for $800... :-)
ICOM Ham Radio Transceiver - $799 (Golden, Co)
Brand New Condition
With Power Supply
1 Yr Old
Manuals & Original Boxes
Ham Stick Antennas with Mag Mount