Here some pictures of my first attempt to build an battery for my FT897.
This one has 20 NiMh cells of 3500 mA/h , size 4/3A 1.2V, (total 7 A/h) in 2 chains of 10 cells in series.
Commercial ones have 11 cells in series , but there was no place to build 2 x 11 cells in this box.
The diodes avoid discharging the other chain when one chain is broken.
Use shottkey diodes of 15 Amp or more.
Diagram of batterypack
Connector for loader / PS
Do not use a pulse-loader !
With a small Power Sluppy (say 5A current limit) and 14-14.4 V out (for 2 x 10 cells) , the FT987 get his supply (via the battery ) and the battery can be loaded.
The current limit with a empty battery should be approx. 700mA (C/10 amps).
By using the battery-connector in the FT897 it switch automatically to 20 W.
For the box I did use Alu U-profile (25 mm) and plastic plate (0,5 mm thick) , cut for the top , bottom and isolation.
Battery-connector in the FT897 (NC = not connected)
1- With 10 cells in series the voltage is to low, 11 is better.
2- I did not measure the time you could use it but , I think it is about 6 hour.
3- Watch for short circuit !
For isolation small pieces of plastic you can use.
4- I advice you to add a fuse for short circuit protection.
'73 de Peter