My first ham station consisted of an 897 for transmit, a FUNcube Pro Plus dongle and SDRC (running on a 40 inch 4k screen) for receive, a single G5RV shared between the 897 and FCPP, and a Dow-Key coax relay that switched the antenna between the 897 for transmit and the FCPP for receive.
That setup worked beautifully. The 12-volt Dow-Key unit was a fail-safe unit (break-before-make so there was never any risk of pumping any transmit power into the Funcube dongle) triggered by the amp relay circuit on the 897. OmniRig ran the interface between the 897 and SDRC.
I really loved that setup, it worked so well that I never even bothered to learn how to use the receiver on the 897, lol.