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Yaesu FT-857d

Well the FT857 was a radio I aspired to even before getting licensed first and it was while on holiday in Normandy a few years back I decided the time had come so ordered it when we got back home.  Being a very capable mobile radio with HF, VHF and UHF possible it just made sense to have a 'do-it-all' rig.  Well the first outing was from the car park on South Hill in St. Helier the day it arrived plugged into an AMCO whip on 20 metres and a handful of 59 contacts into North America (conditions helped) with compliments on good audio and signal justified the purchase almost immediately!   Well since then the addition of a 'gooseneck' microphone has made properly mobile use possible and it has been used extensively, even from Brittany whilst mobile to work through a number of UK repeaters under 'lift' conditions (see photo).  

The FT857 served as a backup radio in the shack for a couple of years but with the arrival of the 'bequeathed' IC-7000 the Yaesu has been fitted into the A210 and will have permanent VHF/UHF as well as HF aerial mounts though that of course means drilling the car bodywork - not my ideal but the car is worth almost nothing these days and practicality dictates a better mount for aerials.

Working the Dorchester VHF repeater GB3DR from Col du Tredudon in Western Brittany.

Working through GB3GJ late one Friday night commute from the N12 in Western Brittany