Well the FT857 was a radio I aspired to even before getting licensed first (nearly 10 years ago) and it was while on holiday in Normandy a few years back I decided the time had come. Being avery 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 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). Recently time and inclination to work mobile has been lacking so the rig is currently sat in the shack (replacing the Kenwood back up radio). If I can ever get the Hustler 5-BTV working properly again it may get some use! (The Hustler withstood several years of weathering on the north coast of Jersey and when dismantled had to be drained of water so unsurprisingly its not aged well!).