Yaesu FT-857d

Well the FT857 was a radio I aspired to even before getting licensed first (back in 2005) and it was while on holiday in Normandy a few years back I decided the time had come. 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 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).