New Radio

Discussion in 'Communications' started by tyler_kd0bsa, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. tyler_kd0bsa

    tyler_kd0bsa Well-Known Member

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    I bought a new Yaesu FT 857d today and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. I've had my general for quite a while and finally saved enough to buy an HF rig. If anyone has any tips for the radio or has had experience with it I would love to hear about it.
     
  2. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

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    I don't know anything about the radio, but congratulations on getting one now! We have a base unit in the house and my husband and I each have portables.

    Lots of hams on here, be patient, they'll throw in their two cents pretty quick!
     

  3. HarleyRider

    HarleyRider Comic Relief Member

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    Don't ask me... my radio still has tubes. :D
     
  4. tyler_kd0bsa

    tyler_kd0bsa Well-Known Member

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    I like those radios. The smell of a tube type radio warming up is something every ham should experience. I have a friend who refuses to use any radio that doesn't have tubes.
     
  5. tyler_kd0bsa

    tyler_kd0bsa Well-Known Member

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    Well I got the radio today and played around with it some. I didn't make any HF contacts yet but played with it on UHF/VHF and called cq on 20m a couple times with no answer. But I have the rest of the week to play with it every chance I get and experiment.
     
  6. tyler_kd0bsa

    tyler_kd0bsa Well-Known Member

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    Well it must work because yesterday I worked IW6DRH in Italy mobile to mobile. I'm impressed so far with it. More to come later as I get more time to play with it.
     
  7. sailaway

    sailaway Well-Known Member

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    When I was a teenager I always wanted to build a Heath Kit Radio, are they still around?
     
  8. bunkerbob

    bunkerbob Supporting Member

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  9. horology

    horology Active Member

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    Any Freebanders here?

    Any freebanders here?

    If anyone want to have a meet up?


    Thanks
    Dan

    Visit placeofrefuge2012.com
     
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  10. 91004

    91004 Tannerite goes boom!

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    The FT-857D is a really nice rig......... One recommendation... Have a Auto Tuner like the LDG series of tuners. The FT-857 has some very impressive features and is a great little contesting radio.....
     
  11. GoldenBoys

    GoldenBoys Active Member

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    Real radios glow in the dark!
    All of my HF stuff is Drake tube type.
     
  12. 91004

    91004 Tannerite goes boom!

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    But the question remains... What happens when the tubes stop reproducing and you can't get a twin to replace it????
     
  13. Proud_Poppa

    Proud_Poppa ExCommunicated

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    My first post here.

    The FT-857 is a pretty good radio. I've had one for about 5 years now. Currently I have it installed in my PU truck with a Comet dual band (2 meter, and 70cm) antenna and a Little Tarheel II for HF. I have the remote mic with mine which makes it easy to control the radio while I'm mobile. It definitely helps me pass the time on my hour commute to/from work!!

    The only thing I don't like is the teeny little display. It's very hard to read in the vehicle with my "aging" eyesight!!
     
  14. gatecrashser59

    gatecrashser59 ExCommunicated

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    Oh if I could afford a tube radio. Got my tech. Now working on my General. I have a goal of getting my General and Extra in the next 6-months.