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Author Topic: Questions about FT-857  (Read 746 times)
KG4MCC
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« on: January 28, 2005, 05:21:57 PM »

I'm thinking about buying a FT-857D, and if I do what accessories should I buy with it. I will just be on VHF for the time being, but intend to upgrade to HF.

Most vendors have an ADMS-4B Windows Programming Kit, which appears to be a basic CAT software with a cable (ct-62 interface?). I was wondering if I should get the kit, or just get the CT-62 interface cable (or make an equivalent) and download one of the freeware CAT programs and save about $30? I can't find a good reference or review of the software, so maybe someone who already has one can give me an opinion.

I'm also wondering about the YSK-857 separation kit. Would a CAT-5 computer cable or something similar for the display, along with other simple cables to extend the mic, and some strategically place velcro, do a 'good-enough' job to remote the head unit for occasional portable/mobile use? If so, I could probably save at least another $30 or so. I have some experience and tools to terminate CAT5/RJ-48 type cables.

Also, if there are any other accessories that go with the FT-857 series that you think that no Ham can do without, I would like to hear about that too.

73
Dave - KG4MCC
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K7IHC
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2005, 12:17:19 AM »

I bought a non-D 857 in Dec of 2003, but it came w/ a free DSP board AND a big rebate from Yaesu.  I ordered it through GigaParts, and they had a $10 off special that weekend.  Free shipping meant a total cost of $590!

Anyways, since I'm still *only* a Tech, I got it mainly for 6m and 2m SSB ops, but it's nice for FM repeaters and listening to HF.  I joined the FT-857 Yahoo! Group just before buying the radio, and I can say I've gotten some great info from there.
I use the radio as a base station, but plan to take it mobile this summer.  I got the ADMS-4B software and cable from RT Systems last Fall.  I like the software and it was easy for me to use, though I've had some considerable experience with other radio programming software.

Other than that, the radio has worked great right out of the box.  It takes a bit of time to learn the menu config well, but after that, it's fairly easy to operate.
The TCXO add-on and SSB filter aren't really necessary (according to many on the 857 group), but a CW filter is nice if you work that mode a lot.

It's too bad that the 6m band conditions have been so poor.  I made a few contacts to Arizona and Washington (I'm in N. Calif) last spring, but lately it's been quiet here.

Check out the FT-857 Yahoo! group.
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VE3KKQ
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2005, 06:43:22 AM »

Hi Dave,

I have the remote kit. It is 8 conductor between the rig and mic only, and I think you would have to re-arange the wiring of a CAT-5 cable by putting a new plung on the end. The cable between the rig and control head is a six conductors.

I use the 857 and remote kit in my car along with the ATAS-120, I removed the whip and replaced it with a stock VHF whip, about 8 to 12 inches longer.

I didn't do any comparisons before the ant mod, but if you consider Poland, Finland, Wake Island, South Cook Islands and Tasmainia as DX, I guess the combo are doing OK.

Take care,

John, VA7GG
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