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Author Topic: Yeasu 817 or 857???  (Read 2869 times)
HEADSHOT119
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« on: September 19, 2009, 12:14:59 PM »

Title says it all. I like the idea of mobile HF opps, so which would be better?
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KD8EYF
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2009, 01:43:57 AM »

never used 817 but unless you need a portable qrp rig go with the 857
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KC2PLJ
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2009, 06:37:00 AM »

I have both. The FT-817ND and the FT-857 are different in many ways, the first and most noticeable is size. The FT-857 boasts 100 watts on HF/6 and 50 watts on 2 meters, 20 watts on 70cm.....all mode. The FT-817 covers the same bands however with only 5 watts max. The other difference is operational ergonomics. The FT-817's tuning dial is very small and the menu keys are very close together making it a lot harder for one with big hand/fingers to access the functions. The FT-817 also has the ability to run off internal cells where the FT-857(D) has no option for this, unlike its bigger brother FT-897D(however electrically similar the bigger FT-897D that has provisions for this). It all comes down to choice, if you already own a 100 watt rig and want a QRP/backpack radio then the FT-817 will surprise you. If you are looking for a more powerful and more permanent rig the FT-857 will fill that role nicely. 73 de KC2PLJ
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2009, 09:42:53 AM »

For "mobile," the FT-857 is a far better choice.  You should have plenty of power available in a car or truck to power a 100W output rig.

The whole advantage to the FT-817 is its self-contained, battery-powered operation and portability.  It's a "walkie talkie" that covers a bunch of bands and works all modes.  But operating mobile with 5W is quite a handicap, and for mobile work I'd go for a 100W rig.
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N4MJG
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2009, 01:16:05 PM »

Go with 857D best choice ,i have both of them works great.
I think you like the 857 the best !




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KJ4FUU
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2009, 12:53:43 PM »

I have the FT-817ND. There is another difference besides power, and that is that the 857 comes with DSP, something that Yaesu does not offer with the 817. If you have the money (not much more), and don't really need walkabout type portability, I would recommend the 857.

There is an aftermarket offering of DSP for the 817, but it has to be installed by the seller. The missing DSP really doesn't bother me much, and on CW, I like the filter I put in that makes it easier copy.

Actually, the 897, which is only about $100 more than the 857, isn't really huge, and it offers the TXCO standard.

Good luck,

-- Tom
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