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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur (inc. HF+6M+VHF models) | Yaesu FT-857 - all flavors Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu FT-857 - all flavors
Yaesu FT-857 - all flavors Reviews: 439 Average rating: 4.5/5 MSRP: $769
Description: Yaesu HF/VHF/UHF Mobile Transceiver
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K6QT Rating: 5/5 Apr 19, 2013 04:38 Send this review to a friend
Great little radio for the price  Time owned: more than 12 months
I really enjoy this little radio. At first, I had it in my car. I had as good an HF antenna as I could get, but still could only contact hams a few hundred miles away. Proper grounding, etc., but no luck. I thought, why not use it as a base station radio? I'm poor and it seemed like a good idea. Not the best quality, but there is more in that radio than you can imagine. You just have to put up with the menu system. You NEED the programming software and to enter your frequencies that way. If you do it manually, you will crash before you get your finger on the button. It's just too darn hard to dig into all the menus to set the PL tone, turn it on, get the frequency, put it into memory, and label it. I need the manual and my notes to enter a frequency each time I have to change something manually. Trust me on this one. Get the programming software. It's really a small price to pay for this radio. It really does a lot in a little space, and hence, is good for the money. Just have patience with the menus. I read one review on this item where the guy was an experienced ham and owned every transceiver in the book, but he tore his hair out, lost it, and took it back to the store because he had trouble with the menus. I don't have all that much trouble now. Once you get used to what you need and don't need often, it will be OK. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a mobile rig and even a base rig. The frequency range is amazing! 160 M all the way up to 70 CM! (excepting 1.25 M, of course -- stupid, and why it's done by everyone, I'll never know; In Phoenix, for instance, the 220 band is big and there are quite a few repeaters you can hit from wherever you are in the Phoenix area, so it's not like it's a totally non-used band). In any case, I would highly recommend it.
TA3EP Rating: 5/5 Apr 7, 2013 09:04 Send this review to a friend
Great all mode mobile radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Nothing much to say. I have bought it second hand, mars mode and more power modes are applied. It's the a great all-mode mobile radio. I use it sometimes in my shack as a primer rig with LDG AT-200 tuner and sometimes mobile in my auto. Great rig. Great DNR and DNF. I would buy again.
WA6MOW Rating: 5/5 Apr 5, 2013 08:24 Send this review to a friend
Great All Purpose Rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
I write a lot of reviews because I change rigs frequently. This is my 3rd or 4th 857. As previously stated by others making function changes while mobile in motion takes getting used to and may be difficult for some folks. A TS-480 may be a better option depending on your ability but keep in mind the tremendous frequency coverage this rig provides. I am using one as my QRO home station rig and it sits next my KX3. Makes for a neat compact station. The menu is simple to master if you spend the time to utilize its various functions. For a compact reliable rig these little guys can't be beat.
MI3LVZ Rating: 4/5 Feb 20, 2013 10:48 Send this review to a friend
Superb portable rig..  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
A fantastic little rig for base,mobile or portable work. Stacks of features. DSP is a gem. Very nice to look at once you get over the modern radio style..I added the DTFM mic and the LDG meter which made the whole package even better.
Simply superb..
K0NHV Rating: 5/5 Feb 1, 2013 11:37 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had mine for over three years. I use it for mobile and fixed. If it breaks, I'll get another one and fix this one for a spare.
F5VDM Rating: 5/5 Jan 26, 2013 05:10 Send this review to a friend
Too good to sell  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had my FT857 for a couple of years and it has given me valiant service as a mobile rig. I decided to change to a Kenwood TS480HX (always wanted one) and sell the FT857. Well I can't do it. I am going to sell my FT450 instead as I prefer the FT857 to the FT450.

The FT857 is a great radio, super on receive and always good reports on the transmit audio. A bit of a pain to set up the menus, but once done, leave 'em alone.
W4ABF Rating: 5/5 Jan 25, 2013 05:25 Send this review to a friend
Nice little rig  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I purchased a lightly used 857D last year as a backup unit, with plans to eventually install in a vehicle. Yaesu outdid themselves with this one, packing a lot of features in a very small and reliable rig. You won't go wrong with this as a mobile, backup, or main rig. It's well built, sounds good, is easy to use (once you've read the manual) and is just plain fun. Digi modes work well also.
N2UGB Rating: 5/5 Jan 2, 2013 21:39 Send this review to a friend
Makes a good low-power rig too  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had mine about two years now and, so far, no issues. For an AF DSP, it is quite effective. Don't even use the cw filter I installed. I run mine at 5 to 10 watts CW with a 10 amp supply. I believe in low power so the small PS keeps me honest. I can see that the menus are cumbersome. But, I use the DSP most times and that is easily accessible, and no digi or ssb, so that poses no problem. Also a straight key most days so no keyer adjusts. It is heavy and doesn't get pushed around the desk as easily as most "QRP" transceivers. I do travel by air and the rig fits nicely in a Pelican case of correct size for overhead storage.

Guess I could say I am satisfied.
N2WSC Rating: 5/5 Dec 27, 2012 16:29 Send this review to a friend
excellent performer  Time owned: more than 12 months
it's working flawlessly except I made the mistake of running the 2 antennas from the two ports too closely and I messed up a diode for the fm squelch. whilst transmitting on any band/mode
the fans makes a bit of fan noise similar to a
hair blower but not so loud, but the radio stays cool always . that's the only issue I have with the 857. I got mine in 2007.
I recommend this radio and don't let the size fool ya.
N7BOO Rating: 5/5 Dec 13, 2012 14:16 Send this review to a friend
Reported FT-857 Noise Problem  Time owned: more than 12 months
I must be one of the lucky ones that own Yaesu 857's. I purchased a early Ft-857 in 2003 and also purchased another FT-857D model in early 2012, both radios have performed flawlessly right up to the present day. I have heard that some owners have experienced the reported noise issue with their radios, however, in my case, both FT-857 models have never exhibited the noise problem. Although not an expert, there may have been a manufacturing window during which time this problem surfaced. If I have read all the reviews thoroughly, it appears that the defect begins to appear around 2007 thorough approximately 2009. Both of my Yaesu 857 models have been subject to varying temperatures, especially in hot climates as I live in Arizona where temps can get up to 100 + degrees, and in Wisconsin sub-zero temps, I have never experienced any display issues either. For a small foot print radio, with all the features and reasonably good performance, I would highly recommend this radio, it isn't a FT-5000, but its still a great little portable workhorse.
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