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The FT-857D: My most versatile and least-used rig

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I’ve owned an FT-857D for about six years now. I bought it for the same reason that I can’t bring myself to sell it – its diversity: DC to daylight, a gazillion modes and all that…CW, V/UHF repeaters, satellite work, mobile operation, etc. Heavy on the etcetera. The FM “easy-sats” were fun for a few days,…

Upcoming for March

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For most of March & part of April, I’ll have a lot of spare time on my hands and not many of life’s normal distractions – a dangerous combination. And I’ll be in that hotbed of cultural activity – Oklahoma City. As William Clark said upon reaching the Pacific Ocean in 1805, “O! The joy!”…

January miscellany

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January is shaping up to be a great month for DXing…except for the Spratley Island problems. UPDATE: Postponed indefinitely. Bummer. According to Bernie W3UR and other sources, the team that was supposed to have aired January 6 is still being held up by customs with no definitive word yet on their likelihood of obtaining permission…

Yaesu customer service

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A few months ago a lightning strike took out some of the equipment here. All of it was soon replaced, with one exception – my FT857D. After the strike, the ’857 would no longer power up and a check of the fuses showed them to be okay. I’ve only used a repair service once before,…