Yaesu FT 857D
Another addition to my shack – Yaesu FT 857D! This is a replacement for my FT 817 that has served me well for the last few years. The main purpose of my new rig is for 144Mhz and 432Mhz with 50 watts and 20watts accordingly. Also planning to use it as the driver for my 70Mhz and 1296Mhz transverters. Other additions include coax switches to be able to easily switch antennas between the FT 857D and FT 450D. My new shack is looking good! Just waiting for some nice weather so that I can start on the antennas outside. Today a new earth rod arrived, I plan to bury this in the front garden so that I can have a reasonable earth connection. At the moment the earth is connected to the mains, which is not good!
To compliment the new equipment, I would like a good quality desk mic. At first I looked at the MFJ-297, but there seems to be issues with the compatable lead to Yaesu radios, costing an extra £24. I decided on the recommended Yaesu MD-100AX8, which matches the equipment perfectly and has great reviews on the audio quality.