[amsat-bb] Yaesu FT-857D

Clayton W5PFG w5pfg at amsat.org
Thu Jan 21 18:34:57 UTC 2016

When I first made the move from FM to SSB satellites, I was using just 
an FT-100D (predecessor to FT-857D.) While it is semi-duplex by itself, 
as VE6WK suggested you can use it with a second receiver for 
full-duplex. For several months, I experimented with an FT-857D as my 
transmitter and FUNcube Dongle Pro+ as my receiver. It made for a very 
nice "poor man's Flex" station.

The easiest bird to work with a single FT-857D is probably FO-29. You 
can setup on a fixed transmit/uplink frequency, and tune the downlink to 
compensate for Doppler shift. I've made many contacts this way in a 
pinch. My video for the FT-817 on YouTube can be carried out very 
similarly using an FT-857D: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vke3pWkKULU


On 1/21/2016 11:55, skristof at etczone.com wrote:
> Anybody using a Yaesu FT 857D to work the SSB satellites? If so, what do
> you think? Can you take it outside and use it with an Arrow antenna?
> Steve AI9IN
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