Here are some shots of my new FT-857D. I will be adding some descriptive text soon.
Here is my gear. A modest collection, but hoping to add more later this year.
This is my HT. It is a Yaesu FT-60R. This is a dual band, 2m/70cm, radio. Has an extended receive. I was looking for a radio that did AM air bands, plus some public service frequencies. This does it. Here is a closer look at the radio.
The radio is a nice size, but the only thing I really do not like are the size and closeness of the dials. With my baseball mitt hands, it can be difficult to turn the radio on and off (center dial, along with volume) and use the squelch (small ring on right hand dial).
American Morse KK1B
Small little key for those really portable needs.
Ed Fong 2m / 70cm Antenna
This antenna is from Dr. Ed Fong. Check them out. He also makes a compact emergency roll up antenna as well.
This is a 2m / 440 antenna. Basically comes as a pre-built twin lead type of J-Pole, and user supplied class 220 PVC to finish it up. It can be used as a permanently mounted antenna, or put on a tripod as it is shown here. More information is on the Ed Fong eBay store along with his other antennas.
I have attached a small section on the lower end of the antenna to mount over the end of the tripod. The tripod has a standard pipe thread mounted to the end and put on a small piece (about 6″) of grey PVC with an adapter and slip the antenna on and it holds it fairly secure.
In the picture below, I am set up and waiting for the Monday night SCECT net.
Antenna (Satellite / 2m, 70cm Yagi)
My satellite “ground station” consists of an Arrow Antenna II. It is a dual band yagi for 2m/70cm, which makes it perfect for FM satellite chasing. There is a duplexer in the main mast where the handle would go. The antenna is on a camera tripod and have added a custom tray for the radio. The dial displays the inclination of the mount in degrees.
The interesting thing about this antenna is the name, Arrow. The purple elements on this antenna are made from actual arrow shafts. I designed the extention to the rear of the antenna, based on other folks work, to hold my radio. I also included a small area in which to hold pass information as well as make contact notes, etc.
As I am not spending too much time in satellites these days, this antenna will also come in handy for a dual band general use yagi, if I should ever need one.
73 de Mike, W6GYC