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can anyone tell me whats so special ?

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can anyone tell me whats so special about these radios and maybe translate all this into something a person like me who doesnt know to much about this stuff can understand?

Yaesu FT-857D HF/VHF/UHF Mobile / Base 4pc Package Deal!! (FT-857pkg)
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* You will receive:

* The Yaesu FT-857D HF/VHF/UHF All Mode Tranceiver
* The 30 Amp PSV-300 Regulated Switching Power Supply
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* * Includes 40 Feet of RG-8x Coax Cable
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You Must Purchase THIS $879 Package,& KEEP all listed items as this single package, to get the Radio for only $705. !! Wow!
See individual item descriptions for more specs/details.
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Valid Thru 7-31-08

and also this one



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Special PKG Deal!
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* One Compact Radio Does It All!! -
AllMode UltraCompact Tranceiver!
* AM-FM-USB-LSB-CW !
* 100w pep HF/6M output, 50w on 2M, & 20w on 440.
* 32 color Display, Spectrum Scope, 200 AlphaNumeric Mem, WX & Air receive.
* Includes the New 60M Band, & DSP!
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* Compatible with the Optional ATAS-120 Automatic Auto-tune mobile Antenna Too!
* Smallest "Full Power" HF/VHF/UHF MultiMode Tranceiver Available!!
 

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They are both HF "shortwave" ham radios. They will do pretty much all ham bands except microwave and 220 mhz.

I have the 857 and the 897 is the bigger version. With one of these, a decent antenna system and a license you can pretty much talk around the nation and around the world at times. There is quite a bit just to listen to as well.

They are great radios but I don't know if you can say they are really speacial in any way. There are plenty of other companies that make units with similar features or capabilites.
 

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Some of those prices are pretty darned good. I haven't heard of Advanced Specialties, but the name of the website is kinda funny looking, webtrix. (Trix are for kids) I would venture to say, use caution when dealing with them. They are from NJ, maybe someone knows them better here. This is their main site: http://www.advancedspecialties.net/ And that is a pretty good package deal, though I would build my own resonant antenna instead of that G5RV.
 

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Prices seem fair. I have both the 857 and 897, there the identical radio inside except the 897 is in a rugged case that will hold an internal power supply or batteries. Its odd that they are including a G5RV with the 897 but no tuner. The radio will maybe transmit on 20m without a tuner but not on any other band. If size is a concern get the 857 and an Astron SS-18 power supply. That makes a great and very small base station and various models of antenna tuners from LDG would round out the package.
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SCANdal said:
Gentlemen,

I have shopped in-store at Advanced Specialties. They are legit - and knowledable.

SCANdal
I have also shopped in store, they have been friendly, and knowledable. I haven't had any problems with them or what I purchased.
 

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seeing that there is someone here with ft-857D experience, perhaps i could pose a question..
Is the beacon mode used for contesting,say something like "cq field day ve3*** or whatever?
And is it cw or phone?
I am going to buy one and it would be nice to know.
Thank you kindly
 

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If you don't understand the specs because you are not a ham, then you should not buy a ham rig.

If you are a ham and still don't understand the specs, then maybe you should not be buying ham rigs, either.
 

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ft-857D

I just wanted to know about one menu item of a radio that i am not familiar with.
Where in the HELL do you get off talking to me that way?
I have been a ham for over 10 years, i have been on hf for about 9 of those years, i run packet, uhf/vhf/hf on a daily basis!
If you can't manage to answer a question without the sarcasm, maybe you should find a better hobby like watching grass grow....if you can do it without yelling at the grass to hurry up!!
If you can't say something constructive then say nothing!
 

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I just wanted to know about one menu item of a radio that i am not familiar with.
Where in the HELL do you get off talking to me that way?
Did it occur to you that I might not have been talking to you? My response was directed at the posting that began the thread.
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Nice portable radios. The out of box experience can be enhanced by making sure that the wide-open audio fidelity is turned down to something more reasonable, like 200hz to 2.5khz audio with [DBF] enabled and the lowpass and highpass options changed to those values in the menu structure.

I almost returned an 897 thinking the audio was really shrill while perusing the manual - luckily I turned a few more pages and tada - good sounding audio. It just comes wide open out of the box if new.
 

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Did it occur to you that I might not have been talking to you? My response was directed at the posting that began the thread.
:roll:
I don't think they'll read it since this thread is from way back in 2008 and the OP has had no posts since then as well.
 
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