As I posted last week, I ordered a Yaesu FT-857 D to replace the Yaesu FT-897 I was using for HF in the mobile station. When I got home on Wednesday morning, the radio had arrived so I installed it and the LDG Z-11 Pro II tuner that I also ordered. The main body of the FT-857D and the Z-11 Pro II are mounted under that passenger side front seat with the FT-857 control head mounted along the center console using a RAM mount. The antenna remains the same, an Opek HVT-400B mounted on the car’s rear hatch.
With the addition of the FT-857D, the current radios in the mobile station are the Yaesu FT-8800 for 2 Meters/70cm amateur radio, a Uniden BC780XLT for aviation/MilCom monitoring, a Uniden HP-1 for other scanning, and the FT-857D for HF amateur radio and utility monitoring. The replacement of the 897 that I used to use for HF has freed up the passenger side floor board and keeps me from having to remove the HF radio anytime I have a passenger.
On Wednesday afternoon and Thanksgiving day I worked a couple of stations on 20 Meters to see if the 857D worked and got good signal reports. This morning I finished the installation by installing a speaker and afterwards worked some stations on 40 Meters, 20 Meters, and 15 Meters to give it a good test. AI4DU, the net control station for the 7272 net on 40 Meters gave me a 58 report from NC. KS4TL on Chincoteague Island in VA gave me a 57 report on 20 Meters. On 15 Meters, my favorite HF band, IW1GGR in north Italy gave me a 56 report while 9A4W on Isle of Brac in Croatia gave me a 58 report. I couldn’t be happier with the little radio.