I am testing a Yeasu 857 mobile/base ham radio. The little all mode all bander really gets the job done with only 100 watts! I have added a YT100 antenna tuner to it with good results. After two months all I can say is the radio is better than the user. The smal screen is a drawback but one quickly get used to it. The radio is mated to a copper J-Pole for FM work. The HF duties are pushed out of a Windom style offset 143ft. dipole. Contacts are out to 5000 plus miles. This little radio is a real jewel.
March 25 2012
As of today I have found that this little radio is a workhorse. I have had zero issues! The radio really shines when you add an external speaker, I use a USB powered Lansing system designed for small laptop computers. I strongly recommend this fine radio from Yaesu.