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Old 11-30-2015, 08:26 PM   #43
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Yeah, between the vx-8 and the 857 being programming nightmares I tend to really like my go kit FT-450. The 857 is really compact on the head end but tough to operate without the nifty guide handy. Since the main unit is forward in the closet and the head is aft on the desk pre programming it is kind of necessary. If you like mil-spec programmable radios the 857 is 'fun'.

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Old 12-01-2015, 12:08 AM   #44
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I have the programming disc, even bought a PC just to program the Yaesu. Now all I have to do is keep struggling to figure out how to access the stuff I have programmed....LOL

the j- pole is now mounted about twenty feet in the air out on my roof. It seems to work, but a lot of the folks chatting do not seem to acknowledge anyone trying to get in on the topic. Maybe I need to listen.

Wednesday might be a good time .... About 8:30 PM. What frequency?

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Old 12-02-2015, 07:47 PM   #45
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Good evening KM4LPO,
I am VE9NKD Randy,
Have you been able to talk locally to another unit. Is your radio a HF or 2 Meter rig? I am guessing 2 meter with the J pole. Check that your pl tone is correct for the repeater and your offset is correct and in the right direction. I had tried a J pole with non satisfactory results. I ended going with a 5/8 wave PCTEL Maxrad 5800 antenna and had far superior reception.
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