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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'The Silver HamShack' (2007 International 22FB CCD 75th Aniversary model)
Multiple Yaesu Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch
2012 shortbed crewcab 4x4 Toyota Taco TV with more antennae on it