FT-857D Settings

 

 The FT-857D is the smallest HF/VHF/UHF mobile radio made. It's an all-mode rig that covers HF, 50 MHz, 144 MHz, and 430 MHz. I have had mine in my car for about 2 years now and I love it. In about 18 months, I have made close to 300 contacts including 48 countries. This does not include the daily round tables on 40 meters in the mornings.

I do not have any additional filters in this rig. I found that working IPO/ATT and the RF gain does just fine on 95% of the QSOs out there. I am using the ATAS-120A antenna and have added the MH-59A8J remote microphone. This is a very hot mic, so you will need to perform the ALC adjustment on HF and adjust the mic gain for AM and FM after installing it. But the audio punch I get with this mic is amazing. I get so many unsolicited comments about how nice the audio is. I love the performance of this rig.

Below are some downloads and the settings I use for this rig. The settings might be a good starting point for someone who just got this rig, but please keep in mind that these settings are for my voice, with the ATAS-120A antenna, and using the MH-59A8J microphone.

 

Downloads:

FT-857D Manual

FT-857D Brochure

ATAS-120A Manual

ATAS-120A Illustrated Parts Breakdown

ATAS-120A Technical Supplement

MH-59A8J Manual

MH-59A8J Technical Supplement

Chirp Programming Software (Windows)

Chirp Programming Software (Linux)

 

 My FT-857D Settings  

No Menu Item Function Default Setting My Setting
 1 EXT MENU Enables/Disables the extended Menu Mode. OFF ON
144MHz ARS  Activates/Deactivates ARS on 144 MHz band   ON  ON 
430MHz ARS  Activates/Deactivates ARS on 430 MHz band   ON  ON
AM&FM DIAL  Enables/Disables the DIAL knob on AM/FM mode.   DISABLED  DISABLED
AM MIC GAIN   Adjusts the mic gain level for the AM mode.  50 25
AM STEP  Selects the tuning steps on the AM mode.  5 KHz   5 KHz
APO TIME  Selects the Auto Power Off time.  OFF  OFF 
ARTS BEEP  Selects the ARTS beep mode.   RANGE  RANGE
ARTS ID  Enables/Disables CW ID during ARTS op.   OFF OFF 
10  ARTS IDW  Stores your callsign into the CW identifier.  YAESU   KB4MTO
11   BEACON TXT1 Stores the message for the beacon.  - -
12  BEACON TIME  Selects the beacon interval time.   OFF  OFF
13  BEEP TONE  Selects the beep frequency.   880 Hz 880 Hz 
14  BEEP VOL   Selects the beep volume level.  50 50 
15  CAR LSB R  Sets the RX Carrier Point for LSB  0 Hz   +150 Hz  
16 CAR LSB T   Sets the TX Carrier Point for LSB  0 Hz   0 Hz
17  CAR USB R   Sets the RX Carrier Point for USB   0 Hz   +150 Hz 
18  CAR USB T   Sets the TX Carrier Point for USB  0 Hz   0 Hz
19  CAT RATE  Sets the CAT baud rate to be used. 4800 bps  9600 bps
20  CAT/LIN/TUNE  Selects the device type using the CAT port.   CAT TUNER
21  CLAR DIAL SET  Defines the control knob to be used for the clarifier.   CLAR  SEL
22  CW AUTO MODE  Enables/Disables the KEY jack in SSB/FM.  OFF  OFF
23  CW BFO  Sets the CW carrier oscillator injection side.  USB  USB
24  CW DELAY  Sets the RX recovery time during QSK.   250 ms  250 ms
25  CW KEY REV  Sets the keyer paddle's wiring configuration.   NORMAL  NORMAL
26   CW PADDLE  Enables/Disables using the mic UP/DWN button keys.  ELEKEY ELEKEY 
27  CW PITCH  Sets the pitch of the CW sidetone & BFO offset.  700 Hz  700 Hz 
28  CW QSK  Sets the time delay between PTT and TX.  10 ms  10 ms 
29  CW SIDE TONE   Setting the CW sidetone volume level 50  50 
30  CW SPEED  Sets the sending speed of the built-in keyer.  12 wpm  20 wpm 
31  CW TRAINING  Sends random CW characters via the sidetone. 
32  CW WEIGHT  Sets the Dot/Dash ratio for the built-in keyer.  1:3.0  1:3.0 
33  DCS CODE  Setting of the DCS code.   023  T:023
34  DCS INV  Setting "Normal" or "Inverted" DCS coding.   Tn-Rn Tn-Rn
35  DIAL STEP  Setting the DIAL knobs tuning speed.  FINE  FINE 
36  DIG DISP Defines the displayed freq offset.  0 Hz  0 Hz 
37  DIG GAIN Adjusts audio level from terminal eq. 50 50
38  DIG MODE  Selects the mode and sideband.  RTTY-L  RTTY-L
39  DIG SHIFT  Defines the carrier freq offset. 0 Hz  0 Hz 
40   DIG VOX  Sets the gain of the VOX's input level.  0
41  DISP COLOR   Sets the color for each operating status. FIX:26 
42  DISP CONTRAST  Setting of the display contrast level.   5
43  DISP INTENSITY  Setting of the display brightness level.   3
44  DISP MODE  Sets up the LCD Lamp mode.  AUTO2  AUTO2 
45  DSP BPF WIDTH   Sets the bw for the DSP CW audio filter.  240 Hz  240 Hz
46  DSP HPF CUTOFF  Adjusts the low-cut char. of the DSP filter.  100 Hz  160 Hz
47  DSP LPF CUTOFF  Adjusts the high-cut char. of the DSP filter.  6000 Hz   2290 Hz
48  DSP MIC EQ  Sets the DSP mic eq pattern.  OFF  BOTH
49  DSP NR LEVEL  Sets the degree of DSP Noise Reduction.  8  11
50  EMERGENCY  Enables the Alaska Emergency Channel. OFF OFF
51  FM MIC GAIN  Adjusts the mic gain level for FM mode.  50 25 
52  FM STEP   Selects the tuning steps in the FM mode. -  5 KHz
53  HOME --> VFO  Enables/Disables moving HOME channel to the VFO.  ON ON 
54  LOCK MODE  Selects the operation of the front panel's LOCK key.  DIAL DIAL 
55  MEM GROUP   Enables/Disables the memory grouping feature OFF OFF 
56  MEM TAG  Stores alpha-numeric tags for the MEM channels. 
57  MEM/VFO DIAL MODE   Selects function when MEM/VFO CH knob is pushed.  MHz/MEM GRP MHz/MEM GRP 
58   MIC SCAN  Enables/Disables scanning access from the mic. ON  ON 
59  MIC SEL  Selects the microphone being used with the rig.  NOR  RMT 
60  MTR ARX SEL  Selects the meter config while the radio is receiving.  SIG  SIG 
61  MTR ATX SEL  Selects the meter config when the radio is transmitting.  PWR  MOD 
62  MTR PEAK HOLD  Enables/Disables the meter's "peak hold" feature.  ON  ON 
63  NB LEVEL  Sets the blanking level for the IF noise blanker.  50  50 
64  OP FILTER 1  Not Available.   FIL1
65   PG A Programs the "A" Key.   MONI MONI
66  PG B  Programs the "B" key.  Q.SPL   Q.SPL 
67  PG C  Programs the "C" key.  ATC  ATC 
68  PG ACC  Programs the MH-59 microphones ACC button.  MONI  SCN 
69  PG P1  Programs the MH-59' microphones P1 button.  Q.SPL  TUNE 
70  PG P2   Programs the MH-59 microphones P2 button. TCALL  REV 
71  PKT 1200  Sets the audio input level for 1200 bps operation.  50 50 
72  PKT 9600  Sets the audio input level for 9600 bps operation.  50 50 
73  PKT RATE  Sets the radios packet rate.  1200 bps  1200 bps 
74  PROC LEVEL  Sets the compression levelin SSB/AM modes.  50 30 
75   RF POWER SET Sets the RF power out for the specific band.  100 100 
76  RPT SHIFT   Sets the magnitude of the repeater shift  .60MHz
77  SCAN MODE  Sets the desired Scan-Resume mode.   TIME TIME 
78  SCAN RESUME   Sets the delay time for scanning resumption. 5 SEC  5 SEC 
79  SPLIT TONE  Enables/Disables split CTCSS/DCS coding.  OFF  OFF 
80  SQL/RF GAIN  Selects the configuration of the SQL/RF knob.  RF-GAIN 
81  SSB MIC GAIN  Adjusts the mic gain level for SSB mode.  50  27
82  SSB STEP  Selects the tuning steps for the SSB mode.  2.5 KHz  2.5 KHz 
83  TONE FREQ  Sets the CTCSS tone frequency.  88.5 Hz  103.5 
84  TOT TIME  Sets the Time-Out-Timer time.  OFF  OFF 
85  TUNER/ATAS  Sets the device to be controlled by the Tune key.  OFF  ATAS(HF&50)
86  TX IF FILTER  Sets the Transmit IF Filter.  CFIL  CFIL 
87  VOX DELAY  Sets the "hang time" for VOX.  500 ms  500 ms 
88  VOX GAIN  Sets the VOX audio input gain.  50  50 
89  XVTR A FREQ  Used for transverters. 
90  XVTR B FREQ  Used for transverters 
91  XVTR SEL  Used for transverters.  OFF  OFF 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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