Yaesu FT-857D

Mobile HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver

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General characteristics

HAM bands
Frequency stability
Tuning steps


0.1-76 / 108-174 / 420-512 MHz
AM   FM   W-FM   CW   SSB  
Receiver system
Image rejection
Audio output


10-160 m + WARC and 60 m / 6 m / 2 m / 70 cm
AM   FM   CW   SSB  
6-160 m: 100 W, 2 m: 50 W, 70 cm: 20 W


SO-239 + N-type
50 Ω


Power requirements
13.8V DC
Current drain RX
0.6-1 A
Max 22 A


Between 2004 and 200x
Dimensions (w×h×d)
155 × 52 × 233 mm (6.10 × 2.05 × 9.17 in)
2.10 kg (4.6 lbs)
Form factor

Other features

200 channels in 1 bank(s)
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
Built-in keyer. Beacon mode. 32 color display. CTCSS. Detachable front panel. DSP included in this updated version

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Reviews & stories

Nice, but vulnerable

Yaesu FT-857D, Mobile HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver

I use the FT857D for 4 years now. Once blew the CW key input due to RFI - which is strange for a HF set. OK, I should not tune full power on 10m, but still no reason to die...
6m is terrible on this rig. The PA tends to oscillate very quickly and therefore I gave up on 6m. I use mainly CW and if you do that, an extra IF filter is a must. The IF bandwidth is otherwise far to wide. I bought a Inrad 300Hz filter and that really makes a difference. SSB is OK I guess. Made a couple of QSO's on phone but getting the modulation and processor settings right may take you some time with a friend on the other end to get things straightened out. And because of RFI (I use a end-fed aerial) the set has reset to factory settings a couple of times. For mobile use it is probably a great rig because of the size. For base use I would not recommend it...

Written by PA3CNO on Aug 24, 2009

Build quality
User friendliness
Value for money
Good condition in 2005
EUR 600.00

Hard to beat for the money....

Yaesu FT-857D, Mobile HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver

Noisy receiver but beyond that it is a good little rig and a great mobile.
For close to the same money you can buy a Kenwood TS-480SAT and get a better rig, but if you have to have the 2M/70cm the FT-857D is the way to go.

Written by KA9MOT on Aug 11, 2012

Build quality
User friendliness
Value for money
Good condition in 2012
USD 600.00

Great versatile rig

Yaesu FT-857D, Mobile HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver

This is a great little rig that is versital in all uses. I have used it as a base, a mobile, and a portable. The menues are easy enogh to use and it is pretty operator friendly. All the controls are right up front and easy to access. The separating face is great for mobile and portable. Light weight and easy to pack for different types of operation. The only thing I find wrong with this rig is that it really gives no place to attach a good grounding wire. Other than that it is great. The same rig internally as the FT897. I recommend this rig to anyone stationary or active. A great small rig that does all I need since I am a fulltime RVer and need the space. My last rig was the FT901DM. Just too large for RVing. If I had to buy something different it be the FT897 or FT897D

Written by wudcutr on Dec 4, 2010

Build quality
User friendliness
Value for money
Good condition in 2007
USD 700.00
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New and second-hand prices

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Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Yaesu FT-857D is around:

  • EUR 410.00 ~ EUR 398.00
  • USD 74.00 ~ USD 363.00
Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2018 EUR 400.00 Used / Good Lukas Thorwald Hey
2016 EUR 500.00 Used / Good ON8ODK
2016 USD 824.00 New / Mint Timothy
2014 EUR 500.00 Used / Okay PA1EC
2014 USD 800.00 New / Mint ac9hp
2012 USD 600.00 Used / Good KA9MOT
2011 EUR 600.00 Used / Mint s55db
2010 USD 819.80 New / Good eBay
2010 EUR 649.00 New / Good thiecom.de
2007 USD 700.00 New / Mint wudcutr

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