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.
Hard to beat this rig. It is short on features but it does everything it was designed to do very well. I loved mine!
I've owned 4 of these. I like the way they look, and they work OK, but the receiver is not all that good. Noise is the main issue. Would have been a great radio if the receiver was better. This radio also gets hot. Even when receiving. 4 or 5 hours powered on and even the face plate gets warm.
Great receive! Just as good as my TS-850SAT... Maybe better. I can't think of a single thing I don't like about this rig.
WOW, what a handheld!
I've owned many Kenwood Rigs....This one is the very best. Better then my beloved TS-850.