Whenever I travel to Los Angeles and I decide to drive, I bring along my Yaesu FT-857D; because, I need to be able to quickly hit both UHF and VHF bands depending on my location. Amateur portable/mobile transceivers are usually dual-band and allow for front panel programming, which is really important when driving around — especially, to and from Los Angeles.
Motorola portable/mobile transceivers are only single band: UHF or VHF. Furthermore, Motorola doesn’t allow for front panel programming; so, these two features, lacking in Motorola, swings me over the the Yaesu FT-857D.
When I’m out on the road, I need 100% access to repeaters that are near me along my route; and, with a twist of the knob on my Yaesu FT-857D, I can hit a VHF or UHF repeater while I’m driving. If I need to add a repeater along my course of travel, I can easily enter the new frequency via the front face panel — I don’t need the use of a laptop to add the frequency and write it to my transceiver.
Of course, my Motorola XPR 7550e hand-held transceiver is always with me.
Yaesu, in my opinion, makes one of the best amateur mobile transceivers. In my experiences, Yaesu is the closest thing to Motorola by way of quality of RX and TX and durability.
/s/ Alfonso Faustino