Alfonso Faustino: Reasons I use a amateur mobile transceiver (Yaesu FT-857D) over a commercial/professional mobile transceiver (Motorola) (K6ASF)

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.

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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.

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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.  Of course, my Motorola XPR 7550e hand-held transceiver is always with me.

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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.

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/s/ Alfonso Faustino

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