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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 5:47 pm 
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I got a really good deal on a few bins of radios and accessories at a garage sale the other day.

I saw a Yaesu FT-857 on the top of the pile, and I didn't really want to spend that kind of money so I didn't even make an offer. My mom asked how much for the whole lot, and the lady said $50. I told her she could get on Ebay and sell it for a lot more than that. She said that she'd rather just throw it in the trash than get on Ebay. :shock:

Digging through the bins, I found five different transceivers.
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There's a Yaesu FT-857 that I saw on top of the pile. Most of the information online is on the newer FT-857D, but luckily I found the manual in the bottom of the bin. It looks like it will do 160m to 2m, plus 70cm.

I also found a Standard Triple Band C5900 DA. It looks like they were a Japanese company that was bought out by Yaesu. It will do 6m, 2m and 70cm.

There were a pair of Motorola HT 1000 handie-talkies. Both are missing batteries, and I think they require a cable and Motorola software in order to program. It's hard to find out much about them, but it looks like more likely than not they are 450-512MHz.
Model #: H01SDC9AA3AN
FCC ID#: AZ489FT4780

There was also a K-Mart brand emergency CB radio, model 82-3029. It came in a plastic carrying case with a cigarette lighter power supply, a rubber ducky antenna and a magnetic mount for attaching it outside the vehicle.

Also tons of microphones, speakers and other accessories that I'm still sorting through. It looks like whoever owned this before might have been fairly hardcore, as there was a tree climbing harness, soldering equipment and a Linksys router with a weird antenna that I'm guessing was for packet radio.

That's a pretty amazing haul for $50. Of course, I don't know if any of this stuff is actually still functional. I also don't really know how to use it. I got my Technician license a couple years ago on a whim, but I haven't really done anything yet. Looks like I found a new project for the winter. :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 5:55 pm 
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I'll give you $100 for the whole pile. Double your money instantly. :mrgreen:


On a more serious note, the HT 1000s are good radios and not that hard to program with the right cables and software... which I happen to have. If you don't find anyone local with the gear to do it, we could probably work out a way for me to send the software, cable and instructions to you.


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I might have to take you up on that (the cable and software bit, not the $100 bit :lol:).

I probably won't really start messing around with this stuff until winter.


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quazi wrote:
I might have to take you up on that (the cable and software bit, not the $100 bit :lol:).

I probably won't really start messing around with this stuff until winter.

The one requirement for the software though is that it runs under DOS. Yeah, actual DOS 5.0, or a reasonable facsimile. I've managed to get it running well in DOSBOX, but there's a real risk of "bricking" a radio if anything glitches. I have a laptop all setup to run the stuff though, complete with DOS 5.0 and a functional serial connector.


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I've used DOSBOX for a few old games in the past. I'm trying to remember if I had any problems with it.

I did a quick Google search and it looked like the cable and software weren't that expensive. I don't imagine there are too many scams when it comes to kind of thing, are there?


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quazi wrote:
I've used DOSBOX for a few old games in the past. I'm trying to remember if I had any problems with it.

I did a quick Google search and it looked like the cable and software weren't that expensive. I don't imagine there are too many scams when it comes to kind of thing, are there?

Yes and no. Not so much scams as fake parts that can cause issues. The big problem was with fake Chinese copies of the chip used in such cables, originally made by a company called Prolific. The Chinese copy doesn't quite work as well as the genuine chip does, which can lead to some difficult to diagnose problems. None of my cables, except for one, are OEM Motorola, but they all have genuine Prolific chips, with the exception of the one for one of my Yaesu radios that I know is fake, but which works anyway.

Ninja edit: There's also plenty of places on eBay that you can send the radios to and they will program them for you. If you choose to go that route I'd suggest looking for sellers who are hams, as they tend to be a little more knowledgeable and experienced than most.


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That is a legendary score on the radios. Akin to the guys who find one of a kind Vettes in an old barn.

If the 857 works you can use the VHF/UHF bands with your tech license.

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That is a legendary score on the radios. Akin to the guys who find one of a kind Vettes in an old barn.

If the 857 works you can use the VHF/UHF bands with your tech license.

And it gives him incentive to upgrade as well.

Oddly, it also so happens that I'm a member of the Anchorage Amateur Radio Club, and an accredited VE, and the AARC is able to conduct exams by radio now, with only two VEs required. If he can't get to a test session I'll bet a test session could be arranged for him OTA.


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Yeah, as long as I have the equipment I might as well get my General license and learn how to use it.

I guess I could sell all or most of it, but when it comes to windfalls like this I usually just kind of go along with it.


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quazi wrote:
Yeah, as long as I have the equipment I might as well get my General license and learn how to use it.

I guess I could sell all or most of it, but when it comes to windfalls like this I usually just kind of go along with it.

Look at it this way... *Some thing/person/deity/spirit/whatever out there wanted you to have this equipment for some reason. Best to go with it and get up to speed with using it legally.


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If you want to get rid of the 857, let me know. :D


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That's the only one I have a manual for. :lol:


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