Yaesu FT-857D Menu Settings

Yaesu FT-857D transceiver

Photos: © Copyright 2013-2017 Andrew VK1AD. All Rights Reserved

FT-857D deployed for a SOTA activation of Mt Little Joe VK3/VC-027

FT-857D deployed for a SOTA activation of Mt Little Joe VK3/VC-027 in Melbourne’s outer-east

Yaesu FT-857D Menu Settings – My preferred configuration for a typical SOTA activation

No Menu Item Function Available Values Default
001 EXT MENU Enables/Disables the extended Menu Mode. ON/OFF *** ON
002 144 MHz ARS Activates/deactivates the Automatic Repeater Shift feature when operating on the 144 MHz band. ON/OFF *** ON
003 430MHz ARS Activates/deactivates the Automatic Repeater Shift feature when operating on the 430 MHz band. ON/OFF *** ON
004 AM&FM DIAL Enabling/disabling the DIAL knob on the AM and FM modes. ENABLE/DISABLE *** ENABLE
005 AM MIC GAIN Adjusts the microphone gain level for the AM mode. 0-100 50
# 30
006 AM STEP Selects the tuning steps for the MEM/VFO CH knob on the AM mode. 2.5/5/9/10/12.5/25kHz *** 2.5
007 APO TIME Selects the Auto Power Off time (time before power goes off). OFF/1h-6h OFF
008 ARTS BEEP Selects the ARTS beep mode. OFF/RANGE/ALL RANGE
009 ARTS ID Enables/disables the CW identifier during ARTS operation ON/OFF OFF
010 ARTS lDW Stores your call sign into the CW identifier. YAESU
011 BEACON TEXT 1 Stores the message for the Beacon.
012 BEACON TIME Selects the interval time (between message and message). OFF/ 1 sec-255 sec OFF
013 BEEP TONE Selects the beep frequency 440/880/1760Hz 880Hz
014 BEEP VOL Selects the beep volume level. 0-100 50 ^ Adjust to suit
015 CAR LSB R Sets the Rx Carrier Point for LSB -300 ~+300Hz *** +150 Hz
016 CAR LSB T Sets the Tx Carrier Point for LSB -300 ~+300Hz 0 Hz
017 CAR USB R Sets the Rx Carrier Point for USB -300 ~+300Hz *** -150 Hz
018 CAR USB T Sets the Tx Carrier Point for USB -300 ~+300Hz 0 Hz
019 CAT RATE Sets the transceiver’s circuitry for the CAT baud rate to be used. 4800 bps/9600 bps/38400 bps 4800bps
020 CAT/LIN/TUN Selects the device which is connected to the CAT/ LINEAR jack on the rear panel. CAT/LINEAR/TUNER CAT
021 CLAR DIAL SEL Defines the “control” knob to be used for setting of the clarifier offset frequency. SEL, MAIN SEL
022 CW AUTO MODE Selects whether the KEY jack shall be “Enabled” or “Disabled'” while using the SSB/FM modes. ON/OFF OFF
023 CW BFO Sets the CW carrier oscillator injection side on the CW mode. USB/LSB/AUTO USB
024 CW DELAY Sets the receiver recovery time during pseudo VOX CW semi-break-in operation. FULL/ 300 ~ 3000 ms 250msec
025 CW KEY REV Sets the keyer paddle’s wiring configuration. NORMAL/REVERSE NORMAL
026 CW PADDLE Enables/disables CW keying by the microphone’s [UP/DWN] keys. ELEKEY/MIC KEY ELEKEY
027 CW PITCH Setting of the pitch of the CHW side tone, BFO offset, and CW filter center frequencies. 400~800Hz 700Hz
028 CW QSK Selects the time delay between when the PTT is keyed and the carrier is transmitted during QSK
Operation when using the internal keyer.
10/15/20/25/30ms 10ms
029 CW SIDE TONE Setting of the CW sidetone volume level. 0-100 50
030 CW SPEED Sets the sending speed for the built-in Electronic keyer 4~60wpm(1 wpm/step)/ 20~300cpm (5 cpm/step) 12wpm (60cpm)
031 CW TRAINING Sends random Morse Code five–character groups via the sidetone. N,A,AN N
032 CW WEIGHT Sets the Dot/Dash ratio for the built-in electronic keyer 1:2.5~1:4.5 1:3.0
033 DCS CODE Setting of the DCS code. 104 Standard DCS codes 023
034 DCS INV Selects ‘Normal’ or “lnverted” DCS coding. Tn-Rn/Tn-Rn/Tn-Rn / Tn-Rn Tn-Rn
035 DIAL STEP Setting of the DIAL knob’s tuning speed. FINE/COARSE FINE
036 DIG DISP Defines the displayed frequency offset during DIG (USER-L or USER-U) mode operation -3000~+3000 Hz 0 Hz
037 DIG GAIN Adjusts the audio input level from terminal equipment during DIG (Digital) mode operation. 0-100 50
038 DIG MODE Selects the mode and sideband in the DIG (Digital) mode. RTTY-L/RTTY-U/PSK31-L/ RTTY-L/PSK31-U/ USER-L/USER-U *** PSK31-U
039 DIG SHIFT Defines the carrier frequency offset during DIG (USER-L or USER-U) mode operation. -3000~+3000Hz 0 Hz
040 DIG VOX Sets the gain of the VOX circuitry’s input level for the DIG mode 0-100 0
041 DISP COLOR Selects the illumination color for each operating status FIX:13 ^ Adjust to suit
042 DISP CONTRAST Setting of the display contrast level 1~13 8 ^ Adjust to suit
043 DISP INTENSITY Setting of the display brightness level. 1 (Dim) ~ 3 (Bright) 3 ^ Adjust to suit
044 DISP MODE Sets up the LCD Lamp mode OFF/AUT01/AUT02/0N AUT01
045 DSP BPF WIDTH Setting of the bandwidth for the DSP CW audio filter. 60/120/240 Hz *** 240 Hz
046 DSP HPF CUTOFF Adjusts the low-cut characteristics of the DSP HPF filter. 100~1000 Hz 100 Hz
*** 220 Hz
047 DSP LPF CUTOFF Adjusts the high-cut characteristics of the DSP LPF filter. 1000~6000 Hz 6000 Hz
*** 2770 Hz
048 DSP MIC EQ Sets the DSP microphone equalization pattern OFF/LPF/HPF/BOTH *** BOTH
049 DSP NR LEVEL Setting of the degree of DSP Noise Reduction. 1~16 8 ^ Adjust to suit
050 EMERGENCY Enables Tx/Rx operation on the Alaska Emergency Channel, 5167.5 kHz ON/OFF OFF
051 FM MIC GAIN Adjusts the microphone gain level for the FM mode. 0-100 52
# 30
052 FM STEP Selects the tuning steps for the MEM/VFO CH knob in the FM mode 5/6.25/10/12.5/15/20/25/50 kHz *** 5 kHz
053 HOME->VFO Enables/disables the moving of HOME channel data to the VFO. ON/OFF ON
054 LOCK MODE Selects the operation of the front panel’s LOCK key DIAL/FREQ/PANEL/ALL DIAL
055 MEM GROUP Enables/disables the memory-grouping feature. ON/OFF OFF
056 MEM TAG Stores Alphanumeric ‘Tags’ for the memory channels.
057 MEM/VFO DIAL MODE Selects the function which is engaged when you press the MEM/VFO CH knob. CW SIDETONE, CW SPEED, MHz/MEM GRP, MIC GAIN, NB LEVEL, RF POWER, STEP MHz/ MEM GRP
058 MIC SCAN Enables/disables scanning access via the microphone’s UP/DWN keys ON/OFF ON
059 MIC SEL The choice of the equipment which connects to the MIC jack. NOR/RMT/CAT NOR
# RMT
060 MTR ARX SEL Select the analog meter display configuration while the transceiver is receiving. SIG,CTR, VLT, N/A, FS, OFF SIG
061 MTR ATX SEL Selects the analog meter display configuration while the transceiver is transmitting. PWR, ALC, MOD, SWR, VLT, N/A, OFF *** SWR
062 MTR PEAK HOLD Enabling/disabling of the “peak hold” function of the ON/OFF meter. ON/OFF ON
063 NB LEVEL Setting of the blanking level for the IF Noise Blanker. 0~100 26 ^ Adjust to suit
064 OP FILTER1 Not available at this time.
065 PG A Programming the [A] key (in the Operating Function Row “q” (MFg)) function. All Multifunction, All Menu Item, MONI, Q.SPL, TCALL, ATC, USER MONI
066 PG B Programming the [B] key (in the Operating Function Row “q” (MFg)) function Q.SPL
067 PG C Programming the [C] key (in the Operating Function Row “q” (MFg)) function ATC
068 PG ACC Programming the optional MH-59A8J microphone’s [ACC] button assignment MONI
069 PG P1 Programming the optional MH-59A8J microphone’s P1 button assignment Q.SPL
# RF POWER
070 PG P2 Programming the optional MH-59A8J microphone’s P2 button assignment TCALL
# DISP MOD
071 PKT 1200 Adjusts the audio input level from the TNC during 1200bps Packet operation. 0~100 50
072 PKT 9600 Adjusts the audio input level from the TNC during 9600bps Packet operation. 0~100 50
073 PKT RATE Sets the transceiver’s circuitry for the Packet baud rate to be used. 1200/9600(bps) 1200 bps
074 PROC LEVEL Sets the compression level for the AF speech processor in the SSB/AM modes. 0~100 50
*** 30
075 RF POWER SET Setting of the maximum power level for the current band. 5~100, 2~100 (UHF) 10 watts adjust to suit
076 RPT SHIFT Sets the magnitude of the repeater shift. 0.00~99.99(MHz)
077 SCAN MODE Selects the desired Scan/Resume mode. TIME/BUSY/STOP TIME
078 SCAN RESUME Sets the delay time for scanning resumption. 1~10(sec) 5 sec
079 SPLIT TONE Enables/disables split CTCSS/DCS coding ON/OFF OFF
080 SQL/RF GAIN Selects the configuration of the front panel’s SQL/RF knob. RF-GAIN/SQL *** SQL
081 SSB MIC GAIN Adjusts the microphone gain level for the SSB mode. 0~100 54
# 30
082 SSB STEP Selects the tuning steps for the MEM/VFO CH knob in the SSB mode. 1 kHz/ 2.5kHz/ 5kHz *** 1 kHz
083 TONE FREQ Setting of the CTCSS Tone Frequency. 50 Standard CTCSS tones *** 91.5 Hz
084 TOT TIME Select the Time-Out Timer time. OFF/1~20(min) OFF
085 TUNER/ATAS Selects the device (FC-30 or ATAS-100/-120) to be controlled via the front panel’s [A](TUNE)key. OFF/ATAS(HF)/ ATAS(H F&50)/ATAS(ALL)/ TUNER OFF
086 TX IF FILTER Selects the Transmit IF filter. CFIL/FIL1/FIL2 CFIL
087 VOX DELAY Sets the “hangtime” for the VOX circuitry 100~3000(ms) 500 ms
088 VOX GAIN Sets the gain of the VOX circuitry’s input audio detector. 1~100 50
089 XVTR A FREQ Allows an arbitrary frequency to be set on the display, to allow direct frequency readout during transverter operation 0,000,00-9999,999,00 (kHz)
090 XVTR B FREQ
091 XVTR SEL Enables/disables/selects the antenna port to be used for transverter operation. OFF/X VTR A/X VTR B OFF

VK1AD notes

*** changed the default setting

# – Settings for the MH-59 A8J microphone.  First set Menu 059 to ‘RMT’.  Menus 069 and 070 are to single touch menu access using  P1 and P2 buttons.  I have set P1 to the RF Power menu (075) and P2 to the Display Mode menu (044).   If you are using the standard MH-31 mic leave the AM, FM and SSB mic gain setting as the default 50 to 54.

Menu 075 – RF Power Set. Stores unique RF Power settings for HF, 6m, 2m and 70cm.  Be careful to check the power setting before using an AM or FM carrier to check the antenna VSWR.  Plus always check the frequency is not in use before pressing the PTT.  Oops   😳

Menu 076 – Repeater Shift.  Stores unique repeater shift values for 2m and 70cm.   As an example in VK the 2m repeater shift is 0.60 MHz and for 70cm the shift is 5.00 MHz.

Menu 044 – Display Mode.  In the shack I have the display on.  In the field I have the menu setting at AUTO1

Menus 045, 046, 047 – Adjust the settings when listening to the audio through a pair of headphones.  Make sure you have an antenna connected.

Menu 082 – SSB Tuning Step.  Stores unique values for HF, 6m, 2m and 70cm.  Set the tuning step to 1 kHz for each band range HF, 6m, 2m and 70cm.  For example set the VFO to the 2m band and press and hold the function key. Go to menu 082 and change the value to 1 kHz. Press and hold the function key to save the value. Repeat this process for HF, 6m and 70cm.

Menu 083 – Tone Frequency.  In VK the standard tone frequency is 91.5 Hz.

MH-59 DTMF Microphone

MH-59 A8J DTMF Microphone

MH-59 A8J DTMF Microphone

Photos: © Copyright 2013-2017 Andrew VK1AD. All Rights Reserved

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