Problem with FT-857

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by KI6JB, Dec 22, 2019.

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  1. KI6JB

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    My FT-857 does not appear to put out a usable SSB HF signal on 40M (maybe other bands as well but I haven’t tried). I have it connected to an FC-30 tuner and a Buddipole. The Buddipole is tuned to better than 2.0:1 and the FC-30 takes it to almost 1.0:1. When speaking into the mic, the power meter indicates power and the modulation meter indicates modulation, but the ALC meter indicates zero regardless of high the mic gain is turned up. No one has been able to hear me, even when conditions are good and I have strong receive signals. I am guessing I am putting out just a tone but I am not sure. I have done a master reset of the radio and that made no difference. There are numerous threads on getting ALC set up correctly but I have not seen one where this particular problem has been seen.

    I have the radio remotely installed in my truck camper. Before I tear it out and put it on the bench, has anyone seen anything like this before? I am puzzled by the seemingly normal indications of power out and modulation, but zero ALC.


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