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My 857 receives fine, but when I key the mic it turns off. The 857 works fine on HF both receiving and transmitting.

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I would have a look at the FT-857's extended service menu by holding in A, B, C buttons and pressing power button for a couple seconds. The default setttings are on the mods.dk website. Should also ensure regular menu settings are correct/appropriate. I can tell you that it is possible to change extended menu settings by getting RFI into radio. Also, although unlikely, it sounds like you could inadvertently have done a write to the radio's EEPROM, which can be determined by using a program such as Ham Radio Deluxe, a CAT cable, and procedures also posted on mods.dk website under how to open radio up for 60m, ext tx/rx, without any hardware mods. As to whether you can do all this while still mounted mobile,,,,,maybe with a laptop? Good luck, Link, WV4I....

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