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I'm considering buying a Yaesu FT-857D for car mount and I'm now concerned the speaker is on the body and only the body and not on the head unit.

Where's the speaker? Can a mic contain the speaker too?

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I don't have one handy to validate this, but in the manual you can see the speaker grille on top of the radio in the angled view on page 20. This is the same place it is on my FT-897. So, yes, the speaker is on the body.

The microphone connector pinout is unfortunately not described in the manual (it is in the FT-897's, which is largely identical), but it does not contain audio output, so no speaker-mic can be connected.

However, you can connect an external speaker to the EXT SPKR 3.5mm mono jack, described on pages 34-35. You will have to mount it separately, but communications speakers with suitable mounting brackets and cables are a common item (if often expensive for the sound quality you get).

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  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, I took a look at the manual and I could see a speaker on the body, but I couldn't confirm the lack of speaker on the head or mic. Thank you. $\endgroup$ – pupeno - M0ONP ACI1DM LU5ARC Feb 16 '19 at 8:12

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