In reply to M6HBS:
In my case I operate the FT-857 from inside my backpack–being of the newer internal frame style, there’s a vertical “pocket” where a plastic plate is slid down into for support. I slide my rig right down into there, it’s suspended about halfway up in the pack, more or less close to my back (separated by a layer of webbing, a couple layers of fabric plus that plastic plate).
I like this situation because it isn’t anywhere near the exposed back or bottom of the pack so should I slip or fall, the rig doesn’t see any of the impact.
While it isn’t 100% weather proofed, it is quite concealed. The faceplate is always detached. For transport (with mic) it’s in a sealed sandwich case for protection, when it comes time to play I plug in the face, mic and battery and I’m all set. The rig’s orientation in the pack is vertical, with antenna jacks (back side) up, as I tend to do more cable swapping here than anywhere else.
For the moment, that’s the state of affairs, and as the weather’s getting warmer, I’m wondering if I should make some adjustments, as it’s getting warm inside the bag, and I hear the fan running a lot more often (one reason why I shy away from completely enclosed containment, since I do have a waterproof pack fly for when it really is coming down).
73 de Jason