Yaesu FT-60R Dual Band Handheld 5W VHF / UHF Amateur Radio Transceiver
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- Dual Band VHF/UHF 2 Meter & 70cm Amateur Radio.
- CTCSS/DCS (PL & DPL), DTMF, AlphaNumeric Display, Lighted Keypad, Scan modes.
- Receives 108-520Mhz and 700-999.99Mhz (less cell), Transmits 144-148Mhz & 430-470Mhz, Locking mode prevents accidental changes of frequency.
- One Thousand memory Channels, NOAA Weather Alert, Receives Emergency channels in 800-900Mhz, RF Power Output: 5W (High) / 2W (Middle) / 5W (Low)
- Includes 1400mA Battery, Charger, antenna & belt clip.
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Yaesu Dual Band Amateur Ham radio transceiver.
Transmits the Two Meter & 70cm bands (144-148Mhz/430-450Mhz), & receives 108-520Mhz & 700-999Mhz (less cellular).
Features 1,000 Alphanumeric memories, WX alert, PL/dpl, ARTS system, scan modes & more.
Compatible with following Optional available Accessories - MH-37A4B, MH-34B4B, E-DC-5B, EDC-6, CT-44, FBA-25A.
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We live in a rural Mexican community where 7 of our neighbors experienced burglary or theft and one home invasion in the last few months.
We use the YAESU FT-60RE to set up a Neighborhood Watch in our area. I use the FRS and GMRS channels (listed in Wikipedia) which allow clear communications in areas where even Cell Phones don't work. Most of my neighbors have a one watt transceiver packaged with multiple radios. They can hear me and my wife with no problem. Most of these other cheap radios have short battery life and they have transmission problems because sending draws down the battery rapidly. Not so with the Yaesu FT-60RE.
Should the rechargeable battery pass below operating voltage, the YAESU FT-60RE has a low battery alarm sounding like an alarm clock. It takes about 2.5 hours to re-charge the battery with the AC adapter that is bundled with the radio. I also bought a Yaesu 12 volt DC adapter for use in the car. In a city environment, I find the YAESU FT-60RE will broadcast 2-3 miles depending on urban obstructions. The YAESU FT-60RE can transmit in Mexican rural areas 1 to 6 miles depending on our hills and mountains. The GMRS channels allow an extended range over the FRS channels.
For our Neighborhood Watch, I set the YAESU FT-60RE to a mid-power range (2 watts) instead of the high 5 watts setting with the FRS channels. This allows the battery to go 2 days without re-charging. My neighbors say my radio comes across as if I am in their house.
Licensing requirements in Mexico for FRS/GMRS are unnecessary. However, use of local repeaters on other bands should bear study as business communications are dependent on the repeaters which become freely available at night. Amateur licensing in Mexico is not difficult to obtain if you want to use the repeaters, however the test is in Spanish.
With the YAESU FT-60RE, I can monitor the Mexican police frequency at 866.700 MHz. It is strictly prohibited to transmit on this frequency without a Vecino Vigilante (Neighborhood Watch) signed agreement and training in the codes for summoning police assistance. This relationship is important as many of us have no cell phone reception in the mountain pockets where we live.
I like the ability to program a frequency using the keys. The up or down scanning works well. Most important is the ability to LOCK the settings so that the dial does not change frequency. Novices can inadvertently push things. The LOCK setting allows the radio to be used in a carefree manner.
Similarly the ability to select a different POWER range from LOW to MID to HIGH is very simple and the YAESU FT-60RE can LOCK in that setting as well. Any frequency can be saved as a channel and labeled.
The manual goes thoroughly into the topic of REPEATERS and setting CTCSS AND DCS operations, an advanced feature to be used by Hams who have need of these.
Overall, we chose two YAESU FT-60RE VHF/UHF radios from MARS IMPEX via Amazon for our use locally to help operate a local Neighborhood Watch and to manage our communication needs in the nearby city where we have only one cellphone between us. The cellphone cannot make phone calls from our house. For our purposes, the YAESU FT-60RE was an excellent choice.
Probably the biggest pain with handheld radios is navigating the menu system. At first I found navigating the menus on this radio to be far too complicated. But at that time I'd only had experience with one other radio, and that one wasn't a handheld. I've since had the opportunity to browse the menus of several other radios and I've discovered that the FT-60 compares quite favorably to most, and much better to a couple I've seen, such as my Baofeng UV-5R for instance. And don't even get me started about the menus in my Kenwood mobile! But experience has led me to recommend cloning cables and programming software for all radios when they're available, and they're available for the FT-60. It makes life far easier when you use those, and apparently they come bundled with this particular offer (I didn't buy mine here).
PROS: Great voice quality, send and receive. Decent range. Good feature set for the price. Small size.
CONS: The little rubber covers that cover the holes for the external microphone and other connections can and will break off after being used for a while. This makes the radio susceptible to dust or other foreign material getting into those connectors. My microphone cover has been off for a couple of years though, and nothing has ever gotten in there yet.
The little stubby, 'rubber ducky' antenna that comes on the radio is not the best performer. That isn't really a fault of this particular radio because these 'rubber ducky' antennas are well known to be poor performers, so I didn't mark down for that. Most users simply accept this or install an aftermarket antenna. I installed a Diamond SRH77CA on my FT-60R and noticed a marked improvement in range. The downside is that most aftermarket antennas that improve range are longer than the antenna that comes on the radio, so I now swap antennas out as the situation requires so I don't always have that long antenna getting in the way.
I'd like to point out a 'gotcha' with this radio that even experienced hams fall into once in a while. I don't consider it a quality issue so I don't downgrade the rating for it. It's just one of those 'oops' things that people sort of fall into sometimes. The 0 (zero) key on the FT-60 is used to activate the internet connection feature or to enter Set mode. Due to the size and shape of the radio it's very easy to press that key by accident and activate the internet connection function. That doesn't cause any harm, but whenever you press the transmit button to talk, the radio sends out a tone at first instead of transmitting your voice. Anyone listening hears a beep followed by the last part of your conversation that wasn't covered up by that beep. You can look at the display and see an icon indicating this function. It looks like an eight lying on it's side. I call it an infinity symbol (not the car). It looks sort of like an atom symbol too. If you press the zero key again this all goes away. It's an easy fix, but I've seen some of the most experienced hams I know get 'bitten' by this little bug, and we actually see it regularly enough that even many of our non-FT-60 owners know what to do to fix it. So if anyone tells you your radio is sending out beeps instead of your voice, check your display for that little sideways eight. It appears in the upper right corner.
This radio rates very favorably as long as you remember what is was designed to do and don't try to compare it to radios that are in a completely different class entirely. It isn't perfect, but I've yet to find a radio that is. You can get newer radios such as the VX-3R for even less money, but they aren't rated as high as the FT-60. If you really need the fancy features then maybe this isn't the radio for you. But if you're looking for a good quality radio that just gets the job done without any muss or fuss, then you're in the right place.
This radio is very easy to use and you can usually figure out what you are doing even without the manual because it is rather intuitive as to how to set your tones and program the memory.
It has excellent range and the battery life is amazing, huge improvement over my last radio which was using NiCad primarily. It is quite light weight and fits nicely in your hand to allow for one hand operation.
The only thing I wonder is if this radio could use an upgraded antenna, not sure as of yet.