Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Yaesu FT-60R dual band handheld radio

The Yaesu FT-60R VHF/UHF hand held radio

The Yaesu FT-60R is just one great radio. Not only is it a dual band radio that is priced under 200 dollars but it is also a ruggeddurable well made radio that will take every day abuse when out in the field or walking around town. The Yaesu FT-60R dual band VHF/UHF radio covers 108-520Mhz and 700-999.99Mhz MHz (less cell) on receive and Transmits 144-148Mhz & 430-450Mhz. The Yaesu FT-60R mods are also available online allowing transmit on all frequencies as well, even though this is not legal. Once opened up it can be used for GMRS/FRS as well as on the Marine bands.  

Yaesu FT-60R available at Amazon





Product Features

Dual Band VHF/UHF 2 Meter & 70cm Amateur Radio.
5 Watt Output
ctcss/dcs (PL & DPL)
DTMF, AlphaNumeric Display
Lighted Keypad
Scan modes.
Receives 108-520Mhz and 700-999.99Mhz MHz (less cell)
Transmits 144-148Mhz & 430-450Mhz.
One Thousand memory Channels, NOAA Weather Alert & more!
Includes 1400mA Battery, Charger, antenna & belt clip.

The Yaesu FT-60R also gets great reviews at Amazon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Radio July 28, 2011
This is a great radio. It is dual VHF/UHF (2M and 70cm bands) receive and transmit but it will scan many more including the NOAA radio weather channels. Plenty of memories and the ability to break memories into banks such as local repeaters or local fire/rescue. It's true that the microphone connection is a phono plug however, the Yaesu external microphone/speaker plug goes in at a right angle so I don't know how anyone has pulled it out accidentally. I never have. The one negative I have found is that the "0" (zero) key on the keypad activates a function to prefix transmissions with DTMF tones for Yaesu's "WIRES" repeater function. This is of course,very easy to activate accidentally and will send a DTMF prefix whether you meant to or not, reducing your audio to next to nothing so other stations don't hear your call sign or the call sign of the station you are calling. There's a way to disable this but why this feature was not assigned to a function key I don't know.
The Yaesu FT-60R dual band HT Ok, so I have gone on and on about what a great radio this is, and you would be right to assume that I am a big fan of Yaesu VHF/UHF radios, but do not take my word for it, just read all the great reviews over at Amazon and decide for yourself whether you want a $50.00 throw away Chinese radio or a rugged dual band HT that will give you a lifetime of use and a warranty on your purchase.