Yaesu FT-60R

Yaesu FT-60RIt’s been a week or so since I got my new radio. As pictured it’s the Yaesu FT-60R. And I am loving it.

There are a few minor things that the Icom IC-E90 I had the edge on, but nothing to do with the radios performance. The Icom had a seperate power switch meaning the volume remained where you left it. Also it could receive FM broadcast bands.

Right now I have that out the way, how am I finding the rig. I have had only a few QSOs so far, but the reports have been good.

It’s also built solidly which is why I went for this radio. I have heard it’s so strong, some shops where you can buy it they have one they throw across the shop to prove it’s strength to customers (but I am not going to try that yet with mine).

Over the Christmas period I shall give it a good use. On Christmas eve it will travel with me to my nans, and will keep it on Christmas Day.

I have also ordered a cable as the radio has 1000 memories, so I don’t intend to program them manually.

Type Amateur VHF/UHF transceiver
Frequency range 144-146 / 430-440 MHz (Europe)
144-148 / 430-450 MHz (USA)
RX 108-520 / 700-999 MHz (cellular blocked in the US)
Mode TX: FM
RX: AM/FM
RF Power output Hi: 5/5 W
Mid: 2/2 W
Lo: 0.5/0.5 W
Sensitivity 0.16 uV (12 dB SINAD – 140-150 MHz)
0.2 uV (12 dB SINAD – 420-470 MHz)
Selectivity 12 KHz (-6 dB), 35 KHz (-60 dB)
Voltage Nominal: 7.2 VDC (battery pack), 6-16 VDC (external)
Current drain RX: 45-125 mA
TX: Max 1.5 A
Impedance 50 ohms, SMA
Dimensions (W*H*D) 58*109*30 mm
Weight 370 gr
Other 1000 memories with alpha-tags.
CTCSS & DCS.
WIRES II.
ARTS.
Emergency Automatic ID (EAI).

2 Replies to “Yaesu FT-60R”

  1. I have had my FT-60R since October of 2007, which was when I got my license. It was my first radio, and I use it all of the time. I have magnet mount antennas on the roofs of both of my cars, and use the FT-60 as my mobile. It was also my first base station, using an Arrow Antennas J-Pole on the roof of the house, and then running RG213 coax down to my radio room and attaching it to the FT-60 with an adaptor. Although I’ve since installed a more permanent base station, the FT-60 combned with the roof mounted antenna worked very well. I like the FT-60. It’s solid, vesatile, easy to use, and dependable.

    Dave
    KC9MIB

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