Showing posts with label Yaesu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yaesu. Show all posts

Friday, July 17, 2020

Intellectual Discourse - Ham Radio Reddit

First - Baofeng Bucks:
"Chinese communist party takes your Baofeng bucks and puts them right in the 'turn America into one big concentration camp' fund. They don't want you dead, they want your whole life. Call me crazy, see what happens.

EDIT: Changed 'Baofeng dollars' to 'Baofeng bucks' because it's funnier."

"Japanese anime porn artists take your Yaesu Yen and put them right into the "get Americans addicted to tentacle hentai" fund. They don't want you dead, they want your whole life. Call me crazy, see what happens."

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Yaesu FT-818: More of the Same

Larry (W2LJ) offers some thoughts on the FT-818 and its incremental change from the FT-817.

My father-in-law loaned me his FT-817 when I first got started. I loved that it was a do anything radio. It's probably why I ended up a VX-3R and the IC-7000. I am a little surprised it was such a small set of changes.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Yaesu FT-65R: W0STU Review

Straying a bit from my usual Chinese radios, but I thought it was interesting to see W0STU's review of the FT-65R and some comparisons to the Chinese HTs. He sums up:
"The new Yaesu FT-65R is a nice update to the FT-60R, just not a perfect one in our view. Returning a VFO knob and the regular SMA antenna jack would get much closer to the perfect update. The updated menu structure and display are unquestionably nice mods, with just enough legacy characteristics to make the learning transition a breeze. The relocated function key and the operator-programmable keys are master strokes. The transceiver’s performance characteristics are top-notch, much superior to that observed in Chinese-branded and manufactured HTs. The bottom line — we will add the FT-65R to our list of recommended, basic, first radios for the new Technician licensee, and we may even find ourselves regularly snagging this HT off the shelf as that “go to” radio when heading out the door."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Google Trends - Radios

Google Trends for Baofeng, Wouxun, Anytone, Yaesu, and Icom

Google Trends for Baofeng, Wouxun, and Anytone

Friday, October 16, 2015

Spurious Emissions

Over at /r/amateurradio...
"Apparently the ARRL set up a Spectrum analyzer at Dayton the last few years and offered to test attendee HT's for spurious emissions." 
"At Dayton this year, only 25% of the Baofengs that were tested, complied with Part 97. 21% of Baofengs were borderline, and 54% of Baofengs were non compliant. 86% of Wauxon's were compliant and 14% of Wauxon's were not compliant. Yaesu, Icom, Kenwood, and Connect Systems: 100% were compliant with the Part 97 standards. 
The ARRL concluded that many of the radios that did not comply, would cause harmful interference with other radio services. 
The article is on page 74 & 75 of the November QST."
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Yaesu FT2DR: Touchscreen HT

So Ford is replacing Microsoft's in-car infotainment platform and replacing it with QNX. Several of the comments to the Slashdot article are complaining about the lack of dedicated knobs and buttons. That complaint echos those I hear from those that don't want to do SDR, because they want knobs and not a mouse.

Makes me wonder what the response will be to the Yaesu FT2DR touchscreen HT. Universal Radio shows a list price of $640, so you know how interested I'll be.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Yaesu FT-991: FCC

Out of my price range...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Vero Telecom: VR-6600PRO and FTM-350 Differences

First, Vero Telecom has a blog. Second, they lay out the differences between the FTM-350 and their VR-6600PRO:
- The size of the microphone and the buttons on the mircophone is different.VGC VR-6600Pro has a bigger size than Yaesu FTM 350.
- The bracket of VR-6600Pro can firmly suck on different rough plane,not just the smooth plane.
- You can easily split up the bracket and the control head of VR-6600Pro without using screwdriver.
- The bracket of VR-6600Pro can turn 360°.
- You can adjust the brightness of the button light of VR-6600Pro.
- The VR-6600Pro has the automatic backlight setting function.
- There is a fan on the main body radio of VR-6600Pro.It can automatic make the mail body be cool when it’s too hot while you use.
When I saw the title, I was expecting a list of technical differences.

A video:

Via Hans

Monday, September 22, 2014


The 409Shop is promoting the Yaesu VX-3R (which I like), but selling it for $229 USD. The first US site I check has it for $185. I don't usually look at the Japanese radios when looking at the Chinese sources, but this strikes me as odd. Are they always this much more expensive?

Thursday, May 29, 2014


From Nate:

"I was wondering when they'll imitate the body design of the Yaesu/Standard/Horizon VX-7R/HX470/VXA-710."

Which reminds of where this all started for me - the Baofeng UV-3R copying the Yaesu VX-3R. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

The TYT-TH-UV818...

Horizon HX470 (silver and black)
Yaesu/Vertex VX-7R (silver and black)
Yaesu/Vertex VXA-710
Yaesu FTA-720

Friday, September 13, 2013

Vero Telecom VR-6600P

Hans has an update on some new Vero Telecom (VGC) products including the VR-6600P that looks a lot like a Yaesu FTM-350.
Whatever happened to their UV-X5 tri-bander? Maybe it ended up as this?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Yaesu FTM-400DR

Only posting this, because I think it is pretty.

HamRadioOutlet Yaesu has announced the pricing on the FTM-400DR!, Jul 14 09:21:38 from web

Name: HRO Inc
Location: 12 stores in the USA
Bio: HRO is the World's largest supplier of Amateur Radio Equipment. Contact us at
Following: 0 Followers: 3515 Updates: 152

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fakes, Knock-offs, Seconds, Early Models

Kight radio warns of a knock-off Yaesu FTM-350AR being sold as the Luiton FTM-350AR. They've warned of Wouxun fakes before, too. Hans also had concerns about early versions of radios being dumped.

I still stand by what I said then about going cheap as like most things, these decisions are compromises. But occasionally  you get burned - more on that soon.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

New Radios? Yaesu FT-898A and Icom ID-51

KD8BIG's got a picture, but no info yet on the Yaesu FT-898A. This site says it is a hoax and in their version of the picture, you can see the misspelled "reciever."

G4ILO has some information and a picture of Icom's new HT, the ID-51. Julian says "However it is nice to see a manufacturer breaking the mould for HT user interfaces which have changed little for the last 20 years."  I've not been a ham for anywhere near 20 years, but coming from the IT world, it does appear they are starting to adopt other technologies to extend the capabilities of new radios. USB connections and SD cards - oh my!

Also at RigPix, a close-up of the ID-51.

I guess I am going to have to start checking out the RigPix site on a more regular basis.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Yaesu FT-1D

I'm gonna have to do a little research on this one... I'm behind the curve.
moleculo A leaked Yaesu fT-1D P25 digital HT photo: #hamrWed, May 09 13:23:57 from TweetDeck

Friday, April 6, 2012

KF9ZA's Go Box for Ham Radio ARES - RACES

Another project to add to the ever growing list. He's got a list of links for the parts he used to build his Go Box here. I would, of course, throw in a UV-3R.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Yaesu FT-818

Time to play "Is it real or is it fake?" But, this time it is with a Japansese radio... a Yaesu FT-818? Looks like a photoshop job to me.