View Full Version : Yaesu FT-50R
07-27-2003, 08:45 PM
I purchased one about a month and a half ago and really like it. Its a small one compared to my trusty old HTX-202 I got from Rad Shack 10 years ago. I like the expanded RX as well as the various features Yaesu put into it. Any questions or comments about this radio?
08-07-2003, 03:32 PM
I have the FT-50R also, I bought it about 10 mos. ago. I have no troublr transmitting from inside a steel building or from the tunnel I use to get to work. I think it's a excellent radio and I love the options it has. http://www.qrz.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
08-08-2003, 09:27 AM
I've never liked mine at all. The audio quality is poor, the frontend has zero selectivity. What really annoys me though is that the on/off switch is so positioned that the rig will easily switch itself on when it's in my backpack. I was forced to disconnect the battery every time I wanted to transport it in this way. Last week in France, one of the spring-loaded battery connectors fell off, so now the rig's unusable. It's unlikely that I'll ever bother repairing it. # http://www.qrz.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif
08-16-2003, 03:58 AM
I love my ft-50. I have had it for 5 years now. The only problems I have ever had with it was speaker problems but it was because little steel particales would get on it. So i would tear it down clean it and good as new. I alsohave the speaker/mic with it. I purchased a cover for it when i first got it so it still looks new except for the display. Dust took it toll on it but still readably.
08-19-2003, 01:08 AM
I have had my FT50 for 4 years now it does a workhorse service goes almost everywhere with me (just ask my wife !http://www.qrz.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif .I have had to replace the keypad once but other than that I have had no problems ,I am now using the battery case with rechargeables
08-27-2003, 09:33 PM
an absolutlely awsome radio ....i have 2 i use 1 in the car with an 25 watt amp. and a mag mt. audio deviation needed adjustment but the rig is a workhorse. I used the other during the recent blackout here in N.Y. on the nicad and the optional AA battery pack. Used on full power and battery life was better than expected. http://www.qrz.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
08-28-2003, 12:25 AM
I just got a Pryme RD-9 VHF/UHF antenna w/BNC connector for the FT-50. It makes a BIG difference. Works better than the stock antenna that came with the radio. It is very thin and flexible (which is good for my active pace of life). I just ordered the mic "Y" connector, vinyl cover and the 12 volt cigarette lighter adapter from Universal Radio to add to my "Comm Kit". I also ordered a small ultra-lite mag. mt. antenna from MFJ to add to the kit as well. Then the XYL can't complain about me putting the 2500 or the 1500 in her van when we go on trips. I'll have it all in one neato little package. http://www.qrz.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif
08-28-2003, 12:29 AM
DOH! Musta had a case of Homer J. there fer a minute. I meant to report that I also obtained a SMA-to-BNC adapter from Stephen Gulyas KC2BHO. It is a nice piece of hardware to have.
As Homer would say, "Donuts. Is there anything they CAN'T do?"
10-12-2003, 04:21 PM
I love this rig. Have had one forever with no problems at all. It has outlasted a dozen batteries. If you can buy one - I would highly recommend it. I love this handie.
I love it. I have used it to find ELT's on 121.5 and I have used it to talk on amateur radio and Civil Air Patrol(This radio is NTIA wideband compliant until 2005). I think that this extremely versitile.
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