Yaesu Announces FT-25R and FT-65R Handheld Transceivers

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W4LKO, Feb 7, 2017.

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  1. K6NIK

    K6NIK Ham Member QRZ Page

    After I saw the info on the FT25/65 discussed here, I ended up buying another Ft-60R just in case. I love that radio and have two of them, I hope Yaesu is not thinking about discontinuing it...
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  2. K6NIK

    K6NIK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have that exact set up including the Smiley 270! In fact I decided to go that route after reading your review on the Smiley on Eham and couldn't be happier. The repeaters I hang out on where I used to need "High" is now full quiet on the .5w low setting.
  3. K7XRL

    K7XRL Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think this night vision "issue" will only affect maybe a fraction of a percentage of amateurs who use their radios for search and rescue, and the chances of them choosing an entry level radio like this for that kind of use is remote anyway. Still, it's nothing a little adhesive backed red plastic film stuck on the display couldn't fix in the time it takes you to cut it out and stick it on. If you really want to get fancy, get a red photographic gel filter and slip it between the LCD and the window in the case.

    I know, you shouldn't "have to". Well you don't have to, unless your super secret spy team HALO insertion mission into enemy territory at 02:00 requires you to use one of these radios instead of whatever the military issues. I have a flashlight for when I want to see in the dark outside, and a lamp for in the house.

    Since the overwhelming majority of my radio use is in places and at times where there is ambient illumination, a display that is readable in bright light is more important than one that preserves night vision, and if we are pragmatic about it, this would serve most amateurs as well.
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  4. KE7ACY

    KE7ACY Ham Member QRZ Page

    They're ALL made in China now and have been for at least a decade!
  5. W5DAJ

    W5DAJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I got the FT-25 yesterday for $90. I thought it was going to be a nice simple radio. It is anything but simple as far as programming repeaters goes. It is solid. It looks good. It seems well built. It is compact. I like everything else about it but will have to get a cable and software to load repeaters. I may have to order an FT-60 to go with it. I know it has all the right buttons and menus on the front panel to be programmable.

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