Yaesu FT-65R ?

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by RUFUST, Apr 18, 2018.

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    RUFUST QRZ Member

    Any experience out there with this radio ? Looking for a decent first radio before buying a base/mobile unit.

    RUFUST QRZ Member

    No opinions on this radio yet ?
  3. WD9EWK

    WD9EWK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I played with one at the local HRO store. It is like a distant cousin to a Baofeng dual-band HT. Antenna socket is a male SMA, not the female SMA used by Icom/Kenwood HTs and older Yaesu HTs. Menus are more like a Baofeng than the older Yaesu HTs. Almost all accessories for older Yaesu HTs aren't compatible with this radio. Like the Baofengs, it is made in China. And now Yaesu released the FT-4XR - similar to the FT-65R, but a little smaller.

    In general, I'm not impressed with it, and would spend a little more to get a better radio. If I had to buy a Chinese-made HT, I'd go with a Wouxun KG-UV9D or KG-UV9D Plus for not much more $$$. Still a Chinese-made radio, but I think a slightly better radio than the FT-65R.

  4. KA4SFF

    KA4SFF Ham Member QRZ Page

    I got one because they were on sale. It is not very easy to program and it has disappointed me because of that. It works great once you have it setup like you want but in my opinion nothing should be this troublesome to operate. These radios are very menu driven and you need a lot of practice at least in my opinion to keep fresh in your mind how to move around in the menu and don't even think about adding repeaters into the rig while driving.

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