Most of us have all experienced a moment where the cell phone in our pocket has not produced a signal when we have really needed one. For those people who have decided that they need another level of communication for their needs and earned a HAM radio license, the Yeasu FT-60R is a great first buy.
The most economic radios come from either China or Japan. That is especially true of HT or Hand Transceiver (Two-Way Walkie-Talkie) which are small and easy to carry. The big difference between the FT-60R and the radio blister you find at most retail outlets makes all of the difference. Those radios are set up for a very narrow frequency selection as offered by the license given to the company by the FCC. Since you now have a amateur radio license the buffet is now open. The FT-60R is a dual band radio which means it can operate within 2 major frequency ranges. That allows you to fill up the 1000 memory programable channels in the settings. Now it is a standard 5 watt transmitting radio so realistic ranges are only a few miles. Those blister radios advertise absolute ideal conditions but this radio uses frequencies that repeater towers carry and you can increase that range exponentially using them.
The FT-60R is full of all the features common to this class of radio. It has a large display to see the channels the has an orange backlight when you start hitting the keys or turning the nobs. The two nobs on top control volume and the adjust the frequency. The antenna mount is threaded to allow for a variety styles to be attached, like a car mounted option or one to help increase range. The rest of the face is set aside for the programming keys. Now depending on how well you decipher instructional manuals its best to learn to manually program any radio but computer software does exist. It can be hooked up to your personal computer through the DC charging port on the right side.
That same side has a port to connect a hand microphone to better secure the radio. The left side has a large, easy to use PTT button. On the back one can see the large battery pack and the mounting clip. The battery life is good but not great if the unit sees heavy use for the day.
There are some alternatives include a Li-ION battery alternative for longer life or a simple AA battery pack backup. The AA version allows you to do a quick recharge anywhere without the charging station and is very economic.
The wide world of radios can be just as expensive as any other major hobby, so one must shop carefully to maximize your budget. There are a multitude of online radio dealers and even places like Amazon have a solid and wide selection. The purchase of the radio includes the transceiver, a common sized antenna, batter, charging station and manual. To get instantly more flexibility out of the radio, I recommend the AA battery unit and a NIFTY guide. That is simply a condensed version of the operating manual for easier understanding of how it operates. This radio selection has a lot of options for further growth and it will serve you well.
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