Yaesu FT-60

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The Yaesu FT-60 is a dual band handheld FM transceiver manufactured by Yaesu Musen Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan and distributed in North America by Yaesu USA of Cypress, California.

Introduced in 2004, the FT-60 remains a popular choice for new amateur radio operators as it is relatively inexpensive, retailing for about US$200 on average and selling for as low as US$145 among some online Yaesu dealers. It operates on the most common line-of-sight amateur radio bands, 2 meters and 70 centimeters at up to 5W with the included FNB-83 Ni-MH rechargeable battery. The FT-60 is capable of receiving both AM and FM transmissions in the commercial, public service and aircraft control bands. Reception of local NOAA weather broadcasts are accessible by pressing and holding the "1" key. The main tuning knob may then be used to select a channel.

eHam.net rates the FT-60 at 4.6 out of 5. There are Internet groups devoted to using the FT-60; a link to one such group on Yahoo! is linked below.


  • Automatic repeater input shift
  • CTCSS and DCS squelch support
  • A.R.T.S. automatic range transponder system
  • 1000 memories with alpha-tags
  • Yaesu WiRES II capability for repeaters so equipped

Technical description

Category Amateur Radio
Class Handheld
Bands VHF: 2 meter band

UHF: 70 centimeter band

Rx AM/FM: 108-520 / 700-999 MHz (cellular blocked in the US)
Tx FM:144-148 MHz, 144-146(Europe); Pwr:0.5W, 2.0W, 5.0W
FM:430-450 MHz, 430-440(Europe); Pwr:0.5W, 2.0W, 5.0W
Power 7.2VDC (internal battery), 6-9VDC (AA battery pack), 6-16VDC (external)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 109 x 58 x 30 mm
Weight 370g (including battery)
First released 2004

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