Yaesu FRG-9600

Desktop VHF/UHF Scanner / receiver

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The Yaesu FRG-9600 VHF-UHF receiver covers from 60 to 905 MHz in the following modes: AM, AM-W, FM-W, FM-N, USB and LSB. Seven tuning rates, ranging from 100 Hz to 100 kHz, are available. Enjoy a total of 100 memories organized in ten banks of ten. You may also enter frequencies directly via the numeric keypad or simply tune the manual VFO knob.

General characteristics

HAM bands
2m  1.25m  70cm  4m 
Frequency stability
Tuning steps
0.1 / 1 / 5 / 10 / 12.5 / 25 kHz


60-905 MHz (SSB between 60-460 MHz)
N-AM   W-AM   N-FM   W-FM   USB   LSB  
AM-N: 1 µV (10 dB S+N/N)
AM-W: 1.5 µV (10 dB S+N/N)
FM: 0.5 µV (12 dB SINAD)
W-FM: 1 µV (12 dB SINAD)
N-FM: 15 kHz
W-FM: 180 kHz
N-AM: 2.4 kHz
W-AM: 6 kHz
SSB: 2.4 kHz
2.4 / 6 / 15 / 180 kHz
Receiver system
Triple conversion superheterodyne
1st: 45.754 MHz
2nd: 10.7 MHz
3rd: 455 KHz - Ceramic filter: Murata CFW455E
Image rejection
Audio output
1 W @ 8 ohms




Power requirements
12-15V DC
Current drain RX
550 mA max


Between 1985 and 19xx in Japan
Dimensions (w×h×d)
180 × 80 × 220 mm (7.09 × 3.15 × 8.66 in)
2.20 kg (4.9 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station

Other features

100 channels in 10 bank(s)
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
Headphone jack (and MPX, AF and RF Mute jacks)
Recorder Activation
TV tuner front end
Tone control
Tuning Meter
Telescopic whip antenna included

Reviews & stories

Its ok to have at the right price.

Yaesu FRG-9600, Desktop VHF/UHF Scanner / receiver

This compact wideband receiver from the 1980s got a load of negative press, primarily concerning its slow scan function. Well, there's a tip for you: don't buy it as a police scanner. Regardless I personally found it to be a good quality VHF/UHF receiver - which I'm sure was its actual intention. Sensitivity is good, the audio great and the overall feel of the rig is nice. As I recall this radio is quiet, not drenched in band noise requiring a shovel to find the signal. My only concern was the detented tuning (light clicks), I prefer smooth free-wheeling VFOs. Today I'd say the FRG-9600 is a good value at $150 - $200, tops. Don't let some corny eBay salesman get you for any more than that.

Written by Radio10 on Nov 26, 2012

Build quality
User friendliness
Value for money
Good condition in 2008
USD 200.00

Great Receiver

Yaesu FRG-9600, Desktop VHF/UHF Scanner / receiver

Great little receiver 60Mhz to up to 990 MHz
Not much activity in the higher bands 400Mhz and up (maybe my area?)
Very nice sound from this receiver especially on the FM Broadcasting 100-120 MHz
Added a HF converter (Up-converter) to it and it’s even better, range now 0 to 990 MHz
A SW/HF/VHF/UHF receiver now
With a long wire antenna and a ATU getting great reception in the HF bands 0-30 MHz
By night the whole world is coming in on the HF
If you have one ADD the HF converter and it makes even a better receiver
Build like a Tank, like Yaesu always do previous owned a FRG7700 also was build like a Tank
For the age it’s still performing great and very portable size and due to the 12Volt DC operation it very portable and can be used outdoors very easy
Mine still have the Yaesu front Strip seems to be go missing on most of them not sure why?
All in one a GREAT Little receiver and if lucky you can pick them up at a great price.

Written by aharink on Nov 29, 2013

Build quality
User friendliness
Value for money
Good condition in 2010
EUR 115.00

New and second-hand prices

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Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Yaesu FRG-9600 is around:

  • EUR 135.00 ~ EUR 45.00
  • USD 50.00
Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2015 EUR 150.00 Used / Mint ON8ODK
2010 EUR 115.00 Used / Good aharink
2008 USD 200.00 Used / Good Radio10

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