Yaesu FT-2800M

Mobile VHF Transceiver

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The Yaesu FT- 2800M is a Heavy-Duty 144 Mhz FM Transceiver. It provides high power output, a huge, easy-to-read display, and one-touch WIRES™ Internet Linking Access capability.

65 Watts Power Output
Four selectable power output levels are provided: 65/25/10/5 Watts. The power selection may be stored into memory, allowing you to conserve power while using strong local repeaters.

Excellent Receiver Performance
The FT-2800M’s receiver front end features Yaesu’s renowned Advanced Track Tuning RF input filtering, which affords outstanding protection from Intermodulation distortion.

CTCSS and DCS Encode/Decode Built In
For easy repeater access, or silent monitoring of busy channels, both CTCSS and DCS (Digital Code Squelch) Encoder/Decoder circuits are built in. CTCSS and DCS configuration data may be stored independently in each memory channel. A “Split Tone” mode also allows operation on systems where CTCSS and DCS are used separately on the repeater uplink/downlink.

Extensive Memory System
The FT-2800M provides a total of 221 memory channels, including 200 “regular” memories, ten pairs of band-limit memories, and an instant-recall “Home” channel you can dedicate to a frequently-used repeater or simplex frequency. Memories can store repeater shift information, CTCSS/DCS data, power output level, scanning status (“Skip”), and Alpha-Numeric labels.

Alpha-Numeric Channel Display
Memory channels may be displayed either with the channel frequency or a personalized Alpha-Numeric label, for easy channel recognition. Up to six letters, characters, or numbers may be used for labeling channels.

WIRES Internet Linking Access Feature
The FT-2800M includes a conveniently-located “Internet” key, for quick access to Internet-linked repeater systems. Internet repeater linking allows you to use your FT-2800M to talk to other Amateurs throughout the world, with outstanding voice signal quality. The “Internet” key may be configured to send either a single DTMF digit, or a DTMF string, for operation on a WIRES™ (Wide-Coverage Internet Repeater Enhancement System) repeater, or on other Internet-linked repeaters using DTMF tone access. For more information on WIRES™, please visit our Web site (www.yaesu.com), or send an e-mail to WIRES@vxstdusa.com.

WX Channels with "Severe Weather" Alert
A special 10-channel Weather Band memory bank is provided in the U.S. version, allowing quick access to NOAA weather broadcasts. When the 1050-Hz “Severe Weather” alert tone is transmitted, the FT-2800M may be configured to emit an alarm tone to get your attention quickly. With the “Weather Alert” feature enabled, the FT-2800M will scan the ten Weather memories, stopping only if the 1050-Hz tone is received.

MH-48A6J DTMF Direct Access Microphone
The backlit MH-48A6J microphone allows direct keypad frequency entry, or keypad memory channel recall. On transmit, the MH-48A6J allows manual entry of DTMF tones for autopatch use, and the FT-2800M also includes a nine-memory, 16-digit DTMF Autodialer. Four user-programmable “soft” keys on the microphone may be programmed for easy control of a number of different features, and the [A]/[B]/[C]/[D] keys replicate the functions of the keys on the front panel of the transceiver, for maximum convenience while driving.

The Yaesu FT-2800M has been replaced with the Yaesu FT-2900R.

General characteristics

HAM bands
Frequency stability
Better than ±10 p.p.m.
Tuning steps
5 / 10 / 12.5 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 50 / 100 kHz


137-174 MHz
FM   N-FM  
Better than 0.2 µV (12 dB SINAD)
12 kHz (-6 dB), 28 kHz (-60 dB)
Receiver system
Double-conversion superheterodyne
1st: 21.7 MHz
2nd: 450 kHz
Image rejection
Better than 70 dB
Audio output
3 W into 4 Ohms @10 % THD


144-146 MHz (Europe)
144-148 MHz (USA)
FM   N-FM  
65 W / 25W / 10W / 5W




Power requirements
13.8V DC ±15%
Current drain RX
0.3-0.7 A
10 A max


Between 2003 and 2009
Dimensions (w×h×d)
160 × 50 × 185 mm (6.30 × 1.97 × 7.28 in)
1.80 kg (4.0 lbs)
Form factor

Other features

219 channels in 1 bank(s)
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
NOAA WX alert (US only)

Reviews & stories

Best 2 meter mobile

Yaesu FT-2800M, Mobile VHF Transceiver

I purchased this at a ham fest.

I paid about 100 dollars for it and that was a bit much. I was so wrong!

The speaker quality rocks.

I read online not to use full-power because it had issues burning up so I kept it on low and it worked perfect until I wanted to go dual band.. I miss it but I've moved onto HF all banders.. you will not be unhappy with it.

Written by ac9hp on May 8, 2015

Build quality
User friendliness
Value for money
Good condition in 2013
USD 100.00

New and second-hand prices

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Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Yaesu FT-2800M is around:

  • EUR 55.00
  • USD 71.00
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2013 USD 100.00 Used / Good ac9hp
2010 EUR 139.00 New / Good thiecom.de

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