I've only had this radio for a few months. I bought it because it used the same battery and accessories as the VX-170. I needed a 70cm handheld for my role supporting backup inauguration communications and was about to buy the VX-177 when I found this radio for not much more. It worked well for that event.
I often find myself hitting the 0 key, which enables some sort of DTMF transmit function that really drives me crazy. I don't like it as much as the VX-170, but it does have a knob for the squelch.
Love mine. Very compact, direct entry keyboard and use my on a daily activity.
Great little hand held - replaced my old FT408R finally and really like the options and features on this unit - two bands, built in tone generation, storage...finally had to give up on my old brick...
I've had mine for just a little over a year. I love it. Besides being a top performer, it has a durable case and seems to be a tough little radio. I like it because it is not so small that it looks like a toy, and the shape reminds me of professional grade HTs, such as I used in public safety work. Actually, if I didn't know it costs $189, I would have guessed it to be a professional level radio. I can hit our repeaters anywhere in town and have talked 30+ miles to a repeater on it. It's an amazing little radio. Buy the software for it. It makes programming and editing the banks a breeze. I have ADMS, but G4HFQ writes software for Yaesu brand radios and sells it cheap, but you have to get your own cable. For base units, CAT software is available for download also. ADMS and G4HFQ software both allow some interchanging of freqs between models, depending on the radio and software versions. If you're thinking of buying this radio...do it! You won't regret it. Plus, with it covering the 800 level freqs, I listen to all the public safety agencies. It isn't digital, but it will pick up trunked systems if they are still analog.
The radio is a fine radio, RF-wise. But mechanically, it has a rounded bottom. You cannot stand the radio up and expect it to stay standing up. It will fall over.
Because of this horrible condition, I rate this a very poor radio.
This was my first HT and I've never once regretted the purchase. It's durable, reliable, easy to program and operate and has never let me down.
GOOD RADIO ,EASY TO MOD.
DOES NOT STAND UP
THE SPEAKER/MIC PLUG WILL NOT STAY IN ON
ANY OF THE FT-60,VERY BAD DESIGN, FOR MANY YRS
YAESU WILL NOT FIX IT.
BATTERIES DON'T LAST A LONG TIME
I bought my Yaesu FT-60R VHF/UHF Transceiver here in the Philippines with a good price. Transmitting at 144 - 146 MHz is good but I've notice that when I transmit at UHF frequency from 430 - 450 MHz the rig Displays-ERROR. Did I do something wrong with the setting? Please help. . . Thanks. . DU8-JUN. . .
This was the first amateur radio I owned, and it's still in daily use. I work in public safety, and the wide-band receive feature is very helpful in my work. This radio is lightweight, durable, and easy to use.
Programming from the keypad is somewhat time-consuming, but the available computer software makes it a breeze to add channels.
I've used this radio with an Arrow dual-band directional antenna to work satellite contacts... the custom split feature is useful for this purpose.
I would recommend this transceiver as a low-cost way for a newly-licensed ham to get on the air through local 2M or 440 repeaters.
I have owned 1 HT and 1 Base station both Icom Brand use for monitoring on VHF frequencies. The Yaesu FT60R was on my wishlist and have it for mobile modulation and monitoring for all bands vhf/uhf/marine/airband, the FT60R value for the money and great HT for everyday use.
Yaesu FT60R simply the Best HT for newbie and professional HAM's.
Great HT wide Rx/Tx : 108 to 999.998 MHz this includes air,marine,vhf and uhf bands and the most value for the money. spend a little more and replaced the stock antenna with Diamond antenna SRH701 for wide receive and transmiting. FT60R is also great for scanning frequencies.