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75 Watts Power Output
75 Watts of Solid RF Power with No Cooling Fan Needed! Four selectable power output levels are provided: 75/25/10/5 Watts. The power selection may be stored into memory, allowing you to conserve power while using strong local repeaters.
Large LCD Display
The large 6 digit backlit LCD on the FT-2900R ensure excellent visibility
Loud Audio with Internal Speaker
The FT-2900R packs 3W BIG watts of Loud Audio with its own Internal Speaker for those noisy environments.
Excellent Receiver Performance
The FT-2900R’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-2900R 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-2900R 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
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-2900R 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-2900R 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.

General characteristics

HAM bands
Frequency stability
Better than ±10 ppm
Tuning steps
200 channels in 1 bank(s)


136-174 MHz
FM   N-FM  
Better than 0.4µV (12dB SINAD)
12kHz/28kHz (Wide)
9kHz/22kHz (Narrow)
Receiver system
Double conversion superheterodyne
1st: 21.7 MHz
2nd: 450 kHz
Image rejection
Better than 70dB
Audio output
3W into 4 ohms @ 10% THD


144-146 MHz (Europe)
144-148 MHz (USA)
FM   N-FM  
75 / 25 / 10 / 5 W




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


Dimensions (w×h×d)
160 × 50 × 185 mm (6.30 × 1.97 × 7.28 in) w/o knobs
1.90 kg (4.2 lbs)
Form factor
Between 2009 and 20xx

Other features

Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
NOAA WX alert (US only)
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Manuals, diagrams and brochures

Yaesu FT-2900R Operation manual PDF - Unknown size, submitted by RigReference
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Reviews & stories

Rating Title Submitted
My first 2 meter rig 5 years ago by W8SFC1
Rugged 12 years ago by KJ4VOV
Best RIG 13 years ago by toil
A Real Work Horse - An Excellent Value 14 years ago by JollyMon

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  • EUR 24.00
  • USD 114.00 ~ USD 68.00

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These estimates are based on the following prices:

Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2017 USD 159.00 New / Mint W8SFC1
2015 USD 137.00 New / Mint k6avi
2013 USD 169.95 Used / Good universal-radio
2010 EUR 155.00 New / Good thiecom.de
2010 USD 185.00 New / Mint KJ4VOV

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