Yaesu FT-2900R reviews

A Real Work Horse - An Excellent Value

Yaesu FT-2900R, Mobile VHF Transceiver

I bought this radio about 3 months ago to replace my Yaesu FT-60R which had been doing double duty as an HT and a quasi-base station. After much dithering and equivocation I had decided that a mono band 2m mobile unit vs. a dual band 2m/70cm rig best suited my needs and my budget. The first thing that struck me about this radio when I saw it on display at the not so local HRO store in Phx. was the over sized LCD display. Clean and uncluttered with large clearly visible frequency display. The next thing that jumped out at me was the sheer heft of this thing, due primarily to the large heat sink that provides for cooling without the necessity of a fan. This is one solid unit and it looks and feels it. It was easy to set up had it out of the box and on the air ready in less than half an hour. Programming as with many of these newer radios is not entirely intuitive, but with the use of the straightforward and fairly easy to follow manual had the majority of my frequencies programmed in and ready to go in about 15 minutes. The controls on this unit are tight and feel good to the hand. Separate volume and squelch controls and an over sized frequency selector as major pluses in my book. The audio quality (RX) is excellent and although I am using this unit as a base station, the audio would more than adequate for most vehicles. Crisp, clear and loud. I have had several positive comments on the transmit audio on this radio as well. I do however have some issues with the microphone. I have large hands and to me the microphone feels too small. Yaesu has put a large number of sensitive controls in a relatively small space to facilitate accessibility from the microphone. I occasionally find myself inadvertently pressing something I had not intended to. Other than this one minor gripe , this an excellent unit. Would I buy this radio again? Absolutely! Would I recommend this rig to a friend? Without hesitation! Mike KF7BRW

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Good condition in 2009
USD 160.00

Best RIG

Yaesu FT-2900R, Mobile VHF Transceiver

Best for this transceiver for Indonesia RX/TX 136Mhz - 174Mhz. Good Perfomance BUT..for mic audio highly treeble ond midle.

Written by toil on Sep 22, 2010

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Good condition in
USD 150.00

Rugged

Yaesu FT-2900R, Mobile VHF Transceiver

This was my first rig and this thing is built like a tank! I truly believe I could run my truck over it (8,000lbs) without hurting it. Crisp and clean audio that you can actually hear over t sound of my diesel with the windows open, plenty of memory storage, excellent power and a host of great features make this a great "first 2m rig" for any ham.

Written by KJ4VOV on May 15, 2011

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Mint condition in 2010
USD 185.00

My first 2 meter rig

Yaesu FT-2900R, Mobile VHF Transceiver

I bought this last year new in the box. I also purchased a like new FP 1023 power supply and put them both in a Samlex cabinet, making it a very compact package, I really like the rugged build design, as well as the power adaptability this radio gives you. At home I use a copper pipe J pole antenna and I always get great signal reports on nets and other contacts through local repeaters as well as simplex. This little radio is all I need for Skywarn reporting and it always gets the job done. With it in the cabinet I can also take it on the road with me so I get double duty out of this rig. My vehicle has a power inverter which easily powers the power supply and that adds another dimension of usability to my 2 meter operations.

Written by W8SFC1 on Jun 28, 2018

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Mint condition in 2017
USD 159.00