CPLBSS88: Im look at this radio for a volunteer SAR but im worried about its
durability. I've considered going with a cheaper brand like TYT or Beofeng
but I am REALLY concerned about their durability... the FT60r seems like a
happy medium in price, durability, and performance... I dont need the best,
just need something to hit typical HT ranges... long term durability is
absolutely the most important... opinions?
Adam Kimbrough: @N7EWC Hey, I'm also just receiving my license and looking to purchase this
as a first ham radio for similar reasons(hiking and other outdoor things).
I just wanted to let you know that I heard in one of the reviews for this
radio that it's not very good with water. It may be water resistant, but
Marc LeJeune: Hello I have the FT-60...when you said about reaching repeaters at long
distances, just wondering I live in Topeka, Kansas..lets say if I wanted to
talk to someone in Garden City, Kansas can I talk to them using the
repeater in Garden City? I am new to the ham radio scene learning about
N7TFP: @kc2mxh Yes, there is a plug for a headset input. It does not have a
"headphone only" jack though... you must use a headset with a microphone as
N7EWC: I'm Sold...Just received my license...have been looking through reviews for
my first Ham radio...I wanted something dual band, durable, and weather
resistant (Hiking and Kayaking)...Your review is what I needed to see to
make up my mind, thanks...KK4FKS, 73...
clipdan: @N7TFP thanks for taking the time, to share this video... Being a rookie
currently, I am a sponge for all things ham radio. ~73's Dan/KB1VWQ
othrower74: @stringbender57 Well I can't say I have hit repeaters 1000 miles away. But
I have used this FT-60R with a Diamond antenna and have hit repeaters about
200 miles away from a mountain top. I had good signal reports. So I guess
if you were on top of a very high mountain with nothing around, a
directional antenna and the atmosphere was just right....chances are you
can hit something 1000 miles away. After all isn't that how far a Satellite
like AO-51 is?
philip riding: its made out of metal...yippy.....
ullyis: Hey, would this be a good radio for some one who's just getting into
radios? I'm looking for a quality 2 way radio primarily for outdoor
activities. What radio would you recommend?
Marcus Murray: Should I get the wouxun KG-UV6D radio? Is that even a radio for hams or
Javier Salazar: Hi, does this HT has a Earplug connector for a more private operation
YeOldeScience: I have 2 of these. Mine are the Ft-60R versions. I've had mine for over a
year and I've done the mars/cap mod on them. These are absolutely my
favorite HTs. They're TOUGH! With the stock antenna and a tiger tail
counterpoise which I made, I hit a repeater from 52 miles away while
standing on the very top of a small mountain! Signal reports then were
about a 4-7.
hoshnasi: My one and only HT. I'm only a technician but this is all I need at this
point. Thanks for the review.
dithbmine1: the voice is very phony
N7TFP: @HeadmasterFox The LCD is easily readable in all light conditions. It has a
nice orange light for use in the dark. Audio quality with the build in
speaker is better (in my opinion) than other HTs. Battery life is about
40-60 hrs of RX on a fresh charge.
N7TFP: @stringbender57 Glad to hear that! Thanks for the support... Lot's of
videos planned for this summer. Should be fun!
N7TFP: @KD8OJX Not quite sure why you are correlating the performance of this
radio to my integrity as an operator. Would you care to explain...
J1: awesome review haha. thank you for the great info and video. 73s de k6dea
HeadmasterFox: Would have been nice if you menchened something about how the LCD looks in
different light conditions. And what the audio quality of the built in
speaker was. Oh and battery life. How long does the battery last if your
CCWSig: @N7TFP Agreed, that comment and attack was totally uncalled for. WTH is
wrong with some people.
officeby: HOW TO OPEN THE freakING LIGHT TO SCREEN LAMP ? in menu .... I dezactived:(
N7TFP: the volume knob is very smooth, just like a pot. No clicks.
FOVIESG: Do you have good audio quality and sensitivity?. Thanks.
Walter Oliveira: how scan frequencys my friends i'm from brazil and little bet lost with
MrBreeze: Taking the Technician class exam on the 18th, and I'm considering the
FT-60R as my first radio. i'm looking at all the info on it that I can
CCWSig: @KD8OJX What was tho point of this attack? IRLP is possible with the use of
a network of internet enabled repeaters. The chances of hitting a repeater
100+ miles away with a rubberducky and 5 watts of power barefoot is very
unlikely. Even under perfect conditions. Your attack was unfounded,and I
would expect better from a General class, recently upgraded to a Extra
class operator. Your a disgrace.
raracher: thanks, all i wanted to know was if the radio was plastic or metal. as the
yaesu site doesnt say much about this model.
WprEmiere1985: Passed my Technician class test today!!! yayyyy...
mstax: An EXCELLENT first radio for new hams... got mine at Oakland HRO when I got
my license... great HT!
stringbender57: N7TFP - Thanks for the nice review. I appreciate your time. I totally knew
what you meant about not hitting repeaters 1000 miles away and so did any
Ham with half a brain. Why KD8OJX has to be a smart-ass is beyond me. It
guys like him that destroy the integrity and honor of being a Ham. Holding
a Ham license is a privilege, not a right. And courtesy and helping newbies
is our duty. Keep the videos coming. The majority finds them very
informative. Ingnore the assholes!
SteakNamedJake: Hello N7TFP, I just wanted to tell you, that I greatly appreciate this
review. I plan on going to take my Technician class exam in the near
future, and I'm super excited for it! I have heard and read many many
reviews on this radio, and I believe this will be my first pick. I think
I'm sold on this one. Anyways, great review, and keep up the great work! 73
John Ganihong: nice review! just a question, though, i have a vx-6r and the volume knob is
notched. it clicks when you increase or decrease the volume. when i turn
the volume up to about half way through, the volume just disappears and
appears suddenly and sounds scratchy, probably due to worn out internal
contact in the volume knob. how is the volume knob for the FT-60? Is this
notched also or is it smooth like a potentiometer? thanks!
N7TFP: @othrower74 Good point, however, using AO-51 or other satellites are
obvious exceptions to what I was talking about. In addition, making these
contacts with the stock antenna is almost impossible. A multi-element yagi
is usually* required.
aric street: nice review, thanks for the help
clipdan: @KD8OJX ---> cour·te·sy/ˈkərtəsē/Noun1. The showing of politeness in one's
attitude and behavior toward others. 2. A polite speech or action, esp. one
required by convention.... I am new to HAM myself, even just recently
licensed. I would like to think the World of fellow operators is more
helpful and have more coutesy than your display here on this thread....
Just saying... Dan/KB1VWQ