Yaesu FTA-230 Transceiver

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$198.00

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This entry-level radio from Yaesu provides an impressive feature list at a great price. COM frequencies only, the FTA-230 is compact and easy to use. Similar to its predecessor, the Vertex VXA-220 Pro VI, but updated with a BNC antenna and DC charging sleeve.



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Yaesu Spring Promo

$20 Mail-In Rebate

Download Rebate Form

Promotion valid April 1 - July 31, 2017


This entry-level radio from Yaesu provides an impressive feature list at a great price. COM frequencies only, the FTA-230 is compact and easy to use. Similar to its predecessor, the Vertex VXA-220 Pro VI, but updated with a BNC antenna and DC charging sleeve.

Features:
• 5 Watts TX Output Power
• BNC Antenna Connector
• DC Sleeve Charger included
• Loud Audio (700mW)
• 250 Memory Channels
• IPX-7 Waterproof Standard Submersible to 3 feet for 30 minutes
• Includes 1400mAh Rechargeable Ni-Mh battery
• VOX operation
• NOAA Weather Channel receive
• 8.33 kHz spacing
• RX Battery Saver
• One touch emergency frequency
• Backlit Keypad and display
• Sidetone
• Compact case measures 2.4"w x 4.1"h x 1.2"d

Includes: BNC Antenna, 110V charger, desktop charging cradle, 12V DC charger with charging sleeve, NiMH battery, headset adapter, and Alkaline battery pack.

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Reviews
4.3 / 5.0
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4.1 / 5
Reliability
4.2 / 5
Performance
4.2 / 5
EaseOfUse
3.1 / 5
Value
4.5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Perfect Backup
I wanted a simple, dependable handheld radio. This fit my checklist of needs. PLUS it came with everything I needed ( 12V charger, extra battery tray (for AA) and headset adapter.)
April 18, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Great Value For Money
This radio is great value for money. It does everything you would expect it to do for the price and more. It also comes with all the accessories you will ever need for this radio. I would highly recommend this product.
September 4, 2016
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Just what I was looking for
This is the exact product I was looking for to use with the flight team at my university. I am the flight team captain and was looking for a product to aid us in our practices. It will also come in handy once I graduate to use for teaching other pilot students.
August 10, 2016
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
1 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Great price-hard to use (at first)
Ok, i read the reviews and i knew what i was getting into as i simply needed an inexpensive radio with some memory functions. But WOW even reading the instructions it is simply NOT clear how to program this radio! I had to try over and over again then when i figured it out, I couldn't remember how i did it - HA! Anyway after MULIPLE Trial & Error programming attempts, i could conditionally program the radio. It's still a good investment and good value for the money, just be prepared to be frustrated at first!!
March 19, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Pros: Dependable brand, small weight and size, powerfull transmission signal, comes with a headset adapter cable included. If you need a backup radio, this is a great option! Cons: Didn't noticed any until now. This radio is great and works fine as a standby / backup radio for pilots. Nobody is free of experiencing communications failure in an aircraft, so, keep a backup radio in your bag is a good and safety idea! This radio is a great option, if you are considering to buy a backup radio. I do recommend it!
February 5, 2014
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
1 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Good price, small, rugged, but not intuitive.
Works fine so far. I could not figure out how to use some features without reading manual and I have an engineering degree. Should be more intuitive. I couldn't see how it saved frequencies and how to delete ones that were stored. Later I learned it just remembers last 10 entered and you have to press F and hold down SET to delete. Not sure why they couldn't label a key with DEL. Also couldn't figure out how to listen to WX station and learned from manual you have to press ENT repeatedly until WX shows on screen. They should label a key WX or MODE or something else more intuitive. Squelch level is also hard to set without manual. They should make cheat sheet to stick on back of radio as I already forgot how to do some of the functions you use often. Glad the radio in my helicopter is not this hard to use.
February 8, 2017
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Pros: Small package fits hand nicely, Clear audio, Cons: confusing at first to use special functions. Screen has small visual defect when first turned on goes away after awhile. Durability and Reliability have not had the unit long enough to judge
August 19, 2013
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Cons: Advertised rebate never received after nearly four months.
February 23, 2014
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
2 / 5
Value
4 / 5
OK
I tried this radio just because it was cheap... It's ok, but make sure that you thoroughly read the owner's manual before use. Otherwise, it's easy to accidentally program something incorrectly, and not have any clue how to undo it. Also, I think the owner's manual was written by somebody who doesn't have a clue how to speak English. So it's ok, but don't expect very good performance.
October 27, 2016
Durability
2 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
2 / 5
Ease Of Use
1 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Small and compact
Too many button sequence to get to all the functions especially while flying with one hand.
December 30, 2015
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I intend to use this radio to monitor or transmit in support of UAS (drone) operatios. Since the radio operator FCC licsens is connected to the aircraft, what are the FCC radio licsensing requirements?
Bill H on Feb 28, 2017
I want something mainly to check AWOS and CTAF, or Ground Control in the rare times I'm at a controlled field. Otherwise, it'll just be a backup. This seems like a good radio for that mission, right?
Kenneth T on Jun 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This handheld will work well for what you described.
What is the range?
Dale L on Jun 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The range on the Ground is 2-3 miles. in the air at 5000 ft it is 8-10 miles.
Do you have a replacement Battery Pack for the VXA-220 Hand Held Radio? It is Ni-MH Battery Pack. Nos. on back are FNB-83 DC 7.2 V 1400Ah 10 Wh. There is a box with this No..: I33D.?
Herman R on Dec 16, 2016
will this radio work with a standard earbud and microphone headset?
Calvin D on Nov 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you are talking about earbuds you plug into a MP3/Ipad or something then no. However it does come with the appropriate connections to be able to connect a general aviation headset to it.
About to start a student in a Cub with no electrical system and obviously, no radio. Is there a way to hook this hand held (FTA-230) up with a portable intercom and be able to transmit from both seats? My intercom has a transmit button so that should take care of my position I would assume? Thanks in advance. David
David T on Oct 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Just plug it into the intercom with the adapter cable
Can you plug an external speaker into this radio?
Larry K on Sep 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I plug in the speaker / microphone mh-44 to my transceiver
will this radio receive commercial broadcast? +FM +AM +Marine
Richard J on Aug 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No it will not.
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