4.2 / 5.05 ReviewsDurability4.3 / 5Reliability4.5 / 5Performance3.2 / 5Ease Of Use3.0 / 5Value4.7 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (2)No (1)Durability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesHappy So FarI use this regularly to monitor traffic at my local airport from my home, a few miles away, and to pick up weather on the ramp. It works well for that. I have not tested its ability to transmit from the air. I've only had it for a month so I can't speak to its durability or reliability; a friend has the same model, though, and the antenna on his sometimes comes off so that may be a concern.
Programming memory is not intuitive, at least using the handset's keysOctober 27, 2019Purchased
5 months agoWell informed in Gulf Shores.I live a mile from our uncontrolled airport and I pickup every aircraft transmission on the ground. I easily pickup inbound aircraft in excess of 10 mile from the airport. I am very pleased with this radio.September 23, 2018Purchased
1 year agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use1 / 5Would You Recommend?NoHaving trouble getting stations and using squelch. Instructions inadequate to manage volume and squelch for me. Also stations farther away than 5 miles not received.March 1, 2018Purchased
over 2 years agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesNice radio good value.Nice com radio.
Everything you need in the box. Easy to use easy to program. I used the Yeasu website pc program and provided cord to interface with the radio to install local frequency's to all my local fields.
I live 3 miles from class D and pick it up easily on the ground in my house.
Bought this for back up coms. I tested with my head set 10 miles out 3000 ft. 5×5 with ATC.
Had no trouble installing the antenna just follow directions.
Display is bright, large, easy to read.November 6, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoReliability5 / 5Performance2 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value5 / 5Great radio, but.........I just received this radio last week. It has great, sturdy construction, but the assembly and operating instructions are a challenge, to be polite. I opened the box with the expectation of receiving a list of what was included. Nothing. I opened the "instructions" and expected a simple step by step setup. Nothing. Because of the lack of instructions, I had to call tech support at Sportys to even insert the battery pack. Incredibly, the factory, after all of the online comments, still has not figured out a way to securely attach the antenna. Supposedly, you push the antenna down over the two small metal pins and give it a quarter turn. Great, I did that several times but when using, the antenna comes loose and/or falls off. Repeat and it happens again. There is no locking mechanism. I am not a computer engineer, but have a lot of experience writing instruction manuals for hundreds of products. Whoever wrote the instructions for programming the channels simply had no concept of the customers that would be purchasing this radio. The primary reason that I chose this radio was its lithium ion battery. I couldn't see buying a new radio that forces the use of stone age AA batteries that aren't rechargeable and have half the life or less. Would I buy the same radio again, I don't know, I'll duct tape the antenna onto my brand new radio and see what happens.June 8, 2017
- Question and Answer
Browse 4 questions Browse 4 questions and 3 answersHow long is the battery life on this radio?Hello, does this radio uses a 25kHz spacing or 8.33kHz?BEST ANSWER: The spacing is 25kHz.Is a ham radio license needed to use this radio?BEST ANSWER: No, a license is not needed.On the FTA-450L, when using the headset adapter, is a PTT switch required, or does the one on the radio Transmit button function?BEST ANSWER: You can use an inline PPT or the one on the radio.
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