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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Yaesu FT-2980r Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu FT-2980r
Yaesu FT-2980r Reviews: 3 Average rating: 3.3/5 MSRP: $189.95
Description: The improved FT-2980 now with 80 Watts of High power output! No Cooling Fan
Needed, a huge, easy-to-read display, and one-touch WIRES™ Internet Linking
Access capability are yours with the rugged new FT-2980R!
Product is in production.
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KG7OR Rating: 4/5 Feb 1, 2018 08:05 Send this review to a friend
Great radio, but installation problems  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I wrote 2 prior reviews here on the '2980, and this replaces those (I should learn to get more experience with a radio before commenting on it).

First, if you just need a solid 2-meter FM rig with high output power and lots of audio, this is probably it. Very heavy-duty, nice big display, easy to program and use. Performance-wise, it couldn't get much better on 2m FM.

That said, there is a big issue with the antenna and aux audio connectors on the back panel. They are buried deep in the frame, such that you pretty much have to connect your antenna (and optional speaker) BEFORE mounting the radio in a vehicle or possibly in a base installation. Once the radio is nestled in its bracket, trying to attach a PL259 is nearly impossible--you only can touch it at the top and bottom (maybe), and forget using a tool. Same problem with the aux audio jack--trying to insert a plug by reaching around from the front will cause you to exhaust your inventory of swear words.

As for the other reviews, KD2IYI is right, the volume and squelch knobs are stiff, but that's consistent with the radio's heavy-duty nature. It would be more out of character if those controls were loose or wimpy.

KF7NN's HF interference problem is something unique at his station because I get none of that. My 2 meter and HF inverted-V share the same mast, but the receiver in the '2980 is unaffected by going key-down with 100 watts. Not a problem.

Bottom line: super 2m FM rig, but do plan ahead re the antenna and speaker cables when you install.
KF7NN Rating: 3/5 Jan 4, 2018 16:25 Send this review to a friend
a beast  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
the radio works ok by itself and i like the large display, easy to program and its heavyweight feel.
the thing i cant live with is when i transmit on hf anywhere near the thing it wipes out the receive completely like i unplugged the antenna, not jut interference but complete gone. i had to switch back to my ftm-3200dr in my shack and may retire the 2980 to the car.
KD2IYI Rating: 3/5 Nov 28, 2017 12:23 Send this review to a friend
A mixed bag  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I see plenty of reviews for the FT-2900 but none for the newest edition, the FT-2980R. The 2900 appears to be well liked here, and for that reason, I decided to purchase the 2980r as a 2m base for my shack, assuming it to be simply a better version of the older radio.

I have mixed feelings about the 2980r. It has a enough annoying features that I've considered returning it to HRO, butI got mine for the unbelievably low price of $124.95 (Cyber Monday pricing) and feel that the discount over list perhaps compensates for the annoyances.

What I like:

- YUUUUGE display. It looks to be about 1" high and can easily be read across the room.
- The large tuning knob
- Ease of use. If you have another Yaesu radio, you'll be instantly comfortable with this one. If you don't, programming it isn't much of a chore.
- Built like a tank. Seriously - this thing is all heat sink
- 80w of power. 'nuff said

The annoyances:

- The LOUD beep from button presses. There is no volume control for this. It's either on or off. The loudness is probably okay in a vehicle but not in a home shack.
- Buttons on the mic are recessed and so small they can't be easily pressed.
- The volume and squelch controls are way, way, WAY too sensitive. Volume, in particular, is awful. It goes from low to LOUD with barely any movement of the knob. The knob, too, has a strange feel to it - almost as if it has spring tension behind it. Perhaps this will break in over time, but it's not a good out of box experience.
- Scan speed is ridiculously slow. I have an FT-60 that will run circles around it.
- It is IMPOSSIBLE to completely turn down the volume on this unit. When you do, you'll still hear the audio at a low level. This has to be a bug and I hope Yaesu fixes it. It may be okay in a vehicle, where background noise will cover it up, but in the shack it's definitely audible.

If I'd paid full list for the radio I would have returned it and spent the extra $80 for an FT-7900. As it stands, I'll probably deal with the deficiencies and be thankful for the heavy discount I received.

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