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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Yaesu FT-11R Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu FT-11R
Yaesu FT-11R Reviews: 13 Average rating: 4.3/5 MSRP: $200.00
Description: 2 Meter HT
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SM8XXX Rating: 4/5 Dec 31, 2001 09:29 Send this review to a friend
itīs a lovely fellow!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
i bought mine used, gosh, if it had 70cms built in, i would have ranked this fellow a 5, slightly deaf on airband rx, but on vhf it performs well, thereīs nothing really extremely good or bad about it.
After building an adms-1 interface and started programming it with my computer, i realise that iīll never going to sell this radio, i really like it!
i strongly recommend it if you can buy it used in good shape for, say, 80-90$
TA2MGW Rating: 4/5 Jul 3, 2001 05:49 Send this review to a friend
A nice small radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
After breaking my old FT-23R, I was hesitated to buy a new handheld, trying to focus on base and mobile systems. But this one was a bargain and I just couldn't stop myself buying it.

it is very small and if you are used to some old handhelds like me, it is very light too. After a couple of seconds playing it, I managed to use it with repeaters more than 20 miles away just by using 0.3W. I only have FNB-31 so my output is limited to 1.5W max but still I found this is more than enough for portable repeater use.

It also has airband so if you are into it, you might like it.

After playing with it for some time, I found there are some nagging `features`. For example if you switch to air-band reception mode and then back to amateur-only reception, all settings you recorded get erased. Also in air-band reception mode, the low and high scan limiters don't work.

Using with a 5/8 antenna, I found the receiver is sensitive enough to compete with my mobile set but with various rubber duck antennas including the one comes with it, reception quality was relatively poor.

One `feature` is it switches to AM automatically once it is in air-band frequencies and you can't switch between AM and FM manually. It isn't that critical, and definitely a plus when you are scanning within a wide range, it is nagging if you want to switch to AM on other frequencies.

Again, it doesn't support wide band FM and the frequencies available is very limited. Altough it's not on the manual, I found that in air-scanning mode, the following frequency ranges are obtainable:


and you can't do a continuous scan between these frequencies, i.e., once you arrive at 180Mhz, it switches back to 110Mhz.

It has two VFO's, and altough the manual mentions of VOX microphone usage, I couldn't find any VOX settings on the manual.

I have to admit, the firmware is much inferior to a dual-band Icom handheld I experimented with but this kit was about half the price. For example, locking can be modified to cover more than one feature but finding the right combination is just pure luck, you just keep pressing the up and down keys, if there was a logic, it missed me.

You can DTMF paging etc. but I can't see much use in it but maybe you can.

Overall, for a cheap and small handheld, I find it a good product. It is plastic so better not to drop it. The belt clip is small so accidents can happen.
KC7MMI Rating: 4/5 Apr 12, 2001 23:06 Send this review to a friend
Great 2M HT For The Beginner  Time owned: more than 12 months
As my first radio, I bought the FT-11R right after I had learned that I passed my Technician test. Since that day in August of 1995, the monoband HT has served me well.

The first thing that I liked about it was its small size (small back then). I also liked the full 5 watts out and the alphanumeric display. Those were the only things that mattered to me back then because I didn't know very much about radios and the features they should have. I sure made a good decision with buying this radio.

Unfortunately, this radio doesn't handle falls very well. I dropped my radio on several occasions. After a while the BNC connector broke and I had to send it in for repairs. Last year my radio was working but the front panel was cracked, the antenna connector was loose (the back panel that held the connector was also broken), and the PTT switch had lost its bounce. Instead of paying Yaesu at least $50 in labor fees I ordered the parts from Yaesu and fixed it myself.

What I'm trying to say here is that the radio is an excellent radio, and if you take care of it, it will take care of you.
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