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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Yaesu FT-1900R Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu FT-1900R
Yaesu FT-1900R Reviews: 40 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $$$$??? SHOP - AROUND
Description: Features

* 200 Memories (6 Char.)
* 8 Memory Banks
* 55 Watts Output
* APO - Automatic Power-Off
* ARS - Automatic Repeater Shift
* Busy Channel Lock-Out

* DTMF Memories
* CTCSS Encode/Decode
* DCS Encode/Decode
* CW Trainer
* Sever Weather Alert
* Backlit DTMF Mic
Product is in production.
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VE3KNT Rating: 5/5 Mar 17, 2013 02:59 Send this review to a friend
Best 2m rig around  Time owned: more than 12 months
Ok, technically the FT-1900R I have right now is only a couple months old.. I dropped out of the hobby completely last year (due to health reasons, I'll spare you the details.) and sold off all my gear. But had another FT-1900R for well over a year before the sell off, which preformed great.

When I decided to get back on the air, I picked up a used radio that was problematic at best, but I was trying to save money. After a week, I knew I needed a better radio, and bought the FT-1900R I have now. Programed it so that all the local repeaters and simplex frequencies were in the places I had them before and am very happy with it.

My point is, I like this radio enough I bought a second one when I needed another radio even though it was pushing my money resources a lot.

I have only one real complaint about it, that is if power is lost the radio stays in the "on" state when power comes back, which gives my power supply trouble because there's a load on it and the power supply won't start up without some help.

and a minor peeve.. I don't like the back-light color on the display.

So I can't say it's perfect, but it's pretty close.
K4YZ Rating: 5/5 Mar 1, 2013 22:29 Send this review to a friend
Lots of Value In A Small Package  Time owned: 0 to 3 months

Rugged and outstanding rig. Solidly built and thoughtfully engineered. Intuitive programming. Only "beef" is tendency of plastic covering of mic cord to split and fray.

I especially appreciate the programming features are very similar to other Yaesu/Vertex rigs. If you were working a public service event or EmComm operation and had to make an unplanned frequency change and owned an FT-1802 or FT2600M, it wouldn't take a programming degree to run the rig!

Rig does develop some odd programming quirks with MARS/CAP mod, but doesn't effect overall operation and is only apparent while programming new frequencies.

If I go looking for a monoband 2M rig, the -1900 will be on the list.


Steve, K4YZ

AC4WY Rating: 4/5 Mar 1, 2013 15:45 Send this review to a friend
Great little rig for the price...  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
With the 1900 hovering around a hundred bucks now, it's kind of a no's one of those great values that come along only once in a while. 55 watts, over 200 memories. Excellent transmit audio. Decent display and controls. Useable mic. Nice hot receiver. What's not to like?

Well, the receiver ain't the only thing that is "hot." Like you may have heard, operate it at 25 or 55 watts and the little feller does get hot. I've never had any problems with it, but I would be kind of worried about that in a constricted mobile installation.

As a matter of fact, even though I use my 1900 in the shack, I have a fan sitting on the desk that I turn on when I'm using it at higher powers. Again, I've never had any problems with it, but it makes me feel better to keep it cooler. Also, I've never had it get hot at all at 5 or 10-watts, which is what I need for the local repeaters, only when operating at higher powers for distant repeaters or simplex.

Again, a great little radio--I love mine. :-)
K7BAB Rating: 4/5 Jan 24, 2013 18:24 Send this review to a friend
Good Value, but for Memory Glitch  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is a very small radio. I like it except for the bare aluminum heat sink and the problems with the memory inputting, as noted below.

I got the radio from HRO with a discount and rebate. Watch the Internet for various stock market like specials and rebates. The price goes up and down every couple of weeks. Worth the money, built well and solid.

Following the procedure to add PL (CTCSS) tones to this radio, after programming memory 23, I could not get this radio to hold the tones. They would look like they were stored, but when you went to a different channel, they were gone, but the channel and frequency stayed.

I first put in the frequency and later, on a different day the PL. In order to get the PL in, I would stay on the channel and then go to MR select the channel and write to it. The PL would now not disappear when I changed channels.

I donít understand this, the process, as per the manual worked, and then stopped working.

Please e mail me privately if you have any solutions. I donít want to reset after programming 40 something frequencies.

AI4WM Rating: 4/5 Sep 16, 2012 19:34 Send this review to a friend
Great little radio  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Like the previous review I chose this over the FT-2200R because of size and RX sensitivity.

I bought 2 new radios this summer to replace the aging ones in my cars. The FT-1900R was one of them.

This radio was very easy to program and since I already had a rig in the car the total installation was less than half an hour.

There are plenty of memories and functions in this radio and also 10 NOAA WX channels with alert and separate alert volume.

There are 4 transmit power levels. 5, 10, 25, and 50 wattts)

I rated this radio a 4 because of the cheap microphone connector and over molded strain relief of the cable as well as an LCD display (another thing all manufactures use) LCD displays are crap for mobile. They have a life span less than the radio and they die. They do not handle really cold weather. They cannot be seen with polarized sun glasses (so it can create a driving hazard).
KD8PMK Rating: 5/5 Jul 28, 2012 07:57 Send this review to a friend
Great rig, well worth the price!!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Like a lot of people I debated between getting the FT-1900R and the FT-2900R. The reason I went with the FT-1900R is that it has more receiver sensitivity, is smaller in size, and has less power consumption.

I know that a lot of people say to just go with the FT-2900R. This seems mostly to be based off of the fact that it puts out a little more power. However from my research and talking to other hams in the area, my findings would indicate that the extra 20w is not going to make that much difference in transmission distance. A few miles perhaps. I also found calculations that stated to double the transmission distance of a 55w radio, that you would have to bump up to 500w. This would indicate to me that the gain for the extra 20w's is not enough to worry about.

The one thing the extra wattage does for the FT-2900R is use more current and this is something I wanted to get away from. One of the things I would like to be able to do with this rig is to run it off of a simple solar system consisting of one 40 to 85 watt panel and a 35 -50 Ah battery. While doing this, you could easily reduce power on both rigs, but I would like to be able to use a higher transmit output with less current consumption. This is where the FT-1900R has a benefit in my eyes for my application. The FT-1900R at 55w will use around 9A, vs 14A at 75w for the FT-2900R as tested by ARRL. To me that is a significant increase in amperes for just a few extra miles of reach. So for operation with a small solar set up, the FT-1900R definitely has the upper hand. The receiver also uses about half of the current as the FT-2900R.

The receiver sensitivity is another concern for me. I know a lot of people say that the difference is not that much, but I feel that any increase in receiver sensitivity is a benefit for me living out far from any large cities. The closest large city is 2 hours away and is under 30,000 people so the chances of a more sensitive receiver picking up unwanted interference is minimal. If you lived in a large city perhaps this could be a concern, but I have yet to hear anyone with the 2m Icoms complain about too much receiver sensitivity and they are about the same as the FT-1900R. If anything the complaint around here is that the FT-2900R and some of the other transceivers with less sensitivity have some problems picking up some of the weaker signals. Not owning both I cannot say for sure.

Also a factor for me is the smaller size. From how many people talk about these rigs, I was thinking that it might be a little on the light side or dinky. I have found it to be very sturdy feeling and heavier than I would have thought. The build quality seem excellent as well. The FT-2900R must be massive compared to this one for the comments I have read about how dainty the FT-1900R seems to them. The less clutter on my desk the better, and if I put it in the truck or car for trips the same applies there as well.

Overall I am very pleased with this rig and would recommend it to someone with the same requirements as myself. Having only used it for a short time now I cannot comment on its durability, but with the reviews on this site, it looks like it will be a great rig.


W8GND Rating: 4/5 Jun 22, 2012 07:46 Send this review to a friend
Dandy radio with quirks  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I just got my FT 1900R programmed, and it seems
to be just fine.

To very minor things. The step size on the vfo changes very often, and I can't figure out what makes it do it.

Also, this is another one of those radios that doesn't like to go under 145.200 with the automatic programming system. No problem, you just to do those manual. Haven't figured this out.

Good radio!
OE5BFM Rating: 5/5 Jun 1, 2012 14:20 Send this review to a friend
Fine Workhorse!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I use the FT-1900E in my car without any problems.
As standard I use 25 Watts and so this radio gets somewhat warm but not hot. This is absolute normal for such transceivers without active cooling. I mounted it with some space around the housing for cooling air.

In comparison to my Allmode Kenwood TR-751 (one of the old 2m radios with really good rx) the FT-1900 has nearly the same sensitivity and a bit less selectivity. But to be fair, for the price of abt 150.-- Euro here in Europe (185.-- USD) this radio is absolute ok.
N7KFD Rating: 5/5 Apr 3, 2012 04:14 Send this review to a friend
All Around Good Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
For reasons that I don't understand, this radio has received unfair low review numbers. I have owned mine for a little over a year and it has been mobile the entire time. I've had no display problems or overheating problems as others have reported, even after twenty to thirty minute long QSO's both simplex and on repeaters. It was easy to program frequencies into memory and using the memory scan features is also easy. Since I travel quite a bit for work I like the memory banks option. I've programmed five banks into mine, "North", "South", "East", "West" and "Home" and I can scan only the repeaters in the area I'm headed in relation to my QTH.

I am a Kenwood fan but I bought this rig because it seemed to fit my needs better than anything Kenwood had to offer and I have NOT been disappointed. It's operated without flaws for over a year and I've been very happy with it's performance.
WX2PJR Rating: 5/5 Mar 23, 2012 04:00 Send this review to a friend
Larger then expected  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Turned it on works great, right out of the box. If the radio was going to fail would have done it by now. TX/RX sensitivity is great like other Yaesu radio's I have had/have. Bigger then expected I had a 1500M before very small 50 watts this one is much larger but has and actual heat sink.
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