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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Yaesu FT-1500M Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu FT-1500M
Yaesu FT-1500M Reviews: 185 Average rating: 4.6/5 MSRP: $229
Description: This is the new Yaesu FT-1500M Mono-band 2 Meter mobile radio. 50 watts out, MH-48 mic, CTCSS encode + decode, DTMF encode + decode, 130 memories, 1200-9300 Packet ready (connector on back), Backlit display, and most other bells and whistles you would come to expect from Yaesu (including SmartSearch, Clock Shift, ect.).
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MW0LDJ Rating: 5/5 May 25, 2017 16:10 Send this review to a friend
Bomb-proof, solid, reliable  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought a 2nd hand FT-1500 when I first received my Novice licence (MW3 in the UK) back in 2007 as I was restricted to 10 watts or less on that licence, and immediately loved it. I now hold a full, UK amateur licence and still run the very same radio for mobile/portable operation. It's bomb-proof, the super solid construction means it can take more than a gentle knock. I've taken it hiking, I've dropped it, got it wet and it still delivers.
I tend to hold extended simplex rag-chews, many of which are over several tens of miles so the 25 and 50-watt output capability is a great help. The high power also comes in very handy for accessing distant repeaters. I did build a small housing for the radio with a couple of PC cooling fans when it was in the shack as it can get hot on full power but even without it the radio is still extremely stable. Like others have reported, the mic lead did deteriorate but it is no hassle to replace.
The mic is also of a good quality with frequency input and programmable functions directly on the front of the mic. A switch to the side also backlights the mic, a real advantage when out for nighttime hilltop DX. It also feels good in the hand, unlike many of the modern mics which feel light and cheap.
For simplex or duplex in the FM mode, you'd have to go a long way to beat this little diamond of a rig.
This radio is deserving of a 5/5 for its ease of use, multiple operating features, power output and build quality.
5B4AJG Rating: 5/5 Oct 5, 2015 13:25 Send this review to a friend
Work horse  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Got mine from an old friend who left the rig running for long periods due to him forgetting to power it down etc (dementia)! It was in a poor/dirty state with a very ragged mic cable. A replacement mic cable from eBay 3.04 and some tlc in cleaning the rig and now it's like new. I believe this rig was nicknamed "the battleship", well mine has been through it and is working as good as new, all it took was a simple mic cable change and some time to clean it up. It's got a nice bright blue screen, fair audio output for its size and I'm guessing it's got years ahead with sturdy reliability. Nice one Yaesu.
KA1VF Rating: 5/5 Jun 12, 2015 10:25 Send this review to a friend
a Military grade rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought mine used but not abused several years
ago, and it came from a good home. The original
owner hardly used it at his QTH, and I've hardly
used it at my QTH. But, I've always been amazed
at the rugged design and the operating simplicity.
I've only used it as a base station to check into
a few weekly nets, and some occasional repeater
hopping. But, with a J-pole in the attic at 35'
I can hit a lot of distance repeaters with the
rig set to the 25 watt output.
KG4LLQ Rating: 3/5 Jun 12, 2015 01:42 Send this review to a friend
Great FM Rig..BUT..  Time owned: more than 12 months
All the 5/5 comments I echo, except...........
Mine has been exclusively in my non-smoking, heated/air conditioned shack since purchased in 2001. But the microphone cable insulation has deteriorated to the point where I am afraid to operate it.
I want to post the FT-1500m to sell, as I rarely do FM/VHF; but I don't want to sell the rig with the damaged mic cable. So, I'm at a loss as to what to do.
Thanks Yaesu for making a nice FM radio, but if you must, buy your microphone cables from Icom or someone else.
HA7WX Rating: 5/5 Aug 19, 2014 08:14 Send this review to a friend
Lacks a dedicated squelch knob.  Time owned: more than 12 months
So much has been said here. This is a great rig, because it's like a tank and could withstand an explosion, because it's receiver is hot and selective (no intermod either) and because of the 50W PWR in such a small package without any fan noise to bother anyone.
Almost forgot to mention that it draws no more than between 8 and 9 amps (!!!) at 50W, so its efficiency is higher than other rigs.
However, i'd rate it 4.5 because of its lack of dedicated squelch knob which can drive one crazy when crossing a city.
One way to get around that is to set it up higher than needed and push on the mike the dedicated button to open the squelch if the station's signal strength i am listening to weakens dramatically.
I am also having the mike cord issue but i have eventually ordered a new one, so no problem here.
This one is a keeper after all, because of its size, quality of manufacture (will last forever) and its receiver's performance.
Highly recommended knowing the above facts.
W8AAZ Rating: 5/5 Jun 17, 2014 17:27 Send this review to a friend
Further adventures  Time owned: more than 12 months
I probably reviewed this years ago. Still have two, got them cheap when they were discounted. One for fast deploy removable mobile, one for base station. Only issue over the years, the vinyl jacket on one mic cord pulled out of the plug and split. So I got one of the hi qual. US sold ebay aftermarket cables, not the Chinese things. Worth the greater cost. Only downsides are heating in extended Hi pwr, and tinny speaker. Both radios used with better speakers and not run as much at highest pwr, not needed here usually. Don't know if pgm. software works with W7 or later. Mine are still not for sale! Radios themselves aways have worked, no hiccups or fixes. Put rubber washers under the knobs if you find them too easy to jar accidentally off settings, esp. volume.
AE5J Rating: 5/5 Jun 17, 2014 08:57 Send this review to a friend
Long time performer  Time owned: more than 12 months
I don't even know how long I have had this little rig. Suffice to say, it is the consummate 2M radio. It does everything asked of it. I don't even use software to program it. Simple and quick. I did have problems with the mic cable losing the outer shell, but that is what Scotch 33 is for. This is a rock solid rig that is indestructible. Too bad Yaesu discontinued it. It's a keeper.
KD5SFA Rating: 5/5 Apr 13, 2014 18:16 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had this radio since I got my ticket in 2002. It has been in my truck hidden in the center console to base to other vehicles and now is used on my ATV for off road use or RACES/Pubic service events. It keeps going and under some harsh conditions. It is basically bulletproof. Simple, compact, does everything you need a 2m rig to do. As I will be putting a dual bander on the ATV, this radio will become part of my go-kit. I wish they made it in a UHF version...then I'd run both on the ATV.
WP4OEK Rating: 4/5 Feb 18, 2013 09:25 Send this review to a friend
Works great !  Time owned: more than 12 months
I got this radio from a HamRadio friend. The radio is great, easy to operate. It's really small and fun to use. I give it a 4 because the microphone cable broke like my other Yaesu radios.
K7DXT Rating: 5/5 Sep 5, 2012 09:20 Send this review to a friend
A Little More Love for the FT-1500  Time owned: more than 12 months
Several years ago I wrote a positive review of this model, and want to affirm it's continued reliability.

When Yaesu came out with this model, I purchased two of them. A few years later, I sold one because it wasn't be used. That was a mistake. I recently found another one here on the classifieds of eHam and snapped it up.

They are reasonably simple to program, and provide one of the smallest footprints of any VHF radio on the market. The mounting system provides a greater potential of creative installation possibilities not found in other radios. All of my cars have been smaller, so a full-size 2 meter rig was often difficult to utilize.

The built in speaker has somewhat of a small sound, but entirely listenable. It's always possible to utilize a remote speaker for better audio. I've not experienced the problem some have with the cord that falls apart. Perhaps it's an issue with leaving it in the sun and exposure to ultraviolet rays.

Summary: This is one of those rigs that was designed and built right. One wishes that we could see more simplicity and reliability like this instead of feature laden complicated radios.
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