New to Ham Radio?
DX Cluster Spots
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Show all reviews of the Yaesu FT-8800R
You can write your own review
of the Yaesu FT-8800R.
Oct 11, 2013 15:37
Send this review to a friend!
FT-8800R - number three up and running
Time owned: more than 12 months
I have three of these radios: one used as base station which used
to be in my car, a newer one in the car, one packed for park
outings/portable operation. Of all the VHF rigs I have ever used
the FT-8800R is my favorite.
Other reviews here mention difficulty in programming while
driving. What are you guys doing out there? You don't condemn a
book because it is hard to read while you're driving do you?
Drive, program the radios while stopped and those complaints
might go away. As for programming tones, when in doubt scan for
it - two button presses. If you need to set it from a repeater
list then do the three button presses and knob turn required
For traveling the radio is the best for me because of the way
memories are set up into banks. A particular frequency can be
entered then put into as many banks as needed. So, for instance,
when traveling I let ARRL's TravelPlus build a list of repeaters
(could be several hundred), load that list into FTB8800 software,
break the trip into a series of legs with each leg's repeaters
in a memory bank, then pump the setup into the FT-8800R - takes
about two minutes to load. The result is as I travel I go from
bank to bank scanning only those repeaters in the same general
area I am.
Don't know of another rig that can be programmed and used that
Programming on this thing is a snap either by hand or using the
FTB8800 software though I will admit adding a hand-entered
repeater into a bank usually involves me getting the manual and
looking again a the ten lines that describe the process... for
some reason I just can't remember it.
Audio out: everyone reports I sound like me. Audio in: I use a
good speaker as the radio is mounted under the front seat...
everyone I hear sounds OK to me. No intermod issues.
If there was two things I would add to this rig it would be an
easy way to turn off one receiver or the other. It can be done
but is a menu selection and not something you'd want to do while
moving. The other would be a display that could be reversed -
dark background with letters - for night time use.
Note too - the FT-8900 looks just like the 8800 but has 10m FM
and a 10m SO-239 antenna jack. However there are differences
between the two radios that are not trivial.
Product is in production.
You are not subscribed to this review.
If you have any questions, problems, or suggestions about Reviews
please email your Reviews Manager