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Reviews For: YAESU FT-4XR – VHF/UHF Dual Band FM Handheld Transceiver

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Review Summary For : YAESU FT-4XR – VHF/UHF Dual Band FM Handheld Transceiver
Reviews: 13MSRP: 120.00
Description:
The FT-4XR 2 meter/ 440 MHz HT has three output power

levels: 5, 2.5 or 0.5 watts transmitting from 144 to 148

MHz and from 400 to 480 MHz. Receive coverage is 65-108 (FM


broadcast band), 136-174 and 400-480 MHz. The FT-4XR is

compact and light, yet ruggedly constructed. The speaker

provides a full 1 Watt of powerful, clear audio. The

supplied 1750mAh Li-ion battery pack is capable of up to 15

hours operation (TX 5 seconds, RX 5 seconds, Standby 90

seconds). The SBH-22 3.5-hour rapid charger is included. VOX
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operation is available with the optional SSM-512B earpiece

microphone. Other features include: WX Channels with

“Severe Weather” Alert, PC Programming (optional cable),

Transceiver-to-Transceiver Cloning (optional cable), Keypad

Entry, FM Broadcast Receiver, Automatic Range Transponder

System (ARTS), CTCSS/DCS Operation, Busy Channel Lockout
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(BLCO), Automatic Power Off feature and Transmitter Time Out
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Timer (TOT). The new FT-4XR meets demanding commercial grade


specifications. Size: 2.1 x 3.5 x 1.2 inches (less knobs and

antenna) 8.82 oz.

Product is in production
More Info: http://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=111&encProdID=E28C87590C67439440323C0FEDAC1BEB&DivisionID=65&isArchived=0
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24.5134.6
KB4RRC Rating: 2019-06-22
Comprhensive Eval ! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I received a FT-4XR as a gift for some radio installation work from a friend. I actually picked the unit out despite it being called a Baofeng. I was tired of the 13 year old FT-60 and i was willing to "downgrade" as long as it worked. no fusion here in our area and the thought of the FT-70s horrid one knob does all turned me off.

Ok Enough Intro

The unit is probably 65% Yaesu ,30% Baofeng and 5% Motorola. For a less than 100 dollar radio It works extremely well.
MODULATION.. The Unit modulates at 5.2 khz on voice peaks which is about right for some of these Ham radios and sounds great.

RECEIVER SENSITIVITY I actually only measured the squelch levels 1 thru 8 on VHF
(1) .21uv (2) .24uv (3) .27uv (4) .31uv (5) .35uv (6) .39uv (7) .43uv (8) .48uv
Good readable signals at all settings.
To tighten squelch more you need to use the RF squelch ..I did not test !

POWER OUTPUT Hi 5.35 Med 2.63 and Low was .44 watts.

Unit radiates great as I have trouble getting out of the terrian hole I live in. This radio seems to put out and overcome it ..The antenna seems to be an efficient radiator. The antenna is the first dual band antenna to look like a VHF antenna. It looks just like a Kenwood KRH-26 antenna..

OPERATION Again mostly Yaesu but some Baofeng artifacts along with a Motorola Appendage! Easy to Menu program even though its a tad different than older Yaesus. Easy to learn and program by hand ! But the Tiny Buttons are kindy cheesey!

2 programmable buttons. in my case P1 SKIP and P2 POWER LEVEL.. more buttons would be nice but...

I have not mastered the exit function after programming.. Some things exit with the function button and some with the PTT .. I need to study this more....


PROGRAMMING SOFTWARE Since its so New CHIRP still has issues no 150MHZ or 450MHZ or higher channels can be added regardless of the Part 90 Hack. So i used both Chirp and the Factory Software. If the factory software would let you reorder the channels you would not need chirp. BTW the software has an Anytone D868 software look.

MANUALS Kinda dumb to have two. The entire manual should be sent with the radio instead of part 1 of a 2 part set !!!

EXTERNAL MIKES and PROGRAMMING CABLE. Well folks as you may or may not know Motorola Solutions bought Vertex Standard and it appears the legacy two pin speaker and mike jacks were left over and needed to be used somewhere so why not give them to stepchild YAESU! Actually The SCU-35 programming cable might work in a BPR-40 Motorola Radio. Also a Motorola Speaker Mic for a GP300 or any of the 2 pin Motorola units works perfectly. Also an Icom Mic will work if you only use the small mic plug and whack off the speaker plug (cut it off and put you own 2.5 mm plug. THIS IS A PLUS FEATURE of this new jack. I did not like the 4 pin jack and this is an improvement big time.

Operation is easy and can be used on the fly. Menus seem more Yaesu than Baofeng, The radio has the same direct receive chip as the baofeng but that does not make it a baofeng, As time progresses the Superhet may be obsoleted by chips like this ....

So why the 4 versus a 5 !

Three Words - SELECTIVITY and NOISE OVERLOAD. Computers and other RF emitting gadgets will make this radio cough or burp constantly on certain frequencies. On a superhet receiver the noise was still there but not to the point of making the radio burp. PL or DPL on receive will mask it but it will no allow the signal to be received if its strong enough.

Summary- for the Average Ham its a great, small pocket,"concealed carry" radio and will serve most Hams well for Primary use. I Like it and I'm not trashing its operation. its adequate for most needs and the battery does last all day! So was 80 dollars wasted ? Not at all ! But its not a 200-300 dollar walkie talkie either and is better than a "20 to 30" dollar one with the manual written in Chinglis !

HOPE THIS HELPS !!!
N2HAM Rating: 2019-06-01
Great Little Radio Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Great radio, well built, solid like any Yaesu and easy to program without software. The manual is a bit lacking but if you have other Yaesu's its easy to program. Love the drop in charger. Great radio for the price $79 @ HRO. Fits in the pocket nicely. If you want super cool small radio get the VX-3R used.

N2HAM
N6DXX Rating: 2019-05-06
Works for me! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Bought mine from Universal Radio in Ohio for under $75. Solid feel and easy to program. Easy to carry and operate while walking my dogs. Good signal reports and strong audio. FM band coverage a plus. Battery life is good too. Can crack repeaters 30+ miles away with supplied antenna - no need to upgrade antenna.

Just 2 issues: 1. Advanced manual from internet needs to be consulted to get full instructions on repeater programming.

2. With set mode item #38, tone freq., mine always comes up followed by an R. Change it to a T by pushing [*V/M] key to enable the repeater's tone function.

Otherwise clear sailing so far.

Tony
N6DXX
N9ZI Rating: 2019-05-01
Nice HT Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
I really like the Yaesu FT-4XR HT.

Like the 3 power levels, the good audio in and out.

Like the size and feel of the radio.

Transmit switch hits the thumb perfectly.

Seems better than the Chinese radios I also have.
DV2AWN Rating: 2019-04-27
nifty little radio Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
just purchased this nifty little radio due to its attractive price (a.k.a. affordable/cheap). being a yaesu however the build quality is yaesu quality, not those cheap china radios. it was smaller than i would have liked it however it has expanded tx, more than my trusty yaesu ft-60. once you get used to the menu system, programming is a breeze. i would recommend this to anyone looking for an inexpensive buty quality dual band hand held.
KN0JI Rating: 2019-02-20
Nice, little radio; Baofeng equivalent Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Cute, lightweight, little radio with a fair amount of features, but still like the relatively equivalent Baofeng UV-6R a little better. I miss the squelch knob, but the squelch control is more responsive than that of the Baofeng. So glad this radio uses ARS, a bit black eye for the Baofeng! The Baofeng has a flashlight; this one doesn't. Menu appears and feels a little like a cross between that of Baofeng and Yaesu FT-60R, but easier to navigate, IMO.
Audio sounds great, and people report my signal is the same as with my FT-60R, even with the rubber duck. Manually programmed in my favorite 35 stations / repeaters. Almost as easy as with the FT-60R, but much easier than the Baofeng. The FT-4XR has two VFO entries / displays, but unlike the Baofeng's dual-watch, this has single-watch, like the FT-60R.
Unlike the FT-60R, the FT-4XR has two jacks for PTT, audio, kinda like the Baofeng, but the jacks of the FT-4XR are closer together than the ones on the Baofeng.
To get to the FM broadcast radio, you must be in VFO B and press the BAND button.
Antenna connector is SMA-male, like the FT-60R. Charger resembles that of the Baofeng.
Unlike the Baofeng, you can't transmit outside the amateur bands with the FT-4XR, but you can listen to them. Unlike the FT-60R, however, it also can't pick up 800 MHz police, fire, and EMS. Don't have an analyzer to test for spectral purity.

Final assessment: very good, light, high-performing radio; Baofeng UV-6R equivalent at four times the price.
YO9IRF Rating: 2019-01-25
Can be better Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
I wrote a full review on QRPblog.com but I'll leave the conclusions here:

- this radio uses the same internals as most cheap chinese radios from the Baofeng UV-5R family (RDA1846 chipset etc) but with somewhat better front end filtering. The performance is in the same class with those radios and far from something like the FT-60.
- the user interface is poor; menu system is very bad, the 6-character display is too limited and buttons are awful. The Baofeng UV-5R is much better from that point of view.
- solid case with gaskets all over, I poured water all over it and it was fine. It will handle rain / outdoors.

Overall, I think it's OK for infrequent outdoor use.
MI0GTA Rating: 2018-10-17
JUST PURCHASTED Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
JUST PURCHASTED ONE OF THESE LITTLE RIG'S.
AS A RULE I DON'T USUALLY GO FOR A H/H BUT FOR A DUEL BANDER AT THIS PRICE OF LESS THAN 65.00 POUNDS I THOUGHT YA COULDN'T GO WRONG AT THAT PRICE, BOUGHT THE ADDITIONAL MIC ALSO AS I DON;T LIKE PTT ON H/H's.... ANYWAY, GREAT WEE RADIO, EASY TO NAVIGATE, USE AND THE LOCAL REPETER HERE IS ABOUT 14 MILES AWAY FROM ME AND IT OPENS THAT EASILY ON 5W OR LESS WITH THE ANTENNA.. I'LL PROBABLY CHANGE THE ANTENNA FOR A BETTER GAIN ANTENNA WHEN I GET A LOOK WHAT WILL SUIT IT... THUMBS UP TO YAESU FOR AN INEXPENSIVE H/H THIS TIME ROUND.. 73DE MI0GTA.
WX4O Rating: 2018-09-28
Excellent HT Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Small, good audio, paid less than $100. Can't beat it!
G3SEA Rating: 2018-09-28
Solid Value Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.

Solid and rugged little brick to Yaesu Standards.

Audio fine both ways with ample RX Output.

The angled PTT is a sturdy and positive innovation and superior to the Baofeng UV5R PTT.

Weather Channels and FM Broadcast Band useful in
various emergency situations.

A larger capacity battery ie 2800 mAh like
Baofeng make would be a plus accessory.

Readout illumination is great.

G3SEA/KH6