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Yaesu FT-8800R QST Product Review

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QST PRODUCT REVIEW May 2005
Yaesu FT-8800R Dual-Band FM Transceiver

Manufacturer: Vertex Standard,
10900 Walker St, Cypress, CA 90630; tel
714-827-7600;  www.vxstdusa.com
Price: $365.99

The Yaesu FT-8800R provides a solid 2 meter and 70 cm FM mobile capability in a convenient package with some important extra features that position it a notch above many other dual-banders.

The FT-8800R has receive capability from 108 to 520 and 700 to 999.995 MHz (cellular blocked). The modes of operation are FM and AM (receive only). The receive mode selection is automatic, but you can change this via a menu setting if you wish.

The ’8800R transmits from 144 to 148 MHz and 430 to 450 MHz. There are four power levels: 50, 20, 10 and 5 W on 2 meters, and 35, 20, 10 and 5 W on 70cm. These are indicated on the display as HIGH, MID1, MID2 and LOW, respectively.

CTCSS encode and decode functions are built into the FT-8800R. Also included are digital coded squelch (DCS) encoding and decoding, DTMF tones and pocket beep (similar to paging). If the repeater you use has an autopatch, then the DTMF autodialer function allows you to memorize up to 16 different telephone numbers or repeater control sequences, each up to 16 digits in length.

The FT-8800R supports the auto range transponder system (ARTS). This allows two or more parties to verify whether they’re within range of each other. As stated in the manual, this can come in handy during search-and-rescue situations in which parties need to be in close proximity to each other. When ARTS is activated, the radio will transmit a tone with DCS codes at regular intervals. If the sending radio doesn’t receive a reply signal from a similarly programmed rig, the user is notified of this. If the reply isn’t received, the radio beeps and displays the message OUT.RNG indicating that the far station is out of range. ARTS is adaptable by menus to select polling time or to input a CW identifier.

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