Yaesu FT-250e – Its Rugged Baby!

Some weird radio-bug bit me on the last Field Day event and I was destined to get me a new VHF handheld.  My ham radio friend Harri (OH7HL) had Yaesu VX-150 (premodel of FT-250e) and instantly when I got home I started to look same kind of rugged and simplified radio. To my luck Yaesu had pushed in the market newer model which had a bit stronger audio output and added some features related to memory banks. I was ofcourse straight away hooking it up to the computer to notice only software available is something you pay for.  Earlier paying for ft-60, ft-817nd, ft-270 software from same coder I decided that I wont waste my bucks for piece of software and try to do it old way and manual program I did.  Took me up 2 minutes to configure handheld memory banks with simplex and repeater information, naming them would take a bit longer hi.

Here is some info I leeched on Yaesu’s webpage:

– 0.5/2/5W VHF handheld
– 1400 mAh battery
– 700mW of Loud Audio
– Wide/Narrow selection
– Nine DTMF Auto-dialer memories
– Two Front Panel programmable keys
– RF Squelch
– Battery Voltage Display
– TX Deviation Level (5 kHz or 2.5 kHz)
– Transmit Time-out Timer and Automatic Power-Off
– AR- Water resistant case construction
– Automatic Repeater Shift
– Memory-Only operating
– Scanning Mode: VFO / Memory / PMS / Dual Watch
– Busy Channel Lock-out
– ARTS (Auto-range Transponding System)

For short review this is very nice one band handheld to own if you like simple, made to last type design. One thing I would myself do a bit better is the back light on the screen, it is very very dim. Maybe future brings some modification suggestions who knows hi.

More info found on Yaesu’s site:

http://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=111&encProdID=13A355C2DE175553305DE961A0A053DD&DivisionID=65&isArchived=0

73 de OH2FXD

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