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YAESU FTA 450L VHF HANDHELD RADIO

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Part# 11-14905
MFR Model# FTA-450

Overview

The YAESU FTA-450L is a competitively priced (COMM ONLY) version of the wildly successful FTA-550L and FTA-750L. Featuring the same Easy To Operate icon driven menu system, on a large 1.7" x 1.7" Full Dot Matrix Display. The same Loud 800mW internal audio speaker guarantees calls will not be missed. 8.33 kHz Narrow Band compatible, with a programmable 200 channel memory bank, means all favorite channels can be easily stored and retrieved with just a few button presses.

Features

Now Meets MIL-STD-810F
  • The FTA-750L has now been tested and complies with the Military Standard MIL-STD-810F. Similar to commercial Land Mobile radios, all current Yaesu Airband Transceivers have been tested for durability against Low temperatures, High temperatures, Shock, Vibration, Dust and Rain, ensuring many years of rugged use.
Easy to Operate Menu System
    The FTA-450 comes configured with an easy to operate icon driven menu system. The displays and menu settings are logically configured for a more intuitive user interface.
Huge Dot Matrix Display (160 x 160 dots)
    The FTA-450 features a huge 1.7" x 1.7" full dot matrix LCD display with full backlight and dimmer. The high resolution display makes it easier to view all the great features the FTA-450 has to offer.
200 Memory channels with up to 15 Alphanumeric characters
    The FTA-450 can store up to 200 Memory channels for quick and easy retrieval. With the capability of using up to 15 Alphanumeric characters per name the FTA-450 allows for a better channel description.

Specifications

  • 5W TX output
  • Large 1.7" x 1.7" Dot matrix Display
  • Back-lit Keypad and Display
  • 800 mW Audio Output
  • 200 Memory Channels
  • 8.33kHz Narrow Band compatible
  • IPX5 Waterproof rating
  • Includes High-Capacity 2000mAh Li-ion battery
  • Includes Alkaline battery tray (6 x AA)
  • NOAA Weather Channels with WX alert
  • PC programmable
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty

In The Box

  • Yaesu FTA-450L Comm Handheld Radio
  • Headset adapter
  • 110VAC, 220VAC, & 12VDC Power/charging cables
  • Alkaline battery tray
  • Belt Clip
  • USB Programming Cable
  • High-Capacity 1800mAh Li-Ion rechargeable battery
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Reviews

To be honest, I was on the fence about ordering the COM only 450L, or the NAV/COM capable 550L (and almost returned the 450L to do that) but ultimately decided to keep the 450L radio. Im glad I did! Out of the box it comes very nicely equipped, with an upgraded 2000mAh battery, headset adapter, drop in desk charger, alkaline battery tray, USB programming cable, cigarette lighter DC cord and belt clip. In a word, the display is fantastic...very easy to see in various lighting conditions, with adjustable backlighting and contrast. Programming is simple, as well, with free PC programming software and USB driver available right from the Yaesu product web site. The user can group channels (and name the group) in any way he or she chooses. Very handy if you have some favorite airports. The price was awesome, too...I was able to take advantage of the Yaesu Sun N Fun rebate, so a good price got even better! The radio user interface is well-designed, but if I had to nit-pick, the scanning function is a bit awkward to operate. Ive used Yaesu radios for almost 40-years in the amateur radio world, and Im surprised they didnt employ an easier-to-use scanning function, similar to what they use in amateur radio. However, I typically only scan while listening en route to the airport or at home, so this certainly isnt a game-stopper. In closing, I wanted to mention Pilot Shops customer service. I needed to contact them, and had an answer pronto. I highly recommend the radio, and Pilot Shop. And no, Im not an employee!

Pete G
May 2, 2019

As of this writing Ive only had it a couple weeks, but so far, Pros - Nice interface, good comm, easy to use and program, bright display, love the data connection that allows the user to enter multiple frequencies and locations from an PC app or an .xml file. Cons - You have to use a screwdriver or a coin to remove the earphone cover plate, try doing that in flight! The data upload application was not to be found in the supplied users manual, I had to search the companies website. App is not Mac compatible.

Rc
March 24, 2019

Good pilot interface and lots of programmability. Only downside with this unit to date, mounted in my challenger, is the side tone function does not work with my DAve Clark headsets. When not used with an intercom modified to provide side tone (ie plug headset directly into radio) you cannot hear yourself when you transmit. Have tried adjusting all relative settings as per the manual. No luck. I plan to follow up with manufacturer.

Jeremy D
October 16, 2018

Total garbage. I sent it back.

Jeremy H
November 4, 2019

Q&A

Q: What is the main difference between YAESU FTA 450L VHF HANDHELD and YAESU VERTEX FTA 550 / 550L VHF HANDHELD, and YAESU VERTEX FTA 750L VHF HANDHELD?

The Yaesu FTA 450L is COM only. The Yaesu 550 and 550L are NAV / COMM units. The Yaesu 750L is NAV / COM / GPS. So the 550 adds NAV and the 750 adds NAV and GPS.

Q: Is the Li-Ion rechargeable battery on the FTA 450L the same as the FTA-750?

Yes, the lithium batteries are the same in both units.

Q: Is the battery remaining indicators always displayed on the FTA 450L?

The battery life level will always be displayed on the main screen of the FTA 450L.

Q: On the FTA-450L, when using the headset adapter, does the Transmit button function? Is a PTT switch required?

A PTT can be used or the transmit button can be used. Either will work when using the headset adapter. Most customers prefer to add the PTT.

Q: On the Yaesu 450L radio you do not show a PTT cable as and accessory. Is one available?

We have added the Push To Talk switched to the accessories carousel. Any of the generic PTTs will work once you have the Yaesu headset adapter. The most common PTT switches used are 11-12100, 13-05813, or 11-07712.

Q: Does the FTA-450L provide a sidetone or not? A previous buyer stated he has to use an intercom modified to provide sidetone. Can I hear my voice thru the FTA-450L with headset adapter when transmitting, or must I use an intercom to provide this capability?

Per the installation manual there is a side tone control setup that will work when utilizing a headset.

Q: Which charging cradle is compatible with the the FTA-450?

Per the owner's manual, you can use the SBH-11 which is 11-12833.