Yaesu FT-65R Product Review - Replaces the 14 Year Old Venerable FT-60R
The Yaesu FT-60R is a very well respected and dependable low-priced handheld transceiver. I especially like its 500mW minimum power that can be used on walkie-talkie channels, and its dual watch capability (to monitor a priority channel).
The new model still retains the above features but has a brighter clearer display, better menus view with new groupings, and a much better 1950mAh Li-ion battery. It's also gained a flashlight but I'm not sure that is anything to shout about. It seems to have lost the Rx range of 108 MHz to 136 MHz but it has gained 65 MHz to 108 MHz which is FM Broadcast reception. Memory channels are also down from 999 to 200, and the backlighting on the keys are gone.
Many may not like that the easy to use hardware squelch as well as VFO (tuning) knobs have gone. The reviewer makes the point that this could be easier now for single-handed operation though.
But on balance it is probably better than the older model if I had to choose between the two.
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