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Yaesu FTA 450L VHF Handheld Radio - Li Ion Battery

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Part# 11-14905
MFR Model# FTA-450


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.
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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.


  • 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 with BNC antenna
  • Headset adapter
  • 110VAC, 220VAC, & 12VDC Power/charging cables
  • Alkaline battery tray
  • Belt Clip
  • USB Programming Cable
  • High-Capacity 2000mAh Li-ion battery
  • Accessories
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I have 3 Icoms that I have purchased over the past 30 years and found all of them to be very difficult to operate. I was looking for a simple, but high quality comm only radio. I havent had it long, but it is simple to operate and is of high quality.

Jim T Verified Purchase


June 8, 2023

Speedy service great product

John S Verified Purchase


February 5, 2023

Awesome COM radio, all the features, feel and look. User manual is not user friendly. Comes without a holster or protective case. Also it comes with PTT adapter but without an external button.

11819488 C Verified Purchase


September 22, 2022

I only needed an emergency back-up radio. I may never use it, but its simplicity ensures that if I ever do need it, I wont be scrambling for a users manual! Perfect.

James M Verified Purchase


May 25, 2022

Great little radio. Well built and works great. I use it as a backup and also as a receiver while in the hangar. Only minor complaints which mostly deal with software and menu setups.

Lee M
September 28, 2021

A good radio. The second of the model I owned. The first I had mounted in a Rans s7 with a remote antenna. At 2000 ft I was talking to aircraft 50 miles away. Beyond that I. Oils hear them but not reach them. I bought this one as an emergency and a ground unit for general use. Overall I really like the features. Only downside is the memory scan function exists in two different menus and is not intuitive. If you don’t have the manual at hand adding channels to the scan function is a challenge and understanding when it will scan and how are also a headscratcher. If I could add a single feature it would be a last channel Monitor button - it has something similar for a primary channel but again not intuitive. Overall good value for the money and comes with a pile of accessories including the rechargeable batteries and a AA tray.

Jeremy D Verified Purchase


June 29, 2022

I have been using the FTA-450 with the SSM-10A speaker-mic in a glider for a week. A battery charge lasts approximately 10 hours of constant use. I like that this radio is comm only, I have used nav/comm handhelds in the past and they are overly complicated. The only drawback to this radio is the 3-step squelch adjustment. Also, our tow plane receives transmissions from our older Icoms better when we are separated by a low rise in the terrain on the airport.

Bryce K Verified Purchase


June 7, 2022

Great radio in terms of reception and broadcast. I have this as my primary communication tool in My RANs S7 on floats. I operate from remote lakes in western Nova Scotia and routinely talk to pilots at distances of 100kms. Not a huge fan of the menu system but, although loaded up with Freqs I rarely use the stored info.. I would buy it again.

Jeremy D
November 25, 2020

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.

March 24, 2019


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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.

Q: Are you now shipping the latest version with the updated antenna connection? The new antenna has a visible black BNC connector at the base. The photos on this page still show the old rubber covered style.

Yes, the current inventory is the latest version with the visible black metal BNC connector at the antenna base.

Q: Please can you confirm this is shipped with BOTH the 110VAC and 220VAC charging adapters?

Yes, the 110VAC and 220VAC adapters are in the box.

Q: Is this supplied with the updated 2000mAh battery or the older 1800mAh battery?

The package contains the new 2000mAh Li-Ion battery.

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