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YAESU VERTEX FTA 550 VHF HANDHELD RADIO - AA BATTERY PACK

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Part# 11-12461
MFR Model# FTA-550 AA

Overview

The YAESU FTA-550 is packed with features, yet very affordable. Boasting an oversize full dot matrix LCD display, the FTA-550 Airband Transceiver provides full communication on the Aircraft communications Band and additionally provides VOR and ILS navigation features on the "NAV" band. The FTA-550 includes NOAA weather band monitoring and the capability of programming up to 200 memory channels with a quick and easy channel recall feature. The brand new easy to operate menu system is icon driven making it simple to navigate through all of the powerful features this transceiver has to offer. Additionally the FTA-550 can easily be reprogrammed in minutes using the optional PC Programming software and the supplied USB programming cable.

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-550 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-550 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-550 has to offer.
VOR Navigation Display
  • When the FTA-550 receives a VOR signal, the display will automatically switch to the NAV band screen which shows a CDI based on the received signal.
200 Memory channels with up to 15 Alphanumeric characters
  • The FTA-550 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-550 allows for a better channel description.

Specifications

  • 25kHz & 8.33kHz spacing
  • 5 Watts TX Output Power (Airband: AM 5W P.E.P. type, 1.5W carrier)
  • Huge 1.7" x 1.7" Full Dot Matrix display (160 x 160 Dots)
  • ILS Navigation Display
  • NOAA Weather Channel receive*
  • NOAA Weather Alert*
  • 200 Memory Channels with 15 alphanumeric characters
  • Back-lit Keypad and display with dimmer
  • Water Protection -IPX5 Rating
  • Loud Audio (800 mW)
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty

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In The Box

  • Cigarette Lighter DC Converter
  • Helical Antenna
  • Belt Clip
  • Headset Adapter Cable
  • Alkaline Battery Tray
  • USB Cable
  • Ferrite Core
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Reviews

I received this radio a few days ago. It was packaged well with usb cable, dc power cable, comprehensive instruction manual, and AA battery pack. The unit is heavy, which usually means well built. The controls are easy to use and once you get the hang of it, tagging frequencies with a name is quick and easy. It has great volume, a solid squelch, large easy to read display. I find this unit comfortable to hold as well. I havent used it in a plane yet, but I am very pleased with my purchase.

Γ€drien
June 20, 2019

I was holding out for the Icom but my friend talked me into trying it. No regrets. Fantastic price and performance. The menus are intuitive and the sound is crisp and clear. Will recommend to anyone.

Theodore S
April 24, 2019

I’m a new RPAS pilot , thus needed an air band transceiver to support that. Quite honestly, I choose this radio because it’s the cheapest one I could find. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now. It does everything it’s supposed too, very easy to program, very easy to use. Sound quality is great. I am very happy with my purchase . I’m glad I didn’t spend more for what I’m using it for.

Dave
April 21, 2019

THIS UNIT EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS --- AT AN EXCELLENT PRICE

William M
November 2, 2018

Great lil backup radio but the instruction manual is only a 1 Star.

Chip
October 6, 2018

I bought this to use locally while my radio is being replaced. While I havent made full use of it yet (havent used the memory functions) I am pleased with the ease of use and functions.

Henry G
June 24, 2018

The radio works exactly as advertised! If I had to find a complaint, the only thing I could think of is that the four batteries are a tight fit and required some muscle to install.

Gerry K
March 31, 2018

Great quality, easy to use. Deserves the 5 star rating. Good radio for the money spent.

Dylan F
February 27, 2018

I have used this little radio for about a week and so far I havent had any problems at all. I was concerned about battery life because of a review I read but it has a monitor on the screen and it hasnt budged. There is a bit of static as you get further away from the airport but with a headset some of that goes away. It seems like a great radio and there is nothing comparable in its price range.

Gehrig L
January 23, 2018

Loaded with the most useful features and comes with the accessories unlike most of the competitors who charge extra for the accessories. It is very well made and with reasonable care should last a long time. Range is excellent, volume is more than adequate, clarity is good too and the basic functions are easy to use, however the manual should be completely read to understand some of the more advanced operations.

J R
December 11, 2017

Q&A

Q: Do you need to download any type of programs for the 550AA or is it preloaded?

The Yaesy Vertex FTA 550 AA is pre-loaded, ready to use out of the box.

Q: Is the Yaesu Vertex FTA 550 CE marked?

While the Yaesu Vertex FTA 550 can support both 8.33 and 25 Khz spacing, it is not CE marked.

Q: Does 550L have a remote push to talk switch available? Does Bose A20 headset mic work as push to talk provided no intercom is set up? Is there an adapter for Bose A20 helicopter connection to radio?

The Vertex FTA 550L comes with a Headset Adapter Cable in which you can plug a PTT switch such as PN:11-12100 into. If you connect a headset with the Headset Adapter Cable you need to use the switch on the transceiver itself or a PPT switch. To plug a helicopter headset into dual GA jacks you would need PN: Part # 13-09307.

Q: What is the estimated battery life with the AA batteries? Should you use rechargeable AA batteries or regular AA batteries?

The average life of the batteries is 13.5 hours and per the manual, Alkaline batteries are to be used. Rechargeable NI-CD or NI-CH AA's are not to be used.

Q: Does the Yaesu 550 have Sidetone when used with a headset?

Yes, this does have a sidetone when used with a headset.

Q: What are the dimensions of the Yaesu FTA 550 radio not including antenna?

The approximate dimensions of the radio with the battery pack on are: 2-1/2" W x 6" H x 1-1/2" D.

Q: Is the antenna included with the Yaesu Vertex FTA 550 or do I have to purchase separately?

The antenna is included in the box.

Q: Can you buy a li-ion pack for the Yaesu FTA 550 later on to convert it to rechargeable?

Yes, you can purchase part # 11-12832 later which is the rechargeable battery.

Q: Can this Yeasu FTA 550 AA model be used outside the USA? Is it 110V or 220V?

This model uses a AA battery pack, so it does not recharge using 110v or 220v. For the rechargeable lithium version, see part # 11-12460 (110v) or 11-12530 (220v).

Q: How would I use a PTT with this Yaesu FTA 550 radio?

The PTT would be plugged into the headset adapter, and the headset plug would then go into the PTT. Any portable PTT, like part # 11-07712, would work with this radio headset adapter.

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