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Yaesu FTA-550 AA Handheld VHF Transceiver

Yaesu FTA-550 AA Handheld VHF Transceiver
Yaesu FTA-550 AA Handheld VHF Transceiver
Yaesu FTA-550 AA Handheld VHF Transceiver
Yaesu FTA-550 AA Handheld VHF Transceiver
Yaesu FTA-550 AA Handheld VHF Transceiver
Yaesu FTA-550 AA Handheld VHF Transceiver
Yaesu FTA-550 AA Handheld VHF Transceiver
Yaesu FTA-550 AA Handheld VHF Transceiver
Yaesu FTA-550 AA Handheld VHF Transceiver
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Aviation COM/NAV, VOR and ILS transceiver with AA alkaline power option.
Retail: $229.99 $195.00

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Aviation COM/NAV, VOR and ILS transceiver with AA alkaline power option.

Yaesu's FTA-550 brings users an impressive array of features in a compact, handheld transceiver. Immediately notable is its large 1.7" x 1.7" dot matrix LCD display. This high resolution screen features an intuitive, icon-based menu system and is fully backlit and dimmable for easy viewing in virtually any lighting condition. It also features the full aviation COM/NAV frequency band complete with VOR and ILS localizer navigational capabilities.

Additional features include full NOAA weather channel reception & weather alerts, as well as capability to store 200 memory frequencies with 15-character alphanumeric labels. This version is powered by six AA alkaline batteries that deliver an impressive 800 mW of clear audio. In addition, the FTA-550 holds an IPX5 water protection rating. An extremely capable handheld unit for all your aviation communication needs.

From the Manufacturer

  • 5 Watts TX Output Power (Air Band: AM 5W P.E.P. type, 1.5W carrier)
  • Huge 1.7 x 1.7 inch Full-Dot Matrix Display (160 x 160 dots)
  • ILS Navigation Display (Localizer)
  • Easy to operate menu system
  • VOR Navigation Display
  • NOAA Weather Channel Receive (U.S.A. Version Only)
  • NOAA Weather Alert (U.S.A. Version Only)
  • 200 Memory Channels with 15 alphanumeric characters
  • Back-lit Keypad and Display
  • Water Protection – IPX5 Rating
  • Loud Audio (800 mW)
  • High-Capacity Li-Ion Battery (7.4 V 1800 mAh) (Optional for FTA-550 AA)
  • Alkaline Battery Tray (AA x 6) included

    Supplied Accessories:
  • Antenna
  • Belt clip
  • Headset adapter cable
  • Alkaline battery tray
  • 12VDC power cord
  • USB programming cable
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  • Rated 4.71 / 5 based on 17 customer reviews
    5/ 5 stars
    Excellent Product!
    Very nice product. Loud audio, easy to program (manually or with downloaded software from yaesu), large screen easy to see. Multiple options that are easy to change with menu system.
    - Grass Valley, CA Sep 17, 2014
    5/ 5 stars
    Great product, great price.
    This radio had some impressive feature for the price. It works incredibly well and having the added vor is huge! I highly recommend the product.
    - Dunedin, FL Sep 22, 2014
    5/ 5 stars
    Excellent Product
    Impressive radio. Wanted this as a backup radio. Was able to acquire a station 30 miles away before being airborne on a test of range. Once in flight range increased.
    - Cibolo, TX Oct 6, 2014
    4/ 5 stars
    Top of the line handleld
    Best aviation handheld ever! Loud, crisp audio, logical control structure, and ease of operation makes this safety and convenience device a pleasure to own. Lack of a dedicated top-level scan button is the only item keeping me from rating this unit as a 5.
    - Naples , FL Apr 29, 2015
    5/ 5 stars
    excellent deal - thanks pilotmall
    Excellent price, shipping and service from pilotmall - the price on this was less than used on eBay (wow, people expect full price for used rubbish nowadays). Anyhoo - exactly as others have described. Battery life seems to be quite good - after a week of occasional scanning (not transmitting) battery meter is still showing full. Came with firmware 2.0.0 and updated it to 2.0.4 without problem (update available on - don't see any difference after update, so you may not want to go to all this extra hassle unless you have a problem. Transceiver is a bit bigger and heavier than is thought it would be... very rugged construction. Remember comms are line of sight - from home I can't receive my closest airport 13 miles away - had me questioning the effectiveness of these if forced to land off field someday (touch wood). Others have said range is good at 3000'...up to 50 miles I hear, but for me that remains to be seen. Listening to overflying aircraft on the approach to my local airport is loud and clear although I don't know if the volume is loud enough in a noisy Cessna 172 cockpit - the headphone adapter is very nice but the socket is protected by a screw-on waterproof cover which would be awkward to get off in the air. But I'm nitpicking to find fault. Best value transceiver from pilotmall (and I shopped around), rugged and functional, nice clear display. I bought it as a backup for radio problem in the air - I'd been having nightmares thinking about actually flying with inop radios, 7600 etc :-) and this exactly solves that concern, but it's also great for listening to atis while driving out to the plane etc. Saves a few extra minutes of Hobbs time, so it may actually pay for itself that way. Thanks pilotmall for the great price, free shipping, but most of all no protectionist California extortion theft :-) Highly recommended.
    - Fremont, CA Sep 12, 2015
    5/ 5 stars
    Great product
    I haven't been able to fully put the radio to use, but I've been to a few airports and listened in on the communications. Had to read the manual to figure out some of the features, but the manual is descriptive and everything you need to know is there.
    - Winder, GA Sep 19, 2015
    5/ 5 stars
    Good Value
    I am happy with My FTA 550 Transceiver. Solidly built and easy to use. Good value for the money!
    - Orange, CA Sep 30, 2015
    5/ 5 stars
    Yaesu FTA-550 AA
    I was amazed at the great reception and sound quality. Very easy to use and set up. The large screen is another plus! And as always the awesome Pilot Mall price combined with the rebate, it's a must have!
    - Gilroy, CA Oct 4, 2015
    5/ 5 stars
    Good radio
    Although the nav feature is pretty useless, this radio was cheaper than most comm only transceivers. The ability to program the radio from the computer is a plus. I've only had the radio for a little while but the battery life is more than I expected
    - Palos Heights, IL Oct 28, 2015
    4/ 5 stars
    Student Pilot
    Great except i don't like where or how the squelch works.
    - plattsburgh, NY Dec 19, 2015
    4/ 5 stars
    Student Pilot
    Great except i don't like where or how the squelch works.
    - plattsburgh, NY Dec 19, 2015
    5/ 5 stars
    Aviation Transceiver
    This is a replacement for a Yaesu VXA-100 radio that was stolen along with my flight bag out of my car. Nice upgrade and much easier to use.
    - Miami, FL Dec 23, 2015
    5/ 5 stars
    good transaction
    The shipping is tracked. It arrived as expected. It works as I expected.
    - beaverton, OR Mar 28, 2016
    5/ 5 stars
    Great radio for the price
    Great radio for the price. I do agree with others about the squelch being a little awkward but just takes getting used to. Range seems to fine. Does use a lot of battery power while transmitting but most do. NAV is fine with localizer only. Could not justify the extra money for the sportys version for the GS. And how greedy they are with offering no free shipping. I love pilot mall and they treat us veterans with respect. I'm definitely a return customer.
    - Ridgeley, WV Apr 23, 2016
    5/ 5 stars
    Good range and sound quality. I didn't need anything fancy, but I do need clear communications. This is what I got. Pilot Mall shipped it quick.
    - Tarpon Springs, FL Jul 2, 2016
    3/ 5 stars
    Inexpensive but not ergonomic
    Can't beat the price for the AA model, but the ergonomics are terrible, particularly how frequency and squelch are controlled. Frequency selection should have been on a third knob, with the concentric knobs being the traditional volume and squelch. However...can't beat the price!
    - Nashua, NH Aug 3, 2016
    5/ 5 stars
    Perfect for local flights, have not hooked it intio my airplanes system as yet, but I am sure it will be even better. Easy to program, use, carry, so far so good. Can't beat the price!
    - Carson, NV Aug 12, 2016

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