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 has the capability of storing 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.
The FTA-550 can easily be reprogrammed in minutes using the optional PC Programming software and the supplied USB programming cable.
FTA-550 AA Comes supplied with:
Alkaline battery tray, 12VDC Power cable, Antenna, Belt clip, headset adapter, and USB programming cable.
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)
VOR 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)
Now Meets MIL-STD-810F
The FTA-550 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.
Aviation Radio - The Basics
The Civil Aviation aircraft band is split into two segments. Air to Air and Air to Ground communications are in the 118.00-136.975MHz range and are divided into channels each 8.33KHz wide since 2018. Before this, the divisions were wider, meaning in some busier areas, the available channels were full. Changing the entire system, world wide was done and now more frequencies are available.
The downside to this is that radio equipment produced for the old system does not have the ability to tune the correct frequencies and each country require aviators to only use new equipment. While the aircraft fitted radios got changed as a priority, many pilots want a backup that can be kept for emergencies of convenience.
The other part of the band, from 108.00MHz to 117.95MHz is used for navigation aids, in particular the VOR system where ground based beacons broadcast their location, and suitably equipped radios can receive these signals and display them in a compass style.
Not all radios feature the navigation capability - our FTA-550AA is designed to run on ordinary AA cells, so ideal for emergency use and it features both VOR and ILS capability.
The FTA-250L does not feature the navigation aids and comes with rechargeable batteries for general communications use.
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