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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Cheapest Yaesu HTs on the market?

Today via twitter I became aware of 2 Yaesu HT that are priced around the point of the more higher end Baofeng radios, these are the FT-4VE single band and the FT-4XE dual-band, these are both FM only, no C4FM or APRS on these HTs, and the XE variant costs £63, yes that's £63!.

The VE variant is only £60 and both are available from good Amateur radio suppliers, it was brought to my attention on twitter via Martin Lynch and Sons, who no doubt are as shocked as I am that these radios are cheap but Yaesu radios.

On another blog Simon the Wizard commented that they are made in the Anytone factory (he used the name Qixiang which I know is actually Anytone, owning two Anytone made radios myself), though I wouldn't see how or why Yaesu would subcontract manufacturing to the Chinese, though these radios are placed in the budget bracket.

I am tempted to get one of these radios for review, as it is in a price band I can stretch to and justify, I rarely review radios but this is a cheap Yaesu and I feel is worth reviewing.

I shall keep an eye on this one to see how it sells as well.

73 de 2E0EIJ

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