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Yaesu FT-2980R 2 Meter VHF Heavy Duty 80 Watt Mobile Transceiver

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FT-2980R 80 Watt Heavy-Duty 144 MHz FM Transceiver Now Shipping


The Yaesu FT-2980R is quiet and powerful. This ruggedly-built 2 meter transceivers boasts 80 watts of output. Yet no fan is required thanks to Yaesu's die cast chassis/heat-sink design. The ergonomics are unsurpassed for safe mobile operation. Four power levels are available:  80, 30, 10 and 5 watts. And weather channels are built in with Severe Weather Alert capability. The FT-2980R is MIL-STD 810 tough. You get extended receive from 136-174 MHz. The backlit display has four dimmer levels. The FT-2980R is similar to the FT-2900R, but provides 5 watts more.

The supplied MH-48A6J hand mic is backlit. Other included items:  MMB83 mobile mounting bracket, DC power cord with fuse, standing front feet and operating manual. This radio requires 13.8 VDC at ?? Amps. 6.3 x 2 x 7.3 inches 4.2 lbs. Three year limited manufacturer's warranty


CTCSS and DCS Encode/Decode Built In
For easy repeater access, or silent monitoring of busy channels, both CTCSS and DCS (Digital Code Squelch) Encoder/Decoder circuits are built in. CTCSS and DCS configuration data may be stored independently in each memory channel. A “Split Tone” mode also allows operation on systems where CTCSS and DCS are used separately on the repeater uplink/downlink.
Extensive Memory System
The FT-2980R provides a total of 221 memory channels, including 200 “regular” memories, ten pairs of band-limit memories, and an instant-recall “Home” channel you can dedicate to a frequently-used repeater or simplex frequency. Memories can store repeater shift information, CTCSS/DCS data, power output level, scanning status (“Skip”), and Alpha-Numeric labels.
Alpha-Numeric Channel Display
Memory channels may be displayed either with the channel frequency or a personalized Alpha-Numeric label, for easy channel recognition. Up to six letters, characters, or numbers may be used for labeling channels.
WIRES Internet Linking Access Feature
The FT-2980R includes a conveniently-located “Internet” key, for quick access to Internet-linked repeater systems. Internet repeater linking allows you to use your FT-2980R to talk to other Amateurs throughout the world, with outstanding voice signal quality. The “Internet” key may be configured to send either a single DTMF digit, or a DTMF string, for operation on a WIRES™ (Wide-Coverage Internet Repeater Enhancement System) repeater, or on other Internet-linked repeaters using DTMF tone access. For more information on WIRES™, please visit our Web site (www.yaesu.com)
WX Channels
A special 10-channel Weather Band memory bank is provided in the U.S. version, allowing quick access to NOAA weather broadcasts. When the 1050-Hz “Severe Weather” alert tone is transmitted, the FT-2980R may be configured to emit an alarm tone to get your attention quickly. With the “Weather Alert” feature enabled, the FT-2980R will scan the ten Weather memories, stopping only if the 1050-Hz tone is received.
Excellent Receiver Performance
The FT-2980R’s receiver front end features Yaesu’s renowned Advanced Track Tuning RF input filtering, which affords outstanding protection from Intermodulation distortion.
Large LCD Display
The large 6 digit backlit LCD on the FT-2980R ensure excellent visibility
Loud Audio with Internal Speaker
The FT-2980R packs 3W BIG watts of Loud Audio with its own Internal Speaker for those noisy environments.
Now with 80 Watts of Power Output
80 Watts of Solid RF Power with No Cooling Fan Needed! Four selectable power output levels are provided: 80/30/10/5 Watts. The power selection may be stored into memory, allowing you to conserve power while using strong local repeaters.


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  1. Top of the line 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Nov 2018

    There's no fan for the 80 watts but the heat sink never gets very warm so the fan isn't needed. For the money this is the best deal for performance, very easy to program if you follow directions also has a CW trainer which is kinda fun .

  2. Great little radio 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jan 2018

    This is a very nice little 2m radio with Aton of features. MTC had it for a great price and got it to me very quickly.

  3. It's a Yeasu 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Jan 2018

    Works like it is supposed to. Very easy to program and use.

  4. Great radio 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Jan 2018

    I had the earlier version. I used it in my E150 van mobile.
    It served me fine. The extra power was a Big help and extended the range over my 50 watt 2 meter way more then mere numbers would indicate.
    The best part of this rig is the 4 power levels.
    They are very useful.
    5 watts 10 watts 30watts and Yes 80watts.
    If you decide to use 2 meter amp with this radio mobile with an internal preamp to get the most of mobile operations then just program all your memories with no more then 30watts of drive. Most 2 meter do very well driven at 30watts.
    Then you have ouputs of 5watts to 170 watts with a
    TE System amp. This will make your mobile experience with 2 meters FM all the more fun. Enough power to offset the more noise we are getting these days when mobile on 2 meter.
    The man made RFI is worse than ever.
    I really like this radio!

  5. Lots O' Power for Less Money 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Dec 2017

    Up to 80 watts to reach out and touch someone! Hard to beat for the price point. Simple, no-frills 2-Meter for home or on the road. Large display, well lit, easy to read. Menu has many options & is easy to use after familiarization. Seems to be built like a brick house. No fan so it will get warm w/ high use on 80w. It's basically a FT-2900R

  6. Yaesu FT-2980 operation 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Dec 2017

    The Yaesu FT-2980R is a radio that is dependable and easy to operate. If you take the time to read thru the well written manual the set up and programing is easy.

  7. FT-2980R 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Dec 2017

    Just picked a New FT-2980R. And this Rig is operating "Superb" and already doing very great on the performance and the extra power. First it has more rejection than the FT-2900 and then when I put it on the Digital Power Meter it does a little over 5.4 Watts on the 1st power mode. The second it does about 10.5. The third mode it does about 34.8 watts and last but not least on the forth power mode. I saw it flash right at 90 Watts then I usually ran about 89.9. I would recommend one of these to anyone who is a serious Two Meter Operator! Which is Fantastic for a Two Meter Radio. I also want to THANK Mr.Richard of MTC and his Team for their wonderful service and support. (THE BEST). And would want to Wish EVERYONE A HAPPY AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS!