FTA-550L Series Handheld VHF

Part No: FTA-550L

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Yaesu FTA 550L Handheld Transceiver

The FTA-550 is a 760-channel handheld transceiver that also features a VOR receiver, and will even receive and display a localizer! FTA-550 also features a large fully backlit and dimmable dot matrix LCD display with the resolution to easily see all of the great features the radio has to offer. It can store 200 channels in memory and uses up to 15 alphanumeric characters to easily identify those channels. When a VOR or Localizer frequency is selected, the NAV display shows a CDI for easy navigation, and the radio comes configured with an easy-to-use icon-driven menu system where display and menu settings are logically configured for an intuitive user interface.

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.


The FTA-550 is available in two package choices:

  • FTA-550L Comes supplied with Li-Ion battery, 110V and 12VDC charger with cradle, Alkaline battery tray, 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/LOC 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)

    Well accessorized!  Includes DC Cigarette Lighter Adapter, headset adapter cable, alkaline battery case, belt clip, and USB programming cable. 

    The Yaesu FTA-550AA features a IPX5 waterproof design protects it against rain and water jets. Great for flight line personnel, airshow use, and anyone using a transceiver outdoors where it may rain. In addition it's 800 mw audio amplifier makes the FTA-550AA louder than any other handheld transceiver available today (for example, it's about 35% louder than the Icom IC-A23). The Yaesu FTA-550AA is powered by six standard AA alkaline batteries.

    200 memory channels can be easily programmed into the FTA-550AA allowing quick easy access to frequently used channels on the aviation band.  Each "book memory" channel can be programmed into the unit using the optional PC programming software and cable. All memory channels can be labeled with either a channel number assignment, operating frequency display, or an alpha-numeric channel name display.

    Breaking the squelch threshold has never been easier. Press the Squelch button for two seconds and the FTA-550AA's squelch remains opened for monitoring weak and distant signals. Pressing Squelch again restores squelch settings. This is TRUE one handed operation. No need to fumble with tightly spaced concentric knobs!

    Receiver Battery Saver feature is designed to maximize the life of the transceiver's battery. When the FTA-550AA is in the standby mode the battery saver de-energizes the transceivers circuitry, waking up at user selected intervals to sample for radio activity. If no activity is detected the FTA-550AA goes back into its sleep mode. Current consumption is minimized, thereby maximizing battery life. This feature is only found on Yaesu's air band transceivers!

    The FTA-550AA can receive all 10 NOAA weather broadcast frequencies. The Automatic Active Weather Channel Locator automatically scans for active NOAA weather stations in your area when the Weather band is selected.


    In the box:

    Headset adapter Yaesu 750L radio Antenna Rechargable Li-ion battery Wall charger Cigarette lighter charger Desktop cradle USB programming cable Alkaline battery tray User manual

    Easy to operate!  The FTA-550AA 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.

    Great display!  The FTA-550AA 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-550AA has to offer.

    Navigation! When the FTA-550AA receives a VOR signal, the display will automatically switch to the NAV band screen which shows a CDI based on the received signal.

    • 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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