Don’t get me wrong. I love my little Yaesu FT-60 dual-bander. Before this radio, I always owned Kenwood HTs and they were great. But I couldn’t pass up this little gem for under $200. Yes, it has a NiMH battery instead of lithium ion like those new Wouxuns. No, it doesn’t have cross-band repeat like some of those other HTs. But it’s reliable. It’s small. And it’s a great value.
Why am I complaining? I hate the speaker mic jack. Specifically, I hate that whenever I use my speaker mic it always starts to fall out of the jack a little bit. Not a big deal, right? Well, unfortunately as the plug starts to come out (and we’re talking just a millimeter or two), it keys the transmitter until you notice it. If you have a big mouth like I do, this can be a problem. Besides potential embarassment, you run the risk of interfering with other QSOs. And if you’re running EMCOMM, for which this radio is very popular, it could interfere with more important traffic than run-of-the-mill ragchewing.
This sort of thing never happened with my Kenwood rigs with their two-plug (3.5mm/2.5mm) connections versus Yaesu’s all-in-one single (3.5mm) stereo phone plug. It’s compact, yes. But it’s not as stable. And trying to jam everything into one plug creates problems like this.
Has anyone else noticed the same problem? If so, have you developed a fix for this wandering plug (short of a tight rubber band around the radio)?Matt Thomas, W1MST, is the managing editor of AmateurRadio.com.