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    Default Yaesu FT-60R

    I have an FT-60R handheld radio. I have done the mod to open it to 470mhz by removing 2 resistors. I have read on mods.dk that by removing a third it will open to 500mhz. There is also a thread there saying it is crap and will junk the radio. Has anyone here actually done the 500mhz mod and it worked? Thanks for any info.
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    WARNING,
    That IS a bogus mod. The radio checks for that resistor during power up. you will make your radio useless. Don't do it!!!

    The FT-60r is not really designed to work on 500MHz. You will definetely see reduced performance that high if you even could get that to work.

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    As mentioned, do not remove a third resistor.

    Removing the two resistors already opens the radio up to around 500MHz although it's not happy up there.

    It will work OK on UHF CB (477MHz).

    Just keep in mind that performing these mods makes your amateur radio illegal as it can TX outside the amateur bands.

    I personally know of some amateurs who have had such modded radios seized by ACMA inspectors.

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    Old thread, but UHF CB begins after 470 MHz, which is where the verified mod finishes.

    I just got one of these, and disappointed overall. Even compared to Baofeng.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art View Post
    Old thread, but UHF CB begins after 470 MHz, which is where the verified mod finishes.

    I just got one of these, and disappointed overall. Even compared to Baofeng.
    I've tested one after the mod... works fine on 476/477MHz and everyone I know who has an FT-60 (I have three of them) is very pleased with its performance.

    I've had them up against other operators with Baofeng radios and the Yaesu wins in all regards.

    Is the FT-60 you got been modded in any way?

    It's unusual to hear someone who is disappointed with one.

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    As for the mod, I have no experience with it, and can only go by the original write-up:


    ... and well... every other mention of it either on YouTube, or the net:


    All claim it opens the radio to tx up to 470 MHz,
    as seems to be the case for the OP if this thread.


    Mine isn't modded. It was for a VHF repeater, and has been sitting in a box for five
    months, until yesterday when I peeled the display film off, and found the LCD unreadable
    when viewed directly, and that the unit has no contrast control to fix it:


    It was supposed to be an upgrade from a Baofeng UV-5R to a "proper" handheld,
    but I've had scores of Baofengs in my hand, and none like this.

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    My VX6R display is similar when viewed straight on - but certainly not "unreadable" - but is darker and sharper when viewed from slightly above. Maybe there is some logic there, I don't know.

    I sold my Icom ID51 because I found its display difficult to read, and the VX6R series with black on orange background far better.

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    The video I posted there actually makes it look better, and so do photos. Itís near unreadable for me.
    I should have got FT-65 maybe, but aviation band might be interesting since I live near Amberley air base.

    It was adjusting LCD contrast that had me looking at mods in the first place,
    but itís a bare LCD controlled by the same chip that does the rest of the radio.

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    Am I mistaken, or do you also have to pay to SUBMIT mods to mods.dk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art View Post
    Am I mistaken, or do you also have to pay to SUBMIT mods to mods.dk?
    I don't believe so, but you can clarify this by contacting them () or inquiring via their forum.

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    Yeah I found their contact form.
    I guess theyíd take information from you, and youíd still get to view one post per day as usual.
    It reminds me of RadioMeuseum. Theyíll gladly take your photos, but youíll have to pay to view them.

    Anyways, thereís isnít much difference between the FT-60 R/E versions when it comes to being able to charge the unit from the DC jack on the device itself.

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    With mods.dk if you donate material they don't have e.g. user manuals, service manuals, schematics you get unlimited daily downloads for a certain period.


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    We have a lot of 'members' signing up at Austech from Russia, who obviously just come here to scavenge files others have posted.

    It's not limited to Russians, but they are the predominate ones that sign up but never post.

    OT, but a little info relative to some certain sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtv View Post
    I've tested one after the mod... works fine on 476/477MHz and everyone I know who has an FT-60 (I have three of them) is very pleased with its performance.

    I've had them up against other operators with Baofeng radios and the Yaesu wins in all regards.

    Is the FT-60 you got been modded in any way?

    It's unusual to hear someone who is disappointed with one.
    My FT-60R won't transmit above 470mhz. I removed the 2 resistors. Anything else I could try mtv?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtv View Post
    We have a lot of 'members' signing up at Austech from Russia, who obviously just come here to scavenge files others have posted.

    It's not limited to Russians, but they are the predominate ones that sign up but never post.

    OT, but a little info relative to some certain sites.
    Maybe put the any files inside the premium area. I know some of those posting files are not premium, but maybe the premium members could post file in the premium area. I note there is a good lot of info there .
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    You could try getting a UHF CB handheld which the FT-60 never will be, even if it were able to transmit there.
    I tired mine while I had it open, and 470 MHz was the limit. There was also no difference in 1 or 2 links being removed.
    They are 0 ohm resistors, and easy to replace with solder blobs.

    Itís also obvious now that itís the FCC that wouldnít allow the internal charger circuit in the USA, and ACMA probably followed suit.
    Itís noisy, and is received by the radio itself on VHF band in AM mode.

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    Yeah. I've got a Motorola that transmits through the uhf cb band.
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