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Yaesu FTA-850L VHF Handheld Radio - Li Ion Battery

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Part# 11-18962
MFR Model# FTA-850L


Introducing the Yaesu FTA-850L portable airband transceiver, precisely engineered to meet the requirements of top aviators. Boasting top tier features like a 2.4" full-color TFT display, enhanced navigation features using ILS, VOR, or GPS, and a 400 channel memory bank. Forget the wires, featuring a Built-in Bluetooth module allowing operation with a commercially available Bluetooth headset, or use with Yaesu's optional SSM-BT10 headset.

Built around an ultra-durable polycarbonate housing, the FTA-850L meets the IPX-5 water proof rating, and the stringent MIL-STD-810H standards. Packaged with a high capacity 2200mAh Lithium-Ion battery, Headset adapter, 100-240VAC charger, 12VDC charger/Power cable, drop in charging cradle, backup Alkaline battery tray, and heavy duty belt clip. All backed by an industry leading 3 year waterproof warranty.


    ILS Navigation (Localizer and Glide Slope)
  • When the FTA-850L receives an ILS signal, the display will automatically switch to the NAV band screen which shows a CDI (Course Deviation Indicator) based on the received localizer signal or the glide slope signal. Course and height deviation are clearly presented on the color CDI display, and aid with the landing approach under bad weather conditions.
    VOR Navigation
  • When the FTA-850L receives a VOR signal, the display automatically switches to the NAV band screen and shows the CDI. The top of the compass rose always indicates the direction set as the OBS. The SOG (Speed Over Ground) is displayed only when the FTA-850L internal GPS unit is activated and a fix is acquired.
    Flight-Route Display and Navigation
  • The Flight Route Navigation feature clearly presents the traveling route, listing the waypoints from the departure point to the final destination, including the current position where Navigation is being performed. Route, Location and travel status can be assessed at a glance. Navigation is also displayed on an easy-to-read color compass screen.
    Dual Frequency Display
  • DD (Dual Frequency Display) screen presents two frequencies separately on the top and bottom of the screen. The most recently tuned information (Comm Frequency, Memory group and Weather channel) are always set into the active channel automatically. the target mode and channel can easily be switched between different modes using the DD screen, without going through the MENU.


  • Frequency Ranges: RX 108.000 to 136.9916 MHz (NAV and COM) / 161.650 to 163.275 MHz (Weather Channels) / 329.150 to 335.000 MHz (Glide Slope) / TX 118.000 to 136.9916 MHz
  • Channel Spacing: 25 kHz/8.33 kHz
  • Emission Type: TX: AM RX: AM & FM
  • RF Power Output: 6.0 W (PEP), 1.8 W (Carrier Power)
  • Water Protection Rating: IPX5
  • GPS Receiver Channels: 66 Channels
  • Case Size(W x H x D): 2.4" x 5.2" x 1.3" (60 x 132 x 34 mm) w/ SBR-39LI, w/o Knob & Antenna
  • Weight: 13.9 oz (395 g) w/ SBR-39LI, Antenna and Belt Clip


  • Oversized 2.4" TFT Color Display (240 x 320 pixel)
  • Dual Frequency Display
  • Wireless Bluetooth operation
  • ILS Navigation Display (localizer and Glide Slope)
  • VOR Navigation Display
  • Integrated 66 Channel WAAS GPS Receiver
  • Waypoint Navigation
  • 8.33 kHz Narrow Band Compatible
  • NOAA Weather Channel Receive
  • NOAA Weather Alert
  • 400 Memory Channels with 14 Character Alphanumeric Tags
  • Water Protection - IPX5 Rating
  • Rugged Construction: Certified to MIL-STD-810H
  • Loud Audio Output
  • PC Programmable (USB Cable Included)

In The Box

  • Antenna (SRA-20A)
  • Li-Ion Battery Pack (SBR-39LI 7.2V, 2200 mAh)
  • Belt Clip (SHB-11)
  • AC Charger (SAD-25)
  • Charger Cradle (SBH-11)
  • Cigarette Lighter DC/DC Converter (SDD-12)
  • Headset Adapter Cable (SCU-42)
  • Alkaline Battery Tray (SBT-12 : AA x 6)
  • USB Cable (T9101648)
  • Operating Manual
  • Warranty Card
  • Accessories
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Thrilled with my new first handheld airband transceiver! The colored screen is vivid and easy to read, easy to use while the VOR feature adds precision to navigation. Its incredibly user-friendly, making flying a breeze. Highly recommend!

Ali A Verified Purchase


April 28, 2024

So far so good. I love the ability to quickly switch between recent frequencies, color screen is big and nice. Buttons and functions are streamlined and very easy to navigate. Looking forward to testing out the VOR capabilities.

Jonathan C Verified Purchase


December 26, 2023

Very pleased. Good performance, good price and easier to use than Icom

Chris C Verified Purchase


October 7, 2023

I really enjoy taking my new 850L with me wherever I go. Simple use and lots of features!

Basil D Verified Purchase


June 26, 2023

Awesome radio. GPS function works great. Lots of features. Only downside is the volume. My EAB is noisy. Learned handheld speaker is 8 ohm. Headsets are 300 ohm. Not enough to have full volume. Built line jack with transformer to up the ohm. (See Google). Works better.

Doug K Verified Purchase


May 24, 2023

This is the second unit I have purchased. Great display and easy to navigate the menu system.

Harvey A Verified Purchase


May 24, 2023

Great backup radio with navigation too. Easy to read screen

Jim C Verified Purchase


March 7, 2023

This is a really good handheld. I did not have any issues setting it up. The manual is pretty well written. I downloaded and used the software to program the frequencies I wanted. The number of memory slots and groups are way adequate for me. I have not yet had a chance to try the nav features yet. This replaced my Vertex VX-710 which was still functioning and working.

Julius G Verified Purchase


April 2, 2022

Excellent product, dont fly without it, for safetys sake!

Wes G Verified Purchase


January 7, 2022

Very good product

Ricardo M Verified Purchase


January 3, 2022


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Q: Does the battery charger on the Yaesu FTA 850L accept European 220/240 V Ac?

Yes, this includes a 100-240VAC charger.

Q: Does the YEASU 850 Handheld radio need the vertex bnc heliical antenna and if so what does that give you over the antenna that comes with the radio?

This already comes with an antenna and does not require you to get the other one.

Q: On a Bluetooth Headset like a new David Clark, do you need a seperate PTT adaptor with the FTA 850L?

When connected using Bluetooth, you can use the VOX function to automatically transmit when voice is heard. In order to use the remote PTT switch, the headset jacks would need to be plugged into the headset adapter on the Yeasu FTA 850L.

Q: Can this be used with the Flightcom IISX intercom so two pilots can talk and use the radio? The intercom has an aux input. Or via bluetooth? Or, are handheld radios for single pilot only?

Yes, handheld radios can be used for two pilots. You would need to use a portable two place intercom, like part # 11-08700 for this. You can also connect multiple headsets via Bluetooth to this radio.

Q: Yaesu has a bluetooth adapter on their website for the 850L. Is the Bluetooth internal on the 850L?

The FTA850L has a built-in Bluetooth module.

Q: In numerous places the SDD-12 specs refer to 12 volt supply voltage. In the owners manual it mentions 12-24 volt input. I have a 28 volt bus in my plane. Can you confirm that the SDD-12 can accept a 28 volt input? Thanks.

In aviation, 12-24 is the same as 14-28 volt aircraft.

Q: Is there a charging cradle for the FTA850L?

It comes with the Charger cradle included in the box.

Q: Does this Yaesu FTA 850L have a female bnc to plug a male coax bnc into it?

The antenna mount is a female BNC.

Q: What country was this Yaesu FTA 850L radio manufactured in?

This radio is manufactured in Japan.

Q: Will this radio pair with a regular bluetooth speakers, those bluetooth speakers one can buy at Walmart or Best Buy?

This unit is made for aviation use and has not been tested with non-aviation items. It may work but we have not confirmed it.

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