Hey, My Yaesu Beeps When I Transmit!
I own a variety of Yaesu ham radio transceivers and like them a lot. Except for that one little annoying feature that the FM rigs have: WIRES.
About once every two weeks, one of the local radio hams gets on the repeater with a DTMF beep at the start of every transmission. We’ve come to expect it now, so the first question to the ham is “are you by chance using a Yaesu radio?” They always say “yes” and then we talk them through the process of turning off the WIRES “feature.”
The WIRES function sends a DTMF signal at the start of every transmission for use with Yaesu’s version of internet repeater linking (which is not used much in the US). The problem is that it is very easy to bump the wrong button on your radio and accidently get it into this mode. This means that this is mostly a nuisance feature in the US.
I recently came across a way to disable this feature on your Yaesu radio so that it won’t sent the DTMF tone even if you activate it by accident. Basically, you set the WIRES tone to be empty, so nothing is transmitted if you accidentally turn on WIRES. I did not come up with this clever hack…in fact, I am not sure who put this together. (If you do, let me know and I’ll give them credit.) Take a look at this pdf file and follow the instructions to de-WIRES your radio: Turn Off Wires
73, Bob K0NR
I think this happened to a FT-60R I once owned. I admit, I was baffled until I finally Googled “ft-60r beeps transmit” and discovered the answer. 🙂
Thanks for this insight to the FT-60R transmit beep, I was able to get a good deal on a used FT-60R because the previous owner didn’t google this problem.
Many thanks on this “hack”. Been scratching my head for weeks; may you and Google be praised! As a newbie, been listening only, while I tried to puzzle out this annoyance.
Thanks! That resolved the problem with my Yaesu FT-60!