How had I missed this? The FT-8900 does AM on 28MHz!

How long have I had my FT-8900? Four, five years, maybe? Of course I knew it received AM on air band and have used it on there from time to time, but it never occurred to me that it would work on 29MHz.

This afternoon, I noticed a tweet from Richard GW1JFV saying that he’d worked K1GUP on 29MHz AM and went on to say that he used his FT8900. I happened to be in the shack at the time and had the instruction manual to hand.

Menu item #45 was quickly found AM on | off – which allowed me to toggle AM on to 29MHz.

I fired it up and it sounds ok. Not brilliant on the monitor receiver – perhaps a little harsh, but it’s AM nevertheless.

Another option for using AM on 29MHz. Thanks Richard!

Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “How had I missed this? The FT-8900 does AM on 28MHz!”

  • Mark AI4HO:

    Wow, I have had my FT-8900 for…7 or 8 years now, I knoe about receiving AM for air traffic, but never knew you could xmit on 29mHz! That’s cool as hell, I’ll have to check it out tomorrow when ever I go out and about…if I go out and about. My FT-8900 is in my truck, been thinking about taking it out and bringing it in the house and putting my TM-D700A in place of the 8900. Thank you, very useful information.

  • Frank ON6UU:


    Indeed a nice to read !!!
    I will have to search for a frequency list so I at least know where to find you guys 🙂
    Never used it but must be fun indeed.


  • Frank ON6UU:

    My manual says….reception…would be possible that the harse sound is FM ??


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