7 September 2017

Yaesu Radios Get 5Mhz Band Update


Yaesu have announced a firmware update for several radios which adds the 5Mhz (60m) band.

Updates are available for the FT-891, FT-991, FT-991A, FTdx1200, FTdx3000 and the FTdx5000.

Link to files: YAESU WEBSITE (Link goes to FT-991 files, for other radios select your radio from the links on the page)

Update notes (Referring to the FT-991)

* The 5 MHz amateur band is updated for the FT-991 as follows: US / EXP / CHN / AUS versions 

1. By pressing and holding the band key [14/5], the 5 MHz band can now be selected. 

2. The three 5 MHz band stacks are called up by successively pressing and holding the
[14/5] Band Key. (Transmission/Reception operation in 5 MHz band in each version does not change)


UK version transceiver which can transmit 5 MHz in USB mode 

1. By pressing and holding the band key [14/5], the 5 MHz band can now be selected. 

2. The three 5 MHz band stacks are called up by successively pressing and holding the [14/5] Band
Key. 

3. VFO operation Transmit in all modes is now possible at frequencies of 5.250.0MHz - 5.406.5MHz.


EU transceiver which can not currently transmit 5 MHz 

1. By pressing and holding the band key [14/5], the 5 MHz band can now be selected. 

2. The three 5 MHz band stacks are called up by successively pressing and holding the [14/5] Band
Key. 

3. 5.351.5MHz - 5.366.5MHz frequencies, VFO operation Transmit in all modes is now possible.

NOTE: For the 5 MHz band, please operate according to Regulation of each country and license of customer.


To access the 5Mhz band on my FT-991 following the update all you need to do is press and hold the '14' button on the band select screen to gain access.

I feel the display should have been altered to display 14/5 instead of just 14 or even better the whole band select screen should have been reorganised but maybe that will come in a future update.