FT-270 Handheld Basics Abbreviations: PS Press Short Press the

FT-270 Handheld Basics Abbreviations: PS Press Short Press the
FT-270 Handheld Basics
Press Short
Press Long
Press & Hold
Rotate Dial
Press To Talk
Turn on the radio:
Adjust the RX volume:
Adjust the squelch level:
Disable the squelch
Set TX power level:
TX / Transmit / Talk:
Lock the keypad/dial:
Weather channel
Turn Internet ON/OFF
Press the key or button and release it quickly
Press the key or button and hold it down for at least one second before releasing it.
Press the key or button and hold it down while you perform the next step
Rotate the large diameter lower dial OR press the ↑↓ keys. (does the same thing)
Allows you to transmit your signal to other radios. (talk)
Allows you to receive signals from other radios.
Pushing it allows you to talk to others. (It is located on the side just below the antenna)
Button is located just below the PTT button. (It is used to temporarily disable the squelch)
Rotate the Power Switch / Volume Knob. (small diameter upper dial/knob) pg 3
Rotate the Power Switch / Volume Knob. (small diameter upper dial/knob) pg 3
PS F, PS MONI, RD to desired level, PS PTT (blocks out weak signals and background noise) p 13
PH MONI to temporarily disable or open the squelch. Release MONI to enable the squelch pg 5
PS F, PS 3/LOW, RD to desired power, PS F (settings: Low 0.5w, Med 2.5w, High 5w) pg 7
Always use the lowest power setting to conserve batteries.
PH PTT to transmit, release PTT when you are finished talking and ready to receive pg15
Hold the radio close to your mouth and speak directly into the small MIC hole above the display.
PL F to lock, OR PL F again to unlock (features locked can be changed in set mode #26) p16
PL 1/SQ TYP.to turn weather on, OR PL 1/SQ TYP again to turn weather off. g 35
PS O/SET for On (atomic symbol is visible when Internet is ON), OR PS O/SET for Off pg 48
You need to know how to turn off the Wires/Internet feature. When it’s on, A beep will precede
your words, and the first part of your transmissions will be cut off.
Enable VFO Mode
Select a VFO frequency:
Scan VFO frequencies
Stop scan, VFO or Mem.
PS VFO, repeat to switch between independently tunable frequencies labeled “a” and “b”. pg13
PS VFO, RD to desired frequency OR enter digits on keypad omitting the first 1 pg 13
In VFO mode, PL ↑ to scan upward, OR PL ↓ to scan downward pg 14
PS either↑↓ key OR PS PTT (will not transmit) OR PS MR/MW pg 39
Enable Memory Mode
Tune to memory channel
Scan memory channels
Save a memory channel
Change memory settings
Delete a memory channel
PS MR/MW (if the word “tun” is visible above the frequency, PS MR/MW again) pg 30
In memory mode, RD OR key in the 2 or 3 digit memory channel number, PS F pg 30
In memory mode, PL ↑ to scan upward OR PL ↓ to scan downward pg 38
PL MR/MW (default saves in next unused channel), RD to change channel, PS MR/MW pg 29
PL MR/MW, RD to channel number that is being changed, PS MR/MW pg29
PL MR/MW, RD to select the channel number to be deleted, PS F pg 32
Repeater settings:
To access a repeater, these 3 settings must be set to match the specific repeater you want to use.
1. Set reptr. frequency Done in VFO mode or in memory mode from an existing channel (see procedures above) pg 13
2. Turn on the TONE PS F, PS 1/SQ TYP, RD to TONE, PS F (causes the CTCSS tone to be transmitted) pg 23
Tone must be turned on before you can select a CTCSS tone.
3. Select a CTCSS tone. PS F, PS 2/CODE, RD to the repeater’s CTCSS tone frequency, PS F (opens the repeater) pg 23
Manual repeater shift.
To monitor a repeater’s RX frequency, PS REV, to return to the repeater’s TX freq. PS REV pg 21
If you hear the person you are talking to when you PS REV, you may be able to switch to Simplex
Set (Menu) Mode
To change settings:
Used to configure 57 miscellaneous transceiver parameters / settings pg 68-69. Parameters pg 72-81
PS F, PS O/SET, RD to select parameter/ item number (1-57), PS F, RD to choose value, PS PTT
OR PL F to save new settings. To make additional changes, don’t save, PS F, RD and repeat steps.
Useful parameters by Item number:
Automatic power off (Off or 0.5H thru 12 H in 0.5 hour increments) pg 72
Enables / disables the beeper (Beeps with: key stroke or scan stop, key stroke or Off) pg 72
Indicates the DC supply voltage pg 73
LCD / keypad lamp mode. (KEY= illuminates for 5 seconds, CONT= continuously or Off) pg 75
Select from the control locking lockout combinations (K = key, D = dial, PTT = press to talk) pg 75
Scan resume (BUSY: resumes if signal drops, HOLD: stays if signal drops, TIME: resumes in 5 sec.) pg 76
44 SQL. Typ
Selects the tone encoder and / or decoder mode. (TONE for Repeaters / OFF for Simplex) pg 79
Set the CTCSS tone frequency (used with repeaters) also, see repeater steps above pg 79
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