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Yaesu FT-70DR Full Review

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VA2PV, Dec 16, 2018.

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  1. VA2PV

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    Here is a complete review of the Yaesu FT-70DR, Dual Band (VHF / UHF) digital HT (C4FM).

    This radio is currently discounted for the Holidays. See your local dealer.

    For the desktop charger, look for the Yaesu SBH-28.

    73
    Pascal VA2PV



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  2. NU4R

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    A great HT you can easily program in the palm of your hand.... unlike "others" that require total dedication to a computer.

    Merry Christmas all!
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2018
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  3. KM6CND

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    Two hands needed to adjust the volume. My only gripe...
     
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  4. KD9VV

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    I bought one a year ago..wish I didn't!

    The battery life of this rig is a joke.
    1 hr of minimal use and you are done.
    Just sitting on my shelf for a few weeks w/o any use, it loses battery power.

    I was surprised Yaesu would release a rig like this; my Baofeng outlasts it by a mile!
    Sad part?..I can not find a higher capacity pack for it.

    Sure; it works great; but with such a lousy battery life; that alone kills it.
     
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  5. N2DRB

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    KD9VV, I think you should try a factory reset (if you haven't already) and if the problem persists, reach out to Yeasu. I don't think any radio that only an hour with minimal use is normal unless you transmitting on high power for nearly the entire hour continuously. I have no trouble getting many hours of usage out of mine. Scanning or lots of transmitting does wear it down more than just monitoring alone but that'll be any rig too. Get that radio / battery checked out. I think you have a specific issue rather than a global one affecting all users.
     
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  6. K8JHR

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    KC9VV-- I understand your disappointment. I would return the product to the retailer and request either exchange or refund, as it appears either the HT or its battery is defective. You are not experiencing typical product performance. Good luck. K8JHR
     
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  7. W2JLD

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    all the resetting in the world is not going to do anything to make this radio preform.

    the radio is not worth it. do not waste your money
     
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  8. N2DRB

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    Did you have a similar issue? Maybe my note on it being specific to one user isn't accurate if you too are having issues?
     
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  9. KC5HWB

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    I didn't like the volume adjustment either, which is the same way it is adjusted on the FT-1D. My battery life is fine, so no issues there. I do miss the "Dx" key that the FT-1D and FT-2D radios have, that allows you to query the repeater to find out what WIRESx room the repeater is in. I can't find a way to do that with this rig.
     
  10. UT7UX

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    A lot of owners report the same problem, just browse reviews. It looks pretty much like hardware flaw, not a software glitch that could be fixed with reset. Even when everything works as it should, a slim battery is a pain. I’ve been used ID-51 with its kit battery and its kit wall charger: this was stupidest buy. Battery drained in few hours and recharge takes eternity. Acceptable battery and acceptable charger were expensive options so I was happy to sell it and forget Icom at all. I suppose Yaesu with its FT-70D wouldn’t go better. Why didn’t they just improve FT1D? And I personally hate Yaesu’s keypad layout. Why? Why don’t they do standard 4x4 keypad with zero at the bottom?
     
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