FTM-300DR vs. FTM-400XDR

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by W4DJV, Jul 7, 2020.

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  1. W4DJV

    W4DJV Ham Member QRZ Page

    One benefit of the pandemic is that I've brushed off my gear and I'm getting back into the hobby. I'm looking at the fractured VHF/UHF digital modes equipment market and I'm settling in on Yaesu and their System Fusion (I want to throw this Anytone DMR in the trash). I'm considering and evaluating the 300DR against the 400XDR. Has anyone created a side-by-side comparison of these two radios?

    Owners of either of these - what should I know about this choice??

    73 de Dan
  2. KD1ELK

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    The 300 has a 2 inch non touch display, built in bluetooth (audio only, yaesu BT is years behind the times so it probably wont work with your vehicles stereo), audio recording, digital on both bands, and for some reason separate audio outputs for the A and B bands. I think these are the major differences between the two.

    I am glad I got the 400.
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  3. AD0HT

    AD0HT Ham Member QRZ Page

    One difference may have to do with the band scope. On the ftm 400 you can program memory's and when in memory mode, the band scope shows the activity on the frequencies programed around the current listening frequency (channel slices really). This allows you to program memories such that a connected repeater group input/output frequencies can be programmed in successive memories and that activity displayed - who is using what repeater and who is within simplex range - pretty cool feature but not necessary.

    This feature also allows you to program your favorites near each other and listen to one while visually watching the others - regardless of above or below or near the listening freq. My programming strategy for the FTM 400 is totally different from that for my ft-8800.

    The ftm 300:

    With the Band Scope Function, users can monitor up to 63 channels centered around the current VFO frequency in real time. (21 channels in memory channel mode)

    *Note: I do not have a 300 and do not actually know how the scope is implemented in memory or VFO mode.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2020
  4. W4DJV

    W4DJV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you for giving me your feedback!
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  5. WB8NQW

    WB8NQW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just got the FTM-300DR Tuesday so still experimenting with it. Many of the menu options are like the FTM-400. I am amazed at the amount of information displayed on the screen. I am not impressed with the SSM-BT10 Bluetooth device. It works but the audio level in ear is definitely not designed for one with hearing difficulties and there is noticeable delay between voice start and transmit start. Also other stations tell me that the audio when using the Bluetooth device does not sound like me and is not the greatest quality. I am researching other Bluetooth headsets. Otherwise, so far I really like the radio and highly recommend the RT Software system. Still experimenting.
  6. K6CLS

    K6CLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ft300 has dual radios, so may allow duplex for satellite work. Dunno about a headset though, essential to prevent audio feedback in to the mic.

    Personally I'm beyond disappointed with Bluetooth. BTW Kenwood BT stinks too.

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