Mobile Dual Band Radio with DMR and APRS - Similar to the Yaesu FTM-400DR

Discussion in 'Mobile Radio Systems' started by N5HJW, Jun 30, 2018.

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  1. N5HJW

    N5HJW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am slowly getting my feet wet after getting my license and need to save space in my car by not having multiple radios doing different things. I would like a radio that does DMR and APRS. The Yaesu FTM-400DR is dual band, has aprs, but is set up for Fusion, not DMR. I would like a DMR radio similar to this for my car. Any suggestions?
  2. WD9EWK

    WD9EWK Ham Member QRZ Page

    For now, there aren't any options that combine DMR and APRS like you describe with the FTM-400DR.

    You'd have to use something like a Mobilinkd TNC with your DMR radio, but it won't be an integrated way to do APRS like with other radios used with Fusion or (with a Kenwood TH-D74) D-Star. You might not be able to use your DMR radio while APRS is in operation this way.

    Are you only interested in using APRS to see yourself (or have others see you) on a map? You could go with something separate from your DMR radio for APRS, like a Byonics MicroTrak. If you do that, and if your DMR activity is primarily on 70cm, you could connect both to a diplexer and share a 2m/70cm antenna on your car.

  3. N5HJW

    N5HJW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks. Do you have a recommendation for a budget friendly mobile with 2m, 70cm, and aprs? I have an HT that will do with an openspot for now for DMR.
  4. WD9EWK

    WD9EWK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Define "budget friendly".

    Yaesu has the FTM-100DR and the FTM-400XDR that do APRS, FM, and Fusion/C4FM. Kenwood has the TM-D710GA that does APRS and FM.
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  5. N5HJW

    N5HJW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Cheap! But something that is not garbage. I want to actually be able to use it and like it. If I understood the fusion reflectors more, I would jump on the 400xdr. I am a DMR guy so far. It seems the openspot can only be configured to a single reflector at a time on fusion.
  6. WD9EWK

    WD9EWK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I started my reply with that question, because what you are asking for - something with APRS - isn't considered "cheap". I don't think those mobiles I mentioned are garbage, but as you move away from DMR and especially the relatively inexpensive DMR radios, you aren't at "cheap" anymore.

    If you have an openSpot, you have options to use that to access DMR from a Fusion radio, or to connect a Fusion radio to reflectors/talkgroups that tie together DMR and even D-Star.
  7. N5HJW

    N5HJW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't think those mobiles are garbage, just defining cheap. :) I ended up choosing the FTM-400XDR. I am looking forward to getting it in. I would like DMR included in a mobile, but I will just stick to my HT for that for now.
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  8. KD5BVX

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    For APRS I always recommend the Kenwood TM-D710GA - excellent for APRS. It is analog only, though, but strictly giving this recommendation based on the desire for APRS.
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  9. KS1G

    KS1G Ham Member QRZ Page

    Since OP said "budget", a used D700 (prior model to 710) might be good enough to get started. Also APRS-capable HTs, allowing that HT's in a mobile environment are a compromise: Kenwood D7A, maybe D72 (prices have held up well, so not really "budget"), and Yaesu VX8 (based on my experience, I think the VX8 doesn't do APRS quite as well as the Kenwoods at 5W, but an outboard amp to get up to 25-30W seems to take care of it). While DMR radios can do analog, I'm also not aware of any that include APRS capability like the Kenwoods mobiles. I'd check first and verify there is enough DMR activity in your area to support having it.
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  10. K4GDG

    K4GDG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sorry to bring this topic back up after 18 months, but I'm also looking at the FTM-400 for system fusion to DMR via ZumSpot, as well as APRS. Am I asking too much of the transceiver to do analog repeater (2m), APRS, and also system fusion on 70cm? Can the transceiver even do APRS and analog 2M at the same time? I was unable to get a clear understanding of it in the manual, nor or YouTube

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