Yaesu Announces FT-70DR 5W Dual-Band C4FM HT

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W4LKO, Mar 21, 2017.

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  1. KK6QMS

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    I am in So Cal and 70cm is massive. Main repeater i/o and many link frequencies are on 70cm here. Just depends on where you are. I also realize I am in a VHF/UHF mecca.
    :)
    73
     
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  2. NC5P

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    I also have to wonder why they are obsessed with digital voice and nothing else. Not only the radios but the repeaters and network under their tight control. I do use Fusion, also D-Star, DMR, and P25. I also am interested in 2m SSB. Yaesu used to lead the pack in weak signal VHF/UHF and satellite gear. They don't seem interested in it anymore nor in HF. I love my FT-817 but it really is showing it's age.
     
  3. KG5EXW

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    Since there is nothing on the Yaesu corporate site yet the only information we have is from the gigaparts shill. I wrote to Yaesu this AM for further details (operator manual) but have not heard back as of this PM.
     
  4. NC5P

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    Probably a menu system like Icom's ID-31A/51A. It's the price you pay for very small. I have the ID-31A but use it on my hotspot most of the time so I just select things on the computer screen then walk around with the HT talking on it.
     
  5. KN0DE

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    FT-60R VS FT-70DR.

    FT-60R:
    Price: 155.00$ (From Gigaparts)
    Features:

    • Over 1000 Memory Channels w/Alpha-numeric Labels
    • Ten Memory Banks for Channel Allocation
    • High Power Output: 5 Watts
    • Long-life FNB-83 (7.2 V/1400 mAh) and Overnight Charger included
    • CTCSS and DCS Encode/Decode, with Split Tone and DCS Encode-only Capability
    • One-Touch NOAA Weather Access
    • NOAA Severe Weather Alert with Alert Scan
    • Nine DTMF Auto-Dialer Memories
    • Two Front Panel Programmable Keys
    • Convenient Access Key for Vertex Standard’s WIRES™ (Wide-coverage Internet Repeater Enhancement System)
    • RF Squelch (only passes signals exceeding programmed level)
    • Mono-band and Memory-only Operating Modes
    • Rugged Die-cast, Water-resistant Case Construction
    • Huge LCD Display
    • Transmit Time-Out Timer (TOT) and Automatic Power-Off (APO)
    • Automatic Repeater Shift (ARS)
    • YAESU’s exclusive ARTS™ (Auto-Range Transponder System) which "beeps" the user when you move out of communications range

    FT-70DR:
    Price: 199.95$ (From Gigaparts)
    Features:
    • C4FM (System Fusion)
    • IP54 Rating (Dust/ Water Protection) construction
    • Wide band receive coverage of 108 – 579.995MHz
    • Versatile Scanning Capabilities such as Programmable VFO Scan
    • Memory Scan
    • Priority Channel Scan
    • External DC Jack for DC Supply Operation and to Charge the Battery
    • Mini USB port for convenient programming and software updates
    • CTCSS/ DCS Operation
    • Automatic Power Off (AFO) feature
    • RF Squelch
    • Transmitter Time Out Timer (TOT)
    • Busy Channel Lock-Out (BCLO)
    Note: This is information off of gigaparts.com that I have compiled, so there may be missing information on BOTH of the radios shown.

    73'
    Luke KM6DJS
     
  6. W5YAG

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    This is my main concern as well. The Fusion is almost useless without the WiRES-X controls.
     
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  7. N6NLX

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    Why is that?

    I've had quite a few Yaesu radios over the years. Including the ft1dr and the ft2dr. I have yet to find a need or a system that uses the Wires-X. Is it a regional thing? I don't think there is much Wires-X here in SoCal. I'm not really sure what it is used for other than linking.

    Don.
     
  8. W0MUD

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    Kenwood Dstar HT is over $600. Icom Dstar HT is $400. $200 for a dual band YSF HT. Pretty darn good to me. I just hope Yaesu keeps on making the FT-60. A bit of a disclaimer... I do own the FTM100 and the FTM400. I really do like YSF.
     
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  9. K4BWG

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    No GPS rx, APRS, or Bluetooth? ugh
     
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  10. AD0MI

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    Don, there is actually quite a bit of WiresX near you. We get check ins every week from 8-10 guys out there from Santa Rosa to San Diego. Here is one of them I remember the call of (WB6AJE) http://www.socalham.com/
     

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