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. K6NIK

    K6NIK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I may have missed it, does the published material tell us how the knobs will function on the FT70DR?

    For me one of the biggest assets of the FT60R is the easy-to-use stand alone power/vol knob, the selector knob, and the squelch ring. The photo of the 70 looks like it has a single knob that one may have to pull up to access different functions?
     
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  2. KE0IMD

    KE0IMD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I didn't see anything. In fact, I just scanned over it again to be sure. The images provided on Gigaparts' website are a bit small. After searching, I found a larger image.

    You tell me, does it look like a push/pull?

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  3. N8SA

    N8SA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Evan,

    I stand corrected. When it came out I dismissed it out of hand because I am on 440 more than 2m, but you are correct it is an inexpensive way to get your feet wet in Fusion. I apologize for shooting from the lip without thinking.
     
  4. N8SA

    N8SA Ham Member QRZ Page


    I was ill informed, and I forgot about the early P25 radios we used in CAP. The Quantar Repeaters we had were programmed at the CAP National HQ and we could not program them so I cannot comment if they could switch. They were great on analog, but not so much on P25. The effective range on those early P25 radios was considerably less than our old reliable analog. They are pretty similar now....technology changes. Those Quantars had to be manually switched to P25, but I cannot tell if there was an auto mode. It was not enabled if they had it. Fusion is taking over the ICOM D-Star repeaters here in Detroit area, which never really caught on here. One owner just recently sold his D-Star and replaced it with a Fusion. I agree they are a good choice financially, I just have a philosophical block on a country that does not respect others technological property. I am starting to replace all of my old analog radios with Fusion as they are popping up all over. Some clubs used them as cheap replacements for their ailing ANALOG repeaters and keep them locked there. Head in sand approach I guess. Others are on AMS all the time, though the user base of active Digital users is slow to respond. I enjoy the Internet linking of the digital modes. My car is equipped with an FT991, a Tarheel Screwdriver for Hf, and dual band antenna. I can do them all. Increasingly the HF bands are getting SO BAD that the digital modes gives me a technology fix for my "DX JONES" when the HF bands cannot.

    Next, I want to investigate further the DMR system. The DMR base of repeaters is holding here, D-Star is dying so I wont even bother with it for now, and Fusion is exploding. I am fascinated with the new ft70DR. I had been holding off with the price of the FT2D at $379.00 OUCH!..so we shall see at Dayton. Our club will be shopping for a new DRX-2 if it released yet.

    Thanks for educating me. Bill
     
  5. KE0IMD

    KE0IMD Ham Member QRZ Page

    You and me both, Bill. It's a crazy world we live in...
     
  6. K6BCK

    K6BCK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Having used the FT-60R (same radio) for over 10 years actively supporting public safety I can't complain. The keypad programming is very straight-forward w/ 1K channels. I've had all the "bang for my buck" I deserve for my $350 investment. As they say, "you've tried the rest, now buy the best. " 73'
     
  7. IW2BSF

    IW2BSF Ham Member QRZ Page

    in GERMANY this radio is buy at 285 euro !
     
  8. N3RSJ

    N3RSJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ok more affordable HT is good .
    Now lets introduce a mono band UHF into the mix likesay its a FTM-4200D with wires connections on rear 45 watts.
    Then we all can await for FUSION 220 mhz Repeater and Monoband Radios Imagine that.
     
  9. WB3ANT

    WB3ANT Ham Member QRZ Page

    on ebay....that includes shipping
     
  10. K2HAT

    K2HAT QRZ Volunteer Volunteer DX Helper QRZ Page

    $199. for an HT :( I do not use an HT enough to bother to own one.

    I had a really nice Kenwood TH-F6A that when I bought it was about $300. what a waste of a really nice radio for my use.
    I sold it 4 years later for $200. with the original box etc having used it to TX 3 times. I listened to broadcast radio music a few times.

    With the hills and valleys in my area a 5-8 watt HT can be frustrating if you are mobile. I normally run my Mobile Radio at 25 watts.
     

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