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 haven't handled enough single knob Yaesu HTs to know by looking at it. Does it look like a push/pull to you?
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  2. VK3HUT

    VK3HUT QRZ Member

    I'd reckon it's a single button press for volume (see left side button just above the power button). Then adjust the volume via the multifunction dial. That's my best guess.
  3. KE0IMD

    KE0IMD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't think so... it could be multifunction as stated above, but I think that's reaching for a budget fusion HT.
  4. K6NIK

    K6NIK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I see that HRO is selling the FT-1XD for 250 now. It seems to pack a lot more value into it including dual watch, GPS, etc. Wouldn't an FT-1 make more sense for 50 more?
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  5. K4AX

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    I was waiting for the FT-70DR, but the HRO price on the FT1xd got me.
  6. N0KEW

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    I don't understand why they would put the useless GM nonsense on it but no way to control a node.

    Every single d star radio ever made can function like a digital radio. It can link the repeater to a reflector or do call sign routing. Even rigs from 12 years ago.

    This one does group mode sans text messages, photos or location.

    If all you want to do is talk in a digital mode I guess...
    No thanks
  7. KJ5GUY

    KJ5GUY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I know this is an old thread but, here is my 2 cents......I agree with Bill, there are other HTs that are even more expensive than that! I think that's a bargain at 200 bucks for a C4FM Fusion radio HT I'm buyin too!


    What does the FT-1xd do or not do compared to the new FT-70DR?
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  9. AI4RA

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    Does anyone here have an inside track into knowing when the FT-70DR will finally make it to the stores - and into our hands? It was supposed to make it to Gigaparts by the end of April, but that has come and gone. This looks like a fairly affordable digital 2m/440 handheld - the first of the type that has really interested me.
  10. AA6PP

    AA6PP Ham Member QRZ Page

    So here is my opinion. The FT-70DR is going to be priced at $199. The FT1XDR (latest with updated GPS) is on sale this weekend for $229 after $20 instant rebate at HRO.

    Here is what you don’t get with the new FT-70DR BUT you do with the FT1XDR
    1) No GPS
    2) No WiresX capability (you will not be able to connect the repeater to rooms with the FT-70 but if the repeater is already connected you will be able to receive/transmit)
    3) No dual band display, the screen supports only one band at the time, although the radio can notify you if another frequency stored in your memory channels is active)
    4) No Band Scope that I can find on the manual
    5) No APRS support (since there is no GPS)
    6) No distance information in miles/km support since there is not GPS
    7) Less wide receive frequencies, the FT-70 goes from 108MHz to 580MHz where the FT1XDR goes from ~500Khz t0 999MHz
    8) No SD Card slot for easy programming (as far as I can tell)

    I think the FT1XDR is a much much better radio for $29 more! The HRO deal expires 5/22

    Antonis, AA6PP
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