Yaesu FT-70DR Full Review

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VA2PV, Dec 16, 2018.

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  1. KC2OXJ

    KC2OXJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have this radio and other than the very poor battery life, I do love its features, size, robustness, ease of front panel programming and of computer programming, and audio quality out of the front speaker.

    However, I have to concur that the battery life is not great.

    I've trimmed down some of the lighting and beeping options in an attempt to decrease battery consumption but doubt it will help much. The battery indicator comes up within a work day, with occasional scanning or monitoring on and off during my commute, and very light TX use.

    My next purchase will be the extra battery and charging cradle, maybe even a charging lead to juice up the radio while in my car.

  2. K9GLS

    K9GLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Guess this falls under the "pricier cheap Chinese junk"?
  3. G4IRX

    G4IRX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Reasonably happy with the RF and audio performance of mine as it's my first venture into Yaesu's C4FM digital mode. It's used mainly with various MMDVM hotspots.

    Unfortunately the ADMS software lets it down, or rather the performance of having to remove a battery and some other tricks to get it into read/write modes. Also, beware if you buy a US model and take it somewhere with 240v mains power - although the charger is spec'd up to 240v mine failed on the first attempt to use it. Fortunately a UK replacement was easy to find for a modest cost of £10.
  4. KC2OXJ

    KC2OXJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I found this annoying too, particularly the battery-removal process I have a problem with. My Yaesu FT7800R has a similar procedure with powerdown/button press to enter programming mode, so this part I'm used to.

    So - it seems unnecessary to have to remove the battery to engage programming - unless powering off the radio doesn't fully remove all voltage from the board which might explain battery drain when the radio is off. Wish I had a spare radio to test my theory, but I'm not opening this one until the warranty expires, lol.

    G4IRX - have you noticed any programming issues by which the frequency you enter, say 440.790, gets changed to 444.7925 or similar? I'm trying to figure out if this is an issue with ADMS or with CHIRP, as I use both.
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  5. K3STG

    K3STG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I talked to a friend today who just got this radio for his birthday, he loves it but his chief complaint was battery life
  6. NU4R

    NU4R XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Talk and proclaim all you want about your $25.00 throw aways! You STILL can't program one on-the-fly like you can...SO EASILY... this one!

    And, 6itch, moan, whine and cry is so typical when the solution has been at our fingertips...since the HT was invented!

    FOR CRYING OUT LOUD...BUY A SPARE BATTERY! I can go ALL DAY on 2 batteries!And,have you every heard of power management boys and girls? No? Come on! Sure you have!

    Ya' know what? You're right! It's the American way to 6itch, moan, whine and cry instead of doing the obvious! Carry on whiners. You never fail to prove the 21st century methodology in America!
  7. KC2OXJ

    KC2OXJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    To be fair we need to also consider that those complaining about battery life could be comparing it to previous equipment they've used and not just whining for the sake of whining. I compared to previous HT radios I've used in the past and for the use I am putting it to, it shouldn't even be getting to 50% within 3-4 hours. This radio could have definitely used a juicier battery.

    Not that there is anything wrong with the radio per say. Comes down to battery capacity, which we are not given the option to purchase. I wish they had a 3600 mAh or better battery for this little gem. On long treks, I'd rather only carry one spare battery and as I said in my previous post, without worrying about charging while in the vehicle.

  8. KP4X

    KP4X QRZ Lifetime Member #390 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Oh wow now I am so confuse after reading your posts. I want to order 2 of them, one for me and one for my YL, but after reading the reviews I can't tell.... Don't get me wrong the information here is helpful, just I don't know whether the battery issue is actually a global issue or just a single-isolated case...
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  9. KD9VV

    KD9VV Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's global...check the reviews; it IS systemic.

    PS: Contact me, I'll sell you mine for 100 bucks!
  10. KX3DX

    KX3DX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Battery indicator on the display is poorly calibrated. If you measure the battery voltage with a DVM, you'll see there is plenty of capacity left in the battery when the indicator shows it needs recharging. I ignore the battery indicator now and take it down to almost shut-off and then swap batteries. Still maybe not the greatest battery life but quite acceptable.

    I have many HT's; this one, along with my VX3, goes everywhere with me. It is so easy to program and use from the front panel. The volume control is manageable.

    Works well with Pi-star in YSF and YSFtoDMR mode.

    New price is now $139.

    The Baofengs and others are amusing and fun but really don't compare with the main stream offerings. They are great for playing around for a few days and then gifting away.


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