I enjoyed reading this thread immensely as I am a recent owner of a FT2D. I'm puzzled by all the problems with GPS reported here. I have none here in the state of New Jersey, USA. Perhaps it has affected DX stations negatively - don't know. APRS beaconing works great here. BTW, we have at least 4 (3 @ 2M, 1 @ 440) in our central NJ area. They are all working great. Digital communications is pretty cool on these. Seeing how far away you are from a station & seeing their name with their call (as in D*Star) is helpful. All those who have been complaining about el cheapo $30 Chinese radios getting into the hands of lids, kids & space kadettes: consider Fusion. (No, I don't work for Yaesu...in fact, I'm retired)!