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Yaesu ft70dr purchase

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by WB4EYE, Dec 31, 2018.

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  1. WB4EYE

    WB4EYE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi all and Happy New Year,

    I’m a phone call away from buying a yaesu ft70dr. Yes, we have the quirkiness that some radios, HT or others have, ie hold button to change volume, the hoop jump to set up programming, etc. I can live with that especially considering the price point of this radio.

    However, in my research I’m finding many negative views on the battery life. Now I’m using a kenwood Thf6a which I love., ( yeah I know small buttons).

    I would hate to have a radio that gives me 2h of runtime.

    I’d like to hear your opinions.
    Ps.. I don’t want a d star or dmr radio.

    Tnx and 73,
    Mark WB4EYE
  2. AI6AK

    AI6AK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, Ive got the FT70 (as well as the FT2DR). Yes, the battery life isn't great but I haven't found it to be a problem. But I typically run it at the lowest power setting since I use it mostly for digital stuff with my personal node and Openspot. The volume thing does't really bother me and I use the RT Systems software to program it so that's a non-issue as well. My recommendation would be that if you're planning on diving into the Fusion stuff and won't be running high power all the time then go for it since the pricing is very attractive. If you plan on staying analog and need more battery life than look elsewhere. I personally like the radio (like the FT2DR more) but I'm sure others will have a different opinion.
  3. W5PFG

    W5PFG Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Mark, I've found the quality of batteries all over the map in recent years. My new TH-D74's battery last year was garbage. I replaced it with an eBay battery that outperformed the OEM by a longshot. In fact, I've noticed some of the eBay supplier aftermarket batteries doing better than OEM on several of my rigs. This is just my recent, personal experience.
  4. WB4EYE

    WB4EYE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Appreciate the replies since I’m new to ysf.
    Sounds like using the repeater 15 miles from me ,a no go since I have to use high power.
    I guess I’ll have to purchase a zumspot where I can lower the power.
    BTW, on ysf , is one able to talk globally or mostly US?
    So now, I’m up to $250.....and when available a better battery for at least $40-50.
    Is $300 reasonable to get into entry level ysf?

    I welcome all comments.
  5. AI6AK

    AI6AK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Whether using WIRES-X directly or backdoor into the Fusion System via OpenSpot, Nanospot, etc. there are rooms that can be accessed all over the world. While some rooms are more popular than others you can pick and choose whether you want to contact other hams in the states or abroad.
  6. N9JOW

    N9JOW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just purchased an FT-70DR 12/31 and received it Friday. I also was "worried" about the battery life but so far this weekend I have watched it and there is a 6 hour life to half depleted battery ( as measured by the battery icon only). From full charge at high power I was able to ragchew in digital mode for a little over an hour and this also depleted the battery to 1/2 way.

    Used the supplied charger SAD-18B 10.5v @ 1.oA and fully charged the battery in 2.5 hours from half depleted. It took 5 hours from almost completely depleted out of the box. The rapid charger may be my next purchase.

    So did you buy it ?
  7. N9JOW

    N9JOW Ham Member QRZ Page


    So Ive been checking into many digital nets and have monitored daily lasting 7-8 hours and the OEM battery appears to be operating just fine.

    Normal net operations are limited to short time xmit but the rcv is for at least an hour each net.

    RXSAVE is at 5 seconds with the LED backlight turning off after 2 seconds.

    No scanning so can't speak to that causing any excessive battery drain.

    When and if I blather on for an hour or so I get the battery to drain to at least halfway (battery icon half highlighted) but with a 1800mAh battery and a 5 watt output 1.8A draw - do the math and you'll go through ANY battery quickly. If we want a small handheld something has got to give and this time it's a small capacity battery.

    Really enjoying the heck out of this entry point for YSF2 radio. Now that the FT2 can act as a node with out the HRI200 Hmmm!

    My .02
  8. WB4EYE

    WB4EYE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Another Update....
    I've had the 70DR for about 10 days now and using a zumspot . For comparison I've been using the HT at medium power for digital rag chew 80/20 and been getting about 8-9 hours of use. No doubt if I lower the power to the lowest setting I can gain some more time. I don't want to purchase another battery so I'm waiting arrival of the base charger SBH28. For in home use, I think this will work well. For 24/7 use I'm waiting for an aftermarket higher capacity battery.
    Bottom Line.. I love this radio and at this price point all the little annoyances are academic.
    K8BOA, KI5AIU and N9JOW like this.

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