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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Yaesu FTM-10R Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu FTM-10R
Yaesu FTM-10R Reviews: 53 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $460
Description: Dual band transceiver with multi-band coverage.
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N0TAN Rating: 1/5 Apr 5, 2011 22:57 Send this review to a friend
Seems promising, but falls short.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought the Yaesu FTM-10R hoping that it was all it's cracked up to be. Alas, it falls quite short.

If you are looking for an all-mode radio that you can use for AM and FM reception, as well as ham use, just stop reading now. Though the FTM-10R promises this, the AM reception is non existent. In the middle of the night I tested it, at a time when it should have been shitting AM stations right and left... Nothing. And I mean NOTHING!!! As if there is no antenna attached.

The fact that the radio comes with no mic is also a HUGE disqualifier. i tried the "shouting into the faceplate" thing, but all I got was poor audio reports. For the price Yaesu is just being plain old CHEAP not giving you a mic.

The radio also gets pretty bad reports of 60-cycle hum on the same bench and using the same PS as my old Icom ft-208H, but the Icom gets beautiful reports. Why the Yaesu is pumping out a hum is beyond me.

All in all, the radio is a huge disappointment and is going back to HRO in the morning.
ON4VP Rating: 5/5 Mar 11, 2011 20:46 Send this review to a friend
Rugged, versatile, well priced  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Besides I'm a ham operator since 1993 I've been riding motorcycles since I got my drivers licence back in 1982. After a few years of silence I regained interest in operation my station again. But the lack of time prohibits me from spending a lot of time in the attic playing with my radios. So why not combining two passions at the same time. The idea of mounting a radio on the motorcycle became more interesting day by day. So I start using Google to seek for info and the Yaesu FTM-10E (EU version) draw my attention. After spending some time examining on how to implement ham radio to my motorcycle, I've decided to get myself this radio.

Some say that they regret the radio comes without a decent microphone. Well, this model is targeted to use as some kind of intercom using headsets inside helmets. So I think it's a good decision and it keeps the overall cost to a minimum. I ordered the dtmf mic together wit the rig. First impression when I unboxed the radio: "Whoow, this is a very rugged piece of equipment".

The package is well sorted out containing the radio, separation kit, stereo leads for extra source input or stereo speaker output, mounting brackets and angeled installation kit.

Detaching the front panel makes the unit small enough to tuck it away on most motorcycles. It takes some planning to setup an antenna and routing all cables but once the job is finished all makes sense. The unit is not waterproof and needs some protection but the head is IP57 and can be mounted on the handlebar itself. I like the idea of routing audio to the unit, the front head, both or none (using a headset). The front head contains a speaker that is loud enough to use in a car. The only thing is when you mount this radio in a car with detached head you'll need a optional microphone connection that can be installed on the head.

I do like the layout of the buttons that can be manipulated wearing gloves. The radio needs some time getting used to because button layout and functions differ from most common dual band radios. Nevertheless I like the accessible actions trough the few buttons and the blue LCD display is great even outdoors in bright daylight. The only thing I would exchange is the s-meter/power meter led bar with the volume led bar. The last one is bigger and it would make more sense to me having a signal reading that's easier to read than the four led bar reading Yaesu implemented.

I love the receiver. Decent selectivity, good numbers and weak stations are well pulled out of the noise floor. Power is more than adequate, I mostly use the medium setting which is 20 watts output. Using the radio for longer period of times never makes it running hot even without the additional help of fans. I like fan-less radios.

Audio reports are good. Mic gain and sound characteristics can be tailored trough menu settings. I like the dual band monitoring making it possible to listen to FM radio, the line in source or monitoring a second channel while staying QRV on a preferred channel. Although programming takes some time to get used to, it's very versatile and most interesting settings can be altered or programmed in to no less than 500 users memories. The range of the receiver can be expanded from 76 up to 800 MHz.

All modern functions are available so there's almost nothing you can not do with this little friend. I can not comment on the Bluetooth functions because I'm not using wireless headsets. I prefer a cable to connect the helmet headset to the radio. It's possible to use the radio as a intercom system to.

To sum all up, I rate this radio a five. No radio is perfect but Yaesu had proven that they invested in a solution knowing that there's only a small group of enthusiasts that will buy this radio and use it the way Yaesu developed this rig. Besides that, considering the interesting price tag, the radio is rugged, fully featured, works well and makes operation a ham station in a less expected environment possible.

You get a good bang for the buck buying this product. I did. 73's de ON4VP

VA3LAN Rating: 4/5 Feb 16, 2011 15:55 Send this review to a friend
Tough Nut!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have put the radio in as a Mobile Rig / SUV. However I would have given it 5/5 but the menu is complacted and tiresome. I know all the new radios made today are menu drive but complacted is the best word to discribe this little unit.

Another caution is the installment of a Mek-M10 front Mic Jack. I had pulled open the back of the head unit and pulled apart 2 conectors attached to the surface mount bord. I had to take it back to the dealer who replaced it and reinstalled the front mount jack. Trust me let a expert do the instaltion!

All in All a smart unit I must say!
KE5CVT Rating: 5/5 Jul 6, 2010 18:57 Send this review to a friend
Great purpose-built motorsports radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
The negatives of this unit are a very short list: 1) poor AM broadcast sensativity 2) lack of full UHF aero band coverage [225-400 MHz] 3) lack of waterproofing/moisture resistance in the external front mounted mike jack.

I have been operating the FTM-10R for about 3 years now. The radio is installed in a steel console in a Jeep CJ-5 and used in a hot, dusty, enviornment where vibration is the norm. For offroad use, I can not think of a better radio save a MILSPEC PRC series radio that would be as rugged. It is used as my primary 2m/75cm rig. it performs exceptionally with good sensativity and selectivity. It is rugged, well-built, and chocked full of a lot of features that are only availble together on this model.

If you need a dual-band ham rig for a Jeep or ORV, this is your rig.
NP3WH Rating: 5/5 Jun 6, 2010 14:51 Send this review to a friend
TOUGH BRICK RADIO...  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
S/N:7G030XXX. That's all folk's...
VE6RAO Rating: 4/5 Apr 24, 2010 09:06 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
The only reason I gave it a '4', Good rating, is that the menu's take a bit to learn, but once you figure out how the menu system works, there is a ton of features that you can access via the menu system. Audio quality is excellent and the radio is solidly built. I have it mounted to the rear of my centre console, and the head unit is mounted on the left side of my dash, which allows me to see what frequency I am on at a quick glance. I use the handheld microphone as I find it easier to use then transmitting through the radio's head unit. Again, my only complaint is getting used to the menu system, but with the actual radio itself, I have no complaints! Great unit and would recommend this to my friends!
W2LEW Rating: 4/5 Apr 16, 2010 00:05 Send this review to a friend
Tiny Radio But That Mic  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I needed a new mobile radio to replace my aging IC-2800. Having just purchased a new FTR-350R for my truck, I could not convince the XYL to let me buy another $600 rig for the minivan. The FTR-10 was an easy sell for her. When the rig arrived I was amazed at how much smaller it was than its big brother. Aside from a few headaches setting up the menus for various functions I am pleased with the rig, EXCEPT. What was Yaesu thinking when they designed the optional hand microphone. It is half the size of the rig, I have big hands and can barely hold it.Also with the control head connection in the recessed area of the case, connecting and dis connecting the modular plug is a pain when removing the control head from the car. I solved this by installing a 12" CAT5 cable and a modular coupling. The rig is not a 350R but for about $300 less it gets the job done.
WZ1P Rating: 4/5 Apr 13, 2010 16:29 Send this review to a friend
Not For The Simple Minded.  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought this radio because I wanted a semi-waterproof 2m/70cm rig that also did well on AM, FM, FM Stereo, WX, Aircraft and extended VHF/UHF. This radio does an exceptional job on all of these bands. This rig is a BRICK! From the massive case to the big dumb wonderful sounding microphone which is totally waterproof. The FM 2m/70cm as well as the FM Stereo audio quality is way better than I could ever had hoped for. The internal speaker is 100% crapola. Trash it and buy yourself a really high quality mylar speaker for about three bucks!

Having a problem receiving AM or FM? Get a real antenna. Most people mount them on motorcycles from what I understand. I have been an avid biker for 40 years. I may mount it on my military KLR-650 but I don't want to limit my use of this fine radio just yet.

The menu programing takes a bit of gray matter to understand. My only complaint about the manual is that they OVEREXPLAIN all of the commands in plain english. What could have been said in one paragraph takes two pages. WOW, that's a new twist.

I guess the bottom line is:

A. Is it worth the $300.00 average price?

B. Would I buy it again knowing what I do now?

C. Would I reccommend it to a friend?

D. Would I use it on a motorcycle or in a vehicle?

The answer is yes to all.

I have no plans to use their bluetooth feature so I'm not qualified to comment on that feature. This is one rugged little brick that would survive just about anything. It was not designed to be a sweet looking little rig. It's UGLY!! Therein lies the beauty and the quality.

73, Dan WZ1P
KD8GTP Rating: 5/5 Mar 8, 2010 15:54 Send this review to a friend
Great little radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I installed this unit in my car. It works great, has many features and will mount in the smallest vehicles. Yes, it is menu driven and if you don't like menus then look for something simpler.
KB3SEA Rating: 5/5 Aug 13, 2009 21:10 Send this review to a friend
portable, with a punch!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I think this is a great radio. Only problem is the separation defeats the waterproof feature. not a big deal for me, I keep it in a plastic case for mountaintopping mostly. It would have been nice if they added a wide band receiver....then it would be just about perfect!
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