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Apr 20, 2019 23:19
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Some room for improvement
Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Let's get the bad bits out of the way.
-The standard Yaesu software did not work no matter what I did, come on, whereas the RT systems £20 software did !
Even the micro SD card wouldn't work, regardless of the version of the ADMS software. I spent hours trying, using 3 different computers !
-only 500 x2 memories
-only 1 camera option for the non standard usb input.
-Lots of manuals, you have to download APRS and GM ones
-No moving GPS map display/overlay
-if you want bluetooth or voice guide, you will need to buy 2 more modules.
-firmware updates mean unscrewing the radio case. really, Yaesu ?
-slow initial GPS fix(us system only) on the earlier models, fixed on the XDR series.
-no auto dimming screen function which would really help rather than going in and out of the setup
+Dual band, VHF/UHF 2m/70cm
+108-999Mhz extended receive,
+Nice colour touchscreen
+Cross band repeater ability, useful for
+APRS modem, and data, messaging and you can
navigate towards someone in GM. That's pretty
+Group Mode (just exploring that, but have read
the manual and wow!)
+Huge unused features, quite interesting that
the 2019 update expanded connectivity.
+Good audio on both modes.
+External GPS input
+Lots of FTM 400 groups and information
+You can open up the TX to cover non-ham frequencies, which is essential for emergency use and commercial licence use.
It sounds like a lot of nit picking, but these are the things that I've found in my first couple of weeks.
This is a hell of a radio, there is so much it can do, could do, should do.
I'm certainly going to see how easy an auto adjustable circuit is for the screen, that'll make my life much better !
I guess I was spoiled by some DMR handies that come with voice guide and faster GPS built in, but they aren't Fusion or cross band capable. That said the small 500x2 memories seems a bit mean, given that there is a micro SD card slot, my ht500d has 3000 channels, which is needed because of all the different DMR repeater talkgroups that each can have.
With out a doubt this is the best amateur radio I own, and I know it can go in a vehicle or a shack, and it's going to last.
If not this then maybe a quad band mobile, or D-star as I've got DMR covered.
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