|Posted by Harrison W1HAF on March 25, 2015 at 11:25 AM|
I recentley purchased the Yaesu FT 1DR HD radio for the price of $289.00. This is an amazing little radio. It is a Dual Band VHF/UHF radio with a general coverage reciever built in for AM and FM. It also has a built in GPS reciever and TNC for APRS. The radio now comes with the 1800 mah battery for extended operation. It also operates C4FM digital mode to be used with other Yaesu System Fusion radios and repeaters.
The Club has ordered a DR1X repeater from Yaesu and it should arrive in April or May 2015. I am hoping that this new repeater will perfom well and the added benifit is that it can be used in both Analog and Digital modes. The radio was pretty easy to program from the front keypad. I had it up and running in minutes. I also used the free ADMS 6 programming software with the included programming cable to program all the repeaters in our area.
Yaesu is running an aggressive campaign to promote their System Fusion equipment so hopefully their system catches on. The discounts for the DR1X Repeater and the FT 1DR HD are making them very affordable right now. Even if the System Fusion C4FM does not catch on the FT 1DR HD is a great little dualband radio for the current price!
It would be great to see another Amateur Radio manufacturer like Kenwood, Alinco, Wouxon, come out with the same format. That would probably begin the process of standardizing the Digital Amateur Radio market.
The nice thing about this radio vs the commercial P25 market is that it is designed for hams by Yaesu and has many features that you would not find in a commercial grade P25 or DMR radio. One is it is easy to program from the keypad. It has a heavily menu driven system to operate, but it was not to hard to figure out without reading the manual. It also includes a built in GPS and TNC which you wont find on most commercial radios near this price range. The fit and finish of the radio is very solid as with all radios from Yaesu.
So if your in the market for a new HT consider this one!