Yaesu Digital FTM-100DR



Introducing the FTM-100DR VHF/UHF Dual Band Transceiver, an exciting new way to enter into Yaesu’s revolutionary world of System Fusion C4FM Digital Communications. The FTM-100DR’s single receiver design provides 50 solid Watts of RF power on both the 144 and 430 MHz amateur radio bands, while still being host to a feature packed suite of both C4FM Digital and FM Analog communications capabilities that fit every amateur radio operators needs.

Designed with simplicity and convenience in mind, the FTM-100DR’s highly visible and compact 160 x 40 pixel graphical dot-matrix display can be detached from the body of the radio and remotely mounted providing even more installation options. This vibrant white LED backlit display provides a clear and crisp view of the radios current operating status, not limited to GPS Information, SD Card status, and Operating band name/memory channel tags (Alphanumeric).

The FTM-100DR operates in three (3) Digital modes and an (1) Analog mode to suit your needs. This feature packed radio is our first Digital Mobile equipped with our new Automatic Mode Select (AMS) function that instantly detects the received signal mode. The AMS function enables stress-free operation and eliminates the need to manually switch between communication modes.

·V/D Mode (Voice/Data simultaneous communication mode)

The digital voice signal is transmitted in one half of the band width. Simultaneously the other half of the 12.5 kHz band width channel is used for error correction of the voice signal and other data. By incorporating powerful error correction technology developed for professional communication devices, effective error correction codes provide the advantage of fewer interruptions to conversations. The Clear Voice technology developed for the C4FM FDMA Digital mode provides the ideal balance of error correction and sound quality.

·Voice FR mode (Voice Full Rate Mode)

This mode uses the full 12.5 kHz bandwidth to transmit digital voice data. The increased amount of voice data permits high quality voice communication, providing superb sound quality for a “rag chew” with friends.

·Data FR mode (High Speed Data Communication Mode)

This high-speed data communication mode uses the full 12.5 kHz bandwidth for data communication. The transceiver automatically switches to Data FR mode when transmitting snapshot pictures, and can be used to transmit large quantities of data at high speed.

·Analog FM mode

Analog FM is effective when weak signal strength causes audio drop out in the digital mode, and enables communication up to the borderline of the noise level. Also the use of established Yaesu low power circuit designs provides greater efficiency than the digital modes. This is the typical FM mode used by most typical non-digital handhelds and VHF/UHF mobiles.

Digital and Analog FM Capable
There is no reason to lose communications with friends who have not yet chosen to transition to Digital. The FTM-100DR performs perfectly well using both Analog FM and C4FM Digital, and can flawlessly integrate into either operating environment.
Rugged Powerful Transmitter
Transmitter RF Power Output: 50 W / 20 W / 5 W. Modulation Type: F1D, F2D, F3E: Variable Reactance Modulation, F7W: 4FSK (C4FM)
High Audio Output Power
Loud 3 Watt Audio Outputs with the internal speaker. 8 Watt output using Optional External Speaker (MLS-200-M10)
Large BUSY/TX Indicator
Two large and vibrant multi-colored BUSY/TX LED status indicators clearly show the current operating state of the transceiver, turning Green when receiving an analog FM transmission and blue when receiving digital.
• The top half lights green when in the BUSY/RX state.
• The top half lights red during transmission.
• The bottom half lights blue while receiving or transmitting digital voice signals.
• The bottom half lights white while receiving or transmitting digital data.
• The bottom half blinks blue when receiving the signal containing a different TONE frequency or DCS code other than the one configured.
GPS Included
Built-in 66 channel GPS receiver and antenna provides location, time, direction and APRS® information. A GPS Logging Function is included.
APRS® Included
1200/9600bps APRS® (Automatic Packet Reporting System) Data communication capability included.
Hands-free Operation
Law abiding (where required) Hands-free operation is available by using the optional wireless Bluetooth® unit and headset. Optional Bluetooth® unit (BU-2) required.
Voice Guide and Recording Function
Optional Voice Guide Unit (FVS-2) announces your current operating frequency, band change and APRS® messages. You can record up to 5 minutes of received signals, or continuously record the last 30 seconds of received audio.
Digital Group Monitor (GM) Function
The digital GM function automatically checks whether members registered to a group are within the communication range, and displays information such as the distance and orientation for each call sign on the screen. This useful function not only enables you to see which friends are within communication range, it also permits you to see at a glance where all group members are located. Additionally, this function can be used to send messages and image data between group members. The Digital Group Monitor applies to direct communications between members; it is not applicable through a repeater.

This is valuable feature for public service group activites, Search & Rescue operations, and any number of other uses limited only by your imagination!
Frequency Range
108 – 137 MHz (Air Band)
137 – 174 MHz (144 MHz HAM)
174 – 400 MHz (GEN1)
400 – 480 MHz (430 MHz HAM)
480 – 999.99 MHz (GEN2) Cellular Blocked (North American model)
144 – 146 MHz or 144 – 148 MHz
430 – 440 MHz or 430 – 450 MHz
Other Useful Features
– 500 Memory Channels for each A(Main) band and B(Sub) band
– Storage of the Memory channels and personal settings on an inserted micro SD card
– By using a micro SD card, it is easy to copy and transfer the radio data to other compatible radios
– Versatile Scanning Receiver for Monitoring Enthusiasts (VFO Scan, Memory Scan, etc)
– Digital Clock
– Timer function: Event timer with Lap or count down functions
– Receives and Forwards Digital Image Data (Does not support MH85A11U Camera Microphone). Yaesu-FTM-100DR

Yaesu Digital FTM-100DR

Paul Leicester | MØFOX | Chesterfield UK | IO93HE | Icom IC-7300

Yaesu VX8DR Handheld Transceiver


VX-8DR – A Devoted APRS Users Version of the VX-8R Series

The VX-8DR APRS®/GPS/Bluetooth® Handheld Transceiver is an additional version of the VX-8R that includes not only its solid features and specifications but also new expanded APRS® capabilities to meet the needs of even the most active APRS® user. The VX-8DR has the same appearance as the VX-8R and uses the very same accessories.

Key Additonal APRS® Features of the VX-8DR compared to our VX-8R include:
• Smart Beaconing ™ Function: When using APRS® for position tracking, the beacon timing is automatically adjusted to your traveling speed and location to plot a smoother trace to match your position and movement on a map.
• The number of Station List memories has increased from 40 to 50.
• The number of APRS Message memories has increased from 20 to 30.
• DIGI-PATH route indication function: The APRS® Packet data includes Digipeater routing info.
• Heads up compass display to the GPS Screen: Your traveling direction is always toward the top of the display. • The Message received LED flashing rate is selectable.
• The number of DIGI-PATH route settings is increased from 1 to 7.

Ultra Compact
Measures a mere 2.4″W x 3.7″H x 0.9″D for comfortable in the palm use.
Heavy Duty…Yet Easy to Operate
The large main dial and the four durable independant key buttons on the side permit easy operation…even when wearing gloves!
Polycarbonate resin front panel with aluminum die-cast chassis – absolutely tougher than tough.
Take your VX-8DR out with you wherever you go. It is waterproof 3Ft (1m) for 30 minutes. The radio is designed to meet commercial grade standards in every aspect, including its battery terminals, external microphone jack etc.
Powerful Li-Ion battery
Enjoy up to 5 hours operation on 144/440MHz, or up to 5.5 hours on 50MHz with the supplied FNB-101LI battery. The optional FNB-102LI high capacity battery will provide up to 8.5 hours operation on 144MHz, 9 hours on 50MHz, and 8 hours on 440MHz.
Large Dot Matrix Display
Measuring about 1.3″W x 0.8″H, the large LCD display provides clear, easy-to-read indication of both Main and Sub-band frequencies, operating mode, and S-meters for both bands. Display can be customized to include pictorial icons or the input voltage. Engaging the Spectrum Scope function, the high-resolution display will indicate relative signal strengths on adjacent channels up to +/-50 channels!
Integrated APRS Operation
APRS ® allows you to communicate your location to other APRS® stations with your location, speed, and heading displayed on your radio! The VX-8DR supports 1200/9600bps APRS ® data communications (B band only).

Access the worldwide standard APRS® system to exchange your positions and messages. The optional FGPS-2 unit is required automatically display your station information.

When you receive signals and information from other APRS stations, the VX-8DR displays their positions, heading directions, messages, distances, icons (43 available), weather information, object etc.

*APRS® is a registered trademark of Bob Bruninga WB4APR
Smart Beaconing ™ Function
When using APRS® for position tracking, the beacon timing is automatically adjusted to your traveling speed and location to plot a smoother trace to match your position and movement on a map. SmartBeaconing™ from HamHUD Nichetronix is able to modify its own beacon rate in response to the motion of the vehicle that carries. Since the APRS network has limited bandwidth, SmartBeaconing™ transmits an optimal amount of position information with a minimal amount of QRM to other network users – making VX-8DR users some of the most “efficient” on the network.

Read more about this very useful feature at http://www.hamhud.net/hh2/smartbeacon.html
Optional GPS Operation
The optional GPS Antenna Unit FGPS-2, which is based on a 12-channel receiver, provides GPS data. You may display your exact current position (latitude / Longitude), heading direction, moving speed, altitude etc. The optional FGPS-2 can be attached to the radio using the microphone input jack so that you may simultaneously enjoy total Hands-Free Operation using the optional Bluetooth headset, even though your radio is attached to your backpack, belt, etc.
Dual Band AF Dual Monitor
Listen to AM or FM radio stations while monitoring two HAM frequency channels! Two independent Amateur Band Receivers will allow you to listen to your favorite AM or FM broadcast station and monitor two different amateur bands (“Band A” and “Band B”) at the same time.
Bluetooth® Capabilities
The Bluetooth® capabilities widely know and utilized among users and enthusiasts of our VX-8R, FTM-10R/SR and FTM-350AR radios, are also available with the VX-8DR. The optional Bluetooth® Unit BU-1 makes it possible to operate hands-free with the optional water Bluetooth® headset BH-1A (stereo) or BH-2A (monaural). Also enjoy your favorite FM broadcasts in stereo with the optional Bluetooth stereo headset (BH-1A) and earphone (FEP-1)!
Heads-Up Compass Display on the GPS Screen
Your traveling direction is always toward the top of the display.
DIGI-PATH Route Indication Function
The APRS® Packet data includes Digipeater routing information.
Real Dual Ham Band Operation (V+V/U+U/V+U)
With two independent Amateur band receivers, listen to either the same or different bands simultaneously.
Wide Band Receiver
Covers from 500kHz to 999.990MHz, continuous reception for Short-wave, FM/AM broadcasts, analog TV stations, audio aircraft, public service channels, etc. (Cellular band blocked)
AM and FM Reception
The VX-8DR has a completely independant AM/FM broadcast receiver and an internal bar antenna for better AM broadcast broadcast reception. Listen to FM broadcast in stereo with your stereo headset/earphone!
Built-in Barometric Pressure and Temperature Sensor
The radio can monitor and display the temperature, pressure, altitude or any combination of these.
Additional features
– Memory stations may be displayed with 16 digit Alpha-numeric tags
– CW Training
– Emergency Automatic ID system
– Emergency Strobe/Beep and Busy strobe LED functions

Paul Leicester | MØFOX | Chesterfield UK | IO93HE | Icom IC-7300