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Yaesu Fusion Radio Comparison

There are often many questions on which radio is best if I want to work Fusion Digital C4FM mode?  It can be a complicated answer, depending on what you might want to do with it.

Disclaimer:  Don’t own or never used an FT2DR, FTM3200D, FT-991.  Only imparting info I have been able to glean from various sources about these radios.

Best to go to Yaesu website and study features in more detail after reading this.

A couple of assumptions:

  • Only comparing C4FM features or related
  • Only concerned with 2m and 440 where Fusion infrastructure might exist (repeaters and Wires-X nodes)
  • The FTM-400XDR is the gold standard – most features
  • Not mentioning basic features found on most FM radios these days
  • DN mode (digital narrow) includes advanced FEC (forward error correction) that increases range usuability


Image result for FTM-400XDR

Street Price – $549 as of 2/2017 (been creeping up)

Yaesu Info Page FTM-400XDR

Key Features
  • 3.5 inch TFT LCD Touch Screen display
  • GPS receiver built-in – Smart Navigation
  • APRS Modem
  • All C4FM modes, DN and VW (digital narrow and voice wide)
  • 2m and 440 bands, 2 VFOs (one digital)
  • Cross-band capable in analog mode
  • 3 watts audio on internal speaker
  • Can be used with camera mic to take and transmit photos
  • Can be used as Wires-X Node radio (not a cost effective option for this)
  • Callsign and  distance information displays during digital QSOs
  • Micro SD card slot
  • Only one VFO can be digital (one vocoder chip)
  • Not really a limitation, but display unit does not mount to main unit.  Designed to be separated


Street price Feb 2017 – $309

Yaesu Info Page FTM-100DR

Key Features
  • GPS receiver built-in
  • APRS Modem
  • All C4FM modes, DN and VW (digital narrow and voice wide)
  • 2m and 440 bands, only 1 VFO (not as convenient for APRS operation while using radio for listening/communicating)
  • 3 watts audio on internal speaker
  • Can be used as Wires-X Node radio
  • Can control a Wires-X node
  • Callsign and Distance info in digital QSOs
  • Micro SD card slot
Limitations vs. FTM-400XDR
  • Smaller display, no color, no touch screen
  • Menu driven with buttons
  • One VFO


Image result for FT-991 Yaesu

Street Price Feb 2017 – $1390

Yaesu Info Page FT-991A

Key Features

Obviously, not a great comparison, being a full HF radio, but will mention some features and limitations:

  • Covers 2m and 440 with C4FM
  • Wires-X capable (some early models may not, may be available with firmware update, not sure)


Street price Feb. 2017 – $149

Yaesu Info Page FTM-3200

  • 2 meters only
  • C4FM DN mode only (not really a problem.  Almost always DN recommended)
  • Can’t control Wires-X nodes via this radio.  Can still operate thru them if connected.
  • Can’t be used as a Wires-X node radio
  • No GPS – no distance during digital QSOs
  • No APRS
  • 3 watts audio
  • 220 memories



Street price Feb 2017 – $359

Yaesu Info Page FT2DR

Key Features
  • Dual Band 2m and 440
  • Micro SD card slot
  • Touch Screen display
  • GPS receiver
  • APRS
  • Wide band receive
  • Band scope
  • 5 watts
  • 700mW audio


Street Price Feb 2017 –  $299

Yaesu Website info – FT1XDR

Key Features
  • A Full featured HT – too many to list here
  • Dual Band 2m and 440 – 2 independant receivers
  • Micro SD card slot
  • GPS receiver
  • APRS
  • Wide band receive
  • Does have band scope – (limited display)
  • 5 watts
  • 200/400mW audio
  • Wires-X capable (not as a node)
  • Works with camera mic – can take and xmit photos.  Not view.

2016 XARC Annual Spring Hidden Transmitter Fox Hunt

Please join us for a fun morning of direction finding with your HT radio! You will learn the tips and tricks on how to find a hidden transmitter in the great outdoors! Please bring your friends and kids. Not everyone needs a radio – once you get close, they can help search visually. Everyone is welcome, and an amateur license is not required. Please RSVP with your call sign and cell phone number to the hunt-masters below so that we can update you in case there is a last minute change. We will meet for lunch following the hunt.

When:  Saturday May 14, 2016

Registration: 9:00

Hunt Begins: 9:30

Where: o Webster Town Recreation Center o Chiyoda Drive, Webster, NY 14580

Talk in channel:  145.29 XARC Repeater (110.9PL)

RSVP with Hunt-masters:  Bill Kurrasch, K2WEK,, 585.303.7878

 Paul Kurrasch, KC2GTO,, 585.645.2138

System Fusion Net

We attempted a Fusion net tonight on the W2XRX repeater, but someone had a stuck mic about 4 minutes before the net started.  The repeater timed out, and I’m guessing the signal was on the input for some time, because the repeater would not transmit again for about 40 minutes.

So we had to postpone, but will try again tomorrow (Wednesday Sept 23rd at 8:30PM).

September General Meeting to be a Tour of the AWA

The September meeting of the XARC will be a tour of the Antique Wireless Association museum in Bloomfield, NY. The tour is scheduled for September 10 at 7:00PM. We will be meeting at Cheap Charlie’s at 6:00PM for food if interested. Friends and significant others are invited.  A map to the AWA is included in their Website under “About Us / Location and Campus Details“.

Admission is $7, cash or check (no credit cards).

Please join us for the first meeting of the fall.

Rich, K2RAH

Anderson Power Poles

A few years back I had kept seeing ads for Anderson Power Poles, and it seemed like I was missing the boat on these new connectors, which offered up to 30 amps in a handy configuration that offered some standardization in DC power connectors.  So thinking I was missing out on a new standard, I ordered some and began slowly converting some of my connectors.  I can’t say I saw anything special about them, and wondered if there was any advantage in them other than standardization.  But I never did any testing, or stressing of them.

I was watching HamNation Episode 203 on YouTube last week, and Gordon West WB6NOA was doing a review of Field Day and had unfavorable things to say about problems they had with Power poles.  Connectors breaking, voltage drops – he said despite their rating, they shouldn’t be used at anything more than 10 amps.

Xrx Amateur Radio Club – ARRL Field Day Information

Join us at Nazareth College, Pittsford, NY the weekend of June 27!

žAll are welcome –

  • No experience necessary (not even a license)
  • Set up begins at 10:00 AM Saturday
  • Contest starts at 2:00 PM Saturday
  • Tear down 2:00 PM Sunday

žYou can attend all or any part of Field Day –

  • What are you doing at 3:00 AM Sunday?  Sleeping?

Contact Bob Karz, K2OID if you’re joining us.

FD 2015 Location

June 11, 2015 General Meeting Agenda

This months XARC General Meeting agenda is to organize and prepare for the upcoming ARRL Field Day. Bob Karz will be statusing the equipment list and responsibilities. We will be setting up at the Nazareth CollegePittsford,  NY site again this year. The club would like to take advantage of several point scoring opportunities this year including: Satellite QSO’s, W1AW message copying, GOTA and Youth stations. For those that can not make operating times, set-up and tear-down help is also needed. Details will be worked at the General Meeting. Please join us at both the June General Meeting as well as Field Day.

~ Rich, K2RAH