Yaesu FT-1DE Digital Radio   August 22nd, 2013



They are coming thick and fast from Yaesu at the moment. This new incarnation of a dual band handheld for 2m and 70cms is Yaesu’s first move into digital radio. We have already had D-Star for several years which has been the domain of Icom. Ironically, Yaesu were in at the beginning of D-Star but never followed it through.

So the FT-1DE is not only breaking new ground for Yaesu, it is also introducing a new digital system to ham radio. Yaesu claim that it permits the sending of messages and pictures at high speed with full error correction. Clearly a new digital mode requires a user base to be built up and to this end, the radio also functions as a normal FM handheld. It also has GPS and an AM bar antenna. Receive coverage is up to 1GHz.

The radio is available now at a price of £429. Peter G3OJV.

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