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Old 12-25-2016, 10:29 AM
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Default Yaesu FT-1XDR Vs FT-2DR

I just bought a DMR portable and now I want to get a Yaesu System Fusion portable to give that a try. So, as posted above, do I want the Yaesu FT-1XDR or the FT-2DR?
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Generally speaking... FT1 version is less expensive and has traditional shape and smaller orange LCD screen, while FT2 is more expensive and has wider form factor and larger black-on-white LCD touch screen. I'd say that both are similar for overall TX/RX function.

FWIW, I own both but prefer the FT2.

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As I recall, the FT-1 will only decode System Fusion on one "side" of the radio while the FT-2 will decode Fusion on both "sides".
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The price difference between the 2 is usually around 30 bucks, sometimes less with specials. I picked up an FT2 for 269 after rebate during this past 'Hamcon special pricing.' The FT2 is definitely worth the extra few bucks.
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Old 12-28-2016, 1:34 AM
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As I recall, the FT-1 will only decode System Fusion on one "side" of the radio while the FT-2 will decode Fusion on both "sides".


What do you mean by "decode both sides"???
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The radios have two bands, A and B. The FT1 only does digital on the A band and the FT2 does digital on both the A and B band.
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Another important consideration for the sight impaired: The FT1 is a better choice for usability.
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Default Yaesu FT-1XDR

A friend of mine tipped me that the Yaesu FT-1XDR is available from some retailers for about $239.95. I was going to wait for the Yaesu FT-70DR, but I have read that it has been delayed. Anyway, for those familiar with the Yaesu FT-1XDR, is this a good radio and is $239.95 a fair price for this? The Eham.net reviews seem pretty favorable.

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Its is being discontinued so hurry and get one while you can! Its a great radio and that is a good price.
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The FT-2DR does Fusion on both receivers? Wow, not even Yaesu's flagship mobile FTM-400DR does that.
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The FT-2DR does Fusion on both receivers? Wow, not even Yaesu's flagship mobile FTM-400DR does that.
I'm curious about that too. I looked at the FT2 manual and I can't find anything that indicates it does Fusion on the B band.

I have an FT1DR, but if I had to go back and do it over again, I'd get the FT2. The biggest reason is the volume control. On the FT1 you have to press and hold a button on the side of the radio and then turn the knob the change the volume. It's a two-handed operation. On the FT2, there is a dedicate volume control knob. Much easier...
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