How do you like the Yaesu 400? Of the many many features I would like, being able to see the screen with my 50 yo eyes is important.There are rumors from time to time about a radio with two or more digital modes, but nothing to show for it. For now simple is analog or outfitting everyone with the same digital mode radio. I know using my Yaesu 400 with repeaters I get the bearing and distance to the person I am talking to over repeaters. Not all contacts will have that information and I'm not sure what they have done on their end. Simplex should work the same. I have a DStar radio too, but don't recall if distance and bearing is displayed, but likely similar to Yaesu.
How do I find the Yaesu Group Monitor???I do the same with the 400DR in the house with fixed position and the XDR in the vehicle. Also, yes on the easier to read with 50+ year old eyes.
On your follow-up question, the Yaesu Fusion is easy to use and I prefer the digital modes it offers. I have the D74A as well and like it, especially with the equalizer, but I use C4FM (Yaesu Fusion) much more often with the Yaesu mobiles and the FT2 and FT3 handhelds.
In particular with your planned use in mind, I recommend you review what the Yaesu Group Monitor feature offers.
You'll find it in the manual for your FT2DR as well as most of the recent Yaesu radios. I prefer the PDF manual in order to do a quick search for whatever I'm looking for, but to each their own. There are probably various videos people have done as well, but the manual is recommended. Have fun!How do I find the Yaesu Group Monitor???