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As I have posted in the other related thread I picked up one of these radios. I'm still studying for my test and I haven't gotten the radio in yet but this is a great long-term review from a local jeeper. Amazon reviews are very good! https://amzn.to/2XSNity



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Additional videos for this radio -

Yaesu FTM 400XD APRS Set Up


Add APRS Maps and an IGate to the Yaesu FTM-400DR with USB cable and tablet


Add APRS Maps and an IGate to the Yaesu FTM-400DR with Bluetooth and tablet, backcountry Navigator and APRS Droid


Advanced APRS Features of the Yaesu FTM-400XDR


Yaesu FTM-400 XDR Cross-Band Repeat Demonstration


Tablet Programming a Yaesu FTM-400XDR


YAESU FTM 400XDR INSTALL - 2019 HOW TO INSTALL IN A CAR OR TRUCK APRS


Reviews -

Yaesu FTM-400DR System Fusion C4FM Dual Band VHF/UHF Transceiver


Yaesu FTM-400DR Review


Yaesu FTM-400XDR Fusion Radio Review
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Once again, this radio amazed me at Indianhead Mountain this weekend. It can GPS log on top of all the other stuff I was doing. At the top of the mountain, I was hitting many MI and WI repeaters covering most of Northern WI and most of the UP. Sure, in the valley that's not going to happen, but it would easily cover the 1500 acres we were making trails on.

We saw that we could easily loop some public OHV trails in MI and ORV trails in MI from the mountain and here's where Ham and APRS really shine. We could see all the other trail guides across 3-4 counties if we had.. say... 300 jeepers on a ride and each guide was taking 20ish rigs, we'd see all the groups in real-time without cell phone coverage. Radios like this make that happen!

I see Ham Radio Outlet has this thing for $130 off until the end of August and $120 off until Oct. https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-014544 I'd say buy this, even if you're not licensed as this is a pretty good deal. I got about the same deal when the radio came out in April and I didn't get licensed or use it until July.

https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-014544
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Finally came in. Ham testing session next week I should be able to make in my area.

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Got the new Topsy JL Wrangler mount from Eric Baier for the other side of the hood.

Looking at getting the Comet SBB-5NMO 2M/70cm Dual Band Mobile Antenna https://amzn.to/2Q7f7aq
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And the Browning WSPBR1015 Enclosed NMO wire next. https://amzn.to/2W4m7ui
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I'll then make a video of how I installed it. I think I'm moving the radio stuff from under the seats to someplace above the cab? I just don't want to puke out of a water crossing situation in fear of the radios. What they need to invent is a seat back CB mount haha.
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Do they use FM on the trail or do we have to buy the stone age CB
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FM as in rig radio FM or HAM FM? Almost all rigs in this area still use CB for short-range communication. Many of us are shifting to HAM radio though.

If you're talking about FM radio broadcast via FM radios that everyone has in their rigs, I do have a FM broadcast system for that but that's no fun as you can't talk back. The conversations are usually very humorous and Trail Guides like myself will also talk about trail and location history on rides using whatever radios people have in their rig.

So My Jeep has this now, but I also have -

Motorola TALKABOUT T800 Radios for guiding - https://rl4wd.com/training/comms/forums/beartooth-vs-motorola-talkabout-t800-radios
and the Cobra C75WXST Handheld CB Radio - https://rl4wd.com/forums/jeep-wrangler-jl-cb-setup-topsy-products-hood-mount-antenna-review-rl4wd-4x4-communication

Personally, I want to switch my main communication to ham stuff, we have troubles with CB on big rides... our groups are so big that sometimes I can't hear the sweep rider. We talked about breaking up the group on big rides to make it easier to manage and then there is far less waiting in groups of 5-10 lead by Trail Guides, this again would need ham radio and APRS so all guides could see all groups over an entire area. We're not there yet, but some of us are going to do it this way, then big events will be better IMHO.
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Nice, My wife and I are past ham Tech plus operators....N9UHQ and N9UMY. I still have my FT 2500m and VX-8r. Both are Mars modded.
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Nice!
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You should post some pictures of how you have this set up in your JL! I forgot to take some at the last event.
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Amazon has these now at seemingly the best price and the reviews are amazing! https://amzn.to/2XSNity
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Added a ton of videos to the post about functions and such. This radio is very powerful and does a lot of things.
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