Tuesday, 25 February 2020
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Estimated to ship in April, the FTM-300DR is another great digital offering from Yaesu. Much like the FTM-400XDR, it's body and power are matched pretty equally. However, the FTM-300DR has a smaller screen and can likly fit in more places where the FTM-400XDR can't.

Yaesu FTM-300DR C4FM Dual-Band Transceiver.jpg

Looking at the specs, it looks like this radio gets:

  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Can monitor up to 63 VFO channels (21 in the memory mode)
  • A new MBAG or Memory Channel Band Auto Grouping feature which allows memory channels to be automatically categorized in each band while also being capable of quickly recalling 4 band groups.
  • 3 watt audio power speaker tuned for quality audio.
  • Two individual external speaker jacks so you can run one in cab and one via PA like many of us are starting to do when out spotting.
  • WiRES-X Portable Digital Node function and Fixed Node function with the HRI-200. Now you can monitor 2 didital channels at the same time!




Yaesu FTM-300DR 50W C4FM/FM 144/430MHz Dual-Band Digital Mobile Transceiver

The new FTM-300DR provides reliable and stable 50 Watt power output. Like the FTM-400XDR YAESU mobile transceivers, the FTM-300DR comes equipped with a heavy-duty heat sink that includes their exclusive FACC (Funnel Air-Convection Conductor – Wind Tunnel).

The new FTM-300DR also features real dual band operation (V+V, U+U, V+U, U+V) via two independent receivers, while supporting simultaneous C4FM digital monitoring for both the A and B bands.

The slim 2-inch High-Resolution QVGA Full-Color TFT Display clearly highlights the frequency and operation bands.

Using the FTM-300DR Band Scope Function, users can monitor up to 63 channels centered around the current VFO frequency in real time. (21 channels in memory channel mode)

New for 2020 Yaesu brought in the Memory Channel Band Auto Grouping (MBAG. It's one of the advanced features of the FTM-300DR. The memory channels are automatically categorized in each band, and memory channels can be easily and quickly recalled by 4 Band Groups - Airband(M-AIR), VHF(M-VHF), UHF(M-UHF) and 174-400MHz/ 480-999.99MHz (M-GEN).

An outstanding 3W audio power speaker ensures a clear and crisp audio – that has been specifically tuned for quality audio.

On top of the powerful tuned audio output, the FTM-300DR also features two individual external speaker jacks. Users can output the VFO A and B band Receiver to separate speakers or mix A and B signals when a single external speaker is used.

Built-in Bluetooth unit is installed in the FTM-300DR. This enables the hands-free operation with the YAESU SSMBT10 or a commercially available product. The SSM-BT10 is equipped with a PTT button and also supports VOX operation. Using the new USB charger cable – SCU-41 with the controller of the FTM-300DR, the SSM-BT10 can be easily charged. The SSM-BT10 works for approximately 20 hours on single charge.

The FTM-300DR supports both the WiRES-X Portable Digital Node function and Fixed Node function with the HRI-200. Since simultaneous C4FM monitoring on both VFO A and VFO B is possible, users can enjoy both WiRES-X communications on one channel while monitoring another local channel at the same time.

Other advanced features of the new FTM-300DR include


  • DG-ID (Digital ID)
  • Group Monitor
  • Positional awareness from the built-in 66ch High Sensitivity GPS receiver enabling Real Time Navigation
  • Backtrack feature
  • A GPS Terminal for an external GPS receiver
  • 1200/ 9600 APRS data modem for APRS mode
  • Voice Recording of both Received and Transmitted audio
  • Save and load data including configuration and memory channel information to a micro SD card
  • Snapshot function using the optional MH-85A11U camera microphone


Overall this is a better radio than the FTM-400XDR but the display is smaller. Price point is about the same right now, but being this has more features, it should push the FTM-400XDR price down I'd think in the coming months.

Let us know if you get one! It looks like GigaParts already has this radio for pre-order! https://www.gigaparts.com/yaesu-ftm-300dr-c4fm-dual-band-transceiver.html
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You're a bad influence on me - Now I have to get one of these too for my commuter car . . .:(surprised)
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indeed. Will need someone to talk to on the way to and from work.. I need a HRI-200 and Spot3... then it's always possible.
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Don't forget that "HAM" stands for:

Hasn't
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Reviews are coming in and it looks awesome. I think I'll be making the switch because of the duel band digital and it's smaller.




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What else would you need to run this with an android tablet and aprs.
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