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Yaesu Fusion Digital Kit

Post by 2W0PWR on Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:56 am

Has anyone tried the Yaesu Fusion stuff yet?

Been watching some videos and it doesn't half look good. Just wonder what people have thought compared to DMR or D-Star!

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Re: Yaesu Fusion Digital Kit

Post by daxi on Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:17 am

There appears to be too many digital modes around & none will communicate with the others.

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Re: Yaesu Fusion Digital Kit

Post by 2W0PWR on Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:46 am

Hi Alan,

I have to agree with you, there are too many Digital Modes and none of them work together. We are all going to own radios and have no-one to talk to! The thing is finding the right Digital Format and there are ups and downs with everyone. I am now on DMR as there is a local repeater but I do have to say the system is more easier to use than D-Star when mobile and the ability to move from one repeater to another and carry the conversation on is far better.

I really can't speak about fusion as I haven't tried it. YET... But the system does look good and I'd be grateful for any comments of users....

Are you still on D-Star Alan?

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Re: Yaesu Fusion Digital Kit

Post by daxi on Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:04 am

The advantage with DMR is that you can at least listen to PMR users & buy them cheaply off ebay.
I think had Yaesu come up with this at the same time as Death Star it would have stood a chance, but who is going to spend almost £500 Yaesu on a handheld?? Certainly not me.
Especially as the build quality is said to be well below that of the VX7 & 8's.

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Re: Yaesu Fusion Digital Kit

Post by 2W0PWR on Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:12 am

Yeah I have heard that too Alan, very plastic and light.

I am using a Motorola DP3600 Hand Portable and a DM4600 in the car but your right there are other makes that are really cheap. I first bought a Motorola DP3400 to get me started off eBay with 2 batteries and a drop in charger for £100. There are new Hand Portables out for £200 inc Delivery, Programming Cable and Software......

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Re: Yaesu Fusion Digital Kit

Post by Tydraig on Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:36 pm

I to have been looking at the youtube video's of the fusion system, I liked the features on the ftm-400de, as I wanted aprs support as well. Yesterday my xyl bought me the ftm-400de for a Christmas present, so if I can persuade her to let me test it out I will be able to give you preliminary review.

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Re: Yaesu Fusion Digital Kit

Post by 2W0PWR on Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:49 am

What a lucky bugger you are and a great xyl you have.... Be looking forward to hearing your comments on the system. Looks really good with or without the support of the repeater, just needs more users I suspect.

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Re: Yaesu Fusion Digital Kit

Post by Tydraig on Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:00 am

Well Dave, she even popped out and got me a MicroSD card today so I could take a look at programming it up. here I found the 1st problem, you need Software and you don't get that from Yaesu Crying or Very sad

O.K. not a major issue as you can program the radio up manually to get on the air, I am going to order the RT Systems ADMS-M400 software and †from Radio world for £35, you get a reader and MicroSD included not that I need that but hey I just want the software.

I have only tried it on the bench this afternoon and got GB3CR & GB3MN programmed into it, I also played around with the naming of memories etc. I found that for GB3CR in particular the auto repeater shift did not work, I had to turn it off and set it to a negative shift. found similar problems with other Yaesu radios I own so that was soon sorted out.

I will come back to again when I have had chance to try the software which I will order tomorrow, pity I did not get it when I was there yesterday as the cable which comes with the radio for connecting to your PC is not for programming memories but for updating the firmware and using packet comms.

It was a bit quite on the bands this afternoon so I have not managed to have any QSO's yet, plenty of time for that after I get it set up as I want in the car at xmas.

I would hope that from my few quick observations that no one will be put off, this is a great radio, it has a brilliant display and a pretty good interface. I now need to get to grips with the main reason I wanted the radio for which is APRS.

73 Carl MW0TBB

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Re: Yaesu Fusion Digital Kit

Post by Tydraig on Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:28 pm

Just another up-date, the RT Systems ADMS-M400 software was delivered for the ftm-400de. I have to say that this makes a big difference when programming the radio, initially I just copied a csv file from my FT-7800 and imported that into the software and was happy with that.

I was having a quick look at the ukfmgw page for GB3MN and found that they have included a file already pre-installed with the all our local repeaters and fm channels, the file can be found at the bottom of the page, it is called (CLNFT400.dat) it is useful as if your not sure on how to use the software you will see how to correctly set up your radio.

All you have to do to use it is install it in the correct location on your Microsd card and enter you call sign in the correct place, save and put the card in your radio.

Now roll on xmas so I can actually get the radio on the air Very Happy

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