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I've used David's Services on several of my radio's in the past, the last of which was my Yaesu FT 736 which I had bought from Ebay, I asked David to check it out for any issues and make sure it was on Frequency.....etc etc  I received the radio back with a clean bill of health and a minimal charge for the work.... An honest man for sure.... de (Stuart) M0SGS...

Hello my name is Dave Wood trading as DAW Electronics my business is a comprehensive repair facility now based for the last 3 years in South Wales, I have a country wide client base and thanks to all my customers so far for that. In the last 2 years I have repaired and serviced somewhere in the region of 1200 radio’s varying from military Clansman to some of the latest Amateur radio and CB equipment, As a time served engineer for the last 35 years I have a good knowledge base from VLF to Microwave equipment solid state and valves. To new and old clients I would like to thank you for your support and trust in my service. My Email is dave.g4tiw@hotmail.co.uk
My Mobile is 07785 294916 please be respectful I need some sleep


failure to do the update may cause you issues in the future....

HRI-200 Wires-X Software needs updating to version 1.30 guys and gals for all Repeaters, Gateways & RF linking... this will future proof the systems for new Yaesu radio's using the DP-ID & DG-ID system download from  


If users cannot connect to your repeater or gateway make sure they are using the Latest firmware for their particular radio.


I received the FT70DE from Yaesu this week and tested the battery life, different antenna's, easy of use in both digital and analogue, Programming, hot spots, etc,  if you want to see more of these features download the manual here:

1.Battery life (from full overnight charge) Full power 5w on both analogue and digital lasted 5-6 hours on a approx 25% TX 75% RX 
2.Battery life (from full overnight charge) Mid power 2w  on both analogue and digital lasted 12 hours on a approx 25% TX 75% RX                                                   3.Battery life (from full overnight charge) Low power 0.5w  on both analogue and digital lasted 24 hours on a approx 25% TX 75% RX

Antenna: the stock antenna does do a reasonable job but had more coverage and success with both a Nagoya NA666 (dualband)and my trusty old Diamond SRH940 (tri-band). All the antennas I tested could activate the repeaters around my location from 8km - 18kms away, but RX obviously varied greatly from the stock antenna to the Diamond...

Given whats already available  that has Wires-X with GPS your probably right to think this radio does not have a lot to offer, It can of course communicate on the wires-X system via DR-1X repeaters and Gateways in digital and since the latest firmware release now has ability to change the rooms, however DR-1X and possibly (MMDVM) analogue Connected repeaters and gateways can be navigated via DTMF tones... Where this radio and its price will shine will be the release of the Yaesu DR2-X  IMRS (Internet-linked Multi-site Repeater System)  This is the system this radio was made for, and since starting this review all other versions of C4FM radios have now been updated. 

The FT70DE can also aid groups like Raynet and others with DP-ID & DG-ID...., 

The new FT-70DE is a compact and very attractively priced YAESU System Fusion transceiver providing both conventional analog FM operation and the advanced C4FM Digital mode. The FT-70DR provides up to 5W of reliable RF power, and its large Front Speaker delivers 700mW of Loud Audio Output. Because C4FM has better BER (Bit Error Rate) characteristics than other digital modulations, the user can expect exceptional audio quality. The new digital FT-70DR includes our unique Automatic Mode Select (AMS) function. AMS detects the operating mode of the received signal as C4FM digital or analog FM, and then automatically and instantly switches the receiver to the appropriate mode. Users do not need to manually change between modes. The multi-colored LED Mode-Indicator displayed on the front allows the operator to easily see what mode the FT-70DR is in at any given moment. LED Mode-Indicator clearly and visibly shows the transmit/ receive mode by changing its color so that the operating mode of the transceiver is easily recognized at a glance. One of the other distinguishing features of the FT-70DR is Digital Group Monitor (GM) with DG-ID (Digital Group Identification) and DP-ID (Digital Personal Identification) now included in the FT-70DR, to simplify the GM operation. Simply put, the transceivers selecting the same DG-ID or DP-ID can communicate with each other. Between 00 and 99 DG-ID and DP-ID are selectable which provides loads of flexibility so that users can enjoy group communication with friends in GM mode in accordance to their individual operational needs.

and given the fact that the FT1D may well be at the end of its life ...The FT70DE will naturally have a place in the market... So yes its not as cheap as we would like, I would have liked a sub £150 price point... but its only my opinion I'm sure opinions will vary.

GX3RCM call as changed to the GB4HAM

 Contact (Steve M1ERS ) stevem1ers@blueyonder.co.uk

GB7SH 70cm Wires-X enabled analogue Repeater

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