When I got my truck, I bought a radio for it but then hesitated because I didn't want to start drilling holes in it. But recently I changed my mind and have decided to fit a tiny Dual-Band Fusion rig in the form of a Yaesu FTM-7250D.
The receiver has an extended range of 108-580MHz so that means it's good for listening to the AirBand as well as 2M and 70cm. AMS ensures that the radio automatically recognises the operating mode of an incoming signal and switches between AM/FM/C4FM without any input from the operator.
The radio's speaker is (thankfully) forward-facing on the front panel and is really quite loud (I think it's around 3W output). It's not the deepest, richest sound in the world, but it's perfectly adequate for what it's designed for.
Over 200 memories (with alpha-tagging) makes it easy to store your favourite frequencies and then scan between them. You can also search between programmed band edges (ten of them).
Because the truck is on a PCP, you have to be careful not to drill holes which the leasing company can pull you up about when the vehicle is due to go back. Needless to say, they take great delight in charging you a fortune for a new centre-console just because you drilled a hole in it! With that in mind, I opted for a Velcro solution and to be fair, it worked out well.
I did have to drill a secret hole to reach a power source, but the hole cannot be seen. If I had to remove the radio, it's a simple affair but the likelihood is that it'll just stay in-situ. With the mic unplugged you can barely notice it and it's easy to chuck a dark cloth over it when parked up.
Programming the radio was achieved by using CHIRP and a programming lead purchased from TechnoFixUK which has an FTDI chipset in it. This USB lead creates a COM port in Windows. Just in case you're thinking this lead will work with RT SYSTEMS software - IT WON'T!! I'm getting a bit sick of RTS. Previously, I've used their software with my own leads but they're building in code which stops the software from even being installed until it detects their own unique cable, forcing you to spend even more! No thanks RT!
- VHF and UHF Operations
- 50 W transmit power in FM and C4FM
- Automatic Mode Selection FM/C4FM
- Digitale GM (Group Monitor) function
- Large LC-Display, backlit
- 220 memories
- Automatic Repeater Shift
- Transmitter from 144 to 146 MHz and 430 to 440 MHz
- Receiver continously from 108 to 580 MHz
- AM Reception in the airband (108-136 MHz), 8.33 kHz step width provided
- DTMF Microphone with backlit keys
- Direct frequency entry with microphone
- DSQ, CTCSS, DCS Squelch functions and signalling
- Firmware updates via USB interface
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