Yaesu FT-1XDE 144/430MHz Dual Band

Yaesu FT-1XDE 144/430MHz Dual Band
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The transceiver Yaesu FT-1XDE is a dual band device for 144/430 MHz with the new C4FM/FDMA digital mode.

The great strength of this radio is in the data transfer. With a transmission rate of 9600bps in C4FM FDMA digital mode with a bandwidth of 12.5 kHz, a even greater amount of data can be transferred.
Among the digital voice transmission is a strong error correction to take a proper understanding without annoying dropouts.

The FT-1XDE supports 3 Digital and 1 Analog Mode.
  • The V/D mode transmits voice and data at the same time slot. In this time slot in addition to the voice data, the GPS data, the ID data is sent together. These data includes the call data for error correction and stabilize the Voice transmission. The V/D Mode is the basic mode in C4FM FDMA digital amateur radio
  • The Data FR Mode is for full rate Data Transmission. The transfer of large amounts of data such as text messages, pictures and voice notes is in this mode done at twice the speed compared to the V/D mode.
  • The Voice FR Mode use the full rate for Voice Transmission in high quality. Thus, the transmission does sound very clearly and naturally.
  • In addition to the digital mode, the FT-1XDE can also analog FM. This mode allows the normal FM operation.
The new FT-1XDE has an automatic mode switching. The received mode is then automatically transferred.
The Receiver offers more than just a receiver for 144/430 MHz. So a broadband receiver with a frequency range from 504 kHz to 999.900 MHz in AM/FM is integrated. Besides the actual handheld transceiver you have also the same as a radio receiver in the luggage. 

Also the developer from Yaesu has integrated a GPS-Receiver. Smart navigation is also possible, as APRS operation. In addition, the data from the GPS as well as images, and memory settings can be stored on a memory card in the SD card slot.
The Transmitter works on 2m and 70cm with an output power of max. 5W, which can be reduced to 2.5W, 1W and 100mW. 

Besides the Display the keypad also is illuminated. 

Most functions can be called directly. For the deeper features an easy to understand menu will help you.

Differences between FT-1DE, FT-1XDE 

Since autumn 2015 Yaesu has introduced the new revision FT-1XDE. The differences to the earlier available FT-1DE are an improved GPS receiver with 66 channels, which offers a shorter time to first fix (TTF). The included battery was upgraded to the larger SBR-14LI, and a new belt clip is included.
  • Features:
  • IPX5 Waterproof
  • illuminated Keyboard
  • Real Dualband Function (V+V, U+U, V+U)
  • Automatic Mode Selection
  • Snapshot Function (with MH-85A11U)
  • Bandscope
  • Broadband Receiver
  • integrated GPS Receiver
  • 1200/9600bps APRS
  • Smart Navigation
  • 1266 Memory channels
  • Scanner
  • Vibration Alarm
  • Slot for Micro-SD
  • Included in shipment:
  • Yaesu FT-D1E
  • Battery SBR-14LI (2200mAh)
  • PC Connection USB cable SCU-19
  • Belt clip SBH-13
  • Duoband Antenna
  • Manual
  • Charger
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I had tried both FT1XD and FT2D at ML&S shop before buying FT1XD, which I more liked the look and feel of. Both radios have the same GPS receiver, 2200 mAh battery and antenna, FT2D body being notably bigger (FT1XD feels just big enough already). FT1XD has no touchscreen but its LCD display is much quicker to respond, sits behind a protective glass and is large enough to accommodate the bits of information you need to operate it. Both radios support C4FM but for me digital voice modes are currently irrelevant; my main interest was to have a reliable APRS feature in a handheld that can be safely tossed into the daily backpack. The GPS receiver acquires lock in about 1 minute, sometimes much faster if you have already had used it recently. The battery lasts 1-2 days depending on how I use it. The menu structure and navigation are generally OK. Obviously, one needs to read the manual to learn all settings and keypad shortcuts. I did a firmware upgrade by myself following Yaesu documentation. The text entry (memory tags, message text etc) allows both uppercase and lowercase letters (and a selection of punctuation marks). In memory mode this radio scans through 7-8 channels per second and allows to set squelch independently for A and B band, there are probably many other similarities with VX-8. My overall impression is that FT1XD continues the gradual evolution started with VX-8, and that currently it is the most value for money compared to other APRS handhelds.
Bought at the weekend as I fancied trying out with "Fusion" digital. Great quality fro Yaesu as expected and a really solid feel to it, with good heft in the hand. Used with a DV4Mini to connect to the UK Fusion Reflector and it works perfectly, with really good digital quality. Need to find time to access a Fusion repeater now (on my travels), but this is a great radio for me. The supplied clone/programming cable is a nice addition and although the Yaesu website does not indicate support for Windows 10 (only 8.1, 7, XP) I installed everything and it all works just fine. The only real niggle (and it's minor really) is that you always have to read from the radio first, before you can open an existing config file on your computer. If you have not read the radio, the 'File Open' dialog is 'greyed-out'. But otherwise it works reliably and whilst not as good as the RT Systems software, is at least free and does the job well enough.
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