After using the Yaesu FT1D for a few months now, I have discovered some likes and dislikes:
- APRS and GPS built in
- Scans very quickly
- Loud audio
- Small size
- Takes forever to charge
- Battery indicator is useless
- Need two hands to operate volume control
- Cumbersome menu system (very hard to program in the field)
- Receive is not what I’d call stellar
- Well under the rated power output (3.5 watts on high)
- Got caught in my seatbelt and cracked the screen
- APRS is not easy to use (should be one button/setting that turns on/off modem and GPS)
- GPS sometimes takes 5+ minutes to get a lock
- Cannot completely mute your own APRS “squawk”. HIGHLY annoying.
- Does not keep the correct time
- Doesn’t always automatically switch from FM to digital and vice versa.
- “Flashlight” function buried in menu
- “Bell” does not work (for me anyway – tried everything)
- Shortwave receive is useless
- Belt clip attached to battery (Doh!)
- Supplied antenna is more like a dummy load (even a cheap $7 one from Ebay works FAR better)
- Locking out channels while scanning is nearly impossible (I can’t figure it out anyway)
In a nutshell, it’s a pretty good radio but has MANY “quirks”. I really think Yaesu designed this radio and pushed it out the door in a rush. I also think it was designed by someone who has never operated a radio (at least a ham radio) before. Would I recommend it? Well, if you’re gung-ho about Fusion digital, you really have limited options. If you don’t care about that, buy something else. In fact, my Baofeng UV5R is far superior in quite a few aspects and it was only $40 CDN.