the Yaesu FTM-100DR is an awesome option for search and rescue teams. This radio boasts an impressive lineup of 50watts of power, Dual VFO, 500 memory presets, crossband repeat, digital or analog operation, a removeable faceplate, and GPS direction finder and APRS. The great function that makes this radio a good option for search and rescue teams, is the ability for these radios to “check in” with each other. What this means is that the radios are constantly sending out a “beacon” transmission, to keep track of each other. Once a radio leaves the signal range, or enters the signal range, the radio will inform you of who is nearby. You can see how this would be a massive help for search and rescue teams to keep track of each other. Off road clubs could also use it to help keep track of each other on long overland trips, or out at Moab. Most radios that come with all of those functions built in, will run you around $500, this one comes in at a very affordable $300-$350 and is the most reasonable mobile ham radio on the market with APRS built in.
The FTM-100DR’s Dot-Matrix Display and Single Receiver design make it the ideal radio for both entry level and advanced Digital Radio enthusiasts. The newly designed and compact front display includes a vibrant and highly visible White-LED backlit display (160×40 Full Dot Matrix) and a bright multi-colored Mode/Status Indicator to visibly and clearly inform the operator of the current state of the transceiver. The multi-colored Mode/Status Indicator on the display faceplate indicates what mode the radio is in by changing from Green (Receive Analog) to Blue (Receive Digital) when receiving a signal.
The FTM-100DR utilizes Yaesu’s revolutionary Automatic Mode Select (AMS), as well as a full suite of C4FM Digital and FM Analog features. AMS instantly recognizes whether a transmission is analog or digital and appropriately switches the transceiver operating mode to allow flawless co-existence of both analog and digital communication. In addition to Automatic Mode Select, the FTM-100DR also incorporates a wide range of System Fusion and analog features, making it an ideal communication product that fits every Amateur Radio Operator’s needs.
The FTM-100DR transceiver includes the following state of the art features: Smart Navigation, Digital Group Monitor (GM) featuring telemetry data and ID transmission, a full featured 1200/9600bps APRS system, built-in high sensitivity 66 channel GPS with Antenna, GPS logging/recording, microSD card slot (for programming and data storage), and Bluetooth hands-free operation. Quick and easy Firmware updates add value and create a unique operating experience by allowing manufacturer upgrades, modifications and additions to software based radio features at no additional cost.