Though before I go onto the Yaesu FTM-400XDE I bring some worrying news, this is that Chance Callahan KD0MXN has continued his barrage of attacks against me, and the whole situation with him is getting considerably worse, to the degree I may want to just give up on Amateur radio, which is a hobby I enjoy, I am currently looking to take action against him.
So, the Yaesu FTM-400XDE, a good radio, and now I've had a good few days to use it I've got a little used to it, but yet still to get my inaugural System Fusion QSO, which I might get over the weekend.
Having it in the car means I can use APRS, I have had the beacon on and know it is working, the nearest digipeater MB7USD does not appear to be operating, I may have to check this out with the keeper of the digipeater but at present it does not pose a major issue as on top of the hill other digipeaters are available.
Getting into GB3IR in the locality naturally isn't a problem, the big test will come when I take the radio further afield, say Darlington or Northallerton, on my old antenna IR was barely there, dropping out now and again along Northallerton High Street, on the new antenna I cannot see this to be a major problem, Darlington was another area where I could not hear IR properly, with exception at Morton Park as the signal was relatively good and it appears to be slightly uphill from Darlington centre. this again may change on the new antenna, helpful when I can legally use the full 50 watts of the radio, at the moment I can only use 5 (there is no 10 watt setting which is a little annoying).
Without being able to use System Fusion I've also not been able to use WIRES-X, Yaesu's Internet connection system that connects nodes everywhere and uses the digital side of the radios to handle node and room selection, though DTMF is available for analogue much like on Echolink and IRLP nodes, so yet another thing on the radio to play with
The radio, as installed in the car, is set to AMS, which switches between FM and the digital modes, either "DN" or "VW", a "DW" appears on using WIRES-X from what I have observed, though that may be the seek signal
I must now depart as at time of writing I need to go out, and I'll let you know how things fair
73 de M6RSQ