FTM-300DE (3)

Just a small nuance with regard to the use of Bluetooth on the basis of testing on a direct frequency and not via the parrot function.

Unlike with previous implementations (FTM-400/BU2, FTM-100/BU-1) the audio sent to your headset via Bluetooth does not depend on the position of the volume control on the set. That is an important difference, because you now control everything in terms of audio directly on the headset. Apparently this depends on the type of headset you’re using as well. Yaesu didn’t and up until now doesn’t follow the complete Bluetooth standards which causes some headsets to work as expected whereas others have their culprits when connected to the transceiver.

In order not to become very deaf immediately, I recommend that you set the volume on your headset to minimum. The sound can then be called acceptable and I must say, with a bluetooth headset in one ear and my other ear against the speaker of an FT-3, that it is intelligible. Now just to test with a counter station and then I think I can adjust my opinion regarding the set in a positive way…

For the past few weeks I’ve been using the FTM-300DE as a node with the HRI-200; unlike the FTM-100DE, the 300 gets less warm, even in the high temperatures of recent weeks. The transceiver could still be touched in a normal way, the fan has not made much noise and in that respect I am satisfied with the performance. But there is a big but…

If you start the set in Wires-X mode and start the software on your PC, you have the option to dim the display in 7 different settings. Even on the most dimmed setting (which I have used continuously), the display lights up and the frequency set in the Wires-X remains vaguely visible in the background. With the active VFO you don’t have such a problem because the display of the frequency is bright enough, but with the inactive VFO you can vaguely see the frequency used in the Wires-X software.

So you cannot completely switch off the display. So be careful with this!