Yaesu introduces the new FTM-500D Series

FTM-500D 50W Series Dual Band Digital Radio Transceiver


FTM-500D Series 50W C4FM/FM 144/430MHz, Dual Band Digital Mobile Transceiver.

The FTM-500D shares the Yaesu core features, utilizing the latest C4FM Digital technology with many new features and improvements.

This is mobile radio: the FTM-500DE from Yaesu offers FM, APRS and Digital Voice (C4FM) with very simple operation. The colour display shows both bands simultaneously, the optional Bluetooth unit ensures stress-free operation while driving (Hands Free).

The Yaesu FTM-500DE mobile transceiver offers true dual-band operation, i.e. operation with two active receivers simultaneously. Reception of 2 x VHF or 2 x UHF is also possible (V/U, V/V, U/U).  1000 memories help to organise the most popular frequencies and always have them quickly accessible. The receiver operates continuously from 108 to 1000 MHz and thus also enables reception of aeronautical radio (AM) or marine radio (FM).

The transmitter uses robust power amplifier modules with 50 W max. transmit power on each band. Of course, the transmitting power can also be reduced. With 3 W AF power – 8 W at an external loudspeaker – operation is no problem even in noisy environments, whether mobile in a car or portable at an event.

To be able to use the usual navigation functions and location data in C4FM, the FTM-500DE has a built-in GPS receiver with 66 channels. An external GPS receiver can be connected as an option. This allows you to use the familiar functions such as displaying the direction and distance to the remote station, backtracking and many more.

The FTM-500DE also supports other functions that are now familiar from C4FM technology, such as Digi Group ID and Digital Group Monitor. Of course, the FTM-500DE can also participate in the Wires-X system. The necessary connections for the optional HRI-200 interface are available.

The control unit is decoupled from the main unit and can be operated remotely with the enclosed cable, but can also be mounted directly on the main unit. The scope of delivery includes power cable with fuses, DTMF microphone SSM-85, PC connection cable SCU-20 and a 3 m long connection cable for the control unit and the main unit. A 6 m cable is optionally available, as is a microphone with camera, the MH-85A11U, whose images can also be sent.

Key Features

  • Remote display
  • Dual band 2 m / 70 cm
  • 50 W transmitting power in both bands
  • Reception range: 108 to 1000 MHz
  • APRS with 1200 and 9600 baud integrated, Bluetooth optional
  • Operating modes: AM (aeronautical radio reception), FM
  • C4FM digital and FM analogue automatic switching
  • 2 x 500 memory channels

The FTM-500DE offers VHF and UHF mobile radio at the highest performance level: optionally analogue in FM or digital in C4FM with 50 W transmit power, the transceiver can deliver more than others, and this without a separate power amplifier.

A special feature of the FTM-500DE is the integrable optional Bluetooth interface BU-2, which enables “hands-free” operation, i.e. the possibility to make radio calls without an annoying microphone cable and without constantly pressing the PTT button, as is now the rule for mobile operation while driving. Yaesu offers the BH-2A as a headset.

The device offers an easy-to-read LC display. With “System Fusion”, Yaesu combines analogue and digital operation, between which it switches automatically with AMS (Automatic Modes Switching between analogue FM and digital C4FM operation).

Tuning is possible in steps of 5, 6.25, 8.33, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, 25, 50 or 100 kHz, providing a sensible solution for every country and band plan. All settings and the stored frequencies can be saved on an optional microSD memory card with a maximum capacity of 32 GB. Voice recording and playback (voice recording, optional) also use the memory card.

The power supply of 13.8 V / 12 A is possible with a mains adapter, but also by battery mobile or on a field day or expedition.

FTM-500D Price and Availability

Yaesu has not yet confirmed the price or specifications for the FTM-500DR. The FTM-500DR is expected to be available March 2023. Any information shown currently is subject to change. This radio is not available for purchase at this time. 

Source:Yaesu FTM-500D Pre release information and Internet media

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