Yaesu FT-3D

Yaesu FT-3D

All in all, the FT-3D is a nice and handy radio.

Keys and buttons

I like the arrangement of the PTT and the knob on the top is very usable.

Easy to use T-CALL

One button below the PTT is the MONI/T-CALL button located, which you can either configure as a MONITOR button (opens both receiver at once) or as T-CALL button, which sends out a 1750Hz tone immediately.

Opening SQL when you use T-CALL

When you configured your MONI/T-CALL button for T-CALL, you can open the squelch by pressing the SQL button (between MONI/T-CALL and POWER button) and then use the volume knob to reduce or increase the squelch level.

Full APRS

But it cannot use Voice Alert. Nonetheless a device which can send and receive APRS packets is not seen very often on portable devices. Not even the new Icom ID-52 has APRS support.

Color screen

The screen is okay and you see instantly which band is active at the moment. Using the touch screen is very intuitive, although I personally prefer devices with no touch screen at all. I never had any problems with the coloring or the brightness at all, but YMMV.

Transmit power

The FT-3D supports 4 power levels: LOW1 (0.3W), LOW2 (1W), LOW3 (2.5W) and HIGH (5W).

Band scope

This is probably the first portable radio that I bought which had a band scope. The scope itself is quite usable, it let’s you split the screen width into 19, 39 or 79 bars of details. I usually switch between 39 and 79 bars to get the best results.

Dual receive (D.RCV)

Preset receiver memory channels (P.RCVR)

Change with BAND button between Weather broadcast (WX CH), international VHF marine radio (INTVHF) or international shortwave broadcast (SW) channels.

For shortwave listening (only AM, no SSB), a longer antenna may not be a bad idea.

AF-DUAL receive function (A.DUAL)

This enables radio broadcast reception on the A band receiver. The radio reception is interrupted, when a signals is receiver on either A or B band receivers.

Built-in GPS receiver

GPS is a handy function, but it drains the battery. You may also use pre-defined locations for APRS and save some battery life if you are stationary.

Cross-band memory channels

The FT-3D lets you save memories that use 2m for receive but 70cm for transmit, for example. The repeater OE7XZR (Zugspitze, Tyrol) is one of them. It sends on 145.57500 MHz but receives on 432.57500 MHz.

Recordings

Although the recordings are sometimes quite buggy, I really appreciate this function on newer radios. No need to pull out your smartphone to get a recording on tape.