… or is there likely ever to be? I just got a Yaesu FT5 mainly for the APRS feature. I find the user interface to be horrible. Sending out a spot is extremely tedious and difficult in the various environments that the summits throw at us.
So my question is: is there an app that can use the smart phone as an interface for the FT5 via Bluetooth? I’m not familiar with Yaesu’s architecture so I don’t know if this is even possible, but it would sure be nice.
My Garmin InReach Mini is similarly difficult to construct and send an SMS message via the unit’s few keys, but Garmin has an app that lets a smart phone build and send the text with a full keyboard. This makes the whole undertaking SO much easier.
Given that the memory slots only hold 16 characters and patching them together and then excruciatingly scrolling and clicking via a hard-to-see cursor to update the freq, mode and summit designator, the whole process takes far, far longer than it should. I am learning to hate this radio.
Thanks for the reply N1RBD. I was hoping not to have to buy and carry another piece of gear. Also the Mobilinkd 3 is out of stock with no date for its return given the chip shortage. Plus I haven’t been able to find a iOS equivalent.
Same issues as the FT3-DR, the APRS IU is quirky. It follows no logic that I can see. Typing a SOTA spot requires multiple switches of keyboards with texting like we had on Nokia phones of the early 2000s. The only shortcut I use regularly is to re-use the previous reply from APRS2SOTA, edit TX, make changes to frequency, etc, and re-TX. I’ll even re-use the message from the previous summit and make edits that way. The radio has been great with the Signal Stick 1/4 wave ant. I use the RT Systems and SD card to load repeaters, etc.