Does anyone have any practical experience of using these rigs on 2m FM from “challenging” SOTA summits where de-sense from other transmitters is an issue?
I’m considering a fairly serious upgrade to my radio equipment and I want to know how others have faired with these two radios.
I suspect that (like most modern handhelds) the Yaesu FT3DE may struggle without a bandpass filter in the antenna line?
I love the idea of using the APRS for spotting. I also really like the idea of the bluetooth option, allowing the radio to stay in my backpack (where it stays dry) & using a bluetooth headset/handset. Does anybody else do this?
I currently use an old Yaesu VX-8E which is pretty rubbish as far as de-sense from other nearby transmitters is concerned. It is however good for APRS. Having to use the external mic (which has the GPS built into it & in my opinion sounds absolutely terrible) is a complete pain.
There is a bluetooth module available for my VX-8E (approx £120). I suppose could just upgrade that & make do but I like the idea that everything is built into the FT3DE. I’m not sure if it really makes sense to pay for the upgrade to my VX-8E.
As for the Icom 705, I’m guessing that this will have better filtering & be a little more resistant to adjacent transmitters?
The 705 also has the bluetooth built in. I really like the single USB cable interface for digital modes (I also want to run FT8 from a few summits).
I currently use an old Icom 703 for HF but figured that the 705 will basically do everything from 160m-70cm & is smaller (& probably lighter) than the 703.
I think that FT3DE would be good for spotting via APRS & for lightweight VHF only activations (probably with the requirement for a bandpass filter on some summits).
I’ve also heard some people say that the audio from the FT3DE is pretty poor (especially on FM which is what I would predominantly use it for).
Your thoughts & experiences with these radios please?