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Old 01-29-2014, 06:56 AM
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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Larimer County
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Trust me, that touch screen is the future of radio. I thought long and hard about keeping it and selling the FTM-350, especially now that programming is figured out. I have all these custom cables running inside of places and in the headliner that I would have to pull out and make new, so I decided to just cash out and maybe get another one down the road. But that much I know that the next dual band APRS-capable radio I buy will be a FTM-400 again. It is soooo nice to use.

The ability to program the memories on the SD card alone makes it head-and-shoulders better than anything out there, no more dragging laptops and cables all over the place, you pop out the SD card, fire up your software (I was doing it with a simple command line scripting program but RT Systems I think is coming out with a proper GUI) and put the card back into the radio. No holding 3 buttons to get into clone mode or any of that nonsense.

Last time I was over at HRO they also didn't have all the screens enabled since I don't think APRS or data were turned on. IIRC there were only a couple of screen available on the display unit. Both the FTM-350 and FTM-400 really get cool when you start using the GPS and APRS stuff.

I had the faceplate on a little mount to the right of the climate controls. I still have the mount I made for it, I should put it together and snap a picture. It worked well except being right there I tended to constantly tinker with it and it did wash out a little in direct sun from the side. I have my FTM-350 face mounted high and above the rear view mirror, which is easier to see but harder to operate.
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