Yaesu FTM-10R Dual Band
Weatherproof, compact and rugged, Yaesu’s FTM-10R offers a number of features for motorcyclists and other nontraditional mobile operators. With VOX and Bluetooth capability, it brings hands-free mobile operation to the amateur marketplace.
The FTM-10R is a rugged, weatherproof addition to the Yaesu VHF/UHF mobile product line. According to the ads, it’s aimed at outdoor motorsports enthusiasts. The waterproof control head can be separated from the main radio unit and is shown mounted on motorcycle handlebars (see sidebar). The main unit, which is not waterproof, could be stored in a saddle bag or mounted under a seat.
The radio has many features, including some that distinguish it from the pack. For starters, it has a built-in AM and FM broadcast band receiver, wideband receiver coverage, weather band with alert, and 500 memory channels. Transmitter power is 50/20/5 W on 2 meters and 40/20/5 W on 70 cm. (The FTM-10SR is similar, but with 10 W on 2 meters and 7 W on 70 cm.) There’s a microphone built into the control panel, and it can be PTT or VOX activated.
The FTM-10R is the first mobile radio I’m aware of that can work with Bluetooth wireless headsets. There’s also an intercom feature that lets two Bluetooth headset users talk to each other. I will get into detail about many of the special features later in this review.