Friday, January 17, 2020

A Night of Yaesu Upgrades

It all started with a programming change. All I wanted to do was add a couple new memory channels into the FTM-400DR. For some unknown reason, the two versions of the radios admin software would not download the current settings from the radio to the PC.

After some browsing online I saw others mentioning that the radios need the latest firmware to work with the latest programming software. I had updated both radios a year ago but since then Yaesu released the C4FM DG-ID features sometime in the last year.

Well if it wasn't a ton of work with lots of steps that took me about 3-4 hours from start to finish.

The FTM-400DR had to have the cover removed and a tiny switch flipped. Two different firmware updates each with their own utility and instructions. The two updates were DSP and main firmware.

The FTM-100DR had three updates. No cover radio disassembly was required this time but two hidden switches had to be uncovered and changed. All three updates also had their own utility and instructions. The three updates were DSP, main, and panel firmware.

The good news after all the radio work the memory changes I wanted to make from the beginning finally worked.

Now I can go to bed.

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