How Is The FTM-300 Different Than The FTM-400?

How Is The FTM-300 Different Than The FTM-400?

  • Menus function differently. In most cases, when reaching the end of options within a menu, you must backtrack to reach the beginning. The menu will not ‘roll over’.
  • The function of the buttons have changed. For one, holding down the DISP button does nothing. Quickly touching it cycles through the GM and APRS displays.
  • One major difference is that the 300 can listen to two digital channels simultaneously. If both are active at the same time, the ‘active’ band audio will come through while the ‘inactive’ band audio will be muted.
  • The Bluetooth function is built-in but is not independently controlled by the volume knobs on the radio.
  • The microphone is a new design. The buttons are backlit in white and cannot be turned off by a switch on the mic. The new mic will work on the FTM-400.
  • The mounting bracket is of a quick-release style making removal of the radio far easier.
  • Each audio channel has its own speaker output.
  • The DIAL knobs have new functions.
  • The radio has improved chassis design for better cooling.
  • The screen is far smaller than the FTM-400 and is not a ’touch screen’.
  • You cannot plug the microphone into the radio head unless it is a Yaesu camera mic.
  • The SD card plugs into the head.
  • There are now TWO update switches…one on the head and one on the body.
  • The size and construction of the head-to-body cable has changed and is not compatible with the FTM-400.
  • The FTM-300 is firmware updated entirely through the use of the ‘data’ cable. The SCU-20 cable is not used for this purpose. 
  • You may now enter a frequency directly and can enter frequencies with different steps without any other button entries.
  • You can connect the head to the main body although they are not the same height. A short connector cable is provided for that purpose.
  • There are only three levels of display brightness on the 300 compared to at least five on the 400.
  • The 300 offers Memory Auto Grouping and Multi Channel Standby.
  • The POWER ON procedure is different. With the 400 you could briefly press the Power button. With the 300 you have to press and hold the power button to get the radio to come on.

I am just beginning to explore these differences. There may be errors since these observations (my observations) are NOT a result of a direct A/B comparison. If you wish to add more or make corrections, please email us.