Cross-Band Operation for the Yaesu FTM-400

Entering Cross-band mode

Turn the APRS modem off.
Set a UHF frequency in either the upper or lower display, using either the VFO or memory.
Set a VHF frequency in the other display, using either the VFO or memory.
Turn the FTM-400 off.
Press and hold the lower 3 buttons to the right of the display then press the power button. “X-BAND Repeater” will be displayed between the upper and lower frequency displays, if the FTM-400 transferred into cross-band repeater mode.

Exiting Cross-band mode

Turn the FTM-400 off.
Press and hold the lower 3 buttons to the right of the display then press the power button. “X-BAND Repeater” will not be displayed between the upper and lower frequency displays, if the FTM-400 transferred out of cross-band repeater mode.
Return the frequencies to your preferences.
Turn the APRS modem on, if you run APRS.

Thanks to N3FYD, Greg for the link to the YouTube video.

For the YouTube video on this procedure posted by YouTube presenter “216PapaBravo”:

       

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13 comments to Cross-Band Operation for the Yaesu FTM-400

  • Nigel Green

    Thanks for the cross-band setup video, I also got stuck with this one, now resolved, and as I only purchased last week, there is still nothing in the manual about it. Very useful, thanks again, Nigel M0GWK.

  • Steve Cury

    Thanks for the informative video. Love this feature and so easy to use know that I have seen this

    73 KD1O Maine

  • Just want to know if this Crossband works on the FT-400 XDR radio as well as it seem you can’t get the DR version by itself now.

  • Big Mike N8FWD

    I have the FTM-400xd it works The words look different but it works.
    73 de Big Mike N8FWD

  • Ellis

    Thank you for this information. Wishing you and yours all Blue Skies and Green Lights’ in your part of the world. From W7CNS`FM / 73s

  • Tim Huffaker

    Thank for showing who to get the FTM400 in cross band. I wanted to know how you solved the ID problem if you are using a repeater.

    Thank you,
    Tim KM4ESU

    • Hi Tim,
      The only way we’ve taken care of the ID issue is that the user IDs with their call and states they are operating cross-band via the call of the cross-band transceiver.
      73,
      Bryan – WA3UFN

  • When using mine as a cross band radio and working it – within about 10-15 minutes it locks up TX (in TX Mode) and gets extremely hot. Only way to unlock the TX is to shut it off and allow it to cool down. Any thoughts on why this could be happening?

    • Hi John,
      I haven’t seen that issue,yet! We’ve typically set a receive access tone (PL) so that only certain persons can use it and hopefully prevent any noise that might access the repeater. Given that, is there any chance a local noise may be keeping it keyed up? Otherwise I can’t think of anything right now. If I happen to think of anything I’ll get back to you.
      73
      Bryan – WA3UFN

  • Martin

    I’m looking at this radio as a replacement for an FT-8800 that has died on me… I suspect that, like the 8800, you should only operate in cross band repeater mode at the lowest possible RF output power and only for short periods.

    73
    Martin VA7HYD

    • Hi Martin,
      I believe that it would be good to operate on lower power with short exchanges. I haven’t really used it as a cross-band repeater, only tested the function to be sure it worked. I probably should try it more often, for example if I’m in a restaurant and can’t maintain a solid signal into the local 2M repeater.
      73
      Bryan – WA3UFN

  • Brett Knudson

    Thanks! Your video was very helpful!!

    73,

    Brett -N0BAK

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