Programming the FT-3D with SD card

Modified on Fri, Jun 28 at 3:42 PM

Using a Micro SD card to program the FT-3D

Using the YPS-FT3D Radio Programmer

Getting the Initial Details from the Radio

Programming the Yaesu FT-3D radio begins with getting data from the radio. This gives the YPS-FT3D Programmer the details it needs to identify the radio (worldwide version, modification status, and other "behind the scenes" details). This information can be retrieved only from the radio. Memory channel details are not important in this process.

This may be your first experience working with the SD card and the data transfer process on this radio. The process is very similar to that used by other Yaesu radios.  These steps will help you through that process.

With the radio off, insert the SD card into the slot on the side of the radio market Micro SD.

  • There is only one way the SD Card will fit
  • Do NOT force it.
  • Presuming you are right handed and working such that you are looking at the front of the radio, the teeth of the card will be facing you. Yes, this is upside-down from traditional convention.
  • The gold "teeth" will be facing you and will go into the radio first.
  • Gently press the card into the slot until it clicks and stays firmly in place.
  • Be VERY CAREFUL that you do not try to insert the card Behind the slot. Even the Operating manual warns of this on page 20.
  • The card will not work if it is not seated properly in the slot and will probably Be ruined if you manage to force it into the space Behind the slot.

With the radio on,

press hold for 1 second the [DISP] key on the face of the radio to access the menu.


Touch the SD card option to select.

Note: If the text of the SD Card option is not a red color, the SD card is either not seated properly in the radio or is not being recognized. Try removing and replacing the SD card or try another card.


Press [DISP} to select Backup.


Write to SD will be highlighted.

Press the [DISP] key again to select this option.

This will transfer all the details of your radio to the SD card. Even in a new radio there are details that the Programmer uses to identify your radio.


Press OK to select then OK again to begin the process

The details of the radio will be transferred to the SD card.

The process takes only a matter of seconds to complete.

The radio displays [Waiting] while it is working.

[COMPLETED] appears on the face of the radio when the process finishes.


Remove the SD card from the slot for use in the computer.

It may not seem normal; but you press the SD card to release it from the slot.

The card will "eject" and be ready to remove.

At all times be sure you do NOT touch to gold contacts. This could damage the card to the point it cannot be used by the radio or the computer.

Load the SD card into a reader for your computer to use.

Start the YPS-FT3D Programmer

The program opens in a default file (FT3D Untitled).

If you have been working in the Programmer, it will open the last file you saved with memory channel details. To prevent loss of the memory channel information in this file, do File | New before proceeding to the next step. This will create a new FT-3D file that you can work in.

Do Communications | Get data from SD Card from the options in the menu.


Click OK on the message that lets you know the program has found the SD card.

This happens automatically as long as the SD card is recognized in the computer. If a Windows File Open box appears, you either did not do the Backup in the radio or the card is not being seen by the computer.


It may appear that nothing happens if you radio is not programmed with memory channels.

The main screen does not change since there were no memory channels programmed in the radio; but, the Programmer has retrieved the information it needs to identify your radio.

You have completed this part of the process and are ready to set up a file for your radio with memory channels, VFOs, Limit memories and customized menu settings.

You will need to repeat this part of the process only if you make changes on your radio that you want to save to the computer or if you modify your radio to transmit outside the ham band or if you do a firmware upgrade to the radio.

Save your callsign permanently in the programmer.

Select Settings | Radio Menu Settings from the top of the screen.

On the settings screen, enter your call sign in the Call sign field at the lower left.

Click File | Save As (on the Settings screen)

Enter Settings as the Filename and click Save.

The Programmer will return to the Settings screen.

Click File | Exit to close the Settings screen.

Customize your file with details you want in your radio. Enter memory channels details including frequencies, names, tones, etc in the spread sheets.

As you build your file for the FT-3D radio, you will want to save it as you work

Click File | Save As to save the file for use on the computer.

This is NOT the file that you will use to program the radio.


Click Communications | Write Data to SD Card

to make the file ready for use by the radio.

This process will create the file that you will use to program the radio.

The programmer lets you know the process is complete


Remove the SD Card from the computer and put it in the radio.

Load it into the slot on the radio just as you did in Step 1.

Complete the process in the radio to Read from SD Card.

When this process is complete, the radio will be programmed like the file on the computer.

Remember: You may have to put the radio into memory mode with the V/M key to see the memory channels you loaded.

To display names on the radio, press the A/B button for more than one second. The bottom half of the display changes to show name and other details. To show just name in this part of the screen, touch the screen. When names are displayed, you have only one frequency in use.

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