FTM-200 Data Transfer via SD Card
The YPS-M200 Radio Programmer
for the Yaesu FTM-200DR
Getting Started using the SD card for Programming
Programming the Yaesu FTM-200DR radio begins with getting data from the radio. This gives the YPS-M200 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. These steps will help you through that process.
Step 1: With the radio off, insert the SD card into the slot on the side of the head of the radio.
  • There is only one way the card will fit.
  • Do NOT force it.
  • The slot is on the left side of the face of the radio.
  • Shown here is a picture of the head only. You do NOT need to remove the head from the radio for this process.... this is just the only picture available.
  • Working so you are looking at the front of the radio, the teeth of the card will be facing you (i.e., toward the front of the radio).
  • The gold "teeth" go into the radio first.
  • Gently press the card into the slot until it clicks and stays firmly in place.

Note: If the SD Card indication does not appear at the top of the face of the radio, 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.

Step 2: With the radio on, press and hold the [F/MENU] key on the face of the radio for 1 second to access the menu. (a short press here will access the Custom Menu. If that happens, just press and HOLD the [F/Menu] key. The radio will move into the full menu from which the following options will be selected.)

Note: In many of these instructions the [DIAL] at the lower right of the face of the radio is turned or pressed to control options that appear on the screen of the radio.

Step 3: Turn the [DIAL] to the the SD card Backup option (Menu item #104). Press the [DIAL] to select.

Step 4: Write to SD will be highlighted. Press the [DIAL] 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 "sync" to this particular radio.

Step 5: All will be highlighted. Press the [DIAL] to select this option.

You need ALL the details of the radio for the programming process. Everything about your radio is programmed... not just the memory channels.

Step 6: Rotate the [DIAL] to highlight OK. Press [DIAL] 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 returns to the Write to SD card screen... (if you're not sure you got it, press the [DIAL] again, then OK and watch through the entire process to be sure)

Step 7: Press Back button at the bottom right of the face of the radio to exit the Setup Menu. Remove the SD card and mount it in your 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.

Step 8: Start the YPS-M200 Programmer

The program opens in a default file (FTM-200 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 FTM-200 file for the next step and protect the work you have done.

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

Step 9: 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 SDcard is not being seen by the computer.

Step 10: If your radio is not yet programmed with any memory channels, it will appear that nothing happens in Step 9. The main screen does not change since there were no memory channels to display; 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, if you modify your radio to transmit outside the ham band, or if you do a firmware upgrade to the radio.

Step 11: Save your call sign 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 center top.

Click Close | Apply Changes and close (on the Settings screen)

The Programmer will save your callsign in this file and close.

Repeat these steps if you create a new file or the program will prompt you for you callsign before you write to the SD card if you have not completed the field in the file.

Step 12: 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 FTM-200 radio, you will want to save it as you work.

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

This saves the file for the computer. Communications | Write to SD card translates the file into a language your radio can understand. These are different files.

Step 13:
When you are ready to try your changes on 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

Step 14: Load the SD card into the radio

Remove the SD Card from the computer and load it into the slot on the radio just as you did in Step 1.

Step 15: Turn the [DIAL] to the the SD card Backup option (Menu item #104). Press the [DIAL] to select.

Yes, you are doing a Backup again. No fear.. there are two options to come. You are still in complete control and will not lose the channel details you put on the SD card from the file.

Step 16: Write to SD will be highlighted. Turn the [DIAL] (clockwise) to move the selection to Read from SD. Press the [DIAL] to select this option.

Step 17: All will be highlighted. Press the [DIAL] to select this option.

ALL the details are in the file that the Programmer created, ALL the details are needed by the radio for complete setup... not just the memory channels.

Step 18: Rotate the [DIAL] to highlight OK. Press [DIAL] to begin the process.

The details of the file will be transferred to the radio. The radio displays Loading... then Completed (with a beep). The process takes maybe a minute to complete (just long enough that you know you're waiting)

The radio cycles of and back on displaying your callsign as you entered it into the Programmer.

Step 19: Press the V/M key to put the radio into memory mode then turn the knob at the lower right to change channels.

The radio will be programmed like that of the file in the Programmer that you created.

You're ready to turn the radio back off... disconnect the cable... and go enjoy your new radio.