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Yaesu VX 8DR

Yaesu VX-8DR Quad-Band Submersible VHF/UHF Amateur Radio Transceiver - VX 8DR

Yaesu VX 8DR
  • UPC   033171249985
  • VX-8DR - A Devoted APRS Users Version of the VX-8R Series The VX-8DR APRS®/GPS/Bluetooth® Handheld Transceiver is an additional version of the VX-8R that includes not only its solid features and specifications but also new expanded APRS® capabilities to meet the needs of even the most active APRS® user. The VX-8DR has the same appearance as the VX-8R and uses the very same accessories. Key Additonal APRS® Features of the VX-8DR compared to our VX-8R include: • Smart Beaconing TM Function: When using APRS® for position tracking, the beacon timing is automatically adjusted to your traveling speed and location to plot a smoother trace to match your position and movement on a map. • The number of Station List memories has increased from 40 to 50. • The number of APRS Message memories has increased from 20 to 30. • DIGI-PATH route indication function: The APRS® Packet data includes Digipeater routing info. • Heads up compass display to the GPS Screen: Your traveling direction is always toward the top of the display. • The Message received LED flashing rate is selectable. • The number of DIGI-PATH route settings is increased from 1 to 7.
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5 Star Rating   RichAllcorn,   8/26/2016
I've had my VX-8DR for about 2years now, and I love it! It has awesome features and when good programming software you can share repeater settings easily by emailing the data file to a friend and importing it. I got the external mic, which is about the best I've ever used! AND, I got the GPS antenna add-on. While the radio mount for it is rather bulky, putting the GPS antenna on the external handheld mic is almost transparent! And when it's connected, your APRS works great!

While this is not proper Ham protocol, you can also clip the limited chip in the unit and open it up to be able to transmit as well as receive on all of the bands it has at it's disposal, making it a great survival tool, should you ever have to use those channels/frequencies.

I love mine, and after I get my wife to take her Ham exam, she'll get one too!

Rich Allcorn
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