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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
  • Ultra-Rugged Polycarbonate resin front panel with aluminum die-cast chassis. Submersible It is waterproof 3Ft (1m) for 30 minutes. Enjoy up to 5 hours operation on 144/440MHz, or up to 5.5 hours on 50MHz with the supplied FNB-101LI battery. The optional FNB-102LI high capacity battery will provide up to 8.5 hours operation on 144MHz, 9 hours on 50MHz, and 8 hours on 440MHz.
  • 1.3"W x 0.8"H, the large LCD display provides clear, easy-to-read indication of both Main and Sub-band frequencies, operating mode, and S-meters for both bands.
  • The optional GPS Antenna Unit FGPS-2. You may display your exact current position (latitude / Longitude), heading direction, moving speed, altitude etc. Hands-Free Operation using the optional Bluetooth headset
  • Covers from 500kHz to 999.990MHz, continuous reception for Short-wave, FM/AM broadcasts, analog TV stations, audio aircraft, public service channels, etc. (Cellular band blocked)
  • Built-in Barometric Pressure and Temperature Sensor. The radio can monitor and display the temperature, pressure, altitude or any combination of these- Emergency Strobe/Beep and Busy strobe LED functions *** Note: Note: The VX-8DR is a true Quad-Band Radio but Yaesu advertises the unit as a Triple-Band cause you can only transmit 0.5 Watt on 220 MHz. Transmit Power: 50MHz = 1 Watt, 144 MHz = 5 Watts, 220MHz = 0.5 Watt, 440 MHz = 5 Watts ***
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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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