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Tri-Band Yaesu VX-6R Submersible Amateur Ham Radio Transceiver (144/222/440)

4.7 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
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  • AM/FM BCB, Wideband Receive 504 kHz-998.9 MHz (less cellular)
  • Black magnesium case, 900 memories, severe weather alert and multicolor transmit/receive LED.
  • CTCSS/DCS, EAI Emergency Automatic ID
  • 900 Alphanumeric Memory Channels, ARTS-Automatic In-Range Transponder
  • Backlit Keypad & LCD, Internet Key for Access to WIRESTM
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  • Size (LWH): 2.28 inches, 1.12 inches, 3.5 inches
  • Weight: 9.6 ounces
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Product Description

Yaesu VX-6R Triband Amateur Radio Transceiver.
144/222/440 xmit (2 meter, 1.25 meter & 70cm), plus 0.5-999Mhz receive range too (AM/FMN/FMW, less cellular).
Built-in PL & DPL, Alphanumeric.
Can receive AM/FM broadcast radio, Shortwave, CB, Police, Weather, Aircraft & marine bands.
Includes Antenna, HiCap 1500Ma Batt & charger.
Waterproof & submersible (rated 3ft for 30 mins).
Has a security password feature, built-in morse code trainer, black magnesium case.
For Optional Programming Software & USB cable search B004H5Q8IM .
This unit is also compatible w/the following OPTIONAL Yaesu Speakermikes, chargers & accessories - CD-15A, VC-27, MH-73A4B, VC-24, SDD-13, E-DC-6, CT-91, ADMS-vx6, csc-91, FBA-23 (all sold seperate).

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.3 x 1.1 x 3.5 inches
Item Weight 9.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B004ESEW6C
Item model number VX-6R
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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4.7 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #412 in Electronics > Car Electronics > Two-Way Radios
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Just a couple of days use so far. I bought this radio in lieu of the Kenwood. The Kenwood interested me as it puts out a full 5 watts on 220. That said, there were also quite a few complaints of water damage from rain or ?. Whatever the reason the last thing I wanted was a radio I couldn't carry in bad weather. I opted for the VX-6R. And since receiving it I haven't even glanced back. The prevailing attributes so far are one, battery longevity. Does this thing ever go dead? And second, the waterproof aspects. The screen (used radio)had some very light scuffs on it. I've learned long ago to buff these marks out with toilet tissue and a bit of toothpaste. It works well. When I'm done I usually have to carefully remove the toothpaste residue with a damp cloth. In this case I decided to take Yaesu's claims all the way and just put the radio under a very slow stream of water at the kitchen sink. That and a little scrubbing with a dish cloth and no more residue.... I guarantee you that a little rain is not going to effect this radio in the least.

Now... what about txmt and rcv...? I don't have any antenna but the stock to use on it other than my base station roof mount. With the roof mount I was doing absolutely great. As good as my Icom 208H which I use as a base, mobile, and portable. At first I got some reports of weak modulation. I turned the mic gain up to 8 (1-10) and reports went from good to much better. I changed antennas and put the stock rubber ducky on and most reception in the house died off. In all fairness though, I have a steel roof and stucco walls. All my receivers have a hard time. The 6R did as good as any of my other radios under the circumstances.

I then took it out side to see how it did.
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This is a good starter radio if your interested in breaking into Ham radio. It has a wide range of RX bands and 3 popular TX bands. This is not a CB radio and you do need to get your Amateur radio license to transmit. The radio is also loaded with features and memory to allow you to dabble in many aspects of amateur radio. Download the manual from the Yaesu site to see just what this little radio can do. One word of advice. The Rubber Duck antenna that comes with the radio is next to useless and is little more that an dummy load. Research and spend the extra 30-50 dollars to get yourself a good antenna. You will not be sorry you did.
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***** UPDATE **** June 23 / 16

So, I did the mod that opens the bands. Why ? Because the factory settings limit TX in UHF to 460 MHz and I have to business radios which are pre-programmed to work around 464 MHz. What a bummer. So between buying a software for the business radios and doing the mod, I chose the mod.

The whole procedure is removing 1 little (!) bridge, which you can access taking of the battery cover. It's all quite well explained elsewhere, except that it is a bridge, not just a "blob" of solder. I needed serious magnification in order to see what I was doing, and after some frantic resetting, the radio is doing it's thing.

It will now TX on 040.000 - 075.995 & 116.750 - 124.850 & 135.000 - 229.995 & 393.000 - 492.000. Nothing short of amazing.

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I purchased this radio about 1 month ago, after researching long and hard - this is after all my first HT ham radio, though I have two other business UHF HT radios. Why did I choose this model ? Especially one that started shipping in 2005 ? The reasons are several. First, I liked the fact that this radio is submersible. 1 meter, 30 min ! So, I'm pretty sure a downpour is not going to damage anything. Second, e.g. the VX-8 is sporting APRS and other features that I know that I'm simply not going to use - so try to understand what you really need in a handheld radio, do your research before buying. Features cost money and are you really going to sit and send sloooow text messages to anyone via APRS ? Are you going to beacon your position every minute ? Going on the net (sloooow) using the radio ? Thought not. Third, this radio transmits on 3 bands, and listens in to just about anything - more about that later.
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This is my first ham radio after receiving my tech license. The radio doubles as a police and fire scanner. It has the broadcast bands. More importantly, it transmits on all of the UHF/VHY frequencies except 6 meters. I can hit all of the local repeaters Very nice little radio.
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Price point is a little high, but this is definitely a great radio. Built like a tank. Tons of features. The book does a decent job of explaining all the functions, but you'd better keep it handy. Every button serves at least two and sometimes three functions. You have to have the book to program it.
Added note: Do yourself a favor and go to [...] l and download the free software. It will make programming so much easier. I programmed over 100 stations manually on the keypad before I found this. It is so much faster and allows you to assign memories to different banks, insert new freqs in between other existing memory channels, etc.
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