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Yaesu VX-8DR Quad-Band Submersible VHF/UHF Amateur Radio Transceiver
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- 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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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. APRS® Features of the VX-8DR compared to our VX-8R include: • Smart Beaconing ™ 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. . *** 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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The only negatives I find with this radio are as follows:
1) Like most hand-held radios, you will probably need to purchase an aftermarket antenna rather than the "rubber ducky" that is supplied. I purchased a Diamond SRH320A 144/220/440 MHz Tri-Band Handheld SMA Antenna and it works much better. I could not hit the local repeater with the supplied antenna.
2) Because it is a small radio, the display numbers are also really small, so if you wear reading glasses you're going to need them in dim light to see the numbers on the display.
3) This is not the Iphone or Macintosh of radios. You are going to need to dig into the manual and read it. Even after that, you're probably going to need to get some help from a more experienced radio operator to take full advantage of what this radio can do. I've been through the manual multiple times and still don't understand all of it.
4) If you use a Macintosh computer, you won't be able to take advantage of Yaesu's programming software. You'll have to download and learn how to use Chirp software, which is free, but also not exactly intuitive.
Yaesu’s VX-8DR just heard my call. I was impressed with such a small HT that can cover a ton of other useful features I can grow with. The VX-8DR addressed all the requirements I was looking for, and more. Yaesu incorporates GPS and APRS capabilities into its feature-packed handheld. The VX-8DR retains the sturdiness of its predecessor and justifiably bears the label of “submersible.” Setting initial impressions aside, the VX-8DR is a whole new animal from my other HTs. This U.S. version has capabilities on 222 MHz with 1.5 W transmit power. A range of Bluetooth accessories permit hands free operation. And I purchased a customized GPS antenna, enabling the radio to be used not only as a GPS receiver, but a full fledged APRS station. Not quite like my GPS capable D-Star iCom (ID5100 and IC-92A), this certainly welcomes certain very useful operations during emergencies and daily use.
I suggest getting the programming cable and software from RT System for convenience and ease of use.
-You can also set an alarm clock to wake you up listening to your favorite FM/AM or to turn the unit off on a determined time.
I agree that the user manual is DEEP. Block out at least 3 or 4 hours of your day in order to get an inkling of how this little baby operates. I bought the programming cable with mine but have not had to use it yet. Know your favorite Freq? Type it in and away you go!
More goodies, are you a MARS operator? Don't know what that is? Do your homework and check out the MARS/CAP mod for this radio and extend its already amazing reach!
Not a HAM operator yet? No worries, just lock-out the transmit option and you can scan the waves for chatter all day! I HIGHLY recommend this radio to those can afford it. You will not be disappointed.
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