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Yaesu VX-3R VHF/UHF DualBand Handheld Amateur HAM Radio Tranceiver!

3.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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  • Receives 0.5-999Mhz AM/FMN/FMW, Transmits 144-148 & 430-450Mhz VHF/UHF FM.
  • Output is 1.5W Vhf, 1W UHF - Includes LiOn Batt, Antenna & Charger.
  • 1000ch AlphaNumeric memories, ctcss/dcs, Scanning & more!
  • Super Micro size of only 1.9 x 3.2 x 0.9 inches (excluding top knob & antenna)
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Product Features


Product Description

Super micro sized Yaesu VX-3R Amateur Ham Radio transceiver handheld.
Transmits the 2 meter & 70cm Amateur Ham bands (1.5w/1w), & receives 0.5-999Mhz (less cell).
Features 1,000 AlphaNumeric scanning memory channels, ARTS, WIRES, ctcss/dcs (PL & DPL).
With an Optional Yaesu DC Adapter, Power output increases to 3W/2W.
Transmits VHF/UHF Amateur radio bands, & receive shortwave, police, CB, Aircraft, Marine, Weather Fire/EMS & more!
Compatible with the following Optional available Yaesu accessories: MH-34B4B, MH-37A4B & VC-25 speaker microphones, CSC-92 case, FBA-37 'AA' Batt pack, CT-44 mic adapter, ADMS-VX3 PC Programming Kit.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.6 x 6.3 x 3.1 inches
Item Weight 1.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.2 pounds
ASIN B004BFAANC
Item model number VX-3R
Customer Reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #10,562 in Electronics > Car Electronics

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By Nigel R. Phelps on February 12, 2011
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I am new to HAM but wanted to see what this little guy could do, and not spend a ton of money.
With all hand held radios the problem is the small antenna. I can get ok reception but I live out in the sticks. I hooked up a roll up J- pole and wow. I cant wait to hook it up to a bigger antenna. You can have 100's memory set ups, several ways to scan. Like I said I am new and was a bit worried about all the different settings etc the book tells you step by step. I dont know how to do everything that this guy can do but you will pick up the regular settings easy enough. So far I have picked everything from police bands, EMS, Wendy's drive up, voice of america, voice of cuba, voices of I cant speak it, HAM chat, about 6 weather chans, regular AM/FM. I got all this from the regular antenna and the roll up J pole. This was in just a few days of messing around.
It is easy to travel with this. Throw it in the car, back pack, just a pocket. You can also order an AA battery pack so its easy to power it up if away from a charger.

Only thing not great are the small buttons, thats not a biggie since this thing is just bigger than a pager.
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I have already a vx7r and a vx6 ( both of which are more powerful units). This is a very small ht with pretty good rx and tx - the rx is a few bars off of my other vx hts, but considrering the small size and the price point I'm happy with the unit. AD7TX out.
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I am a new ham and wanted a small affordable H/T eto begin with. The AM / FM broadcast bands come in clear as well as the local WX bands. I just passed my Tech test and am eagerly awaiting my call sign so that I can test the TX and RX features. Will updat when I have a chance to do this. 4 stars so far for what I can use.
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I owned this radio for only a couple of weeks. It has a wide band amplifier that is very susceptible to nearby transmitters. The police were coming in stronger than the frequency I was tuned to. It was a common problem whenever I was within a few miles of a tv or fm transmitter. If you're out in the boonies you may not have this problem, but near a city you may find your signal to noise ratio to be less than 1 a lot of the time. Not for me. I replaced it with an FT60, which works fine.
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A must have Entry Level Radio Tranceiver! Will remain in my Tool Chest for a Long Time to come. Easy to operate and also recommend the Software Control Add-On.
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Easy to program. I use it as a scanner and listen to the stereo fm on some headphones while I walk. Once the menu items are set right any traffic on aircraft or fire/police mute the radio then it returns to music while scanning. I did replace the stock antenna with a 6 inch thin dual band rubber duck antenna and it fits fine in my front shirt pocket. I also have the Kenwood Th6a and a Boafeng uv3r. This Yaesu works the best for me. Took me a week of fine tuning the menu settings to get it perfect. The only thing the Kenwood does better is as an hf amatuer radio receiver with the USB/LSB using a wire antenna. I hardly ever xmit on the fm repeaters so the 2 watts is fine with me.
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Nice multi-band handheld radio that fits in a shirt pocket. This is a great radio for checking equipment for operation, does well at receiving AM/FM radio from nearby stations and the large display is easy to read.

Small antenna still keeps it from hearing things better and the low power output will not let you get out far. However, this will fit in pockets and can be carried discretely. The locking knob helps from changing settings while getting bumped around.

I still use the VX-2R more since it has a better free band modification. Capable of passing data and can be programmed with a computer with the correct data cables.

If you have a need for a small radio to test other radios with, this is a good one. I use it to test: AM?FM VHF/UHF and limited HF equipment and this has worked well for me.

The belt clip is still a flimsy piece of plastic and you should get a small cell phone case to protect and carry this around in.
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do the mars mod and expands nice at first i though it was s*** but after i left my apt. it performed great a lot of buttons to learn how and when but for it's size excellent radio for the mobile or biker like me hits repeaters
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