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Yaesu VX-8R
6m/2m/222/440 MHz

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6m/2m/222/440 MHz
APRS Enhanced


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  Yaesu VX8R

  • Optional Bluetooth®
  • Optional GPS
  • APRS 1200/9600 bps (B band only)
  • CTCSS/DCS Encode & Decode
  • Weather Receiving with Weather Alert
  • Wideband Receive
  • Dual Receive
  • Submersible IPX57
  • Dot Matrix LCD
  • Hi-Rez Spectrum Analyzer

The Yaesu VX-8R HT provides a full 5 watts FM on 50/144/430 MHz plus 1.5 watts on 222 MHz. It will also transmit about 1 watt AM on 6 meters. It supports Bluetooth® hands-free operation with the optional BU-1 and BH-1 or BH-2 accessories. There is also an optional GPS unit and antenna with loads of features. This radio supports APRS 1200/9600 bps data communication (B band only). Like the VX-7R, the VX-8R is submersible and meets IPX57 specifications (3 feet for minimum of 30 minutes). A powerful 7.4 V 1100 mAh Lithium Ion battery is included. This HT is small, intuitive to operate only 2.36 x 3.74 x 0.92 inches (thinner than VX-7R). It supports simultaneous independent 2-signal dual receive function with both V + V or U + U. It has weather band receive with Weather Alert. A barometric sensor is included. You can even operate Amateur radio while receiving FM broadcasts! The receive coverage is wider than VX-7R, with an independent AM/FM broadcast receiver circuit (with stereo output to the earphone jack). The dot matrix LCD display provides memory tag up to a maximum of 16 characters. You even get a high-resolution spectrum analyzer with 60 channels indication with wave monitoring of received/modulated signal! And DCS and CTCSS encode and decode is standard. The VX-8R was replaced by the VX-8DR (see below).

The now discontinued Yaesu VX-8DR was an APRS® enhanced version of the popular VX-8R. Key additional features of the VX-8DR include:
   Smart Beaconing™ Function.
   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.
   Heads up compass display to the GPS screen.
   The Message received LED flashing rate is selectable.
   The number of DIGI-PATH route settings has increased from 1 to 7.

The discontinued VX-8GR version covered 2 meters and 440 MHz (RX 108-999 MHz (less cellular) with built-in GPS.  The VX-8R, VX-8GR and current VX-8DR come with the SMA antenna, FNB-101LI Lithium Ion battery pack (7.4V 1100 mAh), belt clip and SAD-11B wall adapter slow charger. (The slow charger should only be used for receive, because it is not capable of supplying sufficient current to support transmit).

Video Click here for VX-8DR video demonstration [7:48 mins.] video

Order # Photo Item Description List Price Your Price Order
  ADMS-VX8 ADMS-VX8 Programing software CD with USB-59 computer cable (USB to 7-pin mini plug).
For Windows:  XP, Vista, Windows 7 [32/64], 8/8.1 [FULL], 10.
An Internet connection is required during installation for software activation.
Only for VX-8R and VX-8DR.  Not for VX-8GR. VIEW PKG
  BH-1 BH-1 Bluetooth stereo headset (requires BU-1, FEP-4). [Not for VX-8GR] INFO Discontinued
  [BH-1A] BH-1A Bluetooth stereo headset (requires BU-1 or BU-2, FEP-4). [Not for VX-8GR] Discontinued
  [BH-2] BH-2 Bluetooth mono headset (requires BU-1). [Not for VX-8GR] INFO Discontinued
  [BH-2A] BH-2A Bluetooth mono headset (requires BU-1 or BU-2). [Not for VX-8GR] Discontinued
  BU-1 BU-1 Bluetooth® adapter unit for the radio. [Not for VX-8GR]. Discontinued
  BU-2 BU-2 Bluetooth® adapter unit for the radio. [Not for VX-8GR] INFO Not in stock
    BTK-4 Bluetooth Kit:  BH-1A, BU-1, NC-85B, CD-40. [Not for VX-8GR] Discontinued
    BTK-5 Bluetooth Kit:  BH-2A, BU-2, PA-46B, CD-40. [Not for VX-8GR] Discontinued
  CD-40 CD-40 Charger cradle for BH1 and BH2 (Requires NC-85B or PA-46B AC adapter). [Not for VX-8GR]. Discontinued
   CD-41 CD-41 Rapid charging cradle (requires NC-86B, PA-48B, SAD-11B or SAD-24B). INFO Discontinued
  CSC-93 CSC-93 Vinyl Carry Case Discontinued
  CT-131 CT-131 Microphone adapter. VIEW Discontinued
   CT-134 CT-134 Clone adapter cable. [Not for VX-8GR] Discontinued
  CT-131 CT-136 GPS Adapter. [Not for VX-8GR] Discontinued
  Yaesu CT-M11 CT-M11 External headset connection bare cable. INFO Discontinued
  EDC5B EDC-5B Cigarette plug DC cable with voltage regulation.
Replaced by SDD-13
  EDC6 EDC-6 DC Cable only. Not in stock
#3068 FBA39 FBA-39 Cell Holder (3 x AA). $40.00 $29.95 Order
  FEP4 FEP-4 Earphone for BH-1/1A Not in stock
  FGPS2 FGPS-2 GPS Antenna. [Not for VX-8GR] INFO Discontinued
  FNB101 FNB-101LI Lithium Ion Battery Pack 7V 1100 mAh Not in stock
  FNB102 FNB-102LI Lithium Ion Battery Pack 7V 1800 mAh
Replaced by SBR-14LI
    SBR-14LI Lithium Ion Battery Pack 7V 2200 mAh Not in stock
   MH74A7A MH-74A7A Waterproof Speaker Mic Discontinued
  NC-85B NC-85B AC wall adapter for CD-40 charge cradle.
Charges in 3.5 hours. Replaced by PA-46B.
  NC-86B NC-86B Battery slow charger for VX-8R/8DR/8GR (5-8 hours).
Replaced by PA-48B.
  Yaesu PA46B PA-46B AC wall adapter for CD-40 charge cradle. VIEW Discontinued
  PA48B PA-48B Battery slow charger for VX-8R/8DR/8GR (5-8 hours) 100-240VAC input. VIEW
(Becomes fast charger when used with CD-41 cradle). Replaced by SAD-24B.
    SAD-11B AC wall charger (Output is 10.5 VDC @1A) [As supplied]. VIEW Discontinued
    SAD-24B AC wall slow charger [replaced PA-48B]. Not in stock
   SHB13 SHB-13 Deluxe spring loaded belt clip (for FNB101LI, FNB102LI). INFO Discontinued
  EBC5B SDD-13 Cigarette plug DC cable with noise filtration. INFO Not in stock
#0531 SMABNC SMA-BNC RF adapter to connect a BNC type antenna to the SMA antenna jack. $5.95 $4.99 Order
  McCully VX8R Pocket Ref POCKET VX8R This handy 248 page (2.75 x 4.25") pocket reference covers the original VX-8R. A mini manual with all information on all the Control, DTMF, Memory, Keypad, Receiver, Scan, Tone, Transmitter and ARTS (Auto Range Transpond System) operations, Bluetooth, GPS, and APRS operation. Also includes Menu Summary, LCD Display details plus an extensive index with cross referenced pages. Discontinued
#5624 McCully VX8DR Pocket Ref POCKET VX8DR This handy (2.75 x 4.25") pocket reference covers the VX-8DR. All operational aspects are covered. This is a terrific little resource. 252 well organized pages, and the type is large enough you can actually read it. It should sell for much more. We highly recommend this publication. $12.99 $12.98 Order
#0646   COMBO VX8R Nifty 15 laminated page, spiral-bound Mini-manual,
plus a laminated Quick Reference card for your wallet.
$24.95 $17.98 Order
    COMBO VX8DR Nifty 22 laminated page, spiral-bound Mini-manual,
plus a laminated Quick Reference card for your wallet. VIEW
#5883 Go Bag GO BAG This insulated carry case will hold your HT, batteries, accessories,
Repeater Directory and more. INFO
$7.95 $7.95 Order

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