|Discontinued Amateur Handheld Transceivers|
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:
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).
Click here for VX-8DR video demonstration [7:48 mins.]
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