If you read this in English… Thank a Veteran!
“Lest we forget…”
I forgot to mention earlier…
When I was at the OVMRC Meeting I picked up a “Gently Used” Yaesu VX1r which is a dual band Handheld. The radio came from the Estate of my old friend Larry whose call of VE3WEH has been assumed by his daughter Cindy who also is an amateur radio operator.
This rig is a “tiny little thing… ” It is smaller than my Yaesu MH31 hand mich. I have had Pagers that were larger. It is low powered but falls into the “No Excuse catagory”. I now have “NO EXCUSE” for not listening to the repeater. It fits into my pocket without issues… Or comments…
“Is that a radio in your pocket or are you glad to see me?”
It came with two battery packs and a “AA” battery holder and seeing how little power it draws I don’t ever expect to get to use the excuse the batteries died…
Even got the box and the manual and the wall wart that charges the batteries. Larry really took good care of his stuff…
|Type:||Amateur VHF/UHF transceiver|
|Frequency range:||TX: 144-146 / 430-440 MHz (Europe and Asia)
RX: 0.5-1.7 / 76-999 MHz
|RF Power output:||0.5 / 0.5 W (1/1 W with external power)|
|Voltage:||3.6 VDC (3.2-7 VDC external)|
|Current drain:||RX: 16-150 mA
TX: 0.4 A @ 500 mW TX output
|Impedance:||50 ohms, SMA|
|Dimensions (W*H*D):||47*81*25 mm|
|Other:||291 memories. CTCSS/DCS. ARTS. Alpha tags
New price 1997 in Sweden: 2750:- SEK
|Related documents:||User manual (2.1 MB)|
Above picture and specs courtesy WWW.RIGPIX.com
In the picture that follows you will see how it stacks up compared to other newer Yaesu Radios with the VX1R on the right, the VX8GR in the middle and the FT60r on the left. Underneath the VXGR in the middle is the MH31 mic without the cable. The quality of the picture is not the best but you can at least get an indication of size.
Remember I never claimed to be a photographer…
One of the remarkable things about this radio is that it was built in 1997 and is in a smaller package than my current handhelds. The scary part is even back in 1997 Yaesu had those annoying multi level menus which still confuse me today.
However the radio does fit in my pocket and will access both the vhf and uhf repeaters I would need to access from downtown but with the 0.5w output no long distance stuff. It has an excellent rcvr and will do a good job on the local FM radio station when I’m taking a bus ride. Its bigger than the IPOD but still smaller than my old Sony Walkman…
More on how it performs after I get time to play with it a bit more…
Get ready for the weekend…
PS… If anyone at Yaesu is reading this… The latest acquisition makes Yaesu Radio number 7 in the shack. If you wanted to ship me down one of those new FT450 (d) up here so I could review it… I would not argue with it…
Promise to ship it back after I finish with my “in depth review”
This way I could do review number 8
Heck I can dream can’t I???