[aprssig] Re: TH-D7A

khufford at comcast.net khufford at comcast.net
Tue Oct 25 14:49:02 CDT 2005

I have two VX-7's and a TH-D7A(g).

Yep, the D7 is NOT a VX-5. 

A D7 has a TNC inside, takes power, size, etc. It does very well what a 5 or 7 cannot ever do.

Like them both, for what they do.


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> I've had one for about a week now - I was (and am) very happy 
> with my Yaesu VX-5R HT, but wanted a more compact package 
> when working APRS. Here are some initial impressions: 
> - It's big. And clunky. And heavy. 
> - The stock antenna is horrible. I got one of Stephen Gulyas' 
> SMA-BNC adapters and put a small Maldol ducky on it to get 
> a great improvement, especially in receive/decode. 
> http://www.wa3hrl.com/smabnc/ 
> http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamantht/0209.html 
> - Despite all the hype about the menu system, you still 
> need to memorize some unmarked keystrokes to deal with 
> memories. 
> - There is no battery charge indicator, except while transmitting, 
> and no low-battery warning. Similarly, there is no indication 
> that the battery is being charged when plugged in, nor that 
> it is fully charged. 
> Those are my biggest gripes. All that said, it's got a pretty decent 
> interface for working APRS. The manual doesn't really explain it 
> very well - enough to get you started, but not all the details - 
> and I still haven't figured out what all the beeps and boops 
> mean when packets are coming in. 
> So, on balance, I'm glad I spent the money and am enjoying it, but 
> it will never be the HT that I carry with me all the time. I suspect 
> that it will end up living in my backpacking kit when the newness has 
> worn off. 
> 73 de chris K6DBG 
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