[aprssig] Yaesu VX-8R

Keith VE7GDH ve7gdh at rac.ca
Wed May 14 14:50:45 CDT 2008

Randy KA0AZS wrote...

> For me that's a bug, not a feature. The VX-7R is too small to be 
> useable for me or to even be comfortable in my hands.

I have a VX-7R, but use my VX-2R and VX-3R all of the time with the 
VX-7R gathering dust until I need a bit more power. I just don't use the 
VX-7R enough. I should find the manual and re-familiarize myself. It was 
OK when I first got it as I used it every day for a couple of weeks, but 
the 3R slips in my pocket and you don't even know it's there. Yes, if 
you found the 7R too small, you probably wouldn't like the 8R. It's not 
a lot smaller, but smaller it is.

> Just think what they could do with the extra room. Built in GPS? 
> Extended capacity batteries?  Increased shock absorbant "armor" to 
> further ruggedize them?

I'm assuming that the GPS receiver will connect via Blue Tooth. No 
cables would be nice. As Bob mentioned though, it's the actual APRS 
features that will make it or break it for APRS use. When I have used 
the 7R, the 7.4 V 1300 mAh battery has given me good life. I see the 8R 
will have a slightly smaller 1100 mAh battery pack. The VX-7R is very 
rugged. Hopefully the VX-8R is as well done. To me, it looks like a nice 
radio, but it's the APRS features that will help me decide if I need one 
or not.

73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
"I may be lost, but I know exactly where I am!" 

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