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[aprssig] Yaesu VX-8R

Rich Garcia k4gpsc at gmail.com
Thu May 15 17:35:46 UTC 2008

Hopefully the VX-8R will not be as painfull as the FM-10R I think it was ? I
joined the mailing list since I was going to purchase one for the tractor
and one for the ATV here on the ranch. Just reading the mailing list after
2-3 weeks I decided Yaseu or at least THIS Yaseu was not for me. I think it
was like 1 year after Bluetooth finally became available and from the few
reports out of europe (they had it first) it was poor and other accessories
were either vaporware or difficult to find.

You would think if Universal has the slick ad some of the features and specs
would at least have been leaked out.

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Dave Baxter
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2008 11:54 AM
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: RE: [aprssig] Yaesu VX-8R


That weblink is dead, or so it appears...

However, I hope this new radio does NOT use a version of the Tasco
TNC-on-a-chip, with all it's known limitations.  Anyone know what it
does use for the packet/APRS functionality?


Dave G0WBX.

Just spent 3 days in/near Dover UK for work.  Zero, yes, Zero APRS
activity heard each evening/night, using a D7 in a hotel room.  Could
hear a couple of local voice repeaters quite well, but couldn't access
them.  QRP don't cut it down there...

> -----Original Message-----
> Subject: [aprssig] Yaesu VX-8R
> Bob  G4HFQ just mentioned this over on the FBasic (Yaesu
> memory management & CAT) list...
> www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0008.html
> The Yaesu VX-8R HT has a 5 watt output FM on 50/144/430 MHz
> plus 1.5 watts on 222 MHz. It supports Blue Tooth hands-free
> operation with the optional accessories. There will also be
> an optional GPS unit and antenna. It supports APRS 1200/9600
> bps data communication (B band only) and is submersible
> (IPX57) to one metre for 30 minutes and is powered by a 7.4 V
> 1100 mAh Lithium Ion battery. At 2.36 x 3.74 x 0.92 inches it
> is smaller than a VX-7R.
> Looking forward to hearing about the Blue Tooth and APRS capabilities.
> I'm not sure if the GPs receiver will be connected by BT but
> that would be nice... "look ma... no wires!" We'll have to
> wait and see on that one. A BT headset will be nice too.
> 73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
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