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VX-8R Symbol/SSID (Was Re: [aprssig] Yaesu VX-8R)

Amateur Radio WB8NUT duffy at wb8nut.com
Tue May 20 19:53:15 UTC 2008


I got a good look at the VX8R at Dayton. I already have a Kenwood, but 
to compare the two, the Kenwood with the higher capacity battery is 
about twice as thick as the Yaesu VX8R.

The GPS will be in the external mic that connects to the Yaesu.

Frankly, Kenwood should have updated the TH-D7AG a long time ago and 
integrated a GPS with the radio. The TH-D7AG is a nice radio, don't get 
me wrong, but I am looking for to the VX8R.

 From experience, having the mic and the GPS connected to the TH-D7AG at 
the same time is a bit of a mess. But better than any alternative at the 
time. I am personally excited about the VX8R and like the GPS being in 
the mic since that's how I typically use an HT anyway - with an external 
mic.

Duffy
www.wb8nut.com

K7FTP wrote:
> Bluetooth serial connectivity in general would have been even better.  
> But looking at the size of the radio and buttons (not everyone has 
> small hands), plus the lack of BT GPS or general serial connectivity, 
> my wife and I decided on a pair of Kenwood TH-D7AG's.
>
> A little larger of a radio (providing for a better front end) and 
> bigger buttons and we might have held off for the 8r.
>
> A built-in GPS receiver and/or BT serial connectivity and I think we 
> would have made a different decision.
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Drew Baxter" <droobie at maine.rr.com>
> To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 12:00 PM
> Subject: Re: VX-8R Symbol/SSID (Was Re: [aprssig] Yaesu VX-8R)
>
>
> At 01:55 PM 5/20/2008, Randy Allen wrote:
>> I got a chance to speak to the Yaesu rep on Saturday at Hamvention.  
>> He stated the blue tooth support is for the ear piece only, no GPS 
>> support.  I did pass on to him that blue tooth GPS support would be 
>> popular.
>>
>> -- 
>> Randy Allen, KAØAZS
>
> I agree.  Bluetooth earpiece support is pretty
> sweet but a good BT GPS will work from your
> pocket.  You could theoretically drop it in there
> and just use your rig as usual.  I think BT GPS
> would definitely be a welcome addition to the mix.
>
> I saw somewhere (eham or somewhere) that the list
> price is supposed to be like 300-350$.  If that's
> true, I'd be interested certainly.  I've avoided
> buying a D7A(G) because I was worried something else might come along.
>
> --Droo, K1XVM
>
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