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

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Tue May 20 15:24:41 CDT 2008

I spent the whole weekend 15 feet from the Yaesu booth, and still didn't 
get to see the VX8R.  We did try peeking in during setup, but didn't see 

Does anyone know if Yaesu worked with any active APRS users on the 
development of this radio?  Products developed in a vacuum are rarely 
very good.  I wonder what quirks we might expect to see if it was 
developed solely with the input of Japanese hams.  Anyone know what the 
APRS environment is like there?  I ship a lot of trackers to Japan, but 
I almost never get any correspondence back unless there's a delivery 


Iain Young, G7III wrote:
> Amateur Radio WB8NUT wrote:
>> 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.
> What I'd really like is a high quality picture. All the ones I've seen
> so far aren't quite good enough to see what the labels above the buttons
> are...Could tell a lot from that, esp if theres labels like "BCON", or
> "BEAC", "MSG" etc...
>> The GPS will be in the external mic that connects to the Yaesu.
> Ah, thats not so bad then. Hopefully they'll be up/down buttons and
> frequency display on the same mic. Similar to the icom D-Star Mic I
> guess.
>> 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.
> Agreed. The D7A is great, but dated.
> 73s
> Iain
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