QST PRODUCT REVIEW
Yaesu VX-6R VHF/UHF Handheld Transceiver
Manufacturer: Vertex Standard, 10900
Walker St, Cypress, CA 90630; tel 714-
Price: VX-6R, $255.99
I opened the box and it took only five minutes to assemble a new Yaesu VX-6R handheld radio and a slim 30 minutes to charge the battery enough to try it out. I looked at the face of the radio with its
big display and 18 buttons, including the usual arrangement of numeric keys and function keys. While I was initially concerned about tackling a Product Review, the simplicity of the first steps put me at ease right off the bat. Three Bands and Lots of Features Although much of the VX-6R literature refers to the radio as a 5 W dual-band (2 meter/70 cm) handheld transceiver, it also covers a third band, 1.25 meters (222 MHz) with good receiver performance and 1.5 W output.
In addition to the full Amateur Radio functionality, the VX-6R includes a wideband receiver for AM and FM/TV audio broadcast reception, AM aircraft reception, VHF marine and public service channels, NOAA weather channels, short wave broadcast coverage and other services.
The VX-6R includes the comprehensive memory and scanning features we’ve come to expect in modern transceivers. It has automatic repeater shift selection keyed to band segments, tone access with continuous tone coded squelch system (CTCSS), 1 digital coded squelch (DCS) and 1750 Hz tone burst as well a dual-tone multi-frequency (DTMF) telephone type keypad. Transmitter power is adjustable in four steps, and the radio has several other features to maximize battery life. There’s even a CW training feature that sends letters, numbers and punctuation at select speeds from 4 to 40 WPM. With the optional SU-1 barometric pressure sensor unit, you can even keep track of atmospheric pressure changes in your area.
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