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nakman
05-14-2008, 02:56 PM
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The Yaesu VX-6R is a triple band (2M, 220 & 440 MHz) HT with extensive receive coverage, and leading-edge features. It is an easy-to-use "little brother" to the VX-7R, and is both submersible (JIS7: 30 minutes of submersion at depth of 3 feet) and extremely rugged. The VX-6R provides wide receiver coverage (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0666band.html) at 504 kHz ~ 998.99 MHz (cellular blocked), and puts out 5 Watts of power on the 144 and 430 MHz bands (1.5 W on 222 MHz). The standard memory has 900 channels with 6-digit alpha numeric tag, and 24 memory banks for channel allocation.
Supplied with an incredibly compact FNB-80LI 1500 mAh Lithium-Ion battery pack, the VX-6R includes a number of new and innovative features, including the new "Emergency Automatic ID" (EAI) system, which automatically causes the VX-6R to transmit your call sign and engage your rig's microphone, even if you are disabled and unable to press the PTT switch; Enhanced Paging and Code Squelch (EPCS), that allows you to page a particular station and only receive calls from that station, if desired. A new "Wake-Up" battery saver system extends battery life even more than the previous battery saver circuits. A new security password feature allows you to turn on and operate your transceiver only after you enter your password. There is a direct memory recall (DMR) feature (one-touch memory access system, like on a car stereo), and they have even included a CW trainer for those working on increasing their code speed! And of course CTCSS and DCS (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0666code.html) are built in.
The VX-6R packs all these features and performance into a compact package measuring just 2.3 x 3.5 x 1.1 inches WHD and weighs only 9.45 oz (with battery and antenna). The Volume and Squelch knobs are oversized, for easy operation even when wearing gloves. There is even an optional submersible speaker mic (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/12690666.html).
Other features include: black magnesium case, 900 memories, severe weather alert, and multicolor transmit/receive LED.
Hikers and mountain climbers may connect the optional SU-1 Barometric Sensor (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/06690666.html) for direct air pressure readings. The VX6R comes with: YHA67 SMA flexible Antenna, FNB-80LI Lithium Ion Battery, NC-72B Battery Charger, Belt Clip and Wrist Strap. Features
AM/FM BCB
Wideband Receive 504 kHz-998.9 MHz (less cellular)
CTCSS/DCS (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0666band.html)
EAI Emergency Automatic ID
Wideband Receive
ARTS-Automatic In-Range Transponder
Backlit Keypad & LCD
Internet Key for Access to WIRES™


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The Yaesu VX-7R is a triple band (6M, 2M & 440 MHz) HT with extensive receive coverage, and leading-edge features. The American version even transceivers with 300 mW on the 220 band. Power output on 6 meters, 2 meters and 440 MHz is 5/2.5/1/0.5 watts. It receives the AM and FM broadcast bands, shortwave (AM), VHF and UHF TV audio, VHF Air and public service frequencies. This new model features a rugged magnesium case (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0777case.html) with rubber bumpers and gaskets. It clearly sets the standard in ruggedness, versatility and water resistance. It is actually submersible (3 feet for 30 minutes). There is even an optional submersible speaker mic (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/1269.html). The Yaesu display at the Dayton Hamvention 2002 featured the VX7R submerged over 1 meter and powered for over 8 hours!
Other features include: magnesium case, 24 hour clock, 900 memories, changeable icons (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0777icon.html), severe weather alert, and multicolor LED strobe (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0777led.html). The VX-7R also has an Internet key to access the new WIRES (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0777wire.html)™ system.
At only 2.5 x 4 x 1.2 inches it will go with you everywhere. Hikers and mountain climbers may connect the optional SU-1 Barometric Sensor (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/06690777.html) for direct air pressure readings. The VX7R comes with SMA Dual Section Antenna, FNB-80LI Lithium Ion Battery, NC-72B Battery Charger, Belt Clip and Wrist Strap. Please note that the VX7R is silver and the VX7RB is black (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0778vlrg.jpg). Features
900 Memories
AM/FM BCB
AM band and full SW to 30 MHz
CTCSS/DCS
European Tone Burst
Wideband Receive
True Dual Receive
ARTS-Automatic In-Range Transponder
Backlit Keypad & LCD
Internet Key for Access to WIRES™ (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0777wire.html)

nakman
05-14-2008, 02:59 PM
The 6 appears to be about $80 less... any reason to go up to the 7R? All I want is another rig for hiking, etc., doubtful my uses would extend beyond 2m, at least short term.

corsair23
05-14-2008, 04:32 PM
Tim,

I went with the VX-7R (black despite hearing some concerns that the wording rubs off easier on the black version :confused). Ultimately my decision was based on commonality with what the majority of what others had so when I had questions, needed to program it (still do), etc. there would be some friendly faces out there to help :D

This thread has some pretty good feedback and input discussing differences and choices:

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=6158

Hulk
05-14-2008, 06:30 PM
I went through the same thought process and ended up buying the VX-7R (in black). My ruminations on the differences are here (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showpost.php?p=65623&postcount=55). In the end, the magnesium body and kick-ass display swayed me to spend the extra coin on the 7 series.

Uncle Ben
05-14-2008, 06:40 PM
I went through the same thought process and ended up buying the VX-7R (in black). My ruminations on the differences are here (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showpost.php?p=65623&postcount=55). In the end, the magnesium body and kick-ass display swayed me to spend the extra coin on the 7 series.


I had pretty much decided on the 6 before I scored the 7. Great little radio! I like have the dual display/dual active bands just like my 8800. Either way you'll have fun with it!

nakman
05-14-2008, 10:30 PM
Ok, I'm a newb I didn't realize all my questions were answered in the VX-7r thread... :doh:

I thought that thread was just for owners.. :rolleyes:


... I like have [sic] the dual display/dual active bands just like my 8800. Either way you'll have fun with it!

Wait, so the 7R does the dual stuff just like the 8800? Ok, that may clinch it right there...