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Author Topic: Yaesu VR-500 & CW  (Read 401 times)
TORESTEEN
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« on: October 18, 2004, 07:05:53 PM »

I'm thinking about getting the Yaesu VR-500 hand held to copy CW and use wityh my Sardine Sender & Tuna Tin 2 xmitters.  Has anyone used the VR-500 for CW work?

Before I buy I'd like to know how well it tunes a CW signal.  I've searched the net but couldn't find any reviews that specificly talk aboyt using the VR-500 to copy code,

73's

KG4SPA
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2004, 01:49:06 PM »

It does copy HF CW, though if that is all you want there
may be better options for the money.

The receive bandwidth is pretty wide, though I haven't
measured it.

The stock antenna  is deaf on HF, but the radio itself
is quite sensitive and you'll probably have lots of
overloading problems if you hook it to a full-sized
antenna of any kind.  I can get reasonable reception
on a 24" (70cm) whip, at least for SWBC.  You'll have
to experiment to find what antenna works best for
your usage:  a 10'/3m wire is a good place to start.

Wish it had an RF gain control.

If you just want an HF receiver, one of the Ten-Tec
kits might be a better choice.  If you have other
monitoring interests where you would use the VR-500,
then you can also use it as a CW receiver.
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