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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Yaesu VX-5R Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu VX-5R
Yaesu VX-5R Reviews: 276 Average rating: 4.2/5 MSRP: $249 (AES and HRO)
Description: The VX-5R is a miniature tri band FM transceiver
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NE8R Rating: 4/5 Oct 6, 2006 11:09 Send this review to a friend
Runs hot  Time owned: more than 12 months
Just plugged in my VX-5R's 12 volt adapter into my "Whatt" meter that Westmoutain sells. Wow! I see 11.2 amps or about 110 watts going into the radio during transmit - and of course the radio gets too hot to touch very quickly. Does any one else have any measured data on current/watt draw on the 12 v input? Any knowledge on why so massively high?

I notice other radios don't even allow transmit when plugged in to the battery charging circuit.
KI4EYO Rating: 5/5 Sep 23, 2006 07:07 Send this review to a friend
Great!  Time owned: more than 12 months
This was my first radio, 3 years ago. The ink on the keys have rubbed off, but the radio works. It does het very hot, expecially when running 5w on ext power.
N4KC Rating: 3/5 Jul 7, 2006 10:23 Send this review to a friend
Not a bad choice  Time owned: more than 12 months
I doubt I can add much to the discussion here but maybe I can help those looking at a used VX-5 make a decision. I bought mine used from a non-ham who got it to listen to aircraft frequencies. He liked it but opted for a desktop scanner and sold me this one for $125.

-- Tough little guy. Needs to be. Whoever designed the rounded bottom is evil. It has tipped over and hit the floor many times but keeps tickin'.
-- Good xmit audio and the 5 watts does help sometimes.
-- Tiny box that gets DC to daylight reception, though even with a hunk of wire attached, I can't get much on the SW frequencies. I do like having FM broadcast and one-button WX channel when I'm on my morning walk and there's no one on the local repeaters.
-- Great battery and good longevity. I have to work to fully run it down so I can recharge.

-- Gets almost painfully hot, even without transmitting.
-- Receiver is mediocre and audio output distorts at medium levels.
-- Complicated as heck! I know others disparage us old guys who complain about the menu systems, but there are so many ways Yaesu could have made this thing more user friendly. I keep a copy of the manual in several convenient places. Heaven help me if I have to add a new tone on the fly!
-- And can someone explain why the manual...on the same page...says you need the antenna extension to transmit on 50 to 54 mHz but also says you only need it for listening below 50 mHz...that you can transmit on 6 without it? Which is it?

All in all, a good handheld and a nice companion on my daily constitutional. If you find a used one at $150 or less, get it.


Don N4KC
KC9BKA Rating: 4/5 Apr 25, 2006 20:06 Send this review to a friend
Pretty good  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
It's a pretty good radio, I bought one used with an extra antenna, extra batt and car charger for $150. I was impressed with all the features and it came pretty close to the 7R. Untill I held them next to each other and tested the receiver, it was about 2 to 3 notches below the 7R but that aint bad, I mean I still work satellites with it so its not bad. The charger is very nice and the radio seems very rugged.

lots of features
lots of memories
small size
3 bands
easy to program

heats up rather fast when on ext power
low receiver
thats about it

YC3EBW Rating: 3/5 Mar 3, 2006 17:20 Send this review to a friend
Good xmit poor receive  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought this vx-5r 3 weeks ago as a companion for my 2 years old vx-7r from authorized dealer in Jakarta. And I chose the latest production of the HT which was shown by the S/N(5Gxxxxxx)I compared (on the easy way) both handies for its sensitivity on several bands and came to conclusion. On the receiving sensitivity vx-5r was not a winner. For example With the same set up on both rigs(Both got an original antenna attached) my vx-7r received the local tv station(WFM) with full scale. No signal on vx-5r(although on the vhf amateur band vx-7r only slightly better). The little brother is not totally deaf, but I need to set the squelch to 0 to be able to hear the broadcast. For transmitting on VHF vx-5r was slightly better(it was also louder). As an amateur of course my main concern is amateur band. However, I should concern with the whole performance vs the vx-5r price tag.
CALLSIGN-HIDDEN Rating: 4/5 Jan 12, 2006 11:29 Send this review to a friend
decent radio, full of features  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
First impressions frightened me when it came to programming this radio. There seemed way too many steps to program a single frequency. Reading the manual is definetly a requirement.

Once I read the majority of the radio it became alot easier and made alot of sense! Each programmed frequency can have a multitude of settings quite different from the others. Though there are system wide options mixed in with the individual memory programming and setting the text message per memory takes some time but is quite convenient.

But I soon realized that doing this by hand was a pain in the backside, so I purchased a data cable and programming software which made programming 150 memories a snap right off the bat. I have half the state of wisconsin's repeaters programmed into my ht. When I travel, I just need to tune it to the city and BAAM, Im good to go!

The performance of this thing, even for one watt, is about average if not a little bit more. I am also using a Diamond SRH77CA dual band antenna instead of the short stubby rubber duckie. The factory antenna is crappy to say the least.

I give this a 4 and not a 5 because of the initial programming, tx performance (average to a bit above) which might also be because of my antenna selections (even with external antenna).

If you need a small radio with tons of features and one that is nearly indistructable, then this is for you. If you dont want to learn or dont need a radio that has features up the wha-zoo then this is not for you and not for the faint of heart.

Plus, this unit is easy to modify eithor hardware solder points or secret software updates to set "virtual jumpers"

Out of pure performance and ease of configuration and durability, I still love my Radio Shack HTX-202. Nothing tops it yet.
KI4JOT Rating: 5/5 Dec 17, 2005 16:15 Send this review to a friend
Awesome  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I love this HT! The military specs and coverage of this HT rock! I don't know why anyone is giving it a bad review for being "hard to program". I've memorized how to do it and I'm only 12! You got o the VFO and to the frequency and you hold down function for 5 seconds then you select the slot. EASY!! True, some things are somewhat hard to find but I can search and find it. All in all, I love this rig and wouldn't trade it for anything.
G3SEA Rating: 5/5 Dec 10, 2005 13:57 Send this review to a friend
Oldy but Goody :)  Time owned: 0 to 3 months

Santa brought me a VX5RS ( now discontinued ).

Being an expat I use it mainly for IRLP/EchoLink use.

It's compact and Mil Spec rugged.The voltage and rx/tx usage readouts are very useful as are the four power levels ( something lacking in many HT's ). Has several bells and whistles I don't need but it's a remarkable HT.

This may turn out to be a classic HT ?

Mele Kalikimaka ! :)

KM5TC Rating: 5/5 Nov 15, 2005 11:41 Send this review to a friend
Great  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Obtained this radio a few months ago used.
Once you catch on to the menu system it makes
adding or changing freq easy.

It is small, feature loaded and simply works well.

Good audio, both on transmit and receive, and the
non memory battery is a plus. 73's
G7TOK Rating: 5/5 Nov 15, 2005 00:21 Send this review to a friend
Dont make me laugh  Time owned: more than 12 months
what a terrible joke.
Deaf as a post.
dreadful implementation of SSB

Big ears

If you buy a modern handheld radio and are unable to program it even with the manual, that says more about the operator than the radio.
I've had both radios, and although the kenwood has the bells and whistles, its just an essay in the art.
the VX is the novel
Go out to the lot and drop both radios on their butts and see which survives.
yep, you guessed right.

buy a third party antenna, put it on both radios and check the same repeater from the same location.
guess which has the bigger ears.
yep, you guessed right.

going fishing, guess which one I would worry about if it dropped in the water for a few seconds.
the model does not begin with V.
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