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of the Yaesu VX-3R.
Sep 8, 2013 11:33
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Small and wide coverage!
Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Hello everyone :
I recently purchased a VX -3E and would like to make a mini-review of it in case someone is thinking to buy it, maybe you can clarify something.
First I decided to catch it for the the size (slightly larger than a cigarette lighter ZIPPO ) and RX coverage ( 500kHz - 1000mhz ) .
If this will be your only device for HAM, really, it falls a bit short in the low power (1W ) and the damn keyboard that brings. Instead if you want it as a scanner , an option is quite nice.
It is quite fast scanning and supplied antenna is quite well for listen all public services in your city without problems. For air band antenna have to put a little more elegant (telescopic) . Very good thing too is that thong memories with alphanumeric characters tiing not as often. Another thing is how to enter a name in the memories , almost impossible task unless you buy a program and a cable (I use FTBVX3 , which costs 20 eur and is better than the original Yaesu ). The frequencies are introduced fairly easy , first because they are divided into band (VHF , UHF ... ) and second, because pressing different buttons you can move 10mhz , 1 mhz , 1khz ...
The range is pretty good , you can leave it overnight and the next day scanning even battery fits midmorning. We also bought a pair of Chinese batteries for 5 euros each ( must be compatible with any digital camera or with a mobile )
As for the memory scanning has an option that I think is very good and is that groups the memory you you do. In other radios I've had memories are groups of 10 or 20 channels in your city and if you have 21 reports recorded , you screw up and only hear 10 or 20 . However in the VX -E do the memory banks as hell you want ( 21 reports , 22 , 23 ... ) and depending on where you are or you want to hear put to scan a bank or another. You can also group several memory banks , for example if you have a bank on another flight frequencies and repeaters have HAM, can make you want to hear these two banks together. All this I am commenting is very easy to do with the computer program , but I do not want to imagine what it would take to do only with the buttons on the radio.
For opening freaks frequency , I have it with the " *** Export" which gives you a transmission range of 40 - 225MHz and 300 - 580MHz ( not bad for such a small device ... ) the issue is more difficult to open than the other models (VX - 5, VX -7 ... ) as being small looooong welds are smaller and are all much more together . I did a welder very little power and super - fine tip . As always , I must say I do not think a recommended walking all day broadcasting in these bands out if you want to shorten the life of the radio miserably.
Well needless to say anything, that performance below 30 MHz is pretty painful , apart from not having SSB. In HF emissions are mixed all and only get to hear any station which emit stronger ( or BBC type " Radio China International " )
It has a lot of other options , as often happens in the Yaesu , but I have not found much use (ARTS , password power , Internet access with repeated Yaesu, Wheather Channels USA ... ) so I will not mention them here mostly.
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