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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Yaesu VX-2R Help

Reviews Summary for Yaesu VX-2R
Yaesu VX-2R Reviews: 137 Average rating: 4.5/5 MSRP: $229.00
Description: The Yaesu VX-2R is a microminiature 2 meter/440 MHz handheld with extensive receive frequency coverage, providing local-area two-way amateur communications along with unmatched monitoring capability. It is the worlds smallest HT with 1.5/1 watt output on 2M/440.

Its incredible size allows you to take it anywhere. Receive range is: 500 kHz to 999 MHz (less cellular). This means you can hear the AM, shortwave and FM broadcast bands, TV audio, aircraft and public service channels. CTCSS/DCS with split tone capability is built in. Over 1300 total memories are available including 900 regular memories, 11 home channels, and 50 pairs of band edge memories. You can scan just the memories, the entire operating band or a portion of that band. The aluminum diecast chassis is very rugged.

Power output is with the supplied 1 amp hour Lithium Ion battery 1.5 watts VHF and 1 watt UHF. With the optional E-DC-21 DC adapter output jumps to 3 watts and 2 watts! The VX-2R comes with the FNB-82LI lithium ion battery and NC-85B charger, SMA flexible antenna, belt clip, plus a wrist strap.
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K7PWR Rating: 5/5 Feb 21, 2019 18:32 Send this review to a friend
ONE COOL HT! :)  Time owned: more than 12 months
This is the 3rd vx2r I have owned. Dont ask me why I sold the other two... Excellant transceiver! Great battery life, especially if you buy the 1900 mah battery. Super tiny, and not a bulky brick. I use this unit with a Mirage 200 watt vhf amp in the volunteer search and rescue vehicle, and it always gets good reports. Overall, Im very happy to have a vx2r back in the shack, back on the road, or when im taking laps around a track. Wont be getting rid of this lil bad boy. Its a keeper. 5 stars! :)
N1FDX Rating: 5/5 Aug 17, 2018 02:02 Send this review to a friend
Impressed  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I wanted a mini HT to carry to work so thought I would get a Boefeng UV3, inexpensive, no worries if it got damaged however a Frustrating radio.
Found a VX-1R, not bad but poor memory design. Read the manual on the VX-2 and it seemed to address all the short comings of the VX-1 so I though I would look one.
This little radio is a work of radio art. The features are great and a lot of thought went into the memory design and pretty easy to operate. The receiver is pretty hot with the factory antenna, better than expected.
If I had to pick on anything I would say I wish I could name the memory banks...
With me every day, a memory bank for every are I travel to. Great Purchase.
VE2SLO Rating: 5/5 Oct 20, 2016 11:47 Send this review to a friend
the best in it class  Time owned: more than 12 months
legend legend
i found one in 2016
like new,hiding in a friend closet lol
reception is like nothing to compare
with low level chineese radio
Meter is working good
I like the large receiving band
I like to listen Aircraft and it working goog
with a Good ht antenna
Antenna is to be changed .....
sma24 is a good choice ...and A extra battery
Go on Ebay and search for Np60 battery (tips)
cheap price and always keep battery full charged
near you he he
dont need to perform a freeband mode (for me)
It s so small that you can lost the 2r
ALWAYS CHECK your pocket for your precious
or a carrying case

If you see a vx2r with in shape
buy buy buy dont hesitate

programing cable is a good thing to have

N5OFQ Rating: 5/5 Aug 15, 2016 10:42 Send this review to a friend
Nice little radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Owning several Baofeng UV-3R (similar package, same battery), I was intrigued by the VX-2 but didn't think I'd ever get the chance to buy one since they're out of production. However, I found one new-in-box at the Albuquerque Hamfest tailgate. It programs easily (RTSystems) and I'm already enjoying it. The stock antenna is deaf on WX freqs but works ok on ham bands and is a feature if you are close-in to what you want to hear and don't want other interference. Great addition to my UV-3R collection and the VX-2 is a much better radio!
HA7WX Rating: 5/5 Apr 22, 2015 11:26 Send this review to a friend
I agree with AK4FP  Time owned: more than 12 months
Almost nothing left to add. AK4FP has told so much and he is so right about that little HT. I also have one second hand in great condition with its original pouch.
It comes handy when on holiday or on a trip with friends to talk from car to car.
Also, broadcast reception is great and easy to have the news.
I have bought some chinese antennas and also a Diamond one, they outperform the stock ducky, but no surprise here. I purchased a second battery since these are cheap and easy to find, to prevent those frustrating discharged battery circumstances.
I also bought an external speaker-mic which is also very useful depending on the intended use.
This sensitive little box has an amazing amount of features not to mention the covered frequency spectrum.
This one is indeed a keeper and i would say a must for every HAM radio operator.
AK4FP Rating: 5/5 Apr 21, 2015 13:10 Send this review to a friend
Nice little HT with DC to Daylight  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought my VX-2R from HRO in late 2004. Since I'm now past 10 years use I thought I should do a followup review. The radio still functions perfectly. I've probably gone through six batteries now but they are extremely inexpensive on EBay. I recently got two batteries and a charger for $16 delivered. I'll give a list of my pros and cons -

1. This is probably the smallest HT you can buy. It will literally fit in a shirt pocket with toom to spare.

2. The receive frequency coverage is better than most full size communication receivers. You can get down to 300 KHz using a band edge memory and about 11oo MHz doing the same. With the usual cellular exception, you can receive everything in between. With the switch to digital TV, you can't get TV audio now (pity), but everything else analog is still there.

3. Reception on HF with a long wire is surprisingly good. Very little overload and good selectivity. Only the lack of SSB makes this less useful on HF but foreign broadcast signals are loud and clear.

4. VHF and above sensitivity is very good. Claimed sensitivity on 2 meters is 0.16 mv and 0.18 mv for 440, and those seem accurate to me. The receiver is very hot, which can be a problem in RF dense areas. Using the attenuator will help in these situations. I'm lucky enough to live in area without a huge number of transmitters so it hasn't been an issue here.

5. In my tests using my cheesy but reasonably accurate watt meter, power output with a fresh battery is 1.7 watts on 2 meters and 1.1 watts on 440. With the 6 volt AC power in using an inexpensive wall wart, the power on 2 meters jumps to 3.2 watts and 2.3 watts on 440. This is not a DX machine but the transmitter power is about as high as you can get in such a small package. Surprisingly, it seems to hit 2 meter and 440 repeaters about equally as well. With a better antenna (see "Cons" below), I can get 15-20 miles regularly and more range on well located repeaters. Simplex is about 2 miles on 2 meters and probably a mile on 440 so keep that in mind if your regularly use simplex. The range will be longer talking to a high power mobile or base.

6. It's built like a tiny tank. The plastic case is very solid, and chassis is all die cast metal. It's not waterproof but it has stood up well to being in the rain with some reasonable precautions. I've dropped it uncountable times on everything from grass to concrete and the only result was a scuff or two on the case. I believe, as a previous reviewer wrote, that this could survive a fall from a broadcast tower.

7. I have never experienced the failure to turn on problem. I don't know if that has been a widespread problem but I've never had it.

8. It has a manual that actually explains how to do just about anything with the radio. It's not difficult to program but it is a little tedious since you have to use a combination of buttons and the top selector ring. If you only have 10 or so repeaters to enter it's easy. More than that and you'll spend the afternoon on it. There is good free software available (VX2 Commander) and the programming cable is available for $20 or less. Just make sure you get one with a real FTDI chip and not a ChiCom counterfeit.Read the manual though. It clearly explains all the capabilities of this rig, and there are plenty.

Cons -

1. The antenna. If you only want to listen and talk on the two ham bands covered buy the VX-2R, the antenna works OK. If you want to listen to any out of band traffic, it's pretty hopeless. I replaced it with a it with a Comet SMA 224. There are reviews of it here. I've never had a problem with the base or the foldover section and this antenna was bought at the same time as the HT. Performance is amazingly better than the stock antenna. There's a small amount of gain n 2 meters but a very noticeable amount of gain on 440. I can bring up repeaters I could just barely hear with the stock antenna. It's designed to cover the wide receiver capabilities of this radio and it does a creditable job from the VHF air band to 800 MHz. I can even bring up WWV on 10 MHz when conditions are good.

2. The belt clip. It's junk plastic, and it will break off within six months if you carry it on your belt regularly. You can, get a case with a better clip, buy one of the button type clips and use the original screw, or do as I did. Get a piece of spring steel, form it into a clip shape, drill the hole at the top, and use that. Cost zero, since I had some in my junk box.

3. No, it's not going to bring a repeater two counties over like you can with with a full size 5 watt HT but this is one of the penalties with a radio so small you forget it's there. You can use it with a six volt wall wart and get up to over 3 watts on 2 meters. I've found the range is almost comparable to my 5 watt HT's when I do this. You can use an adaptor in the car and do the same thing. Combined with a mag mounts antenna and a speaker mike, you have a very decent mobile unit and wide band scanner.

4. The speaker. It's tiny and sounds a little tinny at high volume. It only puts out 50 mW on battery, but the output doubles to 100 mW with 6 volts. Neither output is going to blow you away. In noisy areas, a speaker mike will help a lot, and and speaker mike is almost mandatory if you are going to use it mobile. Like almost all VX-2R accessories, it's cheap enough.

5. Battery life. I was really disappointed at first when I was only getting maybe four hours life with a 25% duty cycle. Then I read the manual. The radio has both a TX and RX battery saver, and they really work. Set those two options and now I get about 10 hours with the same 25% duty cycle and around 14 hour just monitoring. I don't know how much more we can expect with a tiny radio and tiny battery.

Well, I've ended up writing a novel. In closing, even though the VX-2r is no longer in production, you can get some NOS or lightly used units on EBay for less than $100. Yes, I know you can get ChiCom HT's for $35, and I have a few. They are OK, but none of them have the overall capabilities of the VX-2R. There's no other subminiature radio I can think of that does everything the VX-2R will do. I have the successor radio, the VX-3R. It's slightly larger in size, the menus seem much more difficult to me, it's not as sensitive or selective, and it's not as well built. It will also set you back about $200. A good used until at less than $100 is what I would get if I had to replace either radio.
VE3XQT Rating: 5/5 Jul 13, 2014 18:42 Send this review to a friend
Only one like it!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I think my VX-2R is almost 10 years old and works and looks like new. For the size and output it is an outstanding HT. I have a VX-8DR with all the accessories and just brought a FT1DR home yesterday but will never sell me VX-2R. It's a great little hand that is so easy to carry or hide in your shirt pocket.
N3OQD Rating: 5/5 Aug 11, 2012 23:34 Send this review to a friend
Overview  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Considering its size and power output, it is a fine little radio. Got mine used at a local hamfest this past winter for about $80. The included rubber duck did poorly. Tried an 8 inch wire-whip antenna and got a moderate improvement. Then and finally I used a 20 inch wire-whip and BINGO! It was the answer to my radio. The spare batteries and charger are dirt cheap on e-bay. This because the battery is a common cellphone type. Most of the time I use it to listen to broadcast radio. With a long wire AM and SW do quite fine. Nice, small and inconspicuous.
KF5IKN Rating: 5/5 Mar 27, 2011 11:51 Send this review to a friend
Great Low Power Device  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have had this for some time now, and find it extremely easy to use, and fun radio.
KF6UME Rating: 5/5 Nov 25, 2009 23:23 Send this review to a friend
Great HT, SUPER EASY  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought a second-hand VX-2R at a ham club auction. I was able to get the HT on the air and programmed with several repeaters without the manual. It's one of the easiest radios I've ever used, aside from the FT-60R.

Another ham commented that the VX-2R is "deaf" from 76-108 MHz. Mine is not. One of the band segments specifically receives 59-108Mhz. This is a MARS modified radio, so maybe that's why.

Speaking of the MARS mod, this is a great unit IF you need FRS, GMRS or MARINE transmit capability. For camping, boating, and amateur use, this is a perfect radio.

The size is tiny and so is the power output. If you don't live within receiving range of a repeater with good ears, you may have trouble kerchunking with only 1.5 watts.
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