Yaesu Handheld Radios
- Dual band radio: 2m, 70cm
- Solid and waterproof
- APRS capabilities
- GPS capabilities (Option)
- Wide band receiver from 108 to 999.9 MHz
- Clock, more than 1200 memories, spectrum display, CTCSS, VOX etc.
Very compact three band radio (6m, 2m, 70cm) by Yaesu. The VX-8GE has a very solid construction and is submersible down to 1m for 30 minutes. With the four large buttons on the side, most often used functions can be reached even when wearing gloves. The supplied 1100mAh LiIon battery holds for 5 hours and more, a high capacity battery with 1800 mAh or a battery case is available optionally.
The VX-8GE is equipped with two receivers and allows operation on two bands frequencies at the same time, even in the same band (V/V, U/U, V/U). The wideband receiver operates from 108.0 - 999.9 MHz. The large and versatile LC display (dot matrix) shows either one or both operating frequencies, symbols for various modes, the battery voltage and much more. The more than 1200 memories can be tagged with a 16 character alpha-numeric name.
A special highlight is the APRS function of the VX-8GE. APRS messages are received, decoded and diplayed (either 1200 or 9600 bps). The display shows direction and distance, speed and symbol (icon) of the remote station as well as weather and other APRS data. With the optional GPS receiver FGPS-2 (12 channels) the VX-8E can display and transmit it's own position data. But even without the FGPS-2 manually entered position data can be transmitted!
Compared to it's predecessor VX-8E, the VX-8GE has many enhanced options for APRS: more memories for stations and messages, selectable digi path etc. For a full comparision please see table below.
Included in shipment is: VX-8GE; FNB-101LI Battery 7.4V/1100mAh; NC-86B charger; Belt clip.
VX-8GE with GPS built in!
The VX-8GE is an smaller versions of the VX-8 series. It has only two bands (2m/70cm, no 6m) and has the GPS antenna already built in! For a full list of differences please see table below.
This radio is out of production since the end of 2013. We show it here for orientation purposes and to show the still available accessories.
But the very similiar radio VX-8DE is available, for the differences see the table below.
Differences between the VX-8E, VX-8DE and VX-8GE
|Number of Station List Memories||40||50||50|
|Number of Message List Storage||20||30||30|
|Digi-Path Route display||No||Yes||Yes|
|Digi-Path settings||1||8 Routes (3 fix, 5 selectable)||8 Routes (3 fix, 5 selectable)|
|GPS Compass||North up||North or heading up||North or heading up|
|Preset Symbol Icon||1 (VS)||4 (Person, Bicycle, Car, User(YY))||4 (Person, Bicycle, Car, User(YY))|
|Autom. digit increment (when entering letters)||No||Yes||Yes|
|LED flashing (when receiving message)||Not selectable||Selectable||Selectable|
|Features||AM/FM broadcast band RX||Yes||Yes||No|
|Wide FM broadcast RX||Yes||Yes||No|
|Frequency Range RX||0.5 — 999.99 MHz||0.5 — 999.99 MHz||108.0 — 999.99 MHz|
|Frequency Range TX||50/144/430 MHz||50/144/430 MHz||144/430 MHz|
|Audio Wave monitor||Yes||Yes||No|
RS-232 level. Possible to output the GPS position data and the received station location data. Possible to connect an external GPS antenna.