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

Feature comparision of Yaesu VX-8E, VX-8DE and VX-8GE
APRS Smart Beaconing No Yes Yes
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
GPS Antenna Optional Optional Internal
Vibrator alert No No Yes
Waterproof IPX7 IPX7 IPX5
Bluetooth Option Yes Yes No
Barometric Option Yes Yes No
VOX Yes Yes No
Audio Wave monitor Yes Yes No
AF Dual Yes Yes No
Channel Counter Yes Yes No
Data terminal No No Yes
RS-232 level. Possible to output the GPS position data and the received station location data. Possible to connect an external GPS antenna.

Accessories VX-8GE

SHB-13 belt clip SHB-13
Order No.
CSC-95 Protective bag VX-8GE 13.00 € Buy now
ADMS-VX8G Programming kit VX-8GE (USB) 44.90 € Buy now
SSM-63A YAESU Headset 49.50 € Buy now
SSM-57A Earphone/Mic combination 23.50 € Buy now
CT-44 Microphone adaptor 10.20 € Buy now
CT-143 Serial Programming cable VX-8GE 25.00 € Buy now
CT-144 Cloning cable for VX-8GE 9.00 € Buy now
FBA-39 Battery case 3x AA 27.30 € Buy now
FNB-101LI Li-Ion Battery 7.4V, 1100mAh (as supplied) 56.10 € Buy now
SBR-14LI Li-Ion Battery 2200mAh 74.90 € Buy now
CD-41 Desktop charger 19.50 € Buy now
PA-44 Wall charger, power supply (ex NC-86C) 13.10 € Buy now
MH-34B4B Loudspeaker/Micro combination 24.50 € Buy now
SDD-13 DC cable for cigar lighter 27.80 € Buy now
EDC-6 DC cable 6.40 € Buy now
42854 Adaptor SMA/BNC 6.80 € Buy now
42854.01 Adaptor SMA/BNC short 7.80 € Buy now
42854.02 Adaptor SMA/BNC very short, black 11.40 € Buy now
SSM-57A Small Earphone FT60E/VX-3E/VX-8GE 23.50 € Buy now
SHB-13 Belt clip for SBR-14LI, FNB-102LI, FNB-101LI 6.50 € Buy now New
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