Yaesu VX-8DR Handheld VHF/UHF Transceiver

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The Yaesu VX-8R HT (Handy Talky) provides a full 5 watts FM on 50/144/430 MHz plus 1.5 watts on 222 MHz (USA version only). It supports Bluetooth® hands-free operation with the optional BU-1 and BH-1 or BH-2 accessories. There is also an optional GPS unit and antenna with loads of features. This radio supports APRS 1200/9600 bps data communication (B band only). Like the Yaesu VX-7R, the VX-8R is submersible and meets IPX57 specifications (3 feet for minimum of 30 minutes). A powerful 7.4 V 1100 mAh Lithium Ion battery is included. This handheld is small and intuitive to operate. It supports simultaneous independent 2-signal dual receive function with both V + V or U + U. It has weather band receive with Weather Alert. A barometric sensor is included. You can even operate Amateur radio while receiving FM broadcasts! The receive coverage is wider than VX-7R, with an independent AM/FM broadcast receiver circuit. The dot matrix LCD display provides Memory tag up to a maximum of 16 characters. You even get a high-resolution Spectrum Analyzer with ±60 channels indication with wave monitoring of received/modulated signal! And DCS and CTCSS encode and decode is standard.

Yaesu VX-8R: USA version
Yaesu VX-8DR: Improved USA version (2010), mostly APRS functionality
Yaesu VX-8E: European version
Yaesu VX-8DE: Improved European version

Frequency range

0.5-999 MHz (less cellular in the US)
50-54 / 144-148 / 222-225 (USA only) / 430-440 MHz
HAM bands
±5 ppm +14 °F to +122 °F (-10 °C to +50 °C)
Tuning steps
5 / 6.25 / 8.33 / 9 / 10 / 12.5 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 50 / 100 kHz

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AM   FM   W-FM  
3.0 µV for 10dB S/N (0.5-30MHz, AM)
1.0 µV for 12dB SINAD (76-108 MHz/174-222 MHz/470-729MHz, W-FM)
0.16 µV for 12dB SINAD (50-54MHz/144-148MHz, N-FM)
0.18 µV for 12dB SINAD (430-450 MHz N-FM)
12 kHz/35 kHz (N-FM)
200 kHz/300 kHz (W-FM)
Receiver system
N-FM, AM: Double-conversion W-FM: Triple Conversion AM/FM-radio: Single Conversion
1st: 47.25 MHz (N-FM) [46.35 MHz Sub Band] / 45.8 MHz (W-FM)
2nd: 450 kHz (N-FM) / 10.7 MHz (W-FM) / 1 MHz (W-FM)
Image rejection
Audio output
200 mW @ 8 Ohms for 10% THD (@ 7.4 V DC)


1.5 / 5 W


50 Ω


Power requirements
7.4V DC (1100 mAh Lithium Ion pack) 3R6/AA dry cell case option.
Current drain RX
200 mA max
1.9 A max


Dimensions (w×h×d)
60 × 95 × 24.2 mm (2.36 × 3.74 × 0.95 in) without knob and antenna
240 gr (8.5 oz)
Form factor
Between 2008 and 201x

Other features

1267 channels in 24 bank(s)
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
Alpha tags
Barometric sensor
Bluetooth and GPS options
Built-in packet modem 1200/9600bd with APRS support
Repeater shift: ±600 kHz (144 MHz) / ±1.6 MHz (220 MHz) / ±1.6/5.0/7.6 MHz (430 MHz)
Spectrum display
Twin RX.
Waterproof/submersible (IPX57)
Weather alert

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Price Condition Year User
USD 419.95 Mint / New 2010 universal-radio
USD Mint / New 2011 N9SJA
USD Good / New 2012 dlfretz
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