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
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