Heathkit VF-7401 Mobile VHF Transceiver

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Frequency range

RX-range
143.5-148.5 MHz
TX-range
143.5-148.5 MHz
HAM bands
2m 
Stability
± .0015%
Tuning steps
5 kHz
Filters
-

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Receiver

Modulations
FM  
Sensitivity
0.5 µV for 12db SINAD (or 15 dB of quieting)
Selectivity
15 kHz (-6 dB)
30 kHz (-60 dB)
Receiver system
-
IF-frequencies
-
Image rejection
-50 dB or greater
Audio output
1.5 W at less than 10% THD

Transmitter

Modulations
FM  
RF-Output
10-15 W

Connections

Antenna
SO-239
Impedance
50Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
12-16V DC
Current drain RX
550-750 mA
TX
4 A max

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
184 × 70 × 260 mm (7.24 × 2.76 × 10.24 in)
Weight
-
Form factor
Mobile
Manufactured
Between 1980 and 1983 in USA

Other features

Memories
-
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
-
Accessories
-

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Reviews

Heathkit VF-7401 "It's a keeper!"

Heathkit VF-7401, Mobile VHF Transceiver

I first picked up my Heathkit VF-7401 about 10 years ago at a local hamfest, I just liked the way it looked! plus the price was right! $30.00 However after playing with the radio for a bit, I really loved the way it preformed and worked! The following description depends on build quality to a degree, but i would rate mine as excellent build quality and alignment procedures, cuz mine works great! The radio has "by todays standard" very basic scan features (But useful) and I have always gotten above average comments on the transmit audio. The radio is 20 watts (at least mine is) and has a nice sensitive and tight receiver, picking up weak signals, it seems much better than the earlier HW-2036 model. I would say the receive is just as good as my Yaesu FT-8900 or Kenwood TM-732 and Transmit audio is better! I get reports its nice full sounding audio, not "tinny" or compressed like the typical rice box radios! The controls are laid out nicely, it also has a GREAT nice sounding speaker in the radio, and has an adequate heat-sink on the back to dissipate heat from the PA deck for extended key-down periods, (not the $2.00 fan as found on the radios of today) Its by no means a small radio by todays standards, and its not DC to Daylight, But for a good hunk of sturdy and reliable radio, made with some good USA steel, you cant go wrong! My advice would be, if you can find one that was built correctly for the right price, grab one up! Its a keeper!!! Tom K8CNN 73

Written by k8cnn on Jul 18, 2013

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Value for money
Aquired
Good condition in 2013
USD 30.00

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