VX-5R Radio Guide

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This reference is for the Yaesu VX-5R, it is advised that people use their radio responsibly and legally.


The VX-5r is the radio of choice for those that need of a small, powerful and rugged Hand held Tranceiver (HT). This radio is one of the family of wide-band HTs that is rugged enough to earn a MIL-STD 810 rating.

Designed for amateur Ham radio tri band use in the 6m, 2m and 70cm (50MHz, 144MHz and 440MHz), this radio features wide band receive from .5MHz-16MHz and 49MHz-999MHz and can be modified to provide exceptional wide band transmission range. The VX-5R sensitivity is a little deaf around 200 Mhz, while it will recive this band it lacks sensitivity, the same is said for the 800-900 Mhz band.

It is also one of the few wide-band handhelds that support CTCSS and DCS (Digital Coded Squelch) as well as has the ability to operate with crossband repeaters.


A scanned copy of the manual is available at http://www.yaesu.com/amateur/pdf/manuals/vx_5r.pdf.
scanned copies of the manufacturers manual are currently not available.
For a printed copy please contact the manufacturer.

Reset: Hold [MR] & [VFO] & [4] buttons and turn the radio on, then push the [FW] button.


The vx5r is highly modifiable allowing for wide band receive and extended transmission ranges.

For expanded transmission range (48-66, 108-222, 305-577) a simple hardware modification is required. Here are step by step instructions for modifying a Yaesu vx5r.


Manufacturer's WWW page: http://www.yaesu.com/amateur/vx5r.html
TealInfo Reference for Yaesu VX-5R: http://www.palmgear.com/software/showsoftware.cfm?prodID=13792
Product review on StrongSignals: http://www.strongsignals.net/access/reviews/reviews.cgi?type=display&rtype=rev&class=recv&num=032
Product review on EHam: http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/69
QRZ's modification reference: http://qrz.com/download/mods-t-z/vx5r.txt
Yahoo Groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/YAESUVX5
VX-5R Modifications http://home.comcast.net/~sllewd/vx5mods.htm

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