Yaesu VX-6R

Yaesu VX-6 won’t display three-digit temperature

I picked up my VX-6 radio from the seat of my car today and it was just about too hot to hold. I set it to display the internal temperature and it read 38F. I moved it out of the sun and the temp started dropping, down to 25F in a couple of minutes. On a hunch I held it in front of the A/C vent and watched the temp drop down to the teens, then single digits, then nineties. So apparently the temperature sensor drops the leading digit off a three-digit number.

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Yaesu radio receive problem…solved

I had a problem with the receive on my radio yesterday. The audio was low, about half as loud as is normal, with a lot of static. I was able to transmit fine (and communicate by listening on my scanner). The problem was only on two meters.

I called Ham Radio Outlet and they had not heard of the problem, but I could send it back and they would forward it to Yaesu. I called Yaesu, and played with the radio while I was on hold.

At some point I noticed that I had inadvertently put one frequency in two banks, one after the other. With the squelch open I noticed that the problem was only with one of the memories – hey, must not be hardware! Then I noticed a funny little symbol on the screen. The problem was that I’d somehow set half my memories to be AM instead of FM! The AM/FM indicator uses a wide A for AM, with one leg turned off for the F in FM, so it doesn’t look that much like an A or an F. I didn’t even realize what the symbol was until I saw it switch back and forth as I turned the dial.

I flipped over to VFO and keyed in the repeater that had been giving me problems. I keyed it (and TX’d my callsign) and heard the repeater ID loud and clear – problem solved. As with all problems I’ve had so far with this radio, it was user error with some setting I didn’t realize I changed.

The reason I switched from FM to AM in the first place is most likely because it is the same button as is used to enable CTCSS/PL tones, and I accidentally hit it without the shift key. I’m glad that’s all it was.

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Added info on Yaesu VX-6 radio

I added a wiki page that covers the learning curve I’m on with my Yaesu VX-6R amateur radio transceiver. The link is http://sharpcraft.com/wiki/index.php?title=Yaesu_VX-6R_FAQ. It’s a confusing little machine – most of the problems I’ve had were fixed by changing a setting somewhere.
I’m slowly starting to understand the wiki stuff, too, but it just seems goofy. If you want to bold a word you surround it with three single quotes. How is that easier than phpbb-style shortcuts or even just html? I understand why you don’t want unlimited html, for security and control, but you could allow basic formatting easily enough.

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Got the Yaesu VX-6R

I went ahead and bought a Yaesu VX-6R. These are my thoughts for the first 24 hours of ownership.

  1. This thing is really, really tiny. It’s the same size as the full-size photos in the ads but when I hold it in my hand it seems really small. It is heavy, though. It feels about the same or a little heavier than my old RS/Bearcat scanner.
  2. Shortwave receive actually does work. After dark last night I heard several broadcasts from Europe, and for an hour or two after sunrise this morning I could hear China, Japan, and Korea. On the other hand broadcast AM is totally dead in the daylight, and pretty poor after dark.
  3. Wide FM receive is cool. I listened to more television today than I watch in a week. I even listened to TV audio while I watched the TV muted. (That’s because someone was so tired of listening to “those shows” after 45 minutes of This Old House and New Yankee Workshop.) That coolness will wear off soon but it’s nice to have, at least until digital tv & hd radio completely takes over.
  4. Auto-repeater setup is very cool. When I tune it to a repeater range a little + or – pops up, according to the band plan convention. I haven’t had to enter a PL tone yet so I don’t know how to do that.
  5. Battery life is probably very short. I’ve gone through the first charge with maybe six hours of rx.
  6. It’s as hard to program as everyone says. I’ll be building that interface cable soon.

All in all, it’s definitely a jack of all trades. How many it masters is to be determined.
Link to Yaesu
Link to eham review

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Yaesu VX-6R (?)

I’ve just about decided on a Yaesu VX-6R radio. It does just about everything I want from a handheld. It doesn’t do everything as good as it could, but I’m ready to bet it does it good enough.

I will have to get an antenna adapter and a mic adapter, and make a cable for programming. Programming is supposed to be nearly impossible without a computer. But as long as I can get a couple of frequencies in there I’ll get along well enough until I build the cable.

I’ll keep looking for a good used 2m or dual band mobile, maybe at the OKC hamfest in the summer.

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