Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Getting reacquainted with my Yaesu VX-8R

My wife purchased a Yaesu VX-8R handheld radio to celebrate my passing the ARRL General Class exam. It is one hell of a radio - triple band (50/144/430 MHz) heavy duty submersible, AND small!


I used it extensively for several months on the local 2 Meter repeaters in my area - and there is quite a bit of action on those repeaters, let me tell ya! I then discovered contesting and digital modes and spent almost all of my time up in the "shack" on campus. I was just appointed to a position with the ARRL and decided that in order to remain viable in emergency situations, I needed to get reacquainted with my little transceiver. I had to reset it to factory settings in order to begin anew. Pretty exciting, huh? Ok, probably not to anyone but myself.
If anyone shows any interest, my plan was to include a weekly tutorial on the radio here. If nobody seems to care (and this is what I am anticipating), I may just start another blog dedicated to it.


41 comments:

  1. Man that looks pretty heavy duty!

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  2. Can't say I'm 100% interested but I'd like to hear more!

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  3. I wanted to learn how to mess with radios ever since I first heard the UVB-76 shortwave broadcasted. Its worth a listen, its a supposed dead-hand signal broadcast out of Russia.

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  4. Grats on your passing the ARRL! Keep it up!

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  5. Talking about cool equipment, have you seen the yagi

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  6. woah that looks awesome man

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  7. thats pretty awesome, but can u watch porn on that device?

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  8. How much does something like that actually cost? I've always wondered how expensive things like that are.

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  9. it looks beautiful, although i haven't the slightest idea how it would work. :)

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  10. I dont know the first thing about walkie talkies, but that one sure looks great. I dont think i could ever learn to use that stuff.

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  11. that looks like some high tech stuff

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  12. when I was a kid my neighbor had a radio and we were sometimes at the freight terminal messing around with the locomotive drivers giving them fake instructions :-D

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  13. looks very professional, nice stuff mate, keep it up

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  14. I'd buy that just for how it looks!

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  15. I remember when we had these in the states to find my family in Walmart, we would always channel surf and have conversations with random people! Great fun

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  16. Almost similar to my first walkie-talkie xD Nice ;-)

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  17. Submersible.. And small!

    That's one hell of an equipment!

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  18. This look like a mini computer dude hahah! Nice work passing the ARRL!

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  19. dang that's cool stuff. that means your a HAM right? but not only a HAM but a general nice!

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  20. That looks pretty fancy, how much did it run you? Congrats on passing the ARRL exam btw.

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  21. This actually sounds cool. Go on with the tutorials, it'd be quite educational.

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  22. looks like a pretty complicated piece of tech haha

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  23. I dont think creating another blog dedicated specifically to these radios would be necessary. I'd like to see some tutorials for the radio on this blog.

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  24. Definitely a go on a tutorial... I have always been interested in Amateur Radio... just never really had the free time to look into it properly.

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  25. I used to be all about amateur radio... i'm interested!

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  26. same as "rich" and what can i do with it ?

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  27. Haha, that seems like a cool little toy. Has a sort of retro look to it. I bet it can pack a punch or two :P.

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  28. Looks like that thing can really do some work lol

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  29. Cool radio! how expensive does it run?

    I'm interested in getting into radio stuff.

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  30. hey awesome. how would a regular person use this>\?

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  31. The radio cost over $400 when my wife bought purchased it for me - I'm sure it has dropped in price. It also has a GPS attachment, but I do not yet have that - or the bluetooth headset. I hate being a poor student sometimes.

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