Vudonris However, if you need to change the channel step increments, the procedure to yaesu vx-3r manual so is very easy. Page Available Values: Please contact your Yaesu dealer. If a station maunal on the Priority Channel, the radio will pause on that channel, as described pre- viously. Page 23 A number of steps may be important to your operating requirements. To enable this feature: Frequency yaesu vx-3r manual will vary according to transceiver ver- sion; check with your dealer.
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I wanted something with a lot of capabilities that would easily fit in my pocket or my briefcase. You do trade size for performance. If you are willing to accept this and this is what I expected , then you will be very happy with an extremely small radio that does everything it does remarkably well for its size.
Despite the tiny buttons, the radio is remarkably easy to operate. If you have large fingers, you will find the buttons somewhat difficult to operate. In my case, I usually wind up using the corner of my finger nail. But if you do have big fingers, beware of the issue.
This radio is a full-featured transceiver for 2 meter and 70 cm FM. And, as far as I can tell, it works as well as any other handheld on these bands. Keep in mind that the full power is only 1.
But on the fringes, it could be a factor. I want to carry the radio with me for emergency use, as a backup to other radios. The main selling point for this radio, however, is the fact that it has extremely wide-range receive capabilities, from kHz through MHz, with some cellular frequencies in the MHz range blocked.
Apparently, the main advance this radio has over the VX-2R is that it has an internal bar antenna for AM reception. You can also hook up an external antenna. With the internal antenna, AM reception is quite poor, although I can get most of the local stations. I live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and it gets all of the local stations that I normally listen to. Reception is about the same as the cheapest AM radio you can buy.
For my purposes, it is adequate. With an external antenna my ham antennas , reception does improve somewhat, and I can get a few strong out-of-town stations at night. However, the receiver is quite prone to overloading, and a strong local station will be cover up many, but not all, weaker stations. In a remote area without any strong local stations, I suspect it would perform moderately well on AM, but the performance would never be stellar.
FM Broadcast. A number of other reviewers have commented about how poor the reception is on the FM broadcast band. With external headphones, FM reception is in stereo. One limitation this imposes is that between MHz, the receiver will only receive wideband broadcast FM signals. In some areas of the world, MHz is used for narrowband FM public service radios, and these could not be received well.
It can even be scanning other frequencies. When a signal is received on one of the other frequencies, it will switch from AM or FM, and you can hear the other receiver. Note that when using this feature, the "broadcast" radio can only listen to the AM or FM broadcast bands or TV channels 5 and 6 , and the "other" receiver must be on a non-broadcast frequency.
In other words, you cannot listen to a non-broadcast channel or other TV channels , and also scan other non-broadcast frequencies. On the other hand, you can listen to any frequency, and continuously monitor one other priority frequency. Shortwave 1. For the size of the radio, shortwave reception is remarkably good, and you will be able to hear shortwave signals.
However, it really is quite poor, and if this were your only shortwave receiver, you would be sorely disappointed. The main limitation, obviously, is the very small size of the antenna. However, when I hooked the radio to my outdoor ham antennas, the result was that the receiver was overloaded by a strong local AM station, and as far as I could tell, shortwave reception was completely impossible.
My best results came from placing the radio next to a telephone or other electrical device, and the wiring inductively couples to the radio and forms an antenna.
I think much longer than a few feet would overload the receiver. On the shortwave bands, the radio tunes only in 5 kHz steps. You can set it to tune in Most strong shortwave signals are heard at three spots on the dial, e. Our baby monitor is on 49 MHz, and I have used this receiver there. It seems to perform about as well as the receiver that came with the monitor. Above the 6 meter ham band are TV channels , and the receiver performed adequately for local channels, until the analog channels went QRT.
Air band MHz. Air band reception seems to be quite good, both with the built-in antenna placing my hand over the antenna seems to enhance performance on this band and with my 2 meter outdoor antenna.
With the rubber duck antenna, I get fairly good reception of aircraft, and can marginally hear the tower and ATIS broadcast from the airport about 10 miles away. VHF high band MHz. Reception in and near the 2 meter ham band MHz is quite good, both with the rubber duck and with my outdoor antenna. Outside of the ham band, the performance seems to decline.
The State Patrol dispatch frequency, which should presumably give good reception in the area, was relatively marginal. Our local NOAA weather channel on However, on most other receivers, I can hear a few other stations in outlying areas on other frequencies. According to the manual, the radio can be set to receive the alert tone broadcast by the NOAA stations. However, the exact functioning of this feature is not described. I think the radio needs to be tuned to, or scanning, the NOAA frequency at the time.
I did notice that when I turned on the alert feature, the scanner went through the NOAA frequencies while scanning other frequencies. But there was no indication that it was doing so while merely receiving other frequencies. The manual was generally quite good, but this was one deficiency.
Before the shutdown of analog TV, reception on all of the local TV channels was quite good. There are still a few low-power TV stations, as well as Canadian and Mexican stations, so the ability to receive analog TV audio might be of some use to some users.
However, of course, it will not be able to receive any digital channels. Reception is generally quite good, although a few stations require the radio to be moved to a "sweet spot" with the rubber duck antenna. They did the same thing on duplex marine band frequencies. As on 2 meters, the reception on this band is quite good in and near the 70 cm ham band. Since most public service frequencies of interest are close to the ham band, it does seem to provide good reception.
With the rubber duck antenna, I did have fairly good reception of the security at a casino about 30 miles away, so I would say that the performance is quite good.
Cellular frequencies blocked. As far as I can tell, reception is fairly good in this band. Apparently, the Muzak people use frequencies in this range, so one of the abilities of this receiver is the reception of 3 channels of elevator music. There are undoubtedly other capabilities of this little radio.
For example, it has the Yaesu apparently proprietary "APRS" system, which can allow you to keep track of whether two radios happen to be within range. It has an "internet" button which transmits a DTMF tone at the beginning of your transmission, which is apparently used on some internet-linked repeaters.
It will even send random morse code or methodically teach you the letters by sending them and then displaying them for your learning pleasure. I suspect most of these features were something to do with leftover computing power. It does have an "emergency" feature which makes a loud siren tone, flashes the light, and transmits something on a UHF frequency defaulted to I believe there is some capability for another station to activate the transmitter remotely, which could be useful in some conceivable situations.
However, that feature does need to be set up on the two radios beforehand. One cute little feature is the ability to turn on the LED light as a fairly bright white light, for use as an emergency flashlight. At that time, many manufacturers printed on the dials of their shortwave receivers the names of various cities, with the implication that to hear London, you would simply move the dial to the spot where it said "London".
Of course, frequencies change often, and these dials were out of date even before they left the factory. Eventually it will happen through pure chance, though. The radio comes with an extremely small lithium battery. I believe it said that it was about 1 amp hour at about 4 volts. One optional extra is an external battery pack that takes 3 AA alkaline batteries. Rechargeable batteries are not advised in this battery pack. My plan is to keep the external battery pack, along with alkalines, with me for use in an emergency.
But I do plan to get one, since that will make the radio much more versatile in an emergency. One big advantage of this radio is the fact it takes the same battery as many popular cameras. Therefore, replacements for the rechargable battery are available at a very reasonable price. For example, all of the following batteries available on Amazon can be used. As you can see, there are numerous manufacturers and distributors, so the price can vary considerably, so it pays to shop around.
The links below are constantly updated with the current price. Again, in summary, I really like this little radio for what it is. I wanted an extremely small radio to put in my briefcase. Again, for me, it would be quite disappointing as a first radio or as an only radio.
But for what it is, I really like it!
YAESU VX-3R Operating Manual
Yaesu VX-3R Manual