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A Yaesu VX-6R tuned to a local 2m repeater

The Yaesu VX-6R is a triple band handheld amateur radio transceiver with extensive receive coverage, and leading-edge features. The radio is designed to operate in extreme conditions, and is sealed at all openings to permit underwater submersion up to 1 meter (3 feet) for 30 minutes. A demo model at Dayton Hamvention was held underwater for 8 hours at 1 meter depth, under power, without adverse effects. Available accessories include remote microphones, earphones.

Category Amateur Radio
Class Hand-Held
Bands VHF: 1.25m (USA only), 2m

UHF: 70cm

Rx AM/FM:0.500-999.998 MHz (USA cellular blocked)

AM/FM:0.504-999.998 MHz (Exp version)

Tx FM:144-148 MHz, Pwr:0.3W, 1.0W, 2.5W, 5.0W

FM: 220-225 MHz, Pwr: 0.2W, 0.5W, 1.0W, 1.5W
FM:430-450 MHz, Pwr:0.3W, 1.0W, 2.5W, 5.0W

Power 7.4 VDC (internal Li battery), 5-16 VDC (external)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 89 x 58 x 29 mm
Weight 277 g (including battery)
First released 2005



  • 900 Memories
  • AM/FM/Wide-FM broadcast band reception
  • Wideband receiver, including full coverage of shortwave bands
  • CTCSS/DCS tone squelch
  • European Tone Burst
  • ARTS-Automatic In-Range Transponder
  • Adjustable Backlit Keypad & LCD
  • Internet Key for Access to WIRES
  • DTMF encoder for control of remote systems and telephone dialing
  • Channel counter function for locating frequency of nearby transmitter

Supplied Accessories

With the shipped box, Yaesu VX-6R should come with the following accessories,

  • VX-6R, Transceiver
  • FNB-80LI, 7.4V, 1400 mAh Lithium ion battery pack
  • NC-72B/C, 5-Hour Battery Charger
  • YHA-67, Antenna
  • Belt Clip & Hand Strap
  • Operating Manual
  • Warranty Card

Some specifications

Frequency Range of Transmission (USA Version):

  • 222 - 225 MHz – 1.5W Max
  • 144 - 148 MHz – 5.0W Max
  • 420 - 450 MHz – 5.0W Max

Each band (except 222 MHz and 50 MHz in Asia exported version) can be switched between 5W, 2.5W, 1.0W, and 500mW.

Technical description

Faults & Problems

A bug has been found, as the CTCSS decode may not work properly when the VX-6R is operating with external power.


Interesting information

  • For Asia version only, The VX-6R can transmit a 1.5W FM carrier on the six meter band. It is necessary to use an external antenna tuned to the lower part of the six meter band for this feature. (2-sectional antenna provided in Asia exported version)
  • Asia versions are marked as (B3) versions. Open-band, fully modded for wide-band tx/rx


  • Product Review - Yaesu VX-6R VHF/UHF Handheld Transceiver - December 2005 QST Magazine © ARRL
  • Fort v. Yaesu - Santa Monica Superior Court, Santa Monica, CA - settled out of court.

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