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Yaesu VX 177 Review

Yaesu VX 177

YAESU VX-177 Handheld Radio Transceiver - Review.


Another offering from the people at YAESU. This time we are testing the YAESU VX 177 handheld radio transceiver.
As we have come to expect from this range of handheld transceivers, produced by YAESU, it is tough, rugged and feels nice in your hand, built for use in the great outdoors and is water resistant for 30 minutes at a depth of 3 feet. The VX-177 is a 5 Watt device that operates in the 430 MHz band, it also boasts a 700 mW audio amplifier that delivers high quality and powerful sound.
The user has the choice of 200 memory locations to store frequencies each of which can be allocated a user friendly name for easy recall.
The wide band receiver enables reception from 420MHz-470MHz so encompassing commercial and government frequencies adjacent to the Amateur band.

We found that the VX-177 had a full 5 Watts of transmitting power. Sometimes the figure stated by manufactures is based on dummy load measurements, however, our results showed full power from the antenna. Modulation was a little low due to the characteristics of the microphone, however, we found this could be compensated by speaking closer to the radio.
The YAESU VX-177 hand-held radio transceiver has a very large LCD with the Yaesu omni-glow that Yaesu owners have all come to love. We liked the fact that you can enter frequencies directly via the key-pad.

There is a full-featured digital code squelch (DCS) tone system which allows for access to repeaters and also used to silently monitor busy channels.
We found the Yaesu VX 177 to be battery friendly with a useful auto power off feature
All in all the YAESU VX 177 hand-held radio transceiver is a nice, very well built transceiver for the price and ideal for use outdoors, it affords high transmit power, sensitive receiver and powerful audio amplification.

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