The Yaesu VX-8R HT provides a full 5 watts FM on 50/144/430 MHz plus 1.5 watts on 222 MHz. It supports Bluetooth® hands-free operation with the optional BU-1 and BH-1 or BH-2 accessories. There is also an optional GPS unit and antenna with loads of features. This radio supports APRS 1200/9600 bps data communication (B band only). Like the VX7R, the VX8R is submersible and meets IPX57 specifications (3 feet for minimum of 30 minutes). A powerful 7.4 V 1100 mAh Lithium Ion battery is included. This HT is small, intuitive to operate only 2.36 x 3.74 x 0.92 inches (thinner than VX-7R). It supports simultaneous independent 2-signal dual receive function with both V + V or U + U. It has weather band receive with Weather Alert. A barometric sensor is included. You can even operate Amateur radio while receiving FM broadcasts! The receive coverage is wider than VX-7R, with an independent AM/FM broadcast receiver circuit. The dot matrix LCD display provides Memory tag up to a maximum of 16 characters. You even get a high-resolution Spectrum Analyzer with ±60 channels indication with wave monitoring of received/modulated signal! And DCS and CTCSS encode and decode is standard.
Price: $450.00 Pros: Extreme versatile and small HT unit. Good power output and it has everything you need to be uptodate in regard to HAM and the Technician class license. Cons: not for large hands. Recommended? Yes
Comments: This baby can do everything you can do as a licensed Technician HAM for reasonable price. I would call it the IPhone for HAMs :-) Coupled with a good triple-band external antenna you get a nice range in and out, the rubber ducky is OK but there are better out for hiking applications. I still need the GPS antenna but that comes next times.
Price: $370.00 Pros: Lots of features. Dual VFO's rock! APRS built in, just add GPS antenna. Plenty of characters to name your memory presets for easy finding later. Everything is menu driven, so it is easy once you get familiar with the terms. Cons: Takes a bit to learn and get used to. Costs a too much to have bouncing around in a Jeep off road. Recommended? Yes
Comments: I bought this HT as a newly licensed HAM. I like to make sure I grow into a radio instead of grow out of one. This VX8R fits the bill! Does almost anything anyone could want from an HT and more! Dual VFO's allow you to monitor two freq's at the same time. Takes a little time to get used to, but once you get the hang of the lingo and menus, you will be a pro. Does 144/70/6 bands full 5w power and 1.25cm 1.5w. OE battery is a little small. I couldn't get a full 8hr day out of it. The larger battery gts 12 hrs easy.
I would recomend this radio to anyone who is a gadget geek like me. If you want simple and economical.....go for the ft60r.