|11-19-2009, 11:43 PM
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.
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.