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High Brand Handhelds with 6.25KHz step for PMR, particularly Yaesu


#1

My trusty Chinese Wouxun has failed me on my last activation. It tends to reset itself, the final amp for 2m is dead completely so I consider it trashed.

I’ve been looking at the rugged Yaesu VX-6, which seems to be just ideal for SOTA - it is waterproof and it looks like it can take a beating.

The only downside is, that it is missing a 6.25 kHz frequency step, so I wouldn’t be able to program the basic
8 PMR 466 channels into it. I would expect this is something they would think of when they design a radio aimed at hikers.

I don’t want to have to carry 2 devices, to talk to people using PMR and it’s difficult to believe that a $30 Chinese Baofeng would give me more usability than a top of the line branded radio.

Is the frequency step something that you are stuck with or can these things generally be done by aftermarket software modifications? I know that vendors typically offer out-of-HAM-bands frequency TX unlocking. But no one talks about the frequency step. Some other Yaesu HTs do have that step available so
I was wondering if this is a software thing or its’ “built into the radio”.


#2

I don’t know about your country, but in the UK that would not be legal. The PMR446 frequencies may only be used without licence with a radio specifically type-approved. Amongst other things, the type-approval mandates a non-removable antenna.

Martyn


#3

The best is my Kenwood TH-F7, 17 years old.
Baofeng UV-5R is a bit horseradish…

Miro


#4

Yes same here. Non-removable antenna, no TX outside the designated 8 channels. That makes using all Chinese HTs for PMR technically illegal. Except no one cares if you don’t overdo it with power and don’t transmit anywhere you shouldn’t. Until now, I used to have a Wouxun UV-6D v2, had those frequencies programmed there and haven’t used them for PMR once. But I do want to have that ability for emergency purposes and not have to carry one more radio to do that.


#5

Does yours have the PTT button issue? My microswitch is properly broken. Got a shoulder mic now for it. One of those 4 pound Baofeng ones. Really good.