A Joint project between Yaesu and Standard the VR-500 is a high-performance miniature handheld communications receiver providing general coverage reception from 100 kHz to 1300 MHz on the CW, SSB (LSB and USB), AM, and FM (Wide and Narrow bandwidths) modes (this coverage includes the AM and FM broadcast bands, HF Short-wave Bands, VHF and UHF TV bands, the VHF AM aircraft band, and a wide range of commercial and public safety frequencies!).
Similar to many models available now the VR-500 has a "Auto mode" feature whereby the mode and step size can be selected automatically when a frequency is entered by internal reference to the Auto mode bandplan. The Yaesu ADMS-3 software allows the user to edit this reference table to suit any local variations to the bandplan but we do upload wherever possible a suitable bandplan to reflect the area of use. The Automode feature can also be turned off and any mode and step size selected manually. We will usually upload a suitable automode bandplan.
- Frequency Range: 0.1000 MHz - 1299.99995 MHz
- Regular Memory; 1000 Ch, (100Ch X 10 Banks)
- Skip Memory; 100 Channels
- Search Band Memory; 10 Channels
- Dual Receive Channel Memory; 10 Channels
- Priority Memory Channel; 1 Channel
- Smart Search(tm)
- 8 Character Alpha Numeric Display
- Direct Keypad Frequency Entry
- Priority Monitoring
- Dual Watch
- Band Scope
- Alpha Numeric Recall
- Memory Bank Scanning
- Menu Mode for Feature Customisation
- Preferential Memory Scan
- VFO Search
- Size: 58w X 95h X 25d mm, 220 g w/o Battery & Antenna
As mentioned above the ADMS-3 package allows the VR-500 to be connected to a Computer and the user upload/dowload data from the radio. All settings can be altered via the PC and the user can store a limitless number of configurations of memory channels, search banks and other data.
Additional specifications can be found at the Yaesu UK web site and a comprehensive review of the VR-500 by Rich Wells can be found on his excellent Strongsignals web site.
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