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Yaesu VX-5R

by Dude-Suit on Jun.19, 2011, under Blog

Yaesu VX-5R triple band transceiver








Haven’t been on ham radio in few years I find it was time to get back into my old hobby. I recently picked up a Yaesu VX-5R triple band handheld on Ebay. I noticed that information was spread out across the internet  on this older radio, so I thought I would consolidate it all in one spot not only to help myself for reference but to possibly help other hams out there who happen to have this radio or pick up one at a hamfest or on ebay.

Receive Capabilities:

Frequency Range Receive:
0.5 – 1.8 MHz (BC Band)
1.8 – 16 MHz (Shortwave Band)
48 – 59 MHz (6 Meter Amateur)
59 – 108 MHz (FM)
108 – 137 MHz (Air Band)
137 – 174 MHz (144 MHz HAM)
174 – 222 MHz (VHF-TV)
222 – 420 MHz (ACT1: Action Band 1)
420 – 470 MHz (430 MHz HAM)
470 – 729 MHz (UHF-TV)
800 – 999 MHz (ACT2: Action Band 2 Cellular Blocked)







Yaesu VX-5R triple band transceiver

Being a true Tri-band transceiver the VX-5R transmits on 2 meter, 70cm (440), and 6 meter amateur radio bands. The VX-5R can be modded for MARS/CAPS/freeband transmit, both via a hardware mod or even with a software mod. Software mod being the easiest, but the software mod has to be done everytime the radio is reset of course. Below is a list of links and downloads pertaining to the Yaesu VX-5R.

List of modifications with instructions: http://www.hampedia.net/yaesu/vx-5r.php

Yaesu VX-5R Operating Manual: Yaesu VX-5R Operation Manual

Yaesu VX-5R Technical Supplement: Yaesu VX-5R Technical Supplement

Model number / Accessory

FBA-23            Battery Case for “AA” Batteries
FNB-58LI       Lithium Ion Battery 7.2V / 1100mAh
CSC-73            Soft Case
NC-72B           120 VAC 12-Hour Wall Charger
CD-15A           Desk Top Rapid Rate Charger for Lithium-Ion Battery, to be used w/NC-72B/C
E-DC-5B          DC Cable W/Noise Filter
CT-44               Microphone Adapter (2 conductor female mic to single jack)
MH-34B4B     Speaker / Microphone
MH-37A4B    Earpiece Microphone, Light Duty
SU-1                  Barometric Pressure Sensor
ADMS-1E       Windows Programming Cable and Software


There are alternative software that can be used to program the Yaesu VX-5R which you can download free online.

EVE [download the EVE170.zip and eveinfo.zip which includes the manual] : http://www.geol.com/vx5/

VX5 Commander: http://www.kc8unj.com/vx5.html





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11 Comments for this entry

  • RonV

    I performed the mod for making the radio freeband.
    Then I tried to Tx on 152.345 and I don’t get the “TX error” message any more but the radio is only transmitting carrier and no voice. I can Rx fine.
    Any ideas why it will not transmit voice?

    • Cito

      did you do the software mod or the hardware mod?

      there is a software mod you can do using EVE and I think you can also do it with VX5 commander that does a software hack to allow freeband, but if you reset the radio you have to do the mod again.

      there is also the hardware mod that is permanent.
      if you did the hardware mod you need to reset the radio after doing the hardware mod so it resets the firmware and all.

      I’m not an expert but if you still have trouble I can email a buddy of mine who works on radios and get his opinion, let me know.

  • Frederick Melick

    Thanks for providing the manual for the Yaesu VX-5 . I just bought this unit and there was no manual or antenna cap supplied but I heard it was a good HT. But without your help I would never have been able to get the most out of the rig.

    Thank You

    73 de Fred WD8ADG

    • Cito

      Very welcome, I picked this up on Ebay myself after not being ‘radio active’ for a few years and had packed away my old radios. So I thought I’d check Ebay and found a good deal on this one, and thought I’d use it for the local repeaters. It’s a nice little radio, with a ton of features.

      The programming software makes it very easy to program, originally the programming cable was an old serial cable from yaesu. But if you look on Ebay you can find usb cables that are made for this handheld for pretty low price. Then use the free software and put the radio in the mode for programming from a computer and set it up that way.

      Anyhow, yea I didn’t have much info on the radio when I got it, so I scoured the net and found all I could and put it all in one place on my blog here to help others.

  • James

    After being silent on the waves for almost 10 years now I’ve decided to get back in the game. I found one of these on ebay and snapped it up.
    Thank you for providing such a valuable and extensive resource of information on this model. I’ve already been pouring over the manuals and am looking forward to getting back on the air.

    • Cito

      You’ll enjoy it, it’s a fun little radio. My old handheld was an Alinco DJ 580 and had been keeping an eye on Ebay for one to popup or a Yaesu FT530, but I noticed this tri-bander and so far have really enjoyed it.

      you can listen to local FM broadcast stations, I usually tune in to talk radio sometimes when bored or out and about to get the news. The 6 meter side works pretty good although we only have 1 local 6 meter repeater so I haven’t used it extensively.

      Mainly using 2m/440 sides, but I’ve held a few conversations on the local 6 meter repeater with it. I did buy a replacement diamond triband antenna to replace the stock antenna. I also use an old radioshack reel up longwire for shortwave listening on it sometimes. It picks up shortwave good, but don’t use a really big antenna cause the receiver is really sensitive and using a large antenna for shortwave you’ll find 1 or 2 strong stations overloads the receiver sometimes. But other than that, it’s a great little radio, and simple to program if you get the usb programming cable and 1 of the 2 software I linked.

  • Gerry

    Hi – turned my VX-5 on after months on the shelf…know I had it programmed up for many repeaters, but now all it shows ion screen is

    Va. 863.7875
    sub. 147.380

    I have some how messed it up and can’t seem to fix the problem – not sure where the manual

    Any help appreciated



    • Cito

      You may just be in vfo mode, press the MR button in lower right should put you back into memory. Definitely download manual, you can get a copy here also: http://www.yaesu.com/amateur/pdf/manuals/vx_5r.pdf

      Look at section about toggling between memory channels or going into vfo mode which allows manual frequency input and such.

      This next part is if you want to erase everything the following steps wipes all memory and resets CPU, but I only recommend this as last resort.

      (Last Resort Only) You could try wiping the memory and resetting to factory default if nothing is working but this erases your memories and everything. And not guaranteed to work.

      If you are certain you want to reset the radio to factory default

      “Reset: Hold [MR] & [VFO] & [4] buttons and turn the radio on, then push the [FW] button.”

      This will wipe the memory and reset the CPU.

  • R VX-5

    I.ve had my VX-5 15 years from new, it still works, but the number have worn off the keys as has much of the black paint. Just got a new battery for it after 14 years and the charging cup/stand, works great. Mostly us it as a scanner now, put it will TX! I do have a very old copy of the ADMS 1 software someplace but because of a glitch in programing with the free software I can’t use software programing anymore. I can punch in the info and store it by hand okay so I make do with that, be nice to have the software again though. You can find other software for Yaesu here
    http://www.g4hfq.co.uk/ 7 3

  • Paul Rodenhuis

    I am looking for details of how to freeband my Yaesu VX-5R using Commander. I have Eve, but it has stopped working.

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