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Picture of Setting up a VX-6 ham radio for the beginner
Materials:
Amateur Radio License (required to legally operate the radio)
Yaesu VX-6 radio
These Instructions

Time: 2-5 minutes

Programming and using a Yaesu VX-6 handheld can be a complex task as the radio is almost entirely menu driven. These instructions will cover three of the main tasks to operate the radio: selecting a frequency, setting the repeater tone, and saving to memory.

Image from page 1 of the Yaesu VX-6R Operating Manual.
Copyright 2007 by Vertex Standard Co.

Step 1: Selecting a frequency

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Power on the radio by pressing and holding the power button on the center left. The Unit will turn on and display the battery voltage. The battery is fully charged at 8.3 volts and fully discharged at 7.3 volts.


Image from page 12 of the Yaesu VX-6R Operating Manual.
Copyright 2007 by Vertex Standard Co.

Step 2:

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If the main display shows letters as well as numbers, press the V/M button on the lower right side of the keypad to switch manual entry (VFO) mode. See first image

The VX-6 has two main modes of operation: manual entry (VFO) and memory. In VFO mode frequencies can be entered directly and are displayed onscreen whereas memory mode can only scroll among the saved objects with the lower top knob.


Image from page 1 of the Yaesu VX-6R Operating Manual.
Copyright 2007 by Vertex Standard Co.

Step 3:

Type in the desired frequency on the keypad.

Step 4: Setting The Repeater Tone (Optional)

Some amateur radio repeaters require a special tone to use while others do not. If you are using simplex or a repeater that does not require a tone than you can skip this step.

Step 5: Setting The Repeater Tone

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Pres the red F/W then the Mode (SQ TYP) button to enable selection of the CTCSS mode.

Image from page 22 of the Yaesu VX-6R Operating Manual.
Copyright 2007 by Vertex Standard Co.

Step 6:

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Rotate the dial on the top right of the radio until "TONE" appears on the display. This activates the CTCSS encoder for repeaters that require a tone.

Image from page 12 of the Yaesu VX-6R Operating Manual.
Copyright 2007 by Vertex Standard Co.
 
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