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Vertex VX-500

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WI3EMT

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I was recently donated five of these from my shop guy. I haven't been able to find anything out about them on the internet , except that they are most likely wideband only. Still makes for a good ham portable !
Does anyone know anything about these ? I don't even think Vertex provides support for the software anymore , but I could be mistaken . They seem like a very rugged unit , with the cast metal case.
 

WISCOMM

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Looks like that is DOS only software. Programming Software VX-500 Dos (11 Apr 2012 Zip File 60KB)

Send me a DM for more info.

I think the problem you are going to have is batteries, this normally runs more then the radios are worth.

Craig
 

WI3EMT

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Wow . . . I dug through the FCC Database and found that traffic I heard was from a local contrasctor , Nikolay Transport. They're only liscensed one frequency , so I have no idea what the other 15 are .
I sent a PM.
 

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The VX-510 replaced the VX-500, but the battery packs can be used on these too.
CE-6 will work on some PC with Windows XP, I'm using XP Pro
This is Wideband radio only
VHF LA = 29.7 - 38 MHz
VHF LB = 38 - 50 MHz
VHF A = 134 - 150 MHz
VHF C = 146 - 174 MHz
UHF A = 400 - 420 MHz
UHF D = 450 - 470 MHz
 

WI3EMT

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VSTech , Thanks. I have confirmed that they are of the VHF C bandsplit, and the batteries are in pretty good condition , especially considering their age. THe pickle will be finding software since I'm fairly sure Vertex doesn't support it anymore , and if a USB programming cable will play nicely with the software .
 

WI3EMT

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I am lacking a DOS box , laptop on Linux , laptop on XP , storage tower on 7 Ultimate.
I don't know if it would play in the XP " Command Prompt."
 

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Just how old ARE these things ?
My employer bought several of them new in the mid to late 90's, and I carried one full time for a couple years during that period. Rock solid radios. The only bad thing about them is eventually the rubber cover over the volume knob wears off, but that Is just cosmetic, and doesn't affect the performance.

Good luck.
 

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VS , Thanks . In the coming months , I'll either pick up a cable from that auction site , or borrow one from my shop guy . I'll let everyone know if it works in XP .
 
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