If the firmware in the VX-8R was user-updatable like many other radios. Apparently, that's not the case.It's a firmware update with added features that should be free of charge to download and update from your home PC.
Or wait for Kenwood's TH-D7 replacement that's expected to be out next May. It very likely will have a built-in GPS receiver in addition to APRS capabilities.I'm contemplating getting a VX8R but now I'll wait and see if this update is standard soon.
It appears that Universal is selling them as two different radios.It's a firmware update with added features that should be free of charge to download and update from your home PC. This new update will likely be included in future units for no extra charge. I'm contemplating getting a VX8R but now I'll wait and see if this update is standard soon.
HamHUD - SmartBeaconing™
SmartBeaconing is already being utilized in the Kenwood TM-D710.
I have "heard" that they do, but I have not observed that for myself. I have also "heard" that if the radio is in use for a while, the internal heat will cause an air pressure increase inside the radio, it is water proof, and cause the microphone audio to be muffled. One resolution mentioned was that opening one of the rubber caps over the external power or external speaker will relieve that pressure and restore the microphone audio quality.Does Yaesu still put that piece of waterproof film over the "speaker" like they did on the VX6? that would "muffle" the modulation??...Are you getting good reports about your modulation on the VX8R...I have the FT50, it does not have that film over the speaker but its not wanting to turn on with the little rubber button lately due to wear so i thought about purchasing the VX8r....Thanks