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Yaesu Vertex VXA-220 Pro VI Air Band Aviation Transceiver

The Vertex VXA 220 Air Band Transceiver Pro VI is designed to transmit and receive important communications from the International Aircraft Communication Band and the "NAV" band. The transceiver is rugged and compact, making it ideal for carrying on any aircraft. The VXA 220 boasts a submersible aluminum body that can withstand as much as 3 feet of water for up to 3 minutes for improved safety and operation in any weather conditions. The transceiver is capable of saving up to 250 memory channels and is built with pilots in mind.

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Overall Rating for Yaesu Vertex VXA-220 Pro VI Air Band Aviation Transceiver
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50% Recommend this product (2 of 4 responses)
By Al
December 24, 2012
Yaesu Vertex VXA-200 Pro Air
Great transciver !!,and a Great Deal,and Service.
By Zack
North Carolina
August 3, 2012
Great radio for the price
Bought the radio to eventually use as a backup/emergency radio. Decent size and weight. Great audio. I use to weather alert function around the house and it works great.
By Pete
Albuquerque, NM
February 16, 2011
Don't go cheap
My unit has a maddening gremlin in it: sometimes it does not want to turn on. Or, rather, it turns on fine, but it's completely mute, not even the key beep. Nothing helps, not even getting the battery out. The only thing I can do is to leave it alone for a day or two and then it comes around and works fine. This happens very rarely, but because of it I cannot be depend on the radio. I just carry it around for emergencies now. The radio seems like a quality unit otherwise. I'm pretty sure it's a software issue.
Pros- Not unduly heavy and bulky like Sporty's. - Takes AA batteries with adapter I got at Skygeek.
ConsReliability problem.
By Dan
August 12, 2010
Nice handheld
For the money, it's a nice unit. I'm a line mechanic for a regional airline, and it has proven to be very useful for communication when I need to talk to flight crews in the air or on the ground. I've even talked to them when they were more than 30 miles out! It's also been quite durable, considering I keep it in the console of my work van and it gets banged around quite a bit.

Yaesu Vertex VXA-220 Pro VI Air Band Aviation Transceiver
Rugged and Submersible Construction (3 feet / 1 m for 30 minutes): The VXA-220 is built inside a rugged Aluminum case, carefully sealed to protect against water ingress. Built to survive immersion in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of three feet, VXA-220 can keep you communicating even if it gets wet due to severe weather or unforeseen water landings.

Loud Audio (700 mW): Ideal for reception in noisy environments, high-powered audio of the VXA-220 is coupled to a large internal speaker, assuring solid copy throughout difficult and noisy conditions.

5-Watts TX Output Power (at 7.2 V. 5 W P.E.P typ., 1.5 W carrier): For reliable communications over difficult communications paths, the VXA-220 provides 5 Watts (PEP) of transmitter power (1.5 W carrier). With its excellent audio clarity, the VXA-220’s transmitter will get your message through.

250 Memory Channels (Incl. Pre-Programmed Book Memory Channels): The 150 regular memory channels and 100 pre-programmed “Book” memory channels can store just about any commonly-used operating frequencies that you choose. The memories may also be labeled with an Alpha-numeric title of up to 8 characters, for easy recognition.

8 Character Alpha Numeric Display: Providing an Alphanumeric Channel Label of up to 8 characters, the LCD display also provides convenient operating function icons to provide instant recognition of radio statuses.

Back-lit Keypad and Display with Dimmer: For quick access to operating frequencies, simply enter the frequency information directly from the 17 button keypad, then press the “Push To Talk” (PTT) button to transmit. There is no need to store frequencies in memory before operating.

NOAA Weather Channel Receive (U.S.A. Only): The VXA-220 can receive all 10 NOAA weather broadcast frequencies. The Automatic Active Weather Channel Locator (a Vertex Standard exclusive) automatically scans for active NOAA weather stations in your area when WX band is selected.

NWR (NOAA Weather Radio) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from a nearby National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day.

Working with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System, NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network, making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards  including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 telephone outages).

Known as the "Voice of NOAA's National Weather Service," NWR is provided as a public service by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the Department of Commerce. NWR includes more than 940 transmitters, covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Territories. NWR requires a special radio receiver or scanner capable of picking up the signal. Broadcasts are found in the VHF public service band at these seven frequencies (MHz):

162.400 162.425 162.450 162.475 162.500 162.525 162.550

NOAA Weather Alert (U.S.A. Only):The VXA-220 includes a special feature that sounds an alarm when the special "Severe Weather" alert tone is received from a Weather Broadcast station. This warns you of potentially hazardous flying conditions.

RX Battery Saver: This feature is designed to maximize the life of the transceiver’s battery. When the VXA-220 is in the standby mode the battery saver de-energizes the transceiver’s circuitry, waking it up at user-selected intervals to sample for radioactivity. If no activity is detected the Pilot goes back into its sleep mode. Current consumption is minimized, thereby maximizing battery life. This feature is only found on Vertex Standard Airband transceivers.

One Touch Emergency Frequency (121.5 MHz) Access: For lightning-fast access to the 121.5 MHz Emergency Frequency, a dedicated key on the front panel assures you of no delays in summoning help in an emergency.

Other Features

  • VOX Operation (Voice Activated Transmit/Receive switching)
  • Automatic Noise Limiter
  • One-Touch Squelch (Monitor) Control
  • External DC Jack (12V)
  • 8.33 or 25 kHz Channel Steps
  • Stop Watch and Count Down Timers
  • Easy-to use Menu System for Custom Configuration
  • PC Programmable (Requires programming cable CT-29+CT-97 and software CE88)
Frequency range: TX: 118.000 - 136.975 MHz

RX: 108.000 - 136.975 MHz; Weather Channels (WX-01 - WX-10: USA version only)
Channel Spacing: 25 kHz / 8.33 kHz (RX only)
Emission Type: TX: AM;

RX: AM & FM (FM: for receiving the Weather Channels, USA version only)
Current Consumption: 250 µA (power off), 35mA (battery saver on, saver ratio 1:5), 60mA (squelch on), 200 mA (receive), 850 mA (transmit 1.5 W Carrier)
Supply Voltage: 6.0-15.0 V DC
Temperature Range: +14° F to +140° F (-10° C to +60° C)
Case Size (WxHxD): 2.36" x 4.9" x 1.2" (60 x 104 x 30.5 mm) w/o Knob & Antenna
Weight (approx.): 12.7 oz (360 g) with FNB-83, antenna, and belt clip

Circuit Type: Double-conversion Superheterodyne
Ifs: 47.25 MHz & 450kHz
Sensitivity: AM: Better than 0.8 µV (for 6 dB S/N with 1 kHz, 30% modulation) FM; Better than 0.4 µV (for 12 dB SINAD)
Selectivity: More than 8 kHz/-6 dB
Adjacent CH. Selectivity: Less than 25 kHz/-60 dB
AF Output (internal speaker): 0.7 W @ 16 Ohms, 10% THD

Power Output: 5.0 W (PEP), 1.5 W (Carrier Power) @ 7.2 V DC
Frequency Stability: Better than ±10 ppm (+14° F to +140° F, -10° C to +60° C)
Modulation System: Low Level Amplitude Modulation
Spurious Emission: >60 dB below carrier
Int. Microphone Type: Condenser
Ext. Mic. Impedance: 150 Ohms
* Specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.
In The Box
  • *Vertex PN: FBA-25A Alkaline Battery Case (6 AAs)
  • *Vertex PN: E-DC-5B DC Charger w/ Noise Filter
  • Vertex PN: FNB-83 Ni-MH Battery (7.2V, 1400mAh)
  • In the options drop down menu near the add to cart button please choose either the 110Volt AC or 220Volt AC charger type.
    • Vertex PN: NC-88B 110VAC Overnight Charger, B Type Plug (choose 110 Volt AC charger type option)
    • Vertex PN: NC-88C 220VAC Overnight Charger, C Type Plug (choose 220 Volt AC charger type option)
  • Vertex PN: CD-32 Charger Cradle
  • Vertex PN: ATV-10 Helical Antenna
  • Vertex PN: CT-96 Headset Cable
  • Vertex PN: CN-3 Antenna Adapter, SMA to BNC
  • Vertex Standard VXA-220 Operating Manual

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