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Yaesu Vertex VXA-710 Spirit Air Band Transceiver Nav/Com

When you hear the name "Vertex Standard," you know you're getting a solid, ruggedly constructed piece of equipment stacked with a multitude of outstanding features. SkyGeek offers the Vertex Standard VXA 710 for the lowest price around, so a pilot on any budget can afford a safe and superior transceiver. In addition to standard features like communication through both the International Aircraft Communication Band and the "NAV" band, NOAA Weather Channel monitoring, and an 8 character Alpha / Numeric display, the Vertex VXA 710 provides Temperature Display and a submersible design that withstands water for up to half an hour in three feet of water. This is just a sampling of the revolutionary features provided by the Vertex Standard VXA 710.

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Each Vertex Standard VXA 710 comes equipped with a Lithium Ion battery and battery charger, antenna, headset cable, antenna adapter (SMA to BNC) and Vertex Standard operating manual.

NOTE: The VXA-710's VOR and CDI Navigation features are supplemental aids to navigation only, and are not intended to be a substitute for accurate (primary) VOR/CDI or landing service equipment.

Air Band Operation, VOR Navigation, FM Broadcast. and US BRS Band Receiption included: The multiple capabilities of the VXA-710 Spirit yield unmatched operating and monitoring opportunities for the owner on the go! Besides full voice transmit and receive operation on the Air Band, the VXA-710 Spirit also provides extensive VOR and CDI Navigation tools, along with convenient reception of the FM Broadcast band during down time. And you get the additional monitoring excitement afforded by receiver coverage of the Business Radio Service The multiple capabilities of the VXA-710 Spirit yield unmatched operating and monitoring opportunities for the owner on the go! Besides full voice transmit and receive operation on the Air Band, the VXA-710 Spirit also provides extensive VOR and CDI Navigation tools, along with convenient reception of the FM Broadcast band during down time. And you get the additional monitoring excitement afforded by receiver coverage of the Business Radio Service (BRS) band, a Vertex exclusive!

160 Memory Channels (Incl. Pre-programmed "Book" Memories): The extensive Memory system of the VXA-710 includes 70 “Main” memories, plus ninety preprogrammed “Book” memories, for quick and easy recall of often-used frequencies. The memories may be labeled with a title, for quick recognition.

Submersible (IPX7): The VXA-710's case, speaker enclosure, and controls are carefully sealed against water ingress, allowing the transceiver to be specified for protection against water ingress per IPX7 specifications (immersion to 3 feet/1 m for 30 minutes). So you need not fear using your VXA-710 during severe weather.

Rugged Magnesium Die-Cast Construction: The unmatched ruggedness of the VXA-710 is coupled with ultra-light weight, thanks to the die-cast magnesium case and chassis construction. Rubber bumpers on the bottom corners of the case protect it against damage from every-day bumps and scrapes.

Supplied Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery: The VXA-710 is supplied with a super-long-life 7.4 V, 1400 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (FNB-80LI), providing many hours of operation and reliable charging without the “memory” effects that can plague other battery types. With the optional CD-15A Charging Stand and NC-72B/C AC Adapter, the FNB-80LI may be charged in as little as 2.5 hours, so you'll quickly be ready for more operating action! And the optional FBA-23 Alkaline Battery Case will accept two “AA” batteries (not supplied) for low power emergency operation. The VXA-710's EXT DC jack will also accept 12 Volts from the NC-72B/C directly (RX only), or from an external power supply.

Receive Battery Saver: This feature helps maximize battery life by deenergizing the receiver section during periods of no activity, waking the receiver up at user-selected intervals to sample for channel activity. If no activity is detected, the Spirit goes back into its “sleep” mode. Current consumption is significantly reduced, thereby maximizing battery life. This feature is only found on Vertex Standard Airband Transceivers.

Multi-Color Strobe LED Status Indicator: Among the more innovative features introduced in the VXA-710 is the full-color Strobe LED, which provides indication of a number of transceiver status items using different colors. Different colors may be selected for each of the above conditions, and a total of 256 color shades are available, for customizing the colors just the way you like them.

Dot Matrix Display: No Airband hand-held transceiver has a display that even compares to the VXA-710's 132 x 64 dot matrix display. Providing clear, easy-to-read indication of frequency and Navigation data alike, the VXA-710's display includes an unparalleled array of graphical and pictorial tools that make operation a breeze.

NOAA Weather Channels (U.S.A. Only): The Spirit 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.

NOAA “Severe Weather” Alert (U.S.A. Only): The VXA-710 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 life-threatening flying conditions.

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

Backlit Keypad and Display with Dimmer: The front panel's keypad and LCD are illuminated in Vertex Standard's renowned Omni-Glow™ amber hue, for excellent visibility and minimal impact on your night vision. The Omni-Glow™ display/key illumination may be configured in a number of battery-saving ways. Both Brightness and Contrast are adjustable. You can set the illumination to appear continuously, or only for a few seconds after a key is pressed. You can even turn the “Busy” Strobe off, for additional battery conservation.

One Touch Emergency Frequency 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.

PC Programmable: The channel configurations can be easily re-programmed in minutes using the optional PC Programming cable (CT-29+CT-97), software (CE75) and your PC. As your operating needs change, you can quickly reprogram your Spirit with the important frequency data you need.

Frequency range: TX: 118.000 - 136.975 MHz (COM Band)
RX:   88.000 - 108.000 MHz (FM BC Band)
       108.000 - 117.975 MHz (NAV Band)
       118.000 - 136.975 MHz (COM Band)
     151.5125 - 158.400MHz (BRS Channels)
Weather Channels: (WX-01 - WX-10: USA version only)
Channel Spacing: 5/10/12.5/15/20/25/50/100 kHz
Emission Type: TX: AM
Current Consumption: 250 µA (power off)
35 mA (Battery saver on, saver ratio 1:5)
60 mA (Squelch on)
180 mA (Receive)
0.8 A (Transmit AM: 1.5 W Carrier @ 7.4V)
180 mA (Receive)
0.4 A (Transmit AM: 0.3 W Carrier @ 4.5V)
Supply Voltage: 4.5 - 15.0 V DC
Temperature Range: -22° F to +140° F (-30° C to +60° C)
Case Size (WxHxD): 2.36" x 3.78" x 1.12" (w/FNB-80LI) (60 x 96 x 28.5 mm)
Weight (approx.): 9.9 oz (280 g) with FNB-80LI and antenna

Circuit Type: Double-conversion Superheterodyne
Ifs: 35.4 MHz & 450 kHz (AM / NFM)
45.65 MHz & 10.7 MHz (WFM)
Sensitivity: 88-108 MHz: < 2 µV (for 12 dB SINAD with 1 kHz tone @ 22.5 kHz deviation)
108 MHz-136.975 MHz: < 1 µV (for 6 dB S/N with 1 kHz tone @ 30 % modulation)
BRS-01-BRS-21: < 0.32 µV (for 12 dB S/N with 1 kHz tone @ 3.5 kHz deviation)
WX-01 - WX-10: < 0.4 µV (for 12 dB S/N with 1 kHz tone @ 3.5 kHz deviation)
Selectivity: AM/FM: < 8 kHz//6 dB
WFM: < 200 kHz//6 dB
Adjacent CH. Selectivity: AM/FM: > 25 kHz//60 dB
WFM: > 300 kHz//20 dB
AF Output (internal speaker): 0.4W @ 8 Ohms, 10 % THD @13.8 V

Power Output: 118 MHz-136.975 MHz
AM: 5.0 W (PEP)
1.5 W (Carrier Power) @ 7.4 V
Frequency Stability: Better than -2.5 ppm (-22° F to +140° F, -30° C to +60° C)
Modulation System: AM: Low Level 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:FNB-80LI Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2v 1400mAh)
  • Vertex PN:NC-72B Battery Charger for use for use with 117 VAC 12-Hour Charger*
  • Vertex PN:ATV-9 Helical Antenna
  • Vertex PN:CT-96 Headset Cable
  • Vertex PN:CN-3 Antenna Adapter, SMA to BNC
  • Vertex Standard VX-710 Operating Manual
  • *If you live in a 220v dominant country the Vertex Standard PN: NC-72C Battery Charger will need to be purchased separately.

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