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Carry the world with you!

Continuous coverage: 100 kHz to 1299.99995 MHz!

All mode reception: FM, Wide-FM, USB, LSB, CW, and AM!

Huge memory capacity: 1091 Channels!



MINIATURE HIGH-PERFORMANCE MONITORING STATION (VR 500, VR500)
Yaesu's years of hand-held transceiver design know-how bring you the ultra-compact Yaesu VR-500 Receiver, measuring just 58 x 24 x 95 mm (2.28" x .95" x 3.74") and weighing 220 g (less than 1/2 lb.)! Take the VR-500 anywhere you go...and stay on top of the action! 
MULTIPLE POWER SOURCE CAPABILITY (VR 500, VR500)
The Yaesu VR-500 accepts a variety of DC power sources. For everyday portable operation, use two "AA" batteries. Available as an option is the FNB-59 Ni-Cd Battery Pack, which can be recharged for maximum convenience. For operation from your car or truck, choose the E-DC-5B DC Cable with Cigar- lighter Plug. Also available are the NC-60B/C AC Adapter and the E-DC-6 DC Cable, for use with an external DC power source.
WIDE BAND MULTI-MODE FREQUENCY COVERAGE (VR 500, VR500)
Providing continuous* frequency coverage from 100 kHz through 1299.99995 MHz, the Yaesu VR-500 includes reception of narrowband FM. wideband FM (for broadcast/TV), SSB (USB/LSB), CW, and AM. 

*Cellular telephone frequencies are blocked and cannot be restored. 

VERSATILE SQUELCH/MONITOR KEY (VR 500, VR500)
Many compact receivers do not allow easy monitoring of weak signals. The Yaesu VR-500, however, includes both a manual Squelch control (on the top panel) and a pushbutton Monitor key, which allows you to "open" the Squelch and listen for weak signals near the background noise level. Whether you're listening from a noisy or quiet location, the Yaesu VR-500 has the adjustment capability you need! 
CONVENIENT "PRESET" OPERATING MODE (VR 500, VR500)
For maximum convenience in beginning an operating season, the Yaesu VR-500 includes a "PRESET" operating mode, which consists of ten pre-programmed starting frequencies, complete with appropriate listening modes and channel steps. Once you've touched a key to select a PRESET band, you may then use themain tuning knob to move around the operating band you've selected. Included in the PRESET bands are the following selections: 


Channel Number Pre-Programmable Frequency
1 0.5200 MHz (AM)
2 3.5000 MHz (LSB)
3 7.0000 MHz (LSB)
4 14.0000 MHz (USB)
5 50.0000 MHz (CW)
6 88.0000 MHz (WFM)
7 144.0000 MHz (CW)
8 430.0000 MHz (NFM)
9 1240.0000 MHz (NFM)
. Weather Channel
0 This is a special "PRESET" key which toggles through a range of Pre-Programmed Frequencies and modes.
CONVENIENCE FEATURES
point.gif (59 bytes)1 MHz Fast Steps for quick frequency excursions.
point.gif (59 bytes)Front-End 20dB attenuator
point.gif (59 bytes)RF Squelch control
point.gif (59 bytes)Power on / off timers
point.gif (59 bytes)Adjustable battery saver
point.gif (59 bytes)Extensive menu customisation
point.gif (59 bytes)Clone capability
point.gif (59 bytes)Computer Control

DIRECT KEYPAD FREQUENCY ENTRY (VR 500, VR500)
For ease of access to any operating frequency, use the front panel's 10-key keypad to enter the frequency digits directly. The Yaesu VR-500 includes automatic mode and frequency step selection, aligning with the standard band configurations in use worldwide. 
LARGE HIGH-OUTPUT SPEAKER (VR 500, VR500)
The large (32 mm) front-panel speaker provides clean, crisp audio output, whether you're listening to FM broadcast, business communications, or SSB ham radio messages! 
IDEAL FOR OUTDOOR USE (VR 500, VR500)
The Yaesu VR-500's tough polycarbonate case is designed to withstand the rigors of backpacking, camping, or other outdoor activities. 
REAL-TIME 60-CHANNEL BAND SCOPE (VR 500, VR500)
For monitoring band activity above and below your current listening frequency, the Yaesu VR-500 provides one-touch access to its 60-channel* Band Scope. The radio will sweep the band, making a note of activity on the band, so you can quickly move frequency to listen to active channels. 

* Range Maximum 6 MHz/Step 100 kHz 

FULL ILLUMINATION FOR DISPLAY AND KEYPAD (VR 500, VR500)
Operation of the Yaesu VR-500 is a pleasure, thanks to the large (18 x 37 mm) 24-character + 7 x 60 Dot Matrix display. The display and keypad's keys are illuminated, too, so you can monitor any time--day or night! 
HUGE 1091-CHANNEL MEMORY SYSTEM WITH SEARCH & SCAN (VR 500, VR500)
The Yaesu VR-500's Memory System includes a whopping 1091 total memories, with 1000 of these being "regular" memories and the balance being utilized for special features. The memories may be scanned at a rate of 12 channels per second, so you can keep up with the monitoring action. 

point.gif (59 bytes)Regular Memories (1000 Channels) The memory channels of the Yaesu VR-500 store frequency and operating mode (USB, AM, WFM, etc.), and are partitioned into ten Memory Banks, each capable of holding up to 100 channels. You may label each memory with an Alpha/Numeric "Tag" of up to eight characters each, for easy channel recognition as you operate. Within the Memory System, you can scan only "flagged" memories (Preferential Memory Scan), scan only within the current memory bank (Bank Scan), or scan just for stations on a particular mode, like NFM (Mode Scan). 

point.gif (59 bytes)Search Band Memories (10 Channels) For "VFO" scanning within user-programmed band limits, the Yaesu VR-500 provides ten such frequency pairs. The Yaesu VR-500 will search for activity at a rate of 24 channels per second, and continue to Iccp within the preset band limits until you exit this operating mode. 

point.gif (59 bytes)Preset Channel Memories (19 Channels + 10 Weather Channels) Included in the "Preset" mode are 19 "starting point" memories for operation in the Preset mode, plus a "Weather" memory slot, which allows selection of any of the standard weather broadcast channels. 

point.gif (59 bytes)Dual Watch Memories (10 Channels) The Dual Watch feature allows you to monitor two frequencies, with the Yaesu VR-500 rapidly switching between the two channels, looking for activity. The Yaesu VR-500 will haltwhen one of the channels becomes occupied, and will resume when the activity ceases.

point.gif (59 bytes)Priority Memory (1 Channel) While operating elsewhere on your Yaesu VR-500, you can designate a special "Priority" memory to be watched for activity, as with dual watch.

point.gif (59 bytes)Smart Search™ Memories (11/21/31 or 41 Channels) The Smart Search™ funcation causes the Yaesu VR-500 to sweep the band looking for channel activity. When occupied channels are found, the Yaesu VR-500 will automatically will note the frequency without stopping; thereafter, you may return to the newly memorised channel by rotating the main tuning knob. The size of the Smart Search™ memory bank may be set to 11/21/31 or 41 channels.

SPECIFICATIONS

Frequency Range: 100kHz ~ 1299.99995 MHz (Cellular Blocked)
Frequency Channel Steps: 0.05/0.1/5/6.25/9/10/12.5/15/20/25/30/50/100 kHz
Receiving Modes: NFM/WFM/AM/USB/LSB/CW
Sensitivity: 100 kHz ~ 5MHz,  AM 1.5 uV (10 dB S/N), SSB/CW 0.6uV (10 dB S/N)
5 MHz ~ 160 MHz, AM 1.0 uV (10 dB S/N), SSB/CW 0.5 uV (10 dB S/N), NFM 0.5uV (12 dB SINAD), WFM 1.5uV (12 dB SINAD) 
160 MHz ~ 370 MHz, AM 1.0 uV (10 dB SINAD), SSB/CW 0.5 uV (10 dB S/N), NFM 0.5 uV (12 dB SINAD), WFM 1.5 uV (12 dB SINAD)
370 MHz ~ 520 MHz, SSB 0.5 uV (10 dB S/N), NFM 0.5uV (12 dB SINAD), WFM 1.8 uV (12 dB SINAD)
520 MHz ~ 1300 MHz, SSB 0.5uV (10 dB S/N), NFM 1.2 uV (12 dB SINAD), WFM 3.0 uV (12 dB SINAD)
Current Drain: 115 mA (at 60mW audio 8 Ohms)
15 mA (1:4 battery Save On)
55 mA (Squelched, Save Off)
Battery Voltage: 2.2 ~ 3.5 VDC (nominal 3V)
Battery Size: AA
External DC Voltage: 9.0 ~ 13.8 VDC (negative ground)
Operating Temperature Range: -10oC ~ +50oC
Antenna Impedance: 50 Ohms
Antenna Connector Type: BNC
Speaker Impedance: 8 Ohms
Audio Output Power: 90mW (Internal Batteries)
125mW (External DC)
Case Size: 58 (W) x 95 (H) x 24 (D) mm (2.3 x 3.7 x 0.9 ins) w/o antenna/knobs
Weight: 220g (including antenna/battery)