I by no means take credit for all the information in here.
Nor do I accept any responsibility for it's accuracy.
Furthermore I accept no responsibility for what you do (or don't do) with the information.
With all that in mind here is my attempt at a VX-5 FAQ.
Q. What is a VX-5 (the 'R' is optional)
Q. How does the VX-5 compare to the VX-1?
Q. How do I tune the calling frequency on 6m? (52.525)
Q. Are there mods for it yet?
Q. Is there computer software available?
Q. Will I need a cable?
Q. Where do I get the accessory connector.
Q. Where can I get A "Good" SMA - BNC Adapter?.
Q. Is there really a 'Lion' inside my radio?.
Q. Where can I find out more?
What is a VX-5 (the 'R' is optional)
It's a small black box with magic inside. It should be respected and feared. (come on, you know what one is)
How does the VX-5 compare to the VX-1?
It doesn't! They are completely different radios.
Excluding the 6m transmit the closest comparison would be the Yaesu FT-50.
How do I tune the calling frequency on 6m? (52.525)
As you have discovered the 5 KHz step is not available in 6m. The solution is to change to 12.5 or 25 KHz and then tune it.
Do a little math and you can get anywhere you want.
Are there mods for it yet?
Yes! both hardware and software.
for information how and what is gained.
Is there computer software available?
As of 25 Feb 99 No. I spoke to RT Systems (makers of the ADMS Software) on Mon 18 Jan 99 and they said ADMS-1E is not available yet and could only say it would be "Soon".
However there is a free program called EVE that can be downloaded from here:
Will I need a cable?
Yes unfortunately the IR interface was not included in this version.
You have several alternatives at this point:
Note: Everything except 'waiting', requires downloading EVE.
- You can wait for ADMS-1E
- You can buy a copy of ADMS-1D, download EVE, use it now, and upgrade to ADMS-1E later. For a charge of $20.00
- You can modify another ADMS-xx Cable to be used.
All the ADMS cables have the same hardware inside. The only difference is the Radio connector. Only two wires are used. Data and Ground.
For VX-5 Connector pin-outs.
Connector for 8000 series radios...
- O  O
- Brown Clone/Data wire====> O  O
- O O <======White/Gnd
- You can buy a third party (forth really at this point) Programing cable.
Here is a Nice one:
- You can make your own cable from scratch.
here is the schematic:
This is for the VX-1 but they are exactly the same.
It's been reported that changing R4 122k to 10k was needed.
Keep this in mind when building it.
Where do I get the accessory connector.
You can order one from Tower Electronics - Orders 1-800-662-3422 Tech Info 1-920-435-3359 Fax Line 1-920-435-2980 Email KB9AMM@juno.com
They are a straight, molded, pre wired connector with about 20 inches of 4 conductor wire and cost about $8
or (A much better idea)
Go to your local 'Candy' (Amateur Radio Supply) Store, Buy the Yaesu CT-27 Cloning cable, Cut it in half and you have two for $10.
If you only need it for cloning/programing you can use a 3 conductor 1/8" plug. Connect Data to the center ring and Ground to the Sleve (farthest from the tip)
Where can I get A "Good" SMA - BNC Adapter?
SMA male to BNC female adapter. Imported by Aim Electronics of Sunrise, FL. and stocked by Gateway Electronics (http://www.gatewayelex.com). Aim's stock number: 29-3855P. Gateway price: $4.20.
Is there really a 'Lion' inside my radio?
'Lion' is a common contraction for 'Lithium Ion' (Li-Ion) The type of Battery in the VX-5.
To find out everything you want to know about Li-Ion batteries look here:
Where can I find out more?
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