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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Sun 9th May 2021, 19:03
    I suspect you may have been a victim of "you get what you pay for" by purchasing something based on the price. No offense intended, but there are quality solutions out there that could work for you. Don't ditch the VX-6R just yet. It's head and shoulders over any Baofeng in terms of quality and reliability. Another possible solution for you would be the HTH headset from Heil Sound. This is a single or double sided lightweight headset that is made in specific models for most current HTs. For the VX-6R you would have to purchase the headset AND an adapter to connect it to the screw-in port of the VX-6R. I can recommend this headset fully. I've used one with a couple of different Yaesu HTs and it works superbly. It is an over-the-head type headset and might not be comfortable with a helmet. https://heilhamradio.com/products/handie-talkie-headset-hth/
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  • Neil H's Avatar
    Sun 9th May 2021, 08:07
    Thanks for having a go anyhow. I'll send the kits back I think and look for another radio, or go back to the Baofeng. Working accessories but they have just been so unreliable for us.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Sat 8th May 2021, 23:34
    The VX-6 is a waterproof radio. To maintain the watertight integrity when an external microphone or headset is attached, the connector has to be screwed down tight into the socket on the top of the radio, hence the threads and O-ring on the connector. If the connector isn't seated all the way (just pushed into the socket) it won't make a proper connection and and won't transmit when the PTT is pushed. I did some experimentation on my Yaesu FT-270R, which requires the same type of connectors and determined it won't work unless screwed in completely. You have the proper connector on your headset so if you're screwing it in fully, then something else is wrong.
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  • Neil H's Avatar
    Sat 8th May 2021, 12:15
    This should be the picture.. not sure if this is working?
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  • Neil H's Avatar
    Sat 8th May 2021, 09:49
    They transmit fine without the kit attached on the frequency I'm testing it on, 144.060 and no ERROR message. The VX-6E has limited frequencies and I do get an ERROR on the screen if I go outside of them and try to transmit. It's a thought though, as I said in the other reply with the flash of the bars it's like they are about to work and something shuts it down.
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  • Neil H's Avatar
    Sat 8th May 2021, 09:38
    Got called away there hopefully I've not missed you. Here is a picture of the plug on the hands-free kit with some pictures from inside the socket and a schematic of the connections. I took the first radio apart and spent some time with a little USB microscope looking for damage and confirming that all the connections were seating properly but could find no issue. On the bottom of the VX-6 screen is a set of bars that light up when you transmit or receive. There is a LED that lights green or red also. When I plug in the handsfree kit and push the PTT those bars flash on for a split second, the LED does not but the bars do, that's why I spent so long investigating the connections. Or it's like it was about to work but something shut it down.
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  • 2E0FVL's Avatar
    Sat 8th May 2021, 07:44
    If your on Air Band Frequencies then you maybe get an ERROR msg on the screen. Bearing in mind you have an FM radio and Air Band is AM, which most Yaesu radio's will RX but NOT TX.
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  • K6CPO's Avatar
    Fri 7th May 2021, 20:14
    I have a theory, but to confirm it, I'd need to see a picture of the plug on the hands free set that plugs into the radio. If you have a link to the kind of hand-free device you're using that shows the plug or can take a picture of it yourself and post it, I might be able to sort out your issue.
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  • Neil H's Avatar
    Fri 7th May 2021, 16:31
    I bought a used Yaesu VX-6E, in good condition. Waterproof, shockproof, lightweight and I found the accessories I need available for this model. I fly a paraglider and use these radios for that. I bought a hands-free kit, PTT mic and headphones. 20, not Yaesu, they don't make one but it seemed well made. I'd been using the Baofeng radios before but they kept failing in various ways and this radio and hands-free kit felt far more robust. But when I plugged the Handsfree kit in it did not work. The headphones worked but the PTT did nothing, a transmit bar flashed for a split second and then nothing, no mic, no PTT. I spent hours poring over the manual trying different things but nothing made any difference. I asked the vendor of the hands-free kit but they didn't know why it was not working, the kit is specifically for the VX-6, Vx-7. So I bought another one from a different seller. This one was exactly the same. headphones but no PTT or mic. So I thought it must be the radio. So I bought another VX-6E,...
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  • essexham's Avatar
    Wed 28th Apr 2021, 15:03
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  • 5B4AJB's Avatar
    Thu 22nd Apr 2021, 11:12
    Installing the program twice would be a solution, on two screens. You'll have to play around and see if you can run two sdr's in one screen...
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  • camerart's Avatar
    Thu 22nd Apr 2021, 11:09
    Hi, Using SDR-CONSOLE, with more than one dongle, is it possible to have more than one screen working with a water fall in parallel? Cheers Camerart
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  • M0TZO's Avatar
    Sun 18th Apr 2021, 13:54
    Please let me know below if need a callsign update. Paul M0TZO
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  • M0TZO's Avatar
    Sun 18th Apr 2021, 13:52
    M0TZO replied to a thread Username Change in Username Changes
    Done both above. Please use new callsign when logging in.
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  • M0TZO's Avatar
    Sun 18th Apr 2021, 00:36
    M0TZO replied to a thread Username Change in Username Changes
    Sorry, I missed these, will sort in next few days.
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