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Discussion in 'Ham Equipment' started by towerdog, May 2, 2011.

  1. towerdog

    towerdog one-niner-seven

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    Vertex Standard VX-1700 HF radio VX1700 transceiver | eBay

    Isnt vertex one of those hong kong companies like FDC, Weirwei, Woxun and similar?



    It be interesting to see what areas this radio lacks or gains in quality and features, but for the price of $700 I'll stick with used KenYaeIcom for now.
     
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  2. IMD262

    IMD262 Well-Known Member

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    Vertex Standard = Yaesu

    Vertex Standard is the parent company,Yaesu is the amateur radio division.
     
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  3. towerdog

    towerdog one-niner-seven

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    so what is the difference,
    yaesu=clip a diode or solder a jumper pad
    vertex=freeband out the box?
     
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  4. Wire Weasel

    Wire Weasel Senior Moment

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    All the features and language is marine speak. Being marketed as a Marine HF rig.

    So what's the Army going to talk on?

    No silly, Marine as in Maritime, shipping, boating. Big CB for your rowboat.
     
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  5. VA3ES

    VA3ES Old Buzzard

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    Vertex Standard VX-1700 HF radio is simply Vertex (Yaesu) commercial HF rig. Channelized. Channels installed depends on the service. Normally dealer programmed, but can be user programmed. Marine Mobile, Diplomatic service, Mining, Forestry, Military contractors, etc., etc. Anyone who needs a professional commercial rig.
     
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  7. VA3ES

    VA3ES Old Buzzard

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    Vertex has a factory in China, and a lot of Chinese product is "gray market" out the back door of the factory. At $662.50, plus 105.50 shipping, that will probably land at your door for about $768.00. The Chinese fudge their customs forms. I received my Chinese radios right to the door, bypassing any customs for exactly the price I paid.
     
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  8. towerdog

    towerdog one-niner-seven

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    counterfeit is a poor term to describe electronic goods, the word unauthorized would be better fitting considering such goods are often made by the same people on the same tooling as the legitimate product. A factory in hong kong normally runs 2 shifts making electronic goods, but they also often have a 3rd shift that works in secrecy. Some of the components may be substituted, some things may lack, some things may be extra but overall there aint much difference between an unauthorized product and a real one.

    the corporations also like to call goods intended for a different region counterfeit but the difference is total horseshit.

    you might could consider the chinese electronics sold under no name or name nobody ever heard of, that have little or no resemblance to products sold in the west, counterfeit goods. The dont bother to pay patent royalties, or give a hoot about a software patent or copyright.
     
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  9. CollinsMan

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    I've got one of these

    Hi,

    I bought a Vertex Standard VX 1700 back when they came out in 2006-07. It is a very nice radio with very good specifications that are better than most "Ham" rigs. These radios are mostly sold to third-world users, with a few making it into the USA. This being said, they are simple yet very good units. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one if I needed one. Strangely enough, mine was made in Japan. However the microphone was made in China as are the ones on several of my other Yaesu-type radios.

    Just my 2c. If you would like to know anything else about these units or set up a schedule to talk to me on HF to see what one sounds like, I'd be happy to accommodate.

    Sincerely,

    Steve/AC5CH
     
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  10. CollinsMan

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    Mod for VX 1700

    The modification is also easy for the 1700. It involves a plug with two shorted pins. I'll post more when I get back home to my computer, there. I think the range is 1.6-30 MHz TX&RX if I remember right.
     
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  11. CollinsMan

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    VX 1700 VFO Enable Instructions

    Here's how it's done...
     

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  12. juneauto1

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    want to DIY the plug for the data jack. what pins need to be connected. where can i get the FSW001VER 1_02_USA firmware file.
     
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    I found the FSW001VER 1_02_USA firmware update for VFO enable. this program wont connect to the radio, I am using a serial CT62 cable.
     
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  14. juneauto1

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    VX-1700 CX-11 dongle

    looking for pin out jumpers for the data jack to enable VFO on vertex VX-1700
     
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