VR 120D | Yaesu

Yaesu » VR-120D

Pocket-size scanner, receiving frequency range 0.1-1300 MHz in AM and FM mode. It features a frequency-finder function to directly detects the presence of a nearby signal. Ideated in Japan, year of introduction 2001.

Reference market : ham-radio

General :
Frequency coverage [1] 0.1000 ~ 1300.0000 MHz
Modulation mode AM / FM / WFM
Tuning step 5 / 6.25 / 9 / 10 / 12.5 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 50 / 100 KHz
Receiver :
Sensitivity AM 1.5 uV (0.2~5 MHz, 10dB S/N)
0.6 uV (5~370 MHz, 10dB S/N)
FM 0.3 uV (5~520 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.7 uV (520~1300 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
WFM 0.9 uV (5~160 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.6 uV (160~370 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
1.0 uV (370~520 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
3.0 uV (520~1300 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
Selectivity AM 16 KHz (-6dB)
FM 16 KHz (-6dB)
WFM 200 KHz (-6dB)
Features :
Memory 640 regular memories in 10 banks
Display 1 KHz frequency resolution
Segment-bar signal meter
Antenna BNC 50Ω connector
Power supply 2.2 ~ 3.5V battery, 3V nominal (2 x AA)
5.5 ~ 10 VDC external
Power consumption 95 mA typ
55 mA squelch on, battery save function off
15 mA squelch on, battery save function on
Audio power > 60 mW
Audio output Jack 3.5 mm
Mechanical and environmental data :
Dimensions 59 (W) x 85 (H) x 26 (D) mm, without antenna
Weight 195g with battery and antenna

[1] Cellular blocked in the US

Description :

The VR-120D is a compact scanner for listening to AM and FM modes only. It includes the dual-watch function for alternate double listening (not simultaneous), the smart-search option for searching and storing frequencies where activity is detected in the band in use, one-touch-memory (OTM) for a fast recall of 4 favorite stations by pressing a single button. It also has a channel-counter function to measure the frequency of a nearby transmitter operating within a 50 MHz band compared to the one set. 640 memory locations that can be divided into 10 banks. Multiple search options: between band limits, within the memories, with autostoring. Other features: RF attenuator, over the antenna with a flexible stylus there is a ferrite antenna to improve the medium waves reception, to safeguard the batteries can be activated the power-save function, 24 menu items to customize settings.

Performance and practical notes :

This radio is light and reliable with, more, contained power consumption. Thus meets the requirements of those who seek an essential scanner, convenient to take with you, directed to listen to FM broadcasters and PMR channels. The availability of only a few buttons for managing commands, with menu passages for certain functions, requires a minimum of familiarity with the control logic, after which it proves to be relatively simple even for less experienced users. Peculiar element in this Yaesu is the channel-counter function, it is not a true frequency meter with which to identify where transmits an station to which it is next but offers a utility that if well used makes the listening action as an alternative to the more classic frequency scanning.

The sensitivity is good and roughly constant within the tuning range where the receiver is mainly used between 100~500 MHz. The tuning step at 8.333 KHz is missing, as required by the VHF aeronautical service, although it does not create inconveniences in practice because of the bandwidth in the AM mode which compensates for the modest frequency displacements from the nominal value of the radio channel.

Valuation :

Dynamic range
Spurious response
Signal functions
Control functions
User friendly

Stars: 1=insufficient, 2=just sufficient, 3=mediocre, 4=good, 5=excellent

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