Handheld UHF Vertex VX-426

Submitted: Friday, Mar 28, 2008 at 14:31
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Hi Guys...

I've done a search of the posts on the forums in relation to handheld UHF CBs and I've seen a lot of information and recommendations for the GMEs (TX6200) and the Icoms (IC41S).

I've been looking at this particular Vertex Standard radio - the VX-426 (http://www.prestigecom.net.au/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=558)

I've tried googling the model number to try find reviews, but not much has come up at all (i'm assuming it's because the VX-426 is designed for Australia only)..

The GME, Icom and Vertex seem to have very similar specs, but I do prefer the look and feel of the Vertex..

Does anyone have any experience with this particular radio and how it performs compared to the other two? (or compared to any other handheld with similar specs?).. Or if there's anything I should know before going out and buying one of these over the other handhelds.

Thanks.
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Reply By: Himble - Friday, Mar 28, 2008 at 15:59

Friday, Mar 28, 2008 at 15:59
Hi Chunkz, there's no reason why the VX-426 wouldn't be as good as the GME or Icom. Yaesu is a well-known and popular manufacturer of amatuer radio equipment (like Icom) and is a division of Vertex Standard. The VX-426 looks similar in design to some of the Yaesu handheld radios, so it should be fine.

Cheers
Andy
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Follow Up By: stocky - Friday, Mar 28, 2008 at 19:03

Friday, Mar 28, 2008 at 19:03
yup yup all good - very comparable to the icom & GME 's
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Friday, Mar 28, 2008 at 19:19

Friday, Mar 28, 2008 at 19:19
Errrr... is this unit "Type Approved" for Oz UHF CB? Doesn't look too promising to me from the above link. No doubt our Forum Radio Policeman will let us know.

Dammed expensive for a UHF CB - try e-bay.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Himble - Friday, Mar 28, 2008 at 21:08

Friday, Mar 28, 2008 at 21:08
Yes it is...Mike, you need to do a bit more research mate!! ;-)
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Follow Up By: Chunkz Inc - Friday, Mar 28, 2008 at 22:26

Friday, Mar 28, 2008 at 22:26
Hi Mike - Not sure what you mean by "type approved".. Are you referring to whether it's legal to be used in Aust? The only results that came up on my googling were Aussie websites... and it's on the Vertex Aust website too. .so i'm guessing it's designed for Australian use...

In terms of price, at Prestigecom in WA, the VX-426 slots in between the GME-6200 and the ICOM IC41S..
I did see it on Ebay a few days ago sitting at $300+$29 p/h.. but it seems to be gone now.

I've picked up one of these VX-426 radios and the quality of it feels like a brick.. plus I like the design. But as tempting it is to buy one of these, I would rather not sacrifice performance/durabilty just for looks.
That's why i'd like some feedback from someone whose actually used these before...

The specs say also that there's also 128 programmable channels (in addition to the 40 UHFCB) and they can be used as commercial radios.
ie, it's a UHF CB and a Commercial Radio in one.. (although the commercial bit is useless to me...)

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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 22:33

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 22:33
The VX426 webpage says "T/A Approved for CB and Land Mobile Use" but the brochure says that it's Receive-Only outside the CB channels ???
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Follow Up By: Chunkz Inc - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 08:49

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 08:49
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Member - Mike DID posted:
The VX426 webpage says "T/A Approved for CB and Land Mobile Use" but the brochure says that it's Receive-Only outside the CB channels ???"

I had a closer look at the brochure and it says:
(http://www.omnific.com.au/attached_files/VX426%20Brochure%20Email%20Size%202.pdf)
"The VX-426 also has an extra 128 channels for commercial frequency programming, receive only.
Transmit on commercial frequencies requires a current licence"

I take that to mean that it is possible to program 128 extra commercial channels for both Rx AND Tx, although a licence is required.

And i guess it makes sense since they have two versions of programming software for this particular radio:
(off there website: http://www.vxstd.com.au/cb/vx_426.html)

CE91: Programming Software (RX Only)
CE91F: Dealer Software (TX and RX)

I went and got one of these radios anyway - so far so good... now I just need to somehow get my hands on the programming cable and software.
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Reply By: warfer69 - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 00:35

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 00:35
@ about $340 delivered for the Icom 41s Handheld,i would not look at anything else
radiowarehouse

Cheers
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Reply By: Chunkz Inc - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 18:56

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 18:56
It looks like this VX-426 is a fairly new release...
prolly why there's not much info or reviews on it... :)

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