The VX-170 conforms to IPX7 specifications for submersibility (submersion for up to 30 minutes at a depth of three feet).
Outstanding Receiver Audio
The VX-170's hefty 700 mW of audio provides plenty of volume when operating in a noisy environment.
1400 mAh Battery Pack Yields Long Operating Time
The VX-170 is supplied with a long-life 1400 mAh Ni-MH Battery Pack, for extended operating time during search-and-rescue or public service event operations.
Expanded Receiver Coverage
The receiver's frequency range is 137-174 MHz, covering many public service, marine, and government channels.
To prevent an unauthorized person from using your VX-170, you may engage a security password that must be keyed in prior to operation, if you like.
200 Memory Channels
The 200 memories may be partitioned into as many as 10 memory groups. Alpha-numeric labeling is available on all memories.
Keyboard Frequency Entry
Operating frequencies may be entered directly from the front panel keypad, which may also be used for quick recall of memory channels by number.
Weather Broadcast Channels
In the U.S. version, a dedicated special memory bank of ten NOAA Weather Channels is available, with a "Severe Weather" alert capability.
EAI (Emergency Automatic ID) Feature
Ideal for search-and-rescue work, the EAI feature can be commanded on so as to identify your VX-170, and engage your PTT and microphone, remotely in an emergency situation. So if you don't check in during a search, help can be dispatched, with the automatic TX function allowing others to perform direction finding. The EAI feature is not included in the U.S. version at this time.
Split Tone Capability
Besides the usual CTCSS and DCS Encode/Decode features you've come to know and love on a Yaesu transceiver, the VX-170 includes a "Split Tone" capability that allows you to Encode a CTCSS tone, and Decode DCS, or vice-versa. You can also Encode (without decoding) either CTCSS or DCS.
RX: 137-174 MHz
TX : 144-146(148) MHz
5, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, 25, 50, 100 kHz
Operating Temperature Range
-20 C to +60 C
±5 ppm (-10° C to +60° C)
Nominal: 7.2 V DC, Negative Ground
Operating: 6.0 ~16 V, Negative Ground (EXT DC Jack)
11~16 V, Neg. Ground (EXT DC Jack while Charging)
(Approx. @ 7.4V)
165 mA (Receive) 200 mW Output
45 mA (Standby, Saver Off)
20.5 mA (Standby, Saver On)
8 mA(Auto Power Off)
1.5 A (5 W TX 7.2 V DC)
60 x 120 x 32 mm
390g with battery pack, antenna & belt clip
RF Power Output
High 5 W (@ 7.2 V FNB-83)
Mid 2 W (@ 7.2 V FNB-83)
Low 0.5 W (@ 7.2 V FNB-83)
Variable Reactance F2D, F3E
±5 kHz F2D/F3E
At least 60 dB down (@ High & Mid Power)
At least 40 dB down (@ Low Power)
2nd: 450 kHz
NFM 12 kHz / 35 kHz (–6 dB / –60 dB)
0.2 μV for 12 dB SINAD (137-140 MHz)
0.16 μV for 12 dB SINAD (140-150 MHz)
0.2 μV TYP for 12 dB SINAD (150-174 MHz,)
Maximum Audio Output
700 mW @ 16 Ω for 10 % THD (@ 7.5 V) Internal SP
400 mW @ 8 Ω for 10 % THD (@ 7.5 V) EXT SP Jack
• FNB-83 7.2 V, 1400 mAh Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery Pack
• NC-88 B/C/U* 10-Hour Charger
• Belt Clip