Rugged, Portable HF Field Communications


The 20-Watt VX-1210 HF manpack radio is designed for field communications when contact at all times is a must. Simple to operate, it is a self-contained HF station for both voice and non-voice operating modes. The VX-1210 HF radio is designed for real-world portable operations.

Light Weight, High-Capacity Lithium-ion Battery

The VX-1210 includes a 14.8 V Lithium-ion battery with RX/TX battery saver option that lasts up to 24 hours in receive mode and up to 10 hours in standard SSB operation.

Memory for Large Group Communications

Get 500 channels and alphanumeric labels for each channel for quick and easy call management.

Easy Paging and Calling Options

Using the optional SEL-1200 unit, the VX-1210 supports paging, SELCALL and TELCALL options for fast and flexible communications. Options can be pre-programmed or manually entered for temporary calling requirements.

Integral Noise Blanker

The VX-1210 has a built-in noise blanker capability to improve operation in high noise and areas with significant interference. The noise blanker enhances intelligibility in the presence of vehicular ignition noise and other sources of RF generated impulse noise.

Automatic Antenna Tuning

With the optional ATU-1210 unit installed, simply press and hold the assigned toggle switch to initiate automatic antenna tuning for whip antennas.

Additional Features

  • 3 Programmable keys
  • SSB/CW, AM and Data operating modes
  • Battery status monitor
  • Call alert / Hailer (multiple tones)
  • CW Semi break-in
  • TOT
  • Kill system for unauthorized use (via SELCALL)
  • Whip antenna (YHA-61)
MIL-STD 810 Rating
General Specification
Frequency Range RX: 0.5 - 30 MHz
TX: 1.6 - 30 MHz
Number of Channels 500
Emission Type A1A(CW); J3E(LSB/USB); H3E(AM); FIB(AFSK)
Power Requirements DC 14.8 V Lithium-ion Battery
Recharge Time 5 hours (typical)
Channel Spacing 10 Hz
Current Consumption RX: 500mA (saver off), 100mA (saver on)
TX: 5A (20 W), 3A (5 W)
Operating Temperature Range -30ºC to +60ºC
Antenna Impedance 50 Ohms (unbalanced)
Dimension (H x W x D) 193 x 74 x 274 mm w/o knobs
Weight (Approx.) 3.2 kg w/FNB-66LI
Receiver Specification
Circuit Type Double Conversion Super Heterodyne
Intermediate Frequency 47.055 MHz & 10.7 MHz
Sensitivity 0.25 μV (J3E/AIA, 10dB S/N)
Selectivity 2.4 kHz / 5.0 kHz (-6/60 dB)
Clarifier Adjustment Range ±200 Hz (J3E/AIA/FIB), ±400 Hz (H3E)
IF and Image Rejection 80 dB
Audio Output At least 1.5 W @ 4 Ohms @ 10% THD
Audio Impedance 4 - 32 Ohms
Transmitter Specification*
Output Power 20W / 5 W (J3E/AIA/FIB)
10W / 2.5W (H3E)
Duty Cycle 25%
Modulation Balanced Modulator (SSB:J3E) Early Stage / Low level (AM:H3E)
J3E Carrier Suppression 55 dB
Undesired Sideband Suppression 55 dB @ 1.5kHz tone
Spurious Emission -56 dB or better
Audio Response (J3E) 350 - 2650 Hz (-6 dB)
3rd-order IMD -31 dB
Microphone Impedance 2K Ohms, condenser type
*Measured by TIA/EIA-603
  • MH-50B7A: Speaker microphone
  • FNB-66LI: 14.8V Lithium-ion battery pack (req. PA-26)
  • CD-17: Rapid charger
  • PA-26: AC Adapter
  • ATU-1210: Internal antenna coupler
  • SEL-1200: SELCALL unit
  • YA-30: Dipole antenna (T2FD type)
  • FHA-27: Folding whip antenna (requires GN-1210)
  • GN-1210: Goose neck connector
  • SVC-1200: Service Kit
  • DSV-1200: D-sub 9-pin connector unit
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