Mods & Repairs

Yaesu VX6-R Wideband Mod

The Yaesu VX6-R hand held transceiver is shipped in the UK with standard transmission capability on both the 2m (144-146MHZ) and 70cm (430-440MHz) bands. Depending on the country of sale, it can also transmit between 222-225Mhz.

This tiny transceiver also boasts a wide range receiver. In fact, the receive ranges from 0.5Mhz all the way up to 999.99Mhz, with just a couple of small gaps.

The modification to allow this radio to transmit outside it’s “shipped” ranges is amazingly quite simple.

To carry out the mod all you need is a soldering iron with a very small tip and a desoldering pump or desolder wick.

As with all modifications I accept no responsibility for any damage to you or your equipment through following, or attempting to follow, the information given here. This information is for reference purposes only.
If you don’t feel confident working inside your radio – find someone with enough experience to carry out any work for you.

One word of warning. This procedure WILL erase all memories and operating parameters of the radio as you need to perform a full reset after carrying out the mod. My advice here is to obtain a programming cable (if you don’t already have one) and a copy of Chirp. Using these together you can copy the memories from the radio to your PC before doing the mod.

Start by removing the battery from the radio, you may wish to remove the belt clip and hand strap if fitted. Removing these isn’t necessary but it may help by giving you a bit more access.

With the battery removed, prise up and remove the thin plastic panel that covers the connector for the optional barometer unit. Of course, if the optional unit is fitted, then this would need removal instead.

VX6r Wideband Mod

Looking inside you will see a row of eight pairs of solder pads. With the base of the radio towards you, count to the fourth pair of pads from the left. This pair should have a tiny blob of solder across them to form a jumper. Simply remove the solder jumper. This picture shows the pads AFTER the modification has been carried out.

Perform a full microprocessor reset by pressing and holding the [MODE(SP S)SQ TYP], [0(SET)], and [V/M(DW)MT] keys while turning the radio on. The display will say “ALL RESET PUSH F KEY”. Complete the reset by pushing the [F/W] key.

Your VX6-r should now be widebanded on transmit.

I haven’t measured the RF power levels but my radio will transmit from 40Mhz all the way through to 550Mhz. I have verified this using a frequency counter and also reception on a separate receiver. It must be noted that it is illegal in most countries to use any radio transmitter on frequencies for which you don’t hold a valid licence.

You can use Chirp to reload your saved memories back to the radio. If Chirp reports an error when trying to write to the radio you need to do the following.

Open a new tab/blank session in Chirp. Download the blank memories from the vx6-r – we’ll call this the blank session. This step is important as Chirp will “see” it as a different version of the radio and may not be able to upload your original backup correctly.

Go to your original VX6-r memories tab, select all and then copy. Switch to the blank session and paste your memory data into the blank session. You should now be able to upload your data to the radio.

This little trick works with some other Yaesu radios that have been widebanded. Although I’m unsure, I assume that widebanding the radio changes the data format in a very minor way and Chirp thinks of it as a different version of the radio.

Please leave any comments below if you have tried this mod and had success or otherwise…

14 thoughts on “Yaesu VX6-R Wideband Mod

  1. Just a quick question, based on the photo it looks like you count the 4th pair from the right. Is that correct? The article says to count the 4th pair, but not whether it’s 4th from the right or left.
    Very happy that the modification is this simple. Thank you so much for posting this information!

    1. It’s the 4th pair from the left – the photo shows the sequence of pads after the mod has been completed. I’ll do a quick edit on the article to make it a bit clearer.

  2. Buenas noches, ayer me llego mi radio VX6R version USA y no tiene transmision en el segmento de 220 a 222 Mhz. Revisando la modificacion sugerida encuentro lo siguiente.
    No tengo puentes en los PAD 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, y 8.
    Hay un elemento que no puedo definir si es resistencia o capacitor en los PAD 4 y 5 , pero puente NO es , porque no tengo continuidad.
    Cree Usted que lo correcto seria retirar esos elementos y hacer los puentes en los PAD 2, 3, y 5 como muestra la foto ?? Agradecere mucho su comentario o recomendacion.

    Good evening, yesterday my VX6R radio USA version arrived and it has no transmission in the 220 to 222 Mhz segment. Reviewing the suggested modification I find the following.
    I have no bridges on PADs 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8.
    There is an element that I cannot define if it is a resistance or a capacitor in PADs 4 and 5, but a bridge is NOT, because I have no continuity.
    Do you think that the correct thing would be to remove these elements and make the jumpers on PADs 2, 3, and 5 as shown in the photo? I will greatly appreciate your comment or recommendation.

    1. Hasta donde yo sé, la versión estadounidense también debería tener puentes de soldadura. Aunque no soy un experto, y parece que no tiene nada que perder, reemplazaría cualquier componente que esté en las posiciones de los puentes con puentes de soldadura simples. Mucha suerte para que su radio funcione.

      As far as I am aware, the US version should also have solder bridges. Although I am no expert, and it appears you have nothing to lose, I would replace whatever component is in the positions of the jumpers with simple solder bridges. Best of luck getting your radio to work.

    1. I don’t know about removing the fifth pair, but the photo is my VX6-R, and it works perfectly.

    1. Hi, I presume the radio is not widebanded in it’s current configuration with no jumpers, I’m afraid I don’t know what to suggest, as I’ve only ever experienced radios with the jumpers. Have you tried a full reset of the radio?

  3. I have a VX6-E, the box says Dual Band EU, the serial number indicates it was manufactured in May 2020 . Although there are pads, none have any jumpers, and appear to have never had jumpers fitted, It will transmit on 50 to 54 mhz, 140 to 172 mhz and 420 to 470 mhz.
    It was this way when I bought it new in the UK back in June 2020. Len G8LXI

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  5. Hello,
    For those that have version 4 on their board, all that’s needed to be done is to pop off the small black resistor location on the 4th pad from the left. Then do a master reset. You will then be able to tx on 40mhz straight through to 579 MHz. Super easy. Completed it with those tiny nose hair scissors in about 20 seconds.

  6. *** TLDR: You should not use this mod unless you have tested the radio with a spectrum analyser. ***
    I have done this mod on my 2022 VX6R from AU.
    on 6m, the 2nd harmonic is -26dBC and 3rd harmonic similar. It appears that the 2m lowpass filter is used for all lower frequency TX.
    This is totally unacceptable harmonics for a TX, and you should not be transmitting without an external filter.
    The schematics do show a 6m TX filter, but clearly in my radio, with these jumper settings, it is not being use, or it is just not fitted.

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