Avionics Report

January 1999 Issue

Yaesu’s VXA-100

In our view, this new entry in the handheld VHF market edges out Icom’s offering.

The handheld VHF radio market has been largely ruled by Icom and Sporty’s but recently, a surprise manufacturer appeared on the aviation scene.

This fall, Yaesu USA introduced the VXA-100 aviation handheld. This itty bitty radio caught our attention in a big way, so we decided to have a look. The Yaesu literature was so bold as to invite comparison to the handheld icon, the Icom IC-A22, so we decided to put both to the test.

Expect to pay the same for an IC-A22 or a VXA-100, from around $460, with standard accessory set. They’re available from Aircraft Spruce, Pacific and Gulf Coast Avionics, Tropic Aero or almost any mail order pilot outfit. The Yaesu may be harder to find, since...

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