I Don’t Like Money-Grubbing Accessories, the Ham Radio Edition


I simply cannot stand money-grubbing accessories.  What is more money-grubbing than the weird connector on my handheld radio?  The above pic is of the headset connector for my Yaesu VX-7R.

This radio is old but they still make it.  One unique thing about it is that it is submersible.  Yaesu had to use a different connector to keep the radio watertight.  They could have used something more standard, but they did not.  Only Yaesu makes headsets for this radio.

What brought on my rant?  I forgot my headset at home this morning.

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2 replies

  1. Ouch! That connector is certainly non-standard. And I seem to have misplaced my USB cable that connects to it. :(

  2. My Icom IC-92AD is in the same boat.  Also my VX-6R has a standard looking 4 pole 3.5mm connector, but it has to have threads to stay in.