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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Joel McLaughlin
Joel is a consultant in the IT field and is located in Columbus, OH. While he loves Linux and tends to use it more than anything else, he will stoop to running closed source if it is the best tool for the job. His techno passions are Linux, Android, netbooks, GPS, podcasting and Amateur Radio.

2 Comments on "I Don’t Like Money-Grubbing Accessories, the Ham Radio Edition"

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

  2. Rick Streifel | April 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm |

    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.

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