This ultra-compact receiver from Yaesu weighs in at just 220g (which is less than 1/2 lb.) ...remarkable considering the range of features available. Like the VR-120d it has a highly durable polycarbonate case.
The Yaesu VR-500 has continuous frequency coverage from 100kHz through 1299.99995 MHz (cellular frequencies blocked) including reception of narrowband FM, wideband FM (for broadcast/TV), SSB (USB/LSB), CW and AM. It has a total of 1091 memories (1000 of which are regular memories), which can be scanned at a rate of 12 channels per second. The memories can be stored in 10 banks, each of which can hold 100 channels.
Within the memory system you can use 3 different scan options, preferential memory scan, bank scan and mode scan. The Yaesu VR-500 also has 10 search band memories (frequency pairs) which can be used for "VFO" scanning to search within a certain range (this occurs at a rate of 24 channels per second). There are 19 preset "starting point" channels and 10 weather channels. 10 dual watch channels allow you to rapidly monitor 2 channels and listen in when one of them becomes active. You can also set a priority memory that will be monitored when operating elsewhere with your Yaesu VR-500, as is the case with dual watch. This scanner also has a maximum of 41 smart search memories that can be automatically memorized when sweeping a band.
Weak signals can be easily monitored thanks to a manual squelch control and a pushbutton monitor key. Direct access to an operating frequency can be achieved using the illuminated 10-key keypad. Additionally the VR-500 provides one-touch access to its 60-channel band scope for monitoring band activity above and below your listening frequency.
Other features include:
Large 24 character + 7 x 60 dot matrix display - 1 MHz fast steps for quick frequency excursions - Front end 20dB attenuator - RF squelch control - Power on/off timers - Adjustable battery saver - Extensive menu customisation - Clone capability - Computer control