Vertex HF SSB RADIOS VX-1700 Multi-Mode HF Radio

Vertex Standard High-Frequency Single Sideband (HF SSB) mobile radios are designed and built for convenience and efficiency in real-world portable operations. With large channel capacity, our HF radios are perfect for large group or field communications when constant contact is essential at all times for long haul operations. Designed to operate both as a mobile radio or base station for long-haul land mobile communication, the multi-purpose 125-Watt VX-1700 is the ideal choice for any applications. Operating modes include LSB/USB (J3E and J2B), AM (A3E) and CW (A1A).



Large Channel Capacity for Easy Call Management

Capable of storing up to 200 channels, the VX-1700 offers you the flexibility to have any number of channels per group. Each channel can be programmed with a 6-character alphanumeric description for quick and easy call management.

Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) Option

To communicate across different organisations without additional equipment and operators, simply install the ALE-2 option. This will enable the VX-1400 to use ALE to select the channel with the best Link Quality Analysis (LQA) score from the programmed channels. ALE automatically removes potential sources of transmission failure for more robust and reliable communication. For convenience, response agencies and organisations seeking an alternative back-channel for use during the loss of conventional communications should consider using ALE-2 option.

Flexible Calling Options

The VX-1700 provides six different built-in calling modes to support various communications requirements, including SELCALL, TELCALL, Message Call (for text messages), Position Request Call, Position Send Call and Beacon Request Call to check for signal quality.

Dual Watch Operation

Operate the VX-1700 radio on one channel while periodically monitoring the designated memory channel to ensure a call is not missed.This is ideal for emergency management situations when it is important that a call gets through to dispatch.

Additional Features

  • 4 Programmable keys
  • Noise blanker
  • CW Semi break-in
  • CW Side tone function
  • BCLO / BTLO and TOT Functions
  • VOX
  • MIL-STD 810 Rating


General Specification
Frequency Range RX: 30 kHz – 30.0000 MHz
TX: 1.600 – 30.0000 MHz
Number of Channels 200
Emission Type A1A(CW); J3E(LSB/USB); A3E(AM); J2B (USB/LSB)
Power Requirements DC 13.8 V ±15%, negative ground
Frequency Synthesiser Steps 10 Hz, 100 Hz, 1 kHz
Frequency Stability ± 1 ppm (+14º F to +131º F / -10º C to +55º C) TYP
Current Consumption RX: no signal: 1.0 A
RX: 1.5 A
TX: 22 A (125 W output)
Standby: 25 mA
Operating Temperature Range +14ºF to +131ºF (-10ºC to +55ºC)
Antenna Impedance 50 Ohms
Dimension (H x W x D) 3.9 x 9.5 x 11.2 inches (241 x 99 x 285 mm)
Weight (Approx.) 9.5 lbs (4.3 kg)
Receiver Specification*
Intermediate Frequency 1st: 45.274 MHz, 2nd: 24 MHz
Sensitivity (A1A/J2B/J3E/A3E: S/N 10 dB) 0.5 – 1.6 MHz: 1.41 μV (A1A/J2B/J3E); 8 μV (A3E)
1.6 – 30 MHz: 0.16 μV (A1A/J2B/J3E); 1 μV (A3E)
Squelch Sensitivity (A1A/J2B/J3E) 0.5 – 1.6 MHz: 2.5 μV
1.6 – 30 MHz: 2 μV
IF and Image Rejection Better than 80 dB
Selectivity A1A(W), J2B(W), J3E: > 2.2 kHz @ -6 dB; < 4.5 kHz @ -60 dB
A1A(N), J2B(N): > 500 Hz @ -6 dB; < 2.0 kHz @ – 60 dB
A3E: > 6 kHz @ – 6 dB; < 20 kHz @ -60 dB
Audio Output 2.2 Watts into 8 Ohms @ 10% THD
Audio Impedance 4 – 16 Ohms (8 Ohms Nominal)
Conducted Radiation Less than 4000 μ μW

*Measured by TIA/EIA-603

Transmitter Specification*
Output Power 125 Watts (A1A, J2B, J3E @ 1.6000 – 3.9999 MHz)*
100 Watts (A1A, J2B, J3E @ 4.0000 – 30.000 MHz)
31 Watts AM Carrier (A3E @ 1.6000 – 3.9999 MHz)
25 Watts AM Carrier (A3E @ 4.0000 – 30.000 MHz)
Duty Cycle RX:TX = 4 min. : 1 min.
Modulation J3E: PSN type modulator A3E: Low-level (early stage)
Spurious Radiation Better than 56 dB (Harmonics)
J3E Carrier Suppression Better than 50 dB below peak output
Undesired Sideband Suppression Better than 60 dB below peak output
Spurious Emissions 56 dB
Audio Response (J3E) Not more than 6 dB from 400 Hz – 2500 Hz
Occupied Bandwidth A1A: less than 0.5 kHz; J3E: less than 3.0 kHz; A3E: less than 6.0 kHz
Microphone Impedance 200 – 10 k Ohms, (600 Ohms Nominal)

*Measured by TIA/EIA-603

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