VX-230 Series
Operating Manual
Controls & Connectors
LED Indicator
Green
Blinking Green
Glows Red
Blinking Red
Yellow
Monitor on (or Side 1 or Side 2 switch is activated)
Busy Channel (or SQL off)
Transmitting
Battery Voltage is Low
Receiving a Selective Call
CH (Channel) Selector
Antenna
VOL/PWR Knob
Speaker
MIC/SP Jack
(External Mic/Earphone)
Push To Talk
(PTT) Switch
Before You Begin
Battery Pack Installation and Removal
 To install the battery, hold the transceiver with your left hand,
so your palm is over the speaker and your Push the bottom side
of the Battery Pack
thumb is on the top of the belt clip. Insert
the battery pack into the battery
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 To remove the battery, turn the radio off and remove any protective cases. Slide the Battery Pack Latch on the bottom of the
radio, then slide the battery downward and out from the radio
while holding the Belt Clip.
Caution
Do not attempt to open any of the rechargeable LithiumIon packs, as they could explode if accidentally shortcircuited.
Side 1 Switch
Side 2 Switch
Microphone
Battery Pack Latch
As the battery discharges during use, the voltage gradually becomes
lower. When the battery voltage becomes to low, substitute a freshly
charged battery and recharge the depleted pack. When the battery
voltage is low, the LED indicator on the top of the radio will blink
red. Furthermore, if your Dealer sets the “Low Battery Alert” feature
into the transceiver, an alert beeper will sound when the battery voltage is low.
Accessories & Options
7.4 V 1380 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
7.4 V 2300 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
Desktop Rapid Charger (CD-34 + PA-42)
6-unit Multi Charger
AC Adapter (for CD-34)
Earpiece/Microphone
Speaker/Microphone (Noise Cancelling)
Speaker/Microphone (Small Type)
Speaker/Microphone (Miniature Type)
Light weight headset w/ Boom mic
Light weight padded headset, Single Speaker
Light weight padded headset, Dual Speaker
VOX Headset
Vehicle Charger Mount Adapter
Desktop Charger Bracket
Rubber Antenna 134-151 MHz
Rubber Antenna 150-163 MHz
Rubber Antenna 161-174 MHz
Rubber Antenna 134-174 MHz (Untuned)
Rubber Antenna 400-430 MHz
Rubber Antenna 420-450 MHz
Rubber Antenna 440-470 MHz
Rubber Antenna 450-485 MHz
Rubber Antenna 485-520 MHz
Belt Clip
Leather Case
Programming Software
USB Programming Interface
Radio to Radio Programming Cable
PC Programming Cable (CT-29 + CT-28)
PC Programming Cable (for FIF-12)
Copyright 2013
Vertex Standard LMR, Inc.
All rights reserved.
Preliminary Steps
 Install a charged battery pack onto the transceiver, as described previously.
 Screw the supplied antenna onto the Antenna jack. Never
attempt to operate this transceiver without an antenna connected.
 If you have a Speaker/Microphone, we recommend that it not
be connected until you are familiar with the basic operation
of the VX-230.
Operation Quick Start
 Turn the top panel’s VOL/PWR knob
clockwise to turn on the radio on.
 Turn the top panel’s CH selector knob
to choose the desired operating channel.
Low Battery Indication
Vertex Standard LMR, Inc.
FNB-V103LIA
FNB-V104LIA
VAC-300
VAC-6300
PA-42
MH-37A4B
MH-45B4B
MH-360S
MH-450S
VH-115S
VH-215S
VH-225S
VC-25
VCM-2
DCM-1
ATV-8A
ATV-8B
ATV-8C
ATV-6XL
ATU-6A
ATU-6B
ATU-6C
ATU-6D
ATU-6F
CLIP-18
LCC-230
CE99
FIF-12
CT-27
CT-42A
CT-106
Operation
 Rotate the VOL/PWR knob to set the
volume level. If no signal is present,
press and hold in the Programmable
key assigned to “SQL OFF” for more
than one second; background noise
will now be heard, and you may use
this to set the VOL/PWR knob for the
desired audio level.
 Press and hold in the Programmable
key assigned to “SQL OFF” for more
than one second (or press the key
twice) to quiet the noise and resume
normal (quiet) monitoring.
 To transmit, monitor the channel and make sure it is clear.
THIS IS AN FCC REQUIREMENT!
 To transmit, press and hold in the PTT
switch. Speak into the microphone
area of the front panel grille (lower
right-hand corner) in a normal voice
level. To return to the Receive mode,
release the PTT switch.
Do not transmit the radio without
an antenna connected.
 If a Speaker/Microphone is available, remove the plastic cap and
its two mounting screws from the right side of the transceiver,
then insert the plug from the Speaker/Microphone into the MIC/
SP jack; secure the plug using the screws supplied with the
Speaker/Microphone. Hold the speaker grille up next to your ear
while receiving. To transmit, press the PTT switch on the Speaker/Microphone, just as you would on the main transceiver’s body.
Note: Save the original plastic cap and its mounting
screws. They should be re-installed when not using the
Speaker/Microphone.
Operating Temperature Range
(For European User)
Operation:–20 °C to +55 °C
Battery Charging:+10 °C to +40 °C
(Turn the radio off while charging the battery) Safety Training Information
This Radio has been tested and complies with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) RF exposure limits for Occupational
Use/Controlled exposure environment. In addition, it complies with
the following Standards and Guidelines:
 FCC 96-326, Guidelines for Evaluating the Environmental Effects of Radio-Frequency Radiation.
 FCC OET Bulletin 65 Edition 97-01 (1997) Supplement C, Evaluating Compliance with FCC Guidelines for Human Exposure to
Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields.
 ANSI/IEEE C95.1-1992, IEEE Standard for Safety Levels with
Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 3kHz to 300 GHz.
 ANSI/IEEE C95.3-1992, IEEE Recommended Practice for the
Measurement of Potentially Hazardous Electromagnetic FieldsRF and Microwave.
WARNING: This radio generates RF electromagnetic energy
during transmit mode. This radio is designed for and classified as Occupational Use Only, meaning it must be used only during
the course of employment by individuals aware of the hazards, and
the ways to minimize such hazards. This radio is not intended for use
by the General Population in an uncontrolled environment.
CAUTION: To ensure that your expose to RF electromagnetic energy is within the FCC allowable limits for occupational
use, always adhere to the following guidelines:
 Please read this manual carefully to become familiar with the
features of this transceiver.
 Do not transmit the radio without an antenna connected.
 This radio is NOT approved for use by the general population in an uncontrolled environment. This radio is restricted
to occupational use, work related operations only where the
radio operator must have the knowledge to control its RF exposure conditions.
 When transmitting, hold the radio in a vertical position with
its microphone 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) away from your
mouth and keep the antenna at least 1 inch (2.5cm) away
from your head and body.
 The radio must be used with a maximum operating duty
cycle not exceeding 50 %, in typical Push-to-Talk (PTT) configurations. DO NOT transmit for more than 50 % of total
radio use time (50 % duty cycle). Transmitting more than 50
% of the time can cause FCC RF exposure compliance requirements to be exceeded.
To keep the Body Worn configuration with the Vertex Standard CLIP-18 belt-clip, reduce the maximum operating duty
cycle still more.
The radio is transmitting when the red LED on the top of
the radio is illuminated. You can cause the radio to transmit
by pressing the PTT button or by using the Vertex Standard
VC-25 VOX headset.
 When operate the radio with the Vertex Standard CLIP-18
belt-clip, make the transmission time as short as possible, to
keep the Body Worn configuration.
 Always use the FNB-V103LIA or FNB-V104LIA Lithium-Ion
Battery.
 Risk of explosion if battery is replaced by an incorrect type.
Dispose of used batteries according to the instructions.
 Perform the battery charging where the ambient temperature range +50 °F to +104 °F (10 °C to +40 °C). Charge out
of this range could cause damage to the battery pack.
 Battery Pack shall not be exposed to excessive heat such as
sunshine, fire or the like.
 Always use Vertex Standard authorized accessories.
Vertex Standard shall not be liable for any damage or accidents such as fire, leakage or explosion of batteries, etc.,
caused by the malfunction of non-Vertex Standard accessories.
 This radio generates RF electromagnetic energy during
transmit mode. This radio is designed for and classified as
occupational use only, meaning it must be used only during
the course of employment by individuals aware of hazardous, and the ways to minimize such hazardous. This radio is
not intended for use by the General Population in an uncontrolled environment.
The information listed above provides the user with the information
needed to make him or her aware of RF exposure, and what to do to
assure that this radio operates with the FCC RF exposure limits of
this radio.
Electromagnetic Interference/Compatibility
During transmissions, this radio generates RF energy that can
possibly cause interference with other devices or systems. To
avoid such interference, turn off the radio in areas where signs
are posted to do so.
Do not operate the transmitter in areas that are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation such as hospitals, health care facilities,
aircraft, and blasting sites.
FCC LICENSE INFORMATION
This radio operates on communications frequencies which are
subject to FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Rules
and Regulations. FCC Rules require that all operators using Private Land Mobile radio frequencies obtain a radio license before
operating their equipment.
ARTS (Auto Range Transpond System)
Key Functions
The VX-230 provide [Side 1] and [Side 2] keys. These Programmable (PF) keys functions can be customized (set to other
functions), via programming by your VERTEX STANDARD
dealer, to meet your communications/network requirements.
Some features may require the purchase and installation of optional internal accessories. The possible PF key features are
illustrated below, and their functions are explained in the next
chapter. For further details, contact your VERTEX STANDARD
dealer.
For future reference, check the box below to each function that
has been assigned to the PF key on your particular radio, and
keep it handy.
Function
Programmable Key
[Press / Press & Hold]
[Side 1]
[Side 2]
None
Mon (Monitor)
SQL Off
SQL Set
Low Power
Scan
Follow-Me Scan
Scan Set
DW (Dual Watch)
TA Scan
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Function
TA (Talk Around)
TX Save Disable
Reset
Call
Call 2
Call 3
Speed Dial
Lock
Emergency
Lone Worker
Programmable Key
[Press / Press & Hold]
[Side 1]
[Side 2]
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Mon (Monitor)
Press (or Press and hold) the assigned PF key momentarily to disable the Tone squelch. When disables the Tone squelch, the LED
indicator on the top of the radio will glow green.
SQL Off
Press (or Press and hold) the assigned PF key to disable the Noise
and Tone squelch. Again press (or Press and hold) the assigned PF
key to resume normal (quiet) Noise and Tone squelch action.
SQL Set
You can manually adjust the squelch level using this function. Press
the assigned PF key to toggle the squelch threshold level “High”
and “Low”.
Low Power
Press (or Press and hold) the assigned PF key to set the radio’s
transmitter to the “Low Power” mode, thus extending battery
life. Press (or Press and hold) the assigned PF key again to return
to “High Power” operation when in difficult terrain. When the radio’s transmitter is set to “Low Power” mode, the LED indicator
on the top of the radio will glow green.
Scan
The Scanning feature is used to monitor multiple channels programmed into the transceiver. While scanning, the radio will check
each channel for the presence of a signal, and will stop on a channel
if a signal is present.
 To activate scanning:
Press (or Press and hold) the assigned PF key.
The scanner will search the channels, looking for active ones;
it will pause each time it finds a channel on which someone is
speaking. When the scanner is activated, the LED indicator on
the top of the radio will glow green.
 To stop scanning:
Press (or Press and hold) the assigned PF key.
Operation will revert to the channel to which the CH knob is set.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the condition that this device does not cause
harmful interference.
Part 15.21: Changes or modifications to this device not expressly approved by Vertex Standard could void the user’s
authorization to operate this device.
Follow-Me Scan
“Follow-Me” Scan feature checks a User-assigned Priority Channel
regularly as you scan the other channels. Thus, if only Channels 1,
3, and 5 (of the 8 available channels) are designated for “Scanning,”
the user may nonetheless any channel as the “User-assigned” Priority Channel via the “Follow-Me” feature.
Press the assigned PF key to activate “Follow-Me” scanning, then
turn the CH selector knob to the channel which you want to designate as the “User-Assigned Priority Channel”. When the scanner
stops on an “active” channel, the User-assigned Priority Channel will
automatically be checked every few seconds (interval programmed
by your Dealer).
Scan Set
Press (or press and hold) the assigned PF key to delete the Current
Memory Channel from the Scanning List. When you delete a channel from the Scanning List, a low tone beep will sound. To restore a
particular channel to your Scanning List, press (or press and hold)
the assigned PF key again; a high tone beep will sound.
DW (Dual Watch)
The Dual Watch feature is similar to the Scan feature, except that
only two channels are monitored: the current operating channel, and
the “Priority” channel.
 To activate Dual Watch:
Press (or Press and hold) the assigned PF key.
The scanner will search the two channels; it will pause each time
it finds a channel on which someone is speaking. When the Dual
Watch feature is activated, the LED indicator on the top of the
radio will glow green.
 To stop Dual Watch:
Press (or Press and hold) the assigned PF key.
Operation will revert to the channel to which the CH knob is set.
Call 2, Call 3
This system is designed to inform you when you and another ARTSequipped station are within communication range.
Speed Dial
During ARTS operation, your radio automatically transmits for
about 1 second every 55 seconds in an attempt to shake hands with
the other station.
Press (or Press and hold) the assigned PF key to send a 5-Tone sequential tone group which is pre-defined.
Your Dealer may have a pre-programmed Auto-Dial telephone number memory into your radio. Press (or Press and hold) the assigned
PF key to send the pre-programmed Auto-Dial telephone number.
The DTMF tones sent during the dialing sequence will be heard in
the speaker.
Lock
Press (or Press and hold) the assigned PF key to lock the CH knob,
PF keys, and PTT switch. The precise lockout configuration is programmed by your VERTEX STANDARD dealer.
Emergency
The VX-230 series includes an “Emergency” feature, which may
be useful, if you have someone monitoring on the same frequency
as your transceiver’s channel. For further details contact your VERTEX STANDARD dealer.
Lone Worker
Press and hold the assigned PF key to toggle the Lone Worker feature “ON” and “OFF.”
The Lone Worker feature will emit an audible alarm for 30 seconds
at one second intervals when the Lone Worker Timer has expired.
If the user does not reset the timer by pressing the PTT switch, the
radio switches to the Emergency mode.
TA (Talk Around)
Press (or Press and hold) the assigned PF key to activate the Talk
Around feature when you are operating on duplex channel systems
(separate receive and transmit frequencies, utilizing a “repeater”
station). The Talk Around feature allows you to bypass the repeater
station and talk directly to a station that is nearby. This feature has
no effect when you are operating on “Simplex” channels, where the
receive and transmit frequencies are already the same.
When the “TA” function is activated, the LED indicator on the top
of the radio will glow green.
TX Save Disable
Press (or Press and hold) the assigned PF key to disable the Transmit
Battery Saver, if you are operating in a location where high power is
almost always needed.
The Transmit Battery Saver helps extend battery life by reducing
transmit power when a very strong signal from an apparently nearby
station is being received. Under some circumstances, though, your
hand-held radio may not be heard well at the other end of the communication path, and high power may be necessary at all times.
Reset
Press (or Press and hold) the assigned PF key to silence the receiver
and reset for another call, when a communication is finished.
Call
Press (or Press and hold) the assigned PF key to send a programmed
2- or 5-Tone sequential tone.
Disposal of your Electronic and
Electric Equipment
Products with the symbol (crossed-out wheeled
bin) cannot be disposed as household waste.
Electronic and Electric Equipment should be recycled at a facility capable of handling these items
and their waste by products.
In EU countries, please contact your local equipment supplier representative or service center for information about
the waste collection system in your country.
Attention in Case of Use
This transceiver works on frequencies which are not generally permitted.
List of the practicable area
For frequency allocation,
apply for a licence at your
local spectrum management
authority.
TA Scan
Press the assigned programmable key to toggle the TA (Talk Around)
scan feature “On” and “Off.”
While TA scan is proceeding, the VX-230 will search both the transmit and receive frequencies (and the LED indicator on the top of the
radio will glow green). When a signal is encountered on the receive
frequency, the VX-230 will pause until the signal disappears.
When a signal is encountered on the transmit frequency, the VX-230
will check for activity on the receive frequency every few seconds
(interval programmed by your Dealer).
If you are out of range for more than two minutes, your radio senses
that no signal has been received, a ringing beeper will sound. If you
subsequently move back into range, as soon as the other station
transmits, your beeper will sound.
Important Notice for North American Users
Regarding 406 MHz Guard Band
The U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration have requested the cooperation of
the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in preserving
the integrity of the protected frequency range 406.0 to 406.1
MHz, which is reserved for use by distress beacons. Do not
attempt to program this apparatus, under any circumstances,
for operation in the frequency range 406.0 - 406.1 MHz if the
apparatus is to be used in or near North America.
Warning - Frequency band 406 - 406.1 MHz is reserved
for use ONLY as a distress beacon by the US Coast
Guard and NOAA. Under no circumstance should this
frequency band be part of the pre-programmed operating frequencies of this radio.
Notice !
There are no owner-serviceable parts inside the transceiver.
All service jobs must be referred to an authorized VERTEX
STANDARD Service Representative. Consult your Authorized VERTEX STANDARD Dealer for installation of optional accessories.
Warranty Policy
Vertex Standard warrants, to the original purchaser only, its
Vertex Standard manufactured communications products
against defects in materials and workmanship under normal
use and service for a given period of time from the date of
purchase.
Limited Warranty Details:
Ÿ North America customers (USA and Canada):
http://www.vertexstandard.com/lmr/warranty-terms.aspx
Ÿ Customers outside of North America:
Contact the authorized dealer in your country.
AUT
DNK
GRC
LVA
SVK
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BEL
ESP
HUN
MLT
SVN
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IRL
NLD
SWE
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For actual usage contact
your dealer or sales shop in order to get your transceiver adjusted to the allocated frequency range.
Declaration of Conformity
We, YAESU UK Ltd. declare under our sole responsibility that the
following equipment complies with the essential requirements of
the Directive 1999/5/EC.
Type of Equipment:
FM Transceiver
Brand Name:
VERTEX STANDARD
Model Number:
VX-231-D0-5 / VX-231-G6-5
Manufacturer:
Vertex Standard Co., Ltd.
Address of Manufacturer: 4-8-8 Nakameguro Meguro-Ku, Tokyo
153-8644, Japan
Applicable Standards:
This equipment is tested and conforms to the essential requirements of directive, as included in following standards.
Radio Standard:
EN 300 086-2 V1.3.1
EMC Standard:
EN 301 489-01 V1.8.1
EN 301 489-05 V1.3.1
Safety Standard:
EN 60950-1: 2006 +A11: 2009 +A1: 2010
The technical documentation as required by the Conformity Assessment procedures is kept at the following address:
Company: YAESU UK Ltd.
Address: Unit 12, Sun Valley Business Park, Winnall Close
Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 0LB, U.K.
Model
VX-231-D0-5
VX-231-G6-5
VX-231-G7-5
Model Reference
Frequency
134 - 174 MHz
400 - 470 MHz
450 - 520 MHz
TX Power
5W
5W
5W