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Yaesu VX-7 Commander

The VX-7 Commander application is a software package for programming the Yaesu VX-7R.

A programming cable is required to interface with a PC.


You must open a profile file for the radio before any importing can occur. This can be done by opening a *.vx7 file or, if you have not downloaded the radio for the first time, you should do that first and save that file.

Reading from the VX-7

  1. Power the radio off.
  2. Connect the programming cable to the “MIC/SP” plug on the top of the radio (pro-tip: Remove the antenna to make this easier).
  3. Power the radio by pressing the [MON-F] and [POWER] buttons at the same time until “CLONE” appears on the screen.
  4. Select the COM Port in the application by selecting [Settings] » Port (pro-tip: Check the Device Manager to confirm the COM Port number.
  5. Prepare the software to receive a download from the radio by selecting Transfer » Read from VX-7.
  6. Press [BAND] on the radio to begin the transfer.

A progress box will appear as the radio is downloaded.

Writing to the VX-7


The VX-7 Commander software can import in CSV, TravelPlus TPE, VX5 .EXE, VX-5 .RDF, and .VX2 formats. It can export in CSV format only.

Repeaterbood default is BOLD. Headers are included as the field names shown below.

Field Names Values
# Sequential memory number starting with 1.
Tag null limited to 8 characters.
Freq Repeater Downlink Frequency
Scn Md Off, Skip, Pref
Step 5 kHz
Masked False
Shift Repeater shift in MHz
Tone Repeater Downlink Tone or 88.5
DCS Repeater Downlink Code or 023
TX Pwr L1, L2, L3, MAX
Dev Norm, HALF
Clk Sh OFF, ON
Icon 13

Supported Searches

See the TravelPlus TPE section for available exports. The exports below are in regards to the specific CSV import, which provides additional functionality beyond the TravelPlus export.

Search Page North America Rest of World
Call Development Planned Development Planned
Favorite Operational Development Planned
Feature Development Planned Development Planned
Keyword Development Planned Development Planned
Location Development Planned Development Planned
Multi-County Development Planned
Multi-State Development Planned
Proximity Operational Operational
Quick Operational Operational
Nationwide Development Planned
Special Modes Development Planned Development Planned
Travel Development Planned

Export Notes

Users may notice there is sometimes a discrepancy between the number of rows shown on the website versus what is actually exported. This is caused by the export working to remove any repeaters that operate in modes that are not supported by the radio, such as all digital modes. Exports are also limited to the number of memory channels available in the VX-7, which is 900.

Tips and Tricks

Import the data into CHIRP and then massage the data there as a master file. For example, CHIRP defaults to setting the power to the L1. I'll go line by line and change the power to my preferred settings. Once that is all squared away, I will save an image of the configuration. That image can be used to create settings for any other radio you own that is supported by CHIRP. With that procedure, you are well on your way to programming all of your radio as similarly as possible.

If you would also like to use the VX-7 Commander software, save your work as a *.img file and then as a file as a *.vx7 file. Open the *.vx7 file with VX-7 Commander.

vx_7_commander.txt · Last modified: 2021/02/27 14:11 (external edit)