AR-8200D | AOR

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Advanced handheld scanner, receiving frequency range 0.5-3000 MHz all-mode. Bandscope, double VFO, medium-wave bar aerial, noise limiter, optional slot cards. Ideated in Japan, year of introduction 2013.

Reference market : ham-radio

General :
Frequency coverage [2] 0.5300 ~ 3000.0000 MHz [1]
Modulation mode CW / LSB / USB / AM / FM / WFM / P25
Tuning step 17 predefined standard steps between 50 Hz and 1 MHz
Programmable in multiples of 50 Hz
Moreover standard step of 8.333 KHz
Receiver :
Sensitivity SSB 1.5 uV (1.9~30 MHz, 10dB S/N)
0.3 uV (30~470 MHz, 10dB S/N)
AM 3.5 uV (0.53~1.9 MHz, 10dB S/N)
2.5 uV (1.9~30 MHz, 10dB S/N)
1.0 uV (30~470 MHz, 10dB S/N)
FM 0.35 uV (30~470 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.5 uV (470~820 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
2.5 uV (820~3000 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
WFM 1.0 uV (30~470 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
1.5 uV (470~820 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
Selectivity SSB 3 KHz (-6dB)
9 KHz (-60dB)
AM 9 KHz (-6dB)
20 KHz (-40dB)
AM-W 12 KHz (-6dB)
25 KHz (-40dB)
FM-N 9 KHz (-6dB)
20 KHz (-40dB)
FM 12 KHz (-6dB)
25 KHz (-40dB)
FM-W 150 KHz (-3dB)
380 KHz (-40dB)
Features :
Memory 1000 regular memories in 20 banks
40 for programmed scan limits
Display 100 Hz frequency resolution
7-segments signal meter bar
Antenna BNC 50Ω connector
Power supply 4.8 ~ 6V battery (4 x AA NiMh)
9 ~ 16 VDC external, 12 V nominal
Power consumption 190 mA typ
145 mA squelch on, battery save function off
25 mA squelch on, battery save function on
Audio power 0.12 W with an 8Ω load
Audio output Jack 3.5 mm
Connections mini-USB
Mechanical and environmental data :
Operating temperature from -5°C to +50°C
Dimensions 61 (W) x 143 (H) x 39 (D) mm, without antenna
Weight 370g with battery and antenna

[1] It's reported that in some units the minimum frequency is 0.15 MHz
[2] Cellular blocked (824~850, 869~895 MHz) in the US

Description :

AR-8200D is an improved version of the well-known AR-8200 Mark III, a scanner that expresses remarkable functionality and interesting solutions. In general terms, the device has 2 VFO, thus offering a very practical operating mode while the panoramic spectrum analyzer allows to display the activity in the band within a range from 100 KHz up to 10 MHz while a marker can be moved to one of the signals so as to automatically tune the VFO. For further analysis this track can be saved so that it can be recalled at a later time. In detail the changes made in the AR-8200D version are five: The Voice Recording function previously available as an option, with the supplied 4GB micro-SDHC card you can store the audio for a duration of about 65 hours. The files is in the WAV mono-sampled format (18 KHz, 16 bit) and if exceed about 1.7 hours of continuous recording are automatically saved so as to improve the reliability. Then there is the CTCSS Decoder function, which is available as an option, for the recognition of the sub-audio tones and thus allowing the scanner to be left on a given radio channel until an emission appears that uses the right code. The APCO-25 function decodes digital transmissions, not encrypted, which use this mode. From the hardware side there are the addition of a mini-USB port for a PC control of the receiver. Last but not least, we left the most relevant function: the Voice Inverter, a frequency inversion audio scrambler that makes clear voice communications otherwise incomprehensible. It is possible to set the inversion frequency on 11 different values as shown in the table:

Hz Hz Hz Hz Hz Hz Hz Hz Hz Hz Hz
2400 2800 3200 3600 4000 4400 4800 5200 5600 6000 6150

Other features: selection between different IF bandwidths for AM and FM, high frequency stability with TCXO oscillator, noise limiter, RF attenuator, squelch, separable ferrite antenna for MW band, metallic stylus antenna freely dimensionable and inclinable for the best reception. Multiple search options and wide range of customizable general memories with 12 alphanumeric characters.

Performance and practical notes :

This scanner reproduces almost unchanged the characteristics of the previous model AR-8200 Mark III to which you refer for a complete evaluation. It is reiterated here that the receiver as a whole does not disappoint expectations by showing a good balance between the key factors of sensitivity and resistance to intermodulation.

Valuation :

Dynamic range
Spurious response
Signal functions
Control functions
User friendly

Stars: 1=insufficient, 2=just sufficient, 3=mediocre, 4=good, 5=excellent

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