AR-8200 Mark III | 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 2004.

Reference market : ham-radio

General :
Frequency coverage [1] 0.5300 ~ 3000.0000 MHz
Modulation mode CW / LSB / USB / AM / FM / WFM
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)
0.7 uV (30~470 MHz, 10dB S/N)
FM 0.85 uV (30~470 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.9 uV (470~1040 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
1.0 uV (1040~1300 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
2.5 uV (1300~2040 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
14.0 uV (2040~3000 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
WFM 1.0 uV (30~470 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
1.5 uV (470~1040 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
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 335g with battery and antenna

[1] Cellular blocked (824~850, 869~895 MHz) in the USA

Description :

AR-8200 Mark III is a scanner with remarkable features and interesting solutions that add flexibility to its use. It has 2 VFO, thus offering a very practical operating mode and very similar to what happens in the desktop receivers, the panoramic spectrum analyzer allows instead to display the radio activity within a range from 100 KHz up to 10 MHz. On spectrum analyzer a marker can be moved to one of the signals so as to automatically tune the VFO and, for further analysis, the track can be saved so that it can be recalled at a later time. Another important detail is the possibility of inserting expansions on slot-cards, which are also compatible with the AR-8600 receiver, so as to customize the use according to the listening needs. The five cards available are:

VI8200 Voice inverter, adjustable in 157 steps
CT8200 CTCSS squelch and search decoder
TE8200 Notch filter, audio tone eliminator in 256 steps
RU8200 Audio recording and playback, 20 seconds approx, also with continuous loop
EM8200 Extended memory with 4000 memories, 160 search banks

Other features: AM and FM mode intermediate frequency (IF) filters selection with different bandwidths, high frequency stability with temperature compensated oscillator (TCXO), noise limiter, RF attenuator, squelch, separable ferrite antenna for Medium Waves band, metallic stylus antenna freely dimensionable and inclinable for the best reception. Multiple search options and a wide range of customizable general memories with 12 alphanumeric characters, the number of allocations in a memory bank can be increased by decreasing the space of another bank in proportion. RS-232C port for PC control, with optional cable.

Performance and practical notes :

This scanner is the successor of the AR-8000, a successful receiver with regard to the then innovative performance. The AR-8200 improves and broadens the features making the device one of the few handsets able to cover such a large frequency range even in SSB mode. In fact, the availability of a filter with a reasonable bandwidth (3 KHz) really opens up to the demanding ratings of these emissions. This is in HF bands, where the dynamic-range is not comparable to the typical values of a desktop receiver, and on higher frequencies where in addition to listening ham-radio signals you can appreciate the possibility of adopting the SSB as a technique to analyze narrow band transmissions even if they employ other modulations.

Overall, the receiver does not disappoint expectations by showing a balance between the key factors of sensitivity and resistance to intermodulation. Wanting to highlight the deficits, however, the attention focuses on two points: as for the predecessor we note especially in the VHF a not optimal rejection to the spurious signals due to the image frequencies, this in the AR-8000 assumed a greater weight therefore demonstration of a quality leap in the new design. Another detail concerns the keyboard on the front-pannel that tend to wear out over time. It is advisable to take care to verify their function when you are about to make the purchase of a used receiver.

AR-8200 Mark III price :

We have collected for your convenience the AR-8200 Mark III sales prices and their trend over time. Of course offers, accessories, warranty terms and conditions can lead to different figures.

Price Date Condition
EUR 560,-- 2018-oct New
EUR 699,-- 2018-oct New

AR-8200 MK3-IR version, with infrared keyboard ideal for night use

USD 719,-- 2018-oct New
GBP 459,-- 2018-oct New

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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