AR-8600 Mark II | AOR

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Desktop / mobile wide-band receiver, frequency range 0.1-3000 MHz all-mode. Optional slot cards for CTCSS, voice inverter, etc. Ideated in Japan, year of introduction 2002.

Reference market : ham-radio

General :
Frequency coverage [2] 0.1000 ~ 3000.0000 MHz
Modulation mode CW / LSB / USB / AM / FM / WFM
Tuning step User-defined with 50 Hz resolution
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 (0.5~1.9 MHz, 10dB S/N)
2.0 uV (1.9~30 MHz, 10dB S/N)
1.5 uV (30~470 MHz, 10dB S/N)
FM 0.7 uV (30~470 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.6 uV (470~1040 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
1.0 uV (1040~1300 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
3.5 uV (1300~2040 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
10.0 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-N 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)
Intermediate frequency 754.85 MHz [1]
243.85 MHz [1]
45.05 MHz
455 KHz
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 10.8 ~ 16 VDC external, 12 V nominal
9.6 VDC internal, NiCad battery (opt.)
Power consumption 400 mA typ
70 mA functions not active
Audio power 0.8 W with an 8Ω load
Audio output Jack 3.5 mm external speaker
Jack 3.5 mm line
Connections RS232C-9
BNC (IF 10.7 MHz out)
Mechanical and environmental data :
Operating temperature from -5°C to +50°C
Dimensions 155 (W) x 57 (H) x 197 (D) mm
Weight 2kg

[1] 1° IF frequencies correlated to specific band segments
[2] Cellular blocked in the US

Description :

AR-8600 Mark II is a compact desktop receiver, thanks to the possibility of being powered by internal batteries, it is suitable for vehicular or portable use. This AOR is mainly aimed for listeners who wish to monitor over a wide range of frequencies but which do not require full control functions. The front panel over the tune control is developed with a limited set of buttons and adjustments knobs. For this aspect it basically proposes an interface similar to that found in a portable scanner. Instead, the latter deviates from the flexibility due to the possibility of installing optional IF-filters for SSB (2.5 KHz) and AM (6 KHz), as well as additional functions on slot-cards (also AR-8200 compatible). 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: selection between different IF bandwidths for AM and FM modes, high frequency stability with TCXO (temperature compensated oscillator), IF output, AFC in FM mode (automatic frequency control), noise limiter, RF attenuator, separable ferrite antenna for medium waves, squelch, frequency display of both VFOs. The panoramic spectrum analyzer allows you to view the radio activity within a range from 100 KHz up to 10 MHz, a marker can be moved to one of the emissions so as to automatically tune the VFO, the track can also be saved for a subsequent recall. Multiple search options, the speed reaches 37 channels/second, and a wide range of customizable general memories with 12 alphanumeric characters. RS-232C connection for PC control.

Performance and practical notes :

The AR-8600 Mark II is located in an intermediate position between a handheld scanner and a broadband communications receiver. The Performancesare interesting but they suffer from an unsatisfactory price / performance ratio. In this respect there is a parallel with another AOR model, the AR-One receiver similar for some technical solutions. the AR-8600 Mark II, second version therefore, offers a wide coverage of frequencies to the benefit of operators who are looking for a scanner to be used anywhere but with operating limits below 30 MHz due to the lack of PBT and notch filter. The addition of an optional Collins filter greatly improves selectivity but still fails to express comparable results to the equipment dedicated to HF, a poor rejection at the IF level and a not excellent RF dynamic-range determine a clear distinction. The functions on the slot-card have undeniably been an innovation at the time of introduction, the real potentialities and the improvements in the performances are however not of primary importance from a current point of view.

AR-8600 Mark II price :

We have collected for your convenience the AR-8600 Mark II sales prices and their trend over time. Of course offers, accessories, warranty terms and conditions can lead to different figures.

Price Date Condition
EUR 745,-- 2018-oct New
EUR 895,-- 2018-oct New

With option APCO25 and warranty extension

USD 969,-- 2018-oct New
GBP 629,-- 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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