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Pocket-size scanner, receiving frequency range 0.1-1300 MHz in AM and FM mode. Voice inverter descrambler, CTCSS/DCS, bug detector. Ideated in Japan, year of introduction 2009.

Reference market : ham-radio

General :
Frequency coverage [1] 0.1000 ~ 1300.0000 MHz
Modulation mode AM / FM / WFM
Tuning step 5 / 6.25 / 8.333 / 9 / 10 / 12.5 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 50 / 100 KHz
Receiver :
Sensitivity AM 1.3 uV (0.2~5 MHz, 10dB S/N)
0.6 uV (5~520 MHz, 10dB S/N)
0.7 uV (520~1300 MHz, 10dB S/N)
FM 0.2 uV (5~370 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.28 uV (370~520 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.35 uV (520~1300 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
WFM 0.9 uV (5~160 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
0.8 uV (160~370 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
1.0 uV (370~1300 MHz, 12dB SINAD)
Selectivity AM 15 KHz (-6dB)
FM 15 KHz (-6dB)
WFM 110 KHz (-3dB)
Frequency stability ± 2.5ppm max
Intermediate frequency 243.95 MHz
21.7 MHz
450 KHz (AM / FM)
Features :
Memory 1000 regular memories in 10 banks
2 VFO
Display 1 KHz frequency resolution
10-segments signal meter bar
Antenna SMA 50Ω connector
Power supply 2.4 ~ 3V battery (2 x AA NiMh)
6 VDC external
Power consumption 150 mA typ
20 mA squelch on, battery save function on
Audio output Jack 3.5 mm
Mechanical and environmental data :
Dimensions 60 (W) x 95 (H) x 24 (D) mm, without antenna
Weight 210g with battery and antenna

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

Description :

AR-Mini is a pocket-size scanner for AM and FM modes with a 22-hour battery life guaranteed by the supplied Ni-Mh batteries. The construction responds to the JIS-4 grade, the apparatus can in other words resist splash water without inconveniences. Particularly interesting among the features is the frequency-inversion scrambler decoder, a mode not usually present in portable receivers of this type, and the RF-detector function to speed-up the recognition of a nearby transmitter. It has 1000 generic memory locations distributed in banks, there is a skip function for exclusion during the search. Two VFO for independent frequencies. The CTCSS and DCS tone decoding allows a targeted reception to identify a signal between a group of emissions. Beyond the flexible stylus antenna there is a ferrite antenna to improve the reception of medium and short waves between 0.1 ~ 5 MHz. The display offers explanatory icons of the function in use. To safeguard the batteries, the power-save or auto-power-off mode can be activated, respectively, in order to partialize the operating time or switch the unit off under specific conditions. The receiver also allows the cloning of the contents of the memories from a PC and also between two AR-Mini, the software can be downloaded from the AOR site while a optional interface cables are required.

Performance and practical notes :

This scanner is light and with low consumption. Thus meets the demands of those looking for an essential receiver, convenient for transport. The presence of only a few buttons with menu passages for certain settings requires a minimum of familiarity with the control logic but is not demanding or complex. Interesting the scrambler decoder function, it is however pointed out that because of the variations of the audio frequency inversion technique the actual use of this mode must be commensurate with the single circumstance. Finally, sensitivity is an element that is particularly taken care of in the AR-Mini, evidently the design of the RF front-end has taken advantage of latest electronic solutions.

AR-Mini price :

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

Price Date Condition
EUR 132,-- 2018-oct New
GBP 159,-- 2018-oct New

Valuation :

Sensitivity
Selectivity
Dynamic range
Spurious response
Audio
Signal functions
Control functions
User friendly

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

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