>From: PJML@ibma.nerc-wallingford.ac.uk ("Pete Lucas, NCS-TLC, Holbrook House, Swindon")
>Subject: AOR AR1000 Reviewed.
>Date: 10 Jan 91 09:38:32 GMT
>Organization: The Internet
PORTABLE SCANNING RECEIVER
This is a review of the AOR AR1000 portable scanner (which is similar,
f not identical to, the Fairmate HP100E). Comments and opinions in this
The AR1000 is a small hand-held scanner covering the frequency range
and WFM, selectable independently of the receive frequency. Scanning
As supplied the AR1000 comes with each bank of channels pre-programmed,
this being as follows:
BANK USE RANGE STEP MODE
~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~
1 VHF Air 118-138MHz 25KHz AM
2 UHF Air 225-400MHz 50KHz AM
3 PMR LO (*) 71-87MHz 12.5 AM
4 PMR HI 165-174MHz 12.5 NFM
5 BAND3 (*) 174.5-225MHz 12.5 NFM
6 MARINE 156-163MHz 25KHz NFM
7 HAM VHF 144-146MHz 12.5 NFM
8 HAM UHF 433-435MHz 25KHz NFM
9 C-MOBILE 890-905MHz 12.5 NFM
0 C-BASE 935-950MHz 12.5 NFM
(*) note that in Europe, 71-87MHz is used for private mobile radio
and 174-225MHz is for trunked mobile radio services.
Each bank can be scanned separately, or in groups (so, for example,,
you can limit scanning to banks 1 and 2 when you are at an airshow, or
banks 7 and 8 when at a ham meet). Lockout is available to prevent the
automatic 'skip blank carriers' mode liks certain other scanners,
nstead you have to let it stop on a blank carrier and then hit the LOCKOUT
button so it does not stop on that frequency next time round).
Up to 100 lockouts can be set per bank.
found in search mode can be stored in the relevant memory location
by pressing ENTER followed by the (3-digit) memory location you
you have found in 'the next free memory location'.
When scanning memorised channels, the rate is approx. 18 channels
When searching, the direction of search can be altered by using the
UP/DOWN keys (default is to search from low frequency to high but this
can be reversed). There is a knob on top of the radio which can be used
to search manually; this is very useful for fine-tuning (for example if
frequency when it detects a strong signal - the knob can be used to
accurately centre the tuning).
Knob-operation is also possible to step through memory channels in either
When stepping through memory chanels, pressing the MANUAL key then allows
you to step up or down either side of the memorised frequency in
Any memory channel can be allocated as a priority frequency, which is
antenna*. Using an external dual-5/8 collinear for 2 meters does result
n slight intermodulation (this is to be expected - i am line of sight to
a paging TX and a FM broadcast mast) but the manufacturers have conveniently
fitted a 20dB attenuator, invoked by pressing a button, which removes
the problem. I can use this receiver in RF-hostile environments with little
or no desensitisation; it is superb in comparison with the Icom IC-R1
AR1000 with its supplied 'stubby' rubber antenna to listen to local FM
broadcast stations whilst working 2-meter packet, with no ill effects.
of world. I do not have a lab to test 'ultimate' sensitivity but in
comparison with a borrowed TH77E, the AR1000 stood up well - it could
Clearly, front-end filtering *CAN* be made tight without sacrificing
Adjacent-channel selectivity is good, bearing in mind the amount of
been any adjacent-channel interference noted.
Now to the bad points.... the 'If only's. You knew it couldnt ALL be good!!!
Controls - well, the 'keyboard lock' is done through a key that has a
are wearing gloves, it is impossible to press!
Secondly, there is a display illumination key - when pressed, you get
The display light is just that - a display light. In the dark
you have to guess which keys are which, using touch.
Holding the 'display light' key down doesnt achieve anything, as the light
n the dark, wearing gloves, you have problems. I would prefer the
'keyboard lock' and 'display light' functions to be done via small
Thirdly, power & batteries. The Nicads last about 4 hours with reasonable
audio volume. No, its not 'nicad memory' thats getting me, as i have
tried several sets of cells. If the radio had been made bigger, and used
'C' cells rather than 'AA' then it would have been better....
The external power jack is on the side of the radio, making the use
of a 'drop in' charger impossible. Easy recharging in a mobile environment
s therefore not possible.
Now if only the manufacturers had seen fit to install contact studs on
the base of the radio.......
Finally, the last real gripe; when operating on the HF bands, it is
usually impossible to tune a broadcast station accurately when you only
Overall, I like it! The resistance to spurious intermodulation effects and
and illumination/lock controls. Now if they only made it take bigger
nicads, designed a 'drop-in' charge facility, and gave it 0.5KHz scanner
Pete Lucas PJML@UK.AC.NWL.IA G6WBJ@GB7SDN.GBR.EU