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User currently offlineJezUK77 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 35 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7771 times:

Hi!

I am interested in buying an radio scanner but I would like it wide band so I can listen to both HF and VHF communications! Does anyone recommend a good one? And if they computer connectivity, do they work on Windows 7 (64 bit).

Many thanks in advance!

(If anyone knows of a good UK stockist of them, pass it on!)

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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 41
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7648 times:

If your budget stretches to £500+, I'd take a look at the AOR 8200 Mk3 from Javiation. I bought the Mk2 about ten years ago and it has an RS-232 interface. You need to buy an optional cable (and, probably, a serial-USB adaptor for recent PCs).

http://www.javiation.co.uk/ar8200-III.html

The free software I downloaded from the Javiation site was Windows 3-ish era and was pretty dire so I wrote my own. It's not difficult to do if you have some programming skills and you download the command set, also from Javiation. Failing that, there's some newer software, which I haven't investigated yet. It looks pretty good but isn't cheap:

http://www.441creative.com/jaor/

I'm afraid I have no idea what else is available.


User currently offlineJezUK77 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 7552 times:

Thanks for your help David! I actually own the same radio as you do! I have found one called ICOM R20. I'll check out your links in a few weeks after holidays!

User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 41
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7489 times:

Quoting JezUK77 (Reply 2):
I actually own the same radio as you do!

So what's wrong with it?   

If I was starting from scratch, I might choose the R20 (I'd need to study the online manual more closely*) but I wouldn't ditch my AR-8200/2 for it.

* You can have a look at the R20 manual here: http://www.javiation.co.uk/manuals/IC-R20_Manual.pdf


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