JezUK77
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Wideband Scanners

Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:57 pm

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!)
 
David L
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RE: Wideband Scanners

Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:04 pm

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.
 
JezUK77
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RE: Wideband Scanners

Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:52 pm

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!
 
David L
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RE: Wideband Scanners

Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:04 am

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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