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The New Concept
The AR8000 is the result of AOR's long term ambition to produce a new breed of radio receiver which combined full computer compatibility with advanced wide-band radio receiver technology. With the introduction of the new AR8000, AOR have broken the mould of conventional radio receiver design.
At first glance the AR8000 in its static form may look no different to any modern hand-held scanning receiver, but the similarity ends there...just as soon as the receiver is switched on!! Initially you are greeted with the opening welcome message on the AR8000 multi-function liquid crystal display "WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF AR8000 RECEIVER", in a similar way to a sign on message displayed by your personal computer. This new experience immediately demonstrates to the new user and discerning radio listener that the AR8000 is no ordinary radio but THE NEW CONCEPT in radio design. The modern new cabinet design measures approx. 152mm (h) x 69mm (d) x 40mm (w) excluding projections and weighing only 350g including NiCads (but not aerial).
The highly visibility LCD is of a new dot matrix format which enables many new facilities to be used, many of which have never been seen before especially on a hand held design. Two VFO frequencies may be displayed on the LCD simultaneously, one providing a stand by frequency available for quick transfer (similar to commercial aviation built- in radio transceivers). When frequencies are entered, ALPHANUMERIC comments may be stored along with frequency, mode & attenuator status simplifying the job or recalling and identifying memory channels. The LCD provides four lines of display so that additional facilities may be provided and displayed at the same time, these include a signal strength bar meter and a band-scope showing band occupancy.
Computer type functions
The AR8000 is truly a button pushers delight but operation need not be difficult. As well as a comprehensively illustrated operating manual and UK quick reference guide, the AR8000 has two operating modes: NEWUSER and EXPERT. As already mentioned, the multi-function LCD provides many new facilities but the receiver has a few more tricks up it's sleeve. Not only can you connect the AR8000 to an external computer for remote control, you may connect two AR8000 receivers back-to-back so that data may be copied from one to another (small interface required for remote data access). There are a variety of scan/search commands to link banks, scan by mode, programmable delay scan, priority, auto memory store, step offset and a programmable power save circuit to increase duration of operation from the NiCads. Keypad illumination extends to the side panel keys and maybe switched in a jumber of ways. Illumination "permanently On" for mobile operation is possible, a specially selected heavy duty regulator has been fitted to ensure the receiver will continue to operate reliably even with the illumination on.
COMPUTER CONTROL SOFTWARE
The AR8000 is one the "most supported" receiver when it comes to software packages with many packages supporting it. Further details and Demo copies of some are available at the following Web Sites:
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