* Cell blocked in the USA for FCC rules
Receive Modes: WFM, NFM, SFM, WAM, AM, NAM, USB, LSB, CW
Sensitivity: 100 kHz ~ 1.9 MHz AM: 2.5 μV (10dB S/N)
1.9 MHz ~ 30 MHz AM: 2.0 μV (10dB S/N)
30 MHz ~ 470 MHz AM: 1.5 μV (10dB S/N)
NFM: 0.7 μV (12dB SINAD)
WFM: 1.0 μV (12dB SINAD)
470 MHz ~ 1040 MHz NFM: 0.6 μV (12dB SINAD)
1040 MHz ~ 2040 MHz NFM: 3.5 μV (12dB SINAD)
2040 MHz ~ 3000 MHz NFM: 10 μV (12dB SINAD)
Selectivity: SSB/NAM 3kHz (-6dB), 9kHz (-60dB)
AM/SFM 9kHz (-6dB), 20kHz (-40dB)
WAM/NFM 12kHz (-6dB), 25kHz (-40dB)
WFM 150kHz (-3dB), 380kHz (-40dB)
Aerial connection: 50 OHM BNC
Audio output: 800mW (8 OHMS) MAX @ 10% THD. Internal speaker, rear chassis 3.5mm
socket, front panel 3.5mm socket
Power Consumption: 400mA typical usage, 70mA on standby. 10.8 - 16V d.c. negative ground
9.6V from optional internal BP8600 NiCad
Operating temperature range -5 to +50°C
Dimensions: 155(W) x 57(H) x 195(D) mm excluding projections
Weight: 2kg approx (MW bar aerial included)
Memory channels: 1,000 (20 banks)
Select scan channels: 50
Priority channels: 1
Search banks: 40
PASS channels: 50 per search bank + 50 for VFO search
Scan/Search Rate: 37 increments per second maximum.
A strong twin metal case with die cast front panel characterises the multi-purpose role.
All mode receive capability is provided including Single Side Band with programmable
tuning steps down to a resolution of 50Hz with the frequency established by a highly
accurate Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO). An RS232 port
further extends the capabilities with free supporting control software available from the
AOR web sites.
Many microprocessor features have been adopted from the trendsetting AR8200
Series-2 hand portable receiver, with the addition of a lamp dimmer and squelch
operated lamp. The AR8600 Mark2 RF front-end is an all new design with additional
RF bandpass filters, sharper I.F. filters, SPM aerial switching devices for minimal signal
path loss and Mini-Circuits mixers. RF preselection is provided through the crowded
areas of VHF and UHF to ensure the highest levels of adjacent channel rejection with
software spurii cancellation. In addition to a hinged telescopic whip aerial, the AR8600
Mark2 is supplied with a detachable plug in medium wave bar aerial which locates
on the rear chassis of the receiver for localised medium wave monitoring. An additional
BNC socket is mounted on the rear chassis so that 10.7MHz i.f. output may be
extracted for use with external spectrum display and vector analyser units such as the
AOR SDU5500. The TCXO ensures high stability with minimal internal spurii and is
usually only seen in top of the range (more expensive) table-top models such as the
AR5000 and AR7030.
Centre stage is a custom multi-section back-lit LCD, numeric keypad, navigation keys,
rotary tuning control and separate controls for volume and squelch control, the LCD
can also display alpha-numeric text comments.
The all important 8.33 kHz airband channel step is correctly implemented
(eight-and-one-third, 33, 66, 00). Channel steps are provided in a menu and may be
programmed. Step may be programmed by the operator in any receive mode using
multiples of 50 Hz in any mode (i.e. 5 kHz, 12.5 kHz or even 1.25 kHz). Extensive
step-adjust and frequency offset facilities are also provided (as per AR5000) to
ensure tracking of the most obscure band plans, AFC (Automatic Frequency Control) is
included for spot on tuning ensuring that nothing is missed.
A wide frequency coverage is provided from 100 kHz to 3000 MHz (no gaps).
All mode receive: WFM, NFM, SFM (Super Narrow FM), WAM, AM, NAM
(Wide, standard, Narrow AM), USB, LSB & CW. A 3.0 kHz SSB filter is employed with
true carrier re-insertion resulting in non-offset frequency readout for easy tuning of
SSB transmissions. Optional substitute SSB and AM Collins mechanical filters are
also available. An attenuator and noise limiter are also featured.
A meaningful band plan is factory programmed specific to market area, this ensures
that the AR8600 Mark2 automatically selects the correct receive mode and tuning step
(although mode and tuning step may be manually selected at any time), the band plan
may be edited via computer control.
A group of four front panel navigational keys provide a natural and intuitive path
through the on-screen menus. Tuning is primarily accomplished via the main tuning
dial, arrow keys and keypad. The back-lit LCD with contrast control provides
operational data with the ability to add 12 character text comments to each memory
channel, memory bank and search bank, a text search feature simplifies identification
and recall of stored information.
Many text prompts aid operation making programming of search banks etc straight
forward. Two frequencies may be displayed along with operating legends and high
resolution signal meter and multi-function band scope. The band scope provides
adjustable span width from 10 MHz to 100 kHz , you can move the marker, operate
peak hold, transfer the marker frequency to VFO and save trace for later recall.
Flexible dynamic memory bank layout is provided (memory banks may be varied in
size between 10 and 90 channels each i.e. bank ‘A’ 80 channels / bank ‘a’ 20 channels
with bank ‘B’ 40 channels / bank ‘b’ 60 channels etc). A total of 1,000 memories are
provided in 20 memory banks, lockout, select scan, priority and auto store are also
provided. In addition 40 search banks are provided with 50 pass channels per search
bank and a further 50 for VFO search lockout. Comprehensive edit, move, swap and
delete facilities are provided, it is possible to move whole memory & search banks. In
addition you may write PROTECT memories, banks and search banks to prevent
accidental over-writing of stored data including protection of the entire receiver! Scan
& search rates provide a maximum of approximately 37 increments per second. Flash-
ROM memory storage ensures that data is automatically saved without the need for a
backup battery or capacitor.
Computer control is available via a standard 9-pin RS232 D-type connector on the
rear chassis, just a standard RS232 cable is required for connection to a PC, the
extensive RS232 command list is printed in the operating manual. A FREE software
package is available as a download from the AOR web sites, this provides frequency
control & management, searching, scanning, logging with support for geographic data
from a GPS and audio recording to disk.
In addition, 'optional internal SLOT CARDS' (which fit into the rear chassis of the
AR8600 Mark2) extend the capabilities even further, five cards may be fitted with two
operational simultaneously lMemory slot card (increase storage to 4,000 memories,
160 search banks). lCTCSS slot card squelch & search. lRecord chip slot card.
(records up to 20 seconds of audio) with 'continuous loop' capability. lTone.
eliminator slot card. lVoice inverter card. The slot cards are common to the.
AR8600, AR8600 Mark2, AR8200 and AR8200 Series-2.
Portable operation is a reality, when the optional BP8600 battery is fitted, several.
hours operation is provided away from the base or vehicle power supplies.
(Note, considering the BP8600, a 15V regulated d.c. supply is recommended for charging purposes so that.
the battery obtains a full charge, full charging time 48 hours. This may also be used as a power supply).
Supplied with: Swivel base telescopic whip aerial, MW bar, comprehensive illustrated.
operating manual with RS232 listing, a.c. power supply specific to the market area.
(free PC software is available from the AOR web sites). The availability of standard.