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AOR AR 8000 SRCH MODE

Postby JonnyAlpha » Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:34 am

Hi;

I have bought a SH AR 8000 for High ALtitude Balloon Tracking and it is working very well. I now want to use some of the other features.
I am trying to use the SEARCH facility to scan a particular frequency range to find active signals. The problem I have is that I am following the manual to initiate a MANU SRCH mode but it will not move through the frequency range it just stays on the first frequency and will only move through the programmed steps by pressing the up arrow or rotating the DIAL. According to the manual it should search until it finds an active signal and stop and only move on when pressing the up / down or dial?

Any ideas what I am doing wrong?
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Re: AOR AR 8000 SRCH MODE

Postby m0lsx » Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:45 am

Are you turning the squelch to shut out the background static? The squelch needs setting so that it stops the background noise, but not so it stops you hearing weak signals & the more you turn the squelch to the right, the stronger the signal needs to be. So it can be a fine balancing act between keeping the radio scanning & hearing weaker signals.
Static will stop the radio scanning, but it's level will vary from band to band.
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Re: AOR AR 8000 SRCH MODE

Postby JonnyAlpha » Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:29 am

So if my Squelch is too low the scan will not move because it is recognising the background noise as a signal? So increasing the Squelch to cut out the background noise will enable the scan to skip through the frequency and stop on strong signals.
I'll give it a go, thanks.
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Re: AOR AR 8000 SRCH MODE

Postby JonnyAlpha » Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:28 pm

Thanks very much for the help, I turned the Squelch and hey presto it started to scan through the desired frequency range. I managed to pick up a civ air fight :smiles:
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Re: AOR AR 8000 SRCH MODE

Postby m0lsx » Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:48 pm

Good to hear it worked for you.
Those manuals all too often assume you know how to use the scanner, which can then leave you missing something important, that they just assume you know.
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