AOR 8200 MKII operation complexities !??

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AOR 8200 MKII operation complexities !??

Postby sandman1976 » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:55 pm

Hey all,

I have a MKII AOR 8200 and have become overwhelmed by the manual!

All i want to do is select a range to auto scan and the manual is bamboozling me.

i.e i want to scan between 115 & 200 Mhz but i cant figure it.

Can anyone guide me in layman's terms how to do this?

Many Thanks,
Adrian.
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Re: AOR 8200 MKII operation complexities !??

Postby maylandmanta » Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:26 am

You can do that by using the VFO.Press the VFO button and enter the lower frequency then press enter.Now press the VFO button again and enter the higher frequency and press enter again.Lastly press and hold the VFO button and the scanner will beep and start to scan between the set frequencies.

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Re: AOR 8200 MKII operation complexities !??

Postby Chris P » Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:37 am

but why would you want to, as searching such a wide range will not get you many hits due to the SEARCH/step rate and the short duration of transmissions in the bands you describe . The frequency range you describe covers the VHF airband the marine band the high PMR band and an amateur radio band all of which require different step rates and modes so even if you do get a hit you may not be able to demodulate the transmission as you may be in am mode on an FM transmission . It is much more productive to do a little research and either programme into memory the frequencies that you are most likely to hear in your location ( your local airport or local amateur repeaters or local port frequencies for example )and then SCAN those or to reduce the range into smaller segments ,say 2-3Mhz and searching those in stages with the correct mode and step rate programmed in . It may be worth doing a little research into the difference between scanning and searching . Searching over wide ranges is rarely very productive and you will miss most transmissions.

Even searching the vhf airband between 118 and 137Mhz with the mode set at AM an the step at 8.33khz ( which in theory will cover all of the possible airband frequencies) it is unlikely to get you many hits as the search will cover 2280 channels and will take nearly 30 seconds to search (even with no delay set on the squelch ) . You will most likely get unintelligible segments of audio ie one or two words and the next transmission will be on another totally different frequency and unrelated

If you give us a hint to your location and area of interest eg airband ,marine or amateur or even PMR we may be able to suggest some more likely frequencies for you to scan
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Re: AOR 8200 MKII operation complexities !??

Postby sandman1976 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:01 am

Hi, thanks for the much easier description of what i was trying to do!
I can do it now :)

My Location is Halifax West Yorkshire, driving me mad trying to find up to date and reliable frequencies to listen in to locally so if you guys have anything i could
tap in that would give me something to listen to that would be fab!

Paid quite a lot of money for the AOR and never really used it simply because it appeared i would need a degree to operate it.
So i ended up using the basic realistic/radio shack and an old manual tune air-band radio, got the AOR back out a few weeks ago and i'm determined to master it!
It has a lot of features i don't know and have never seen and i have a million and one questions to ask if anyone has the patience?

Thanks :)
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Re: AOR 8200 MKII operation complexities !??

Postby Chris P » Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:00 pm

From the AIP for Leeds Bradford

LEEDS APPROACH 134.575 MHz.
TWR LEEDS TOWER 120.300 MHz H24 DOC 25 nm/4,000 ft.
LEEDS DELIVERY 121.800 MHz
LEEDS RADAR 134.575 MHz
LEEDS RADAR 125.375 MHz
But due to the terrain around halifax you may only hear the aircraft as line of sight to LBA is not possible

There are several airways that pass over the top of Halifax passing the POLHILL waypoint so a bit more research could provide

It may be beneficial to get a copy of the scanning directory advertised at the bottom of this page and then search for the listings for Halifax

Hope these help
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Re: AOR 8200 MKII operation complexities !??

Postby sandman1976 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:18 pm

Thanks for that i will investigate further, I might invest in an antennae for the side of the house.
Thinking about it i might even sell the AOR and replace it with a desktop or mobile model because i spend more time in home or the car with it!
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Re: AOR 8200 MKII operation complexities !??

Postby Chris P » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:20 pm

regarding a suitable replacement a Uniden BCT15x would be a possible alternative . but a UBC785xlt is another that is slightly easier to programme . both can be used as desktops and mobiles .

Given the terrain around Halifax you will get greater range by driving to a high spot ( look for commercial repeater antennae to find the best locations )
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Re: AOR 8200 MKII operation complexities !??

Postby Chris P » Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:07 am

Further to my earlier post the nearest NATs transmitter site to you is Preston so the frequencies below may carry the airway traffic above Halifax with 133.8 and 136.575 being the most likely contenders

118.775
118.780
124.750
North ICF
125.475
FIS North
125.680
126.875
Wirral
128.050
Wirral
128.675
Standby
132.860
Wirral

133.050
Isle of Man
133.705
Lakes
133.800
East
134.425
Staffa
135.580
Wirral
136.575
North Upper


277.625
North West
London Military
280.825
North West
London Military
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Re: AOR 8200 MKII operation complexities !??

Postby sandman1976 » Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:36 pm

My AOR goes up into 2Ghz, the UBC785xlt goes to 1.3Ghz, whats actually broadcasting up and above 1.3ghz? i noticed the AOR8200 MKIII goes up into 3ghz, what on earth is broadcasting that far up? I'm presuming there must be something or why would they make the handset?
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Re: AOR 8200 MKII operation complexities !??

Postby Chris P » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:38 pm

this link may help http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/spectrum/map.html


and putting on my pedantic hat :biggrin: whilst there may be transmissions( sent to authorised users ) they are not broadcasts (which are sent to anyone who can receive the transmission )
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