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My scanning toys :) AOR AR8200 MK3 & Uniden UBCD3600XLT

Postby scannergav » Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:07 am

Hello everyone,

For the past few years I've been running a very nice UBC125XLT, no problems with it at all!! But until recently (2 months ago), I just fancied upgrading and having a play, so I decided to go with an AOR AR8200 MK3 300mHz all mode scanner. The first few days it scared me to death lol, a fantastic piece of kit BUT just comes across out of the box, screaming at you - IF YOU ARE LEARNING ME, IM GOING TO MAKE YOU SWEAT!!!!! First few days, very slow trying to grasp it, but after a couple months, I feel more at home with it. With regards to the power supply!! I emailed AOR JP asking about the batteries for it. I just felt charging the 1800 NIMH supplied batteries for a 20-22hour charge through the handset was a bit much (advised in manual), plus the AOR didn't seem to last very long after the charge at all (4 hrs total'ish). I asked if I could upgrade the batteries to a higher capacity, they got back to me saying yes I could upgrade but advised to charge the batteries through an external charger. So now I use 2400,2500NIMH Duracell rechargeable batteries and charge them through a decent Duracell charger. The AOR with full power now seems to last for ages. Seems to run better too with a decent power charge. As this AOR is a handset you need to study to learn its operations, its made me look deeper into the scanning world, it just draws you into it, which makes it more exciting.

So because of this, I looked into scanning digital as well. I did look at the Whistler?, but Uniden released the UBCD3600XLT and it did sound good, so purchased it. Absolutely love it, again the first couple days getting used to it was a pain. I feel I've found my way around the Uniden far easier than using the AOR, general use, programming analog and digital modes, general set up etc. As for the Sentinel software installation on my Mac Pro running Sierra was a little tricky as its designed for Windows. You could try a program from the net called Wine if you wish to try it. For added support, I've played it safe and installed Parallels from the App Store (in app purchase required), It allows you to run Windows 10 on the Mac. Now installed, it supports and runs the Uniden perfectly, a little costly but very effective.

I have also been looking into the Uniden customer support for European/UK customers of the Uniden UBCD3600XLT. Im in the understanding that our USA brothers who have the 436HP version can register their handset to the website and can purchase their updates via Uniden. The European 3600XLT versions are run differently, we don't need to register them, when Uniden release updates for Europe, we will get notified through the Sentinel installed on our PC's, and will update when connected. Uniden will release updates to improve functions and add extra FEATURES :) CANT WAIT!!! There is a leather case being released in a few weeks for the UBCD3600XLT. European/UK customers who buy the mighty 3600/or a new Uniden don't need to write to Uniden USA/AU or JP Corporate, we do have a European contact!! We can speak to our local retailer OR we can write to the main European contact for Uniden, they are http://www.avera.eu
They are very helpful and are willing to answer any questions you may have. Anyway I'll stop babbling on lol. If you have any questions on the 3600 setup etc, I'm happy to answer any Q's, been studying it like mad.
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Re: My scanning toys :) AOR AR8200 MK3 & Uniden UBCD3600XLT

Postby scannergav » Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:14 pm

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Re: My scanning toys :) AOR AR8200 MK3 & Uniden UBCD3600XLT

Postby m3bsf » Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:07 am

Thanks for the Info
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Re: My scanning toys :) AOR AR8200 MK3 & Uniden UBCD3600XLT

Postby Scanner Brussels » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:48 am

Thanks for the information, if you find something to update/control the 3600 without windows please let me know (and probably a lot of other users). This is the only reason I don't buy a 3600 for the moment.
Thanks again for the information,

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Re: My scanning toys :) AOR AR8200 MK3 & Uniden UBCD3600XLT

Postby scannergav » Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:32 pm

Hello,
Yep, its a shame Uniden didn't make the Sentinel Installation Software user friendly for Apple Mac etc, not just windows!! As you know, there are things you can do to allow the Sentinel to run on the Mac, yep extra expense required, but It did work for me. If you look at other high end scanners (Whistler TRX-1), their softwares are all Windows. It'll be interesting to see what Icom use for the new IC R30 coming out, I presume Windows for running/software update programs! All this because Apple are too restrictive on third party applications sadly and Windows aren't. But if you are looking at the 3600XLT, its a stunning piece of kit!
I was going to wait for the IC R30 to come out but had to try the Uniden. We'll see what the R30 brings, if it persuades me to trade in the AOR or the Uniden?
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Re: My scanning toys :) AOR AR8200 MK3 & Uniden UBCD3600XLT

Postby Metradio » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:43 pm

It seems the R30 might not have DMR :sad:

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Re: My scanning toys :) AOR AR8200 MK3 & Uniden UBCD3600XLT

Postby scannergav » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:00 pm

NO DMR???????? So would you say DMR is the more popular Digital frequencies in the UK/Worldwide, especially for Ham Radio etc?????

So maybe the R30 is just going to concentrate more on the ICOM D-STAR side of things, plus NXDN, P25!!! Maybe all mode analog.
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Re: My scanning toys :) AOR AR8200 MK3 & Uniden UBCD3600XLT

Postby scannergav » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:09 pm

I think UNIDEN should release a secret update.................. TETRA lol :radiocall:
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Re: My scanning toys :) AOR AR8200 MK3 & Uniden UBCD3600XLT

Postby Metradio » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:15 pm

Latest spec on the R30:
"The IC-R30 will be able to decode D-STAR, P25, NXDN and dPMR digital (conventional) modes."

(dPMR is not DMR) :sad: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_p ... bile_radio

RIP R30

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Re: My scanning toys :) AOR AR8200 MK3 & Uniden UBCD3600XLT

Postby scannergav » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:45 pm

Yep, thanks for that Mike.... :smiles:
By the way, I see you've also got a 3600XLT!! How do you find yours??? Is it a worth while buy do you think?? Love mine.
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