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Uniden SDS100E any good or a duck

Postby mickydt » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:38 pm

i now have the money for a new radio and was looking at the Uniden sds100e but is it any good or a duck?

also looking at the new aor portable are there any reported issues to be aware of.

got the money like i say but really not sure what to go for

any input welcome before i take the nose dive,

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Re: Uniden SDS100E any good or a duck

Postby questnz » Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:35 am

Hi you may want to hold on for both SDS100E and AOR 10, handhelds. Check other users opinions on readioreference.com forums in US.
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Re: Uniden SDS100E any good or a duck

Postby m0lsx » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:22 pm

questnz wrote:Hi you may want to hold on for both SDS100E and AOR 10, handhelds.


I know someone who has the AOR & after spending £1000 on it he is less than satisfied with the results. He says the stock antenna is exceptionally poor & this means he misses almost all of the digital & analogue signals that his Uniden 3600 hits & when he puts a better antenna on it, it still misses one third of the signals that his stock Uniden hits. But as he says, the fact that AOR cannot make a radio that hits the programmed frequency it is supposed to be on & then drifts, could have something to do with it.
His radio is 3.6 khz off frequency & he says that is common from what he has heard :shocker: :shocker: :shocker: But even programming frequencies allowing for that poor design flaw. It still does not handle digital signals well :embarrased: :embarrased:
And as he points out should you need to fit a better antenna & program to allow for it being off frequency with a £1000 radio & still have it miss one third of the signals that a stock £400 Uniden hits?
He also says that there is a LOT more programming needed to get the AOR to receive digital signals & even then it does it poorly. Unlike with the Whistler or Uniden who he says are 100% than the AOR.
Currently he is trying to get the dealer to take his AOR back & return his money, as it is in his words the worst piece of $--t he has ever spent his money on.
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Re: Uniden SDS100E any good or a duck

Postby m0lsx » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:32 pm

Rather than edit the above. My friend says AOR's competence is best shown by the fact that they make, build & then sell a digital radio & fit a antenna optimised for the non digital air band. :embarrased: :embarrased:
AOR then tries to dig themselves out of their own hole of stupidity by offering a free telescopic antenna. :huh: :huh: As he point out, telescopic antennas are not the most robust of antennas & if you are designing a radio for digital signals & charging £1000 for it, why offer an antenna with it, that they now admit is no use where most of the digital signals are :?: And why then compound that problem by offering a cheap & nasty telescopic antenna, which should have been included in the first place as this radio covers from 100khz. :?:
I know this is not his first AOR, but I do get the impression it will be his last.
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Re: Uniden SDS100E any good or a duck

Postby mickydt » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:25 am

sorry guys for the long delay in getting back to this topic.

i basically went into hospital for a infection and suffered complications and only came out Monday after a 2 week stint, really not 100% i have been left badly disabled as a result so a long recovery ahead.

any way mentioning stock aerials can anyone remember the rather flimsy aerial for the icom r20 i still have a the r20 but in all honestly i never use the thing and all ways bang a good size aerial on it that also goes for any portable i have owned, for the price of the thing you think manufacturers would of come up with something better.

mostly i use my radios for homebase and even when i had a car i found the stock to be a flop to say the least may be different if on high grounds.

when i first started scanning which now has to be over 40 years ago i purchased a airband radio and came up with all sorts to improve on the metal rod aerial which came with.

any way guys many thanks for your responses i will be back on when possible as things aren't great here at the moment.

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Re: Uniden SDS100E any good or a duck

Postby MartC » Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:20 pm

I've also recently been looking at the Uniden SDS100E, but would like to see some more feedback from UK users before taking the plunge and spending £600.

All the YouTube vids seem to be from US users.

I currently have Uniden's 3600XLT which seems pretty good, although personally not impressed with the supplied aerial.

The SDS100E appeals because of its configurability and water resistance. Also, if I'm completely honest, I like the look of it :embarrased:
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Re: Uniden SDS100E any good or a duck

Postby m0lsx » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:21 pm

MartC wrote:I currently have Uniden's 3600XLT which seems pretty good, although personally not impressed with the supplied aerial.


I bet it's a whole lot better than the one AOR are offering with the 10. Which was a antenna optimised for civil airband on a digital radio & which would thus mainly be used on UHF. :huh: :huh: :sad:
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Re: Uniden SDS100E any good or a duck

Postby MartC » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:35 pm

I assume it’s due to being based on the same casing as their air band radios, but obviously no excuse, and simply madness.

Currently trying a Diamond RH799 which gave me far better results on local taxi frequencies.
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