to a choice between the AOR AR-8000 and the Yupiteru MVT-7200. I'm
looking for suggestions on which to buy.
My immediate uses would probably be both normal scanning (police,
fire, phones, etc.) and shortwave listening. This would be my one
and only scanner/receiver. Because of this, the widest covereage
possible and the widest variety of reception modes is essential.
Also, good handling of the incredibly crowded SW bands would be
An external baseband signal output would be nice, so that I could
hook up decoders/detectors for other modes (DX FM stereo/TV? SSTV?
RTTY? ACARS? I know some of these can be decoded through the audio
out, but I doubt the first two can). It seems the Icom 7100 has
something like this, but it also costs $$$, and doesn't tune down into
the SW bands.
A computer interface would be nice (is there one on the MVT-7200?),
but it's hardly crucial as I don't have a computer at this time
(just sold my Power Mac 7100/80, as I never used it).
I actually don't need the portability of a handheld, but for some
reason there are no base/mobiles with the same features at the
same price range. I'd love an AR-3000A or AR-5000, but that's
pushing my budget.
I'm not sure I need the Scout compatibility of the AR-8000 either,
but if I come into some money in the future (yeah right) I may
have a use for it. Goes along with the "one and only scanner"
bit--I want to have all the features I'll probably ever reasonably
I'm also interested in the other generic mundane details--selectivity,
intermod handling, shielding, etc. I have all the specs per the
company printed out, but I'd like a real evaluation by someone who
has used and compared these two models.
Please, if you have any suggestions/opinions at all, post them here
or mail them to me.
Wes Shull - Computer Engineering/Visual Communication student