also own an AR1000XLT which while it serves me well (from 30Mhz to
1.2Ghz) was never entirely satisfying. Even without SSB, I would have
liked it to have a 1khz minimum step and not 5khz, and an S-meter sure
would have made a big difference.
So now that I've played with the Yupiteru I ask myself is there
anything the AR1000XLT can do that the MVT-7100 can not? Is there
anything good that can be said for the AOR as *compared* to the
MVT-7100? The answer is yes with respect to a few small items. Bear in
mind that with respect to everything *important* like the ability to
really bring in stations throughout its band spread, and resistance to
interference of various kinds, the Yupiteru blows the AOR away!
Ok, so what's positive about the AR1000XLT.... A few things...
1) The mode and step settings are *entirely* independent of eachother
and the frequency. This has *one* important consequence. When you set
the AR1000XLT to an odd frequency (say 850.010Mhz) and ask it to search
in 30Khz steps from there, it stops next on 850.040 like it should. The
Yup, and others, will not permit you to search an odd step like that but
will lock to the next nearest increment frequency starting with .000.
The only way to overcome this on the Yupiteru (for really odd start
points) is to use the 1khz step (which the AOR does not support).
Further more, you can search the frequencies above in WFM if you want!
the Yupiteru will allow only certain steps in certain modes. Yes it is
pretty reasonable, but still restricted.
This also means the AR1000XLT supports a true 30Khz step. The MVT-7100
can get to 30 only by stepping in 10s...
2) The AR1000XLT has more flexible scan and search bank joining
capabilities. You can scan programmed frequencies in up to 4 banks at a
time (or all of them) in the MVT-7100, but with the AR1000XLT you can
link any number from none to all 10. The MVT does have a PROGRAM scan
(really 1 program) that you can use to join up to 10 frequencies from
any one bank across some or all banks, but this isn't as wide open as is
the AORs ability in this area.
Not only can you join banks in any sequence (skipping any number as
well) with the AOR, but you can also join SEARCH ranges set in different
banks as well. The MVT-7100 can only SEARCH *one* range at a time.
3) Both units support only 1 priority frequency. With the Yupiteru, it
is always the 1001 frequency (memory 1000) with normal memory ranging
from 000 to 999. In the AR1000XLT, *any* frequency in any bank can
become the priority frequency.
4) Marking a frequency to be skipped/bypassed in SCAN or SEARCH mode is
a 2 key function in the Yupiteru [FUNC]+[PASS], but a ONE key function
(hit the lock key) on the AOR.
5) The *cost* of a new MVT-7100 is 50%-75% higher then the AR1000XLT.
Used units have a better ratio. I'm selling my AR1000XLT (I can't afford
both unfortunately) for $275, 63% of its new retail cost (and I'm
including H. Bornstein's GUIDE as well). By contrast, even *used*
Yutiperu's are going for $525 at least, about 78% of their new cost.
Well it isn't much, but that is what I have discovered. If anyone is
interested at a VERY GOOD AR1000XLT at a very reasonable price, call me
matthew rapaport Philosopher/Programmer at large KD6KVH