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aor logo AOR AR8600MarkII

The AOR AR8600 Mark IIB is an extremely versatile receiver which can be used virtually anywhere, mobile, base or trans-portable ... powered from an external 12 VDC power supply, optional d.c. lead from a 12 VDC vehicle or from an optional internally fitted BP8600 NiCad battery pack. Like the original AR8600, it features a strong twin metal case with diecast front panel characterizes the multi-purpose role. All mode receive capability is provided including Single Side Band with programmable tuning steps down to a resolution of 50 Hz with the frequency established by a highly accurate Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO). An RS232 port further extends the capabilities with free supporting control software available from the AOR web sites.

Center stage is a custom multi-section back-lit LCD, numeric keypad, navigation keys, rotary tuning control and separate controls for volume and squelch control, the LCD can also display alpha-numeric text comments. The chassis is manufactured from two metal compartments, effectively a metal chassis inside a metal cabinet this provides excellent screening characteristics and great robustness highlighting its multi application role. The front panel is also manufactured from die-cast aluminium.

Step may be programmed by the operator in any receive mode using multiples of 50 Hz in any mode (i.e. 5 kHz, 12.5 kHz or even 1.25 kHz). Extensive step-adjust and frequency offset facilities are also provided to ensure tracking of the most obscure band plans, AFC (Automatic Frequency Control) is included for spot on tuning ensuring that nothing is missed. A wide frequency coverage is available from 530 kHz to 3000 MHz (less cellular) with actual minimum acceptable frequency of 100 kHz. All mode receive: WFM, NFM, SFM (Super Narrow FM), WAM, AM, NAM (Wide, standard, Narrow AM), USB, LSB & CW. A 3.0 kHz SSB filter is employed with true carrier re-insertion resulting in non-offset frequency readout for easy tuning of SSB transmissions. An attenuator and noise limiter are also featured. A supplied AM BCB antenna may be plugged into the rear panel. This radio has an adjustable sleep timer with a range of 1 to 120 minutes (in 1 second increments).

Computer control is available via a standard 9-pin RS232 D-type connector on the rear chassis, just a standard RS232 cable is required for connection to a PC, the extensive RS232 command set is printed in the operating manual along with many pages of explanatory notes. A free software package will be available as a download from the AOR web sites, this provides frequency control & management, searching, scanning, logging with support for geographic data from a GPS and audio recording to disk. In addition, optional internal slot cards, which fit into the rear chassis of the AR8600, extend the capabilities even further, five cards may be fitted, with two operational simultaneously. The slot cards are common to the AR8600, AR8200 and AR8200Mark2. Installation is $30.00 per option at time of receiver purchase. Please note that only one of these three internal options may be installed at once:  P25-8600, BP8600 or TV8600. (Shop installation of options is suggested). The AR8600 comes with an AC power supply, RA8600 Telescopic Whip antenna, medium wave (AM) plug-in antenna and very detailed Owner's Manual.

Improvements over the original AR8600 include:
Expanded frequency coverage, dimmer on/off function, improved RF front end, better audio response and ability to accept the TV-8600 video unit.

The AR8600MkIIU model is the same as above, but without the 824-849 / 869-894 MHz cellular gap and can be purchased via government or qualifying commercial purchase order or for export only. Not available for online ordering.

Order # Photo Item Description List Price Your Price Order
  ARD-300 ARD-300 Multi-mode Digital Decoder INFO Discontinued
    AA8600 120 VAC AC power adapter [replaced by SRP1201500]. Discontinued
     SRP1201500P 120 VAC AC power adapter [replaced AA8600]. Discontinued
    ASM8600 External analog S-Meter. INFO. Discontinued
  BP8600 BP8600 Internal NiCad battery pack.
Provides up to two hours of operation.
Will not fit inside radio if the TV8600 is installed.
    DC8600 DC lead with cigar plug. Discontinued
  CT8200 CT8200 CTCSS Squelch & Search Slot Card Discontinued
  TE8200 TE8200 Tone Eliminator (256 Steps) Slot Card Discontinued
  RU8200 RU8200 IC Recorder (20 Seconds) Slot Card Discontinued
  EM8200 EM8200 External Memory (4000 Memories) Slot Card Discontinued
#0422 VI8200 VI8200 Voice Inversion Slot Card. Analog 157 step.
Available for government users or export only!
In stock. Please call.
In stock. Please call.
$109.00 $49.98  
    MM8600 Mobile mounting bracket. VIEW
(The mobile use of scanners is restricted in some areas).
  RA8600 RA8600 Telescopic antenna 25 inch (650 mm) with swivel hinge [BNC].
[As supplied with radio].
Not in stock
  AOR SA7000 SA7000 Wideband passive vertical omni directional antenna covering 30 kHz to 2 GHz. 6 Feet tall with two vertical elements. Includes 50 feet of RG-58 coax lead-in terminating in a BNC plug. INFO Not in stock
  SDU5600 SDU5600 Spectrum display. INFO Discontinued
  TV8600 TV8600 Internal NTSC video adapter. INFO Discontinued
  AOR TVA1 TVA1 External NTSC Video Adapter.
Not recommended for the AR8600 series.
#4571 UG349 UG349/AU N female to BNC male adapter. $6.87 $3.98 Order
#2122 UG255 UG255 SO-239 (UHF) to BNC male adapter.
(To connect a PL259 to AR8600).
$6.99 $2.95 Order
  Butel Software CE Butel ARC8600 Sophisticated control software CD.
Click here for more information.
   Butel Software CE Butel ARC8200V2 Programming software CD for the AR8200 and AR8600 series.
Click here for more information.

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