AOR AR-5001D Desktop HF/VHF/UHF Scanner / receiver

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The AOR AR5001D is the successor to the legendary AOR AR-5000+3 which has long been considered the best receiver money could buy.
The new AR5001D features the popular analog signal meter along with a large easy-to-read digital spectrum display. Up to three channels can be monitored simultaneously and its advanced signal detection capabilities detect hidden transmitters which may be operating illegally and also provide protection against eavesdropping by detecting miniature transmitters (bugs). Standard features include monitoring and storage of up to 2000 frequencies, 45 MHz IF digital signal processing, direct digital sampling, a high performance analog RF front-end, and a DDS local oscillator. The AR5001D can be operated by remote control using an optional LAN controller.
With an optional GPS unit, the internal reference oscillator of the AR5001D will be locked with the GPS frequency standard signal and provide 0.01 p.p.m. accuracy.

Frequency range

RX-range
0.043150 MHz (cellular blocked for US consumer version)
TX-range
-
HAM bands
-
Stability
0.01 p.p.m. with optional GPS unit
Tuning steps
-
Filters
200 / 500 Hz / 3 / 6 / 15 / 30 / 100 / 200 / 300 kHz + IF shift ability

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Receiver

Modulations
AM   AM-sync   FM   W-FM   CW   USB   LSB   APCO-25  
Sensitivity
AM (10 dB S/N, 6 kHz BPF)
0.04-0.1 MHz: 8 µV
0.1-25 MHz: 4 µV
25-1000 MHz: 2 µV
1000-2400 MHz: 2.5 µV
2400-3000 MHz: 3.5 µV
3000-3150 MHz: 5 µV
FM (12 dB SINAD, 15 kHz BPF)
25-2400 MHz: 0.7 µV
2400-3000 MHz: 1 µV
3000-3150 MHz: 1.5 µV
W-FM (12 dB SINAD, 200 kHz BPF)
25-2400 MHz: 1.8 µV
2400-3000 MHz: 3.2 µV
3000-3150 MHz: 5 µV
SSB (10 dB S/N, 3 kHz BPF)
0.04-0.1 MHz: 2 µV
0.1-25 MHz: 1.2 µV
25-2400 MHz: 0.3 µV
2400-3000 MHz: 0.5 µV
3000-3150 MHz: 1 µV
Selectivity
AM (BW=6 kHz)
5.5 kHz (-3 dB), 6.9 kHz (-80 dB)
FM (BW=15 kHz)
14.2 kHz (-3 dB), 15.6 kHz (-80 dB)
W-FM (BW=200 Hz)
200 kHz (-3 dB), 250 kHz (-80 dB)
SSB (BW=3 kHz)
2.7 kHz (-3 dB), 3.1 kHz (-80 dB)
CW (BW=500 Hz)
380 Hz (-3 dB), 500 Hz (-80 dB)
Receiver system
DSP Direct conversion (40 kHz - 25 MHz) Double conversion (25-200 / 420-3150 MHz) Triple conversion (200-420 MHz)
IF-frequencies
1st: 295 / 1704.5 MHz
2nd: 45 / 294.5 MHz
3rd: 45 MHz
Image rejection
-
Audio output
-

Transmitter

Modulations
-
RF-Output
-

Connections

Antenna
SO-239 + N-type
Impedance
50 Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
10.7-16 V DC
Current drain RX
2 A
TX
-

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
220 × 97 × 304 mm (8.66 × 3.82 × 11.97 in)
Weight
5.00 kg (11.0 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 2010 and 20xx in Japan

Other features

Memories
2000 channels in 40 bank(s) @ 45 channels/second
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
CTCSS/DCS/DTMF
Auto-notch
NR and NB
USB and RS-232C ports
SD-card slot for digital recording and/or memory backup
45 MHz IF output
Spectrum scope
I/Q output option
Built-in voice-inversion descrambling
Accessories
-

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AOR AR-5001D, Desktop HF/VHF/UHF Scanner / receiver

After 14 years of reliable service, my old AR5000+3 suffered a processor failure, a part long obsolete. This was just about the same time as the new 5001d was launched, but the price put me off. Then a silent key (the death of a fellow radio amateur) sale came up locally and I happened to get this receiver for a very low price, less than I'd paid for the 5000. It's very similar in operation to the previous model, but the technology is far in advance. Below 25 MHz it is a 'direct sampling SDR', which basically means the aerial signals are applied (after suitable filtering etc) to the input of a very fast A/D converter. This data stream is then handled by software. Above 25 MHz, the input signals are converted down via conventional tunable superhet techniques to an IF at 45 MHz, and again SDR methods do the donkey work. Plenty of front end filtering keeps the nasty stuff at bay, and the IF filters (which are software devices) are clean and steep-sided. Mine is an early model with some interesting 'quirks' in the operating system, so it's currently over at W&S in Essex being updated. Looking forward to getting it back!

Written by g1.hbe on Nov 12, 2013

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Value for money
Aquired
Okay condition in 2012
GBP 600.00

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