That radio buying itch has started again which can only mean its long overdue for adding another new (vintage) piece of equipment to the ever growing radio tower in the shack. Vintage gear holds much more interest for us than a shiny new set, there’s something special about a well looked after used radio especially if you could have never afforded it when it was release new.

We considered going for a purely shortwave receiver but as there are a few of those running in the shack already (including the workhorse that is the DX394) we thought why not try and find an extreme wide band scanner that will give the best of both worlds, full all mode shortwave coverage along with a receive capability that extends up to 2 GHz.

Enter the AOR3000

Here is a short video from YouTube of a tidy looking AOR3000 being put through its paces, starting out on the 14 MHz ham band before switching over to broadcast radio and a quick search around the VHF aircraft band.


Courtesy of hifissb

AOR3000 Quick Specs

Wide Frequency Coverage of 100 kHz to 2036 MHz (No Gaps)
Available Receive Modes : AM, NFM, WFM, USB, LSB, CW
400 memory channels : (4 x 100 Banks)
Scan rate : 20 channels/sec
Search rate : 20 steps/sec
Powered from 13.8 volts DC at 500mA current consumption.

Heading over to the sometimes scary eBay auction site this morning in the hope of getting a good range of pieces on mint and not so well looked after models we were severely disappointing to see only 2 AOR3000’s up for sale and one of them isn’t functioning!. Not a week goes by without one of us checking out the radio eye candy on eBay and there are usually a whole lot more of this type of scanner up for sale so I guess we’ll have to wait a little while for that “special one” to come along.

The one that doesn’t work looks sort of tempting (or is it desperation?) but the details on the actual problem are a bit vague and who knows what sort of “modifications” this scanner has had inflicted on it in the years since it rolled off the production line :).

Old Scanner Technology has Limitations

Even though the AOR3000 has a lot to offer with all mode receive and that excellent wide band frequency coverage its does lack the great trunk tracking features that a new scanner will give you. If your just interested in the shortwave and all the other signals that can be heard on the VHF/UHF bands without trunking and you can get hold of a non modified AOR3000 you could do a lot worse.

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