Ham Radio – The Ultimate Digital Receiver, the AOR DV-1

Listening around the radio spectrum nowadays especially the V.H.F. and U.H.F. bands there is a huge amount of digital signals which the radio listener is unable resolve because of the lack of suitable Digital receiving equipment, available on today’s market place.

You now have a solution to that great problem with the introduction of the ground breaking A.O.R.D-V-1 scanning receiver, the first integrated digital voice receiver which allows monitoring of all the popular digital voice modes, including D-star and D.M.R. You now do not need to use a pc and decoding programmes, the A.O.R. has solved that problem, although the receiver still has a output socket to use with other decoding programmes for A.C.A.R.S and A.P.R.S for example.

Many radio listeners have used software and traditional scanning receivers suitably modified with taps added internally to allow an output to a computer for digital listening.

There have been several updates for the D-V-1 since the receiver was launched to clear up some of the bugs present on the initial batch of receivers, a great benefit to the listener, a simple firmware download which fixes the issues and the A.O.R. D-V-1 will be updated with the ability to resolve new modes,including TETRA.

There are receivers that continue all the way up to 3 Gigahertz, however the A.O.R. stops at 1.3 Gigahertz, enough spectrum for you to resolve 23 centimetres transmissions. There are not many voice transmissions above this range. Having capabilities to listen to digital transmissions below 1.3 Gigahertz is going to give you a lot of interesting services to listen to if you have are restricted to resolving analogue signals only.

The A.O.R. D-V-1 is light grey in colour, measuring 178 x 50 x 215 mm, making it a compact rig for desk or mobile use. It requires 10.8 to 16 volts, an A.C. adapter is supplied. It draws about.750 amps at 12 volts.

A micro USB socket is provided on the front panel for a SD or S.D.H.C. card, folding feet allow a good reviewing angle.

Frequency coverage is from 100 Kilohertz to 1.3 Gigahertz. All popular digital modes including MOTOTRBO, D.M.R.,D.P.M.R.,A-P-C-O P-25, N.X.D.N. and I-COM D-STAR, Amplitude modulation wide and narrow FM, CW upper and lower side-band.

Easy firmware updates via SD or S.D.H.C. memory card
200 memory channels 40 banks, contain 50 channels
Alfa numeric channel label capability for naming the frequencies.
Off set reception for repeater operation and priority selection
Auto notch filter
Noise reduction control
Voice inverter

C.T.C.S.S. and D.C.S tone capability a must nowadays with operators using the same channel in nearby locations.

3 V.F.O.s are provided two for scanning a portion of a band, for example 430 Megahertz to 440 Megahertz.

Keypad backlight colour can be changed.

Tuning steps: – 10 50 100 500 Hz 1 2 5 6.25

7.5 8.33 9 10 12.5 15 20 25 30 50 100 500 Kilohertz.

I found the A.O.R. D-V-1 to be very sensitive and selective throughout its range. I am using a long wire and a frame aerial for long wave and medium wave bands. The dis-cone aerial is adequate for VHF and UHF, if you are near to transmitters but resonant aerials work much better and allow distant stations to be received.

John Allsopp G4YDM


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