Harris RF-3200

INTRODUCTION: 

This is a modern 100 Watt transciever.  This radio is what is used at W1AW.  You will see something unique from the rest of the sets on this site... this radio has a BFO!!!

Modes are AM, CW, LSB, and USB. The display also shows ARQ and DATA modes, however, I believe they refer to options not included in my radio.

The radio has the ALE option. All can be programmed from the front  panel EXCEPT alpha numerical call signs. Numerical calls are okay, but if you wanted to program K7UXO  you would need some sort of external fill device or programmer. I believe most of the Harris radios are like this, so you see call signs like 101 and 102, etc.

Power out is over 100Watts. Usually in the 140W range.

IMPRESSIONS:   

Compared to other Mil radios, Not as heavy duty built as say a RF5020.  The case is more commercial type than military, similar to RF-230S construction.  The RF-3200 Runs on 12 Volts, and is supplied with a very heavy duty power supply from Harris.  RF connector on the back is SO-239 (yuck, why did they do that?). 

The RF-3200 has uses separate crystal filters at 455 Khz for SSB, Data and CW.  There are three slots in the radio for filters, and like the IC-706, you need to go into a menu and tell the transceiver what is installed.  Mine only has the SSB filter.  It is a good compromise filter, and is much narrower than the SSB filters in the WJ receiver.  If I were to guess I'd say its about a 2.2 or 2.4, but I really havent had time to research it. 

The RF-3200 has a good AGC and clean receive. I can hear as well as I can on other receivers, and in some circumstances maybe better but that's a hard call to say.

What the RF-3200 has over the RF-5020 and others is the VFO and memory system. While not as user friendly as most ham radios, you can make groups of memories and scan them in groups. Split operation is easy.

Changing bands basically requires you to punch in the frequency and VFO around from there,  You can set the VFO step to any decade though, and tune very fast or slow.

RX runs hot with lots of noise until a signal is present. Then it is very well behaved. Even running hot, the squelch action is very good with weak signals.   With the antenna disconnected, there is no unusual or unnecessary noises or hash.

For me, it was exactly what I was looking for. Its a commercial quality radio with ham features.

 

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