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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | ADI AR-147 Help

Reviews Summary for ADI AR-147
ADI  AR-147 Reviews: 44 Average rating: 2.6/5 MSRP: $169.99
Description: High power (60W) two meter mobile
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K1JBP Rating: 1/5 Jan 3, 2004 17:17 Send this review to a friend
Terrible Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I got this radio from a friend who decided not to get his ham license. He was orginally going to get the 146, but HRO told him that the 147 was much better. After reading the reviews, I disagree.

It was working fine but I had so many radios I put it away in the closet. Last month I took it out, and powered it up. The display was totally dark. I found it strange since the radio was not used very much. Also I have noticed the receive is terrible on it. Either you hear something at full scale, or you don't hear it at all. I had a Yaesu FT2400 hooked up and the receive was very different than the this radio.

I would not recommend this radio at all, one of the worst radio I have ever used.
N1NGN Rating: 1/5 Nov 14, 2003 00:25 Send this review to a friend
To Be Avoided  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned an ADI AR-147+ (60 watt version) for about 2 years. Up until the warranty ran out, it worked fine, then the display started screwing up. I took the radio apart and tightened every screw on the boards, and that seemed to help. (it was mounted in a car)
Too bad, as I like the mike and the rig has good features for the price.
When it worked, it worked great!
I am further disapointed to hear my display problem was not mine alone, but seems many other folks suffered through it too.
Unacceptable for a mobile.
KD4AMG Rating: 3/5 Aug 31, 2003 17:16 Send this review to a friend
not for a beginner  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
this radio was bought used, and was in decent physical condition, but I would NOT recommend it for a beginning amateur operator. It is not easy to program, and can be very trying on the nerves. I am not fond of the microphone being so LARGE compared to the mike sizes of other mobile 2 meter radios. I am not real sure what the light beside the power switch is for, but no big deal. I would buy another used one, but not expect to pay a new price.
KF4WSN Rating: 2/5 Jul 1, 2003 07:44 Send this review to a friend
Needs help  Time owned: more than 12 months
The radio will not work when cold.
the price was ok for the features it came with and when the radio works it works great. I use a astatic 636l Mic on mine to get the audio to sound good (lots of background noise without it)
Can anyone help me to get a owners manual for my AR 147+ if so my e-mail is
N7ZZF Rating: 4/5 Jun 23, 2003 14:27 Send this review to a friend
Lack Of  Time owned: more than 12 months
Ar147+ I have had mine some time now and love it.
The radio has good rx & tx with a slight rejection problem. The parent Co. PRYME advertises PC programiable software and when questioned about it will not reply to Email or does not know what you are talking about!!
KK6NJ Rating: 2/5 Dec 6, 2002 21:36 Send this review to a friend
not as good as ar-146  Time owned: 0 to 3 months

I purchased two adi-147 two meter mobiles i
experienced problems with both radios the first
radio the receiver went bad after an month of also ran hot on receive!!

i returned the radio to adi and they replaced
the radio and it also failed on me too!! the
tramsmitter on low power after several minutes
of transmission the radio gets very hot and
quits transmitting! altogether! i checked the
swr it is ok within the radio operating
standards of transmitting.The ar-147 runs
very hot at idle or receive only.

I also checked another adi-ar-147 i bought
used and it runs cool and transmits without
getting hot ad continues to transmit.

I checked an kenwood tm-241-a also worked fine.
the swr is below 1:51 with my mfj meter.

I also had an microphone quit working from the
heat on the mic plug is my guess.obviously
the adi-ar-147 is not as reliable as the ar-146
i had better luck with the ar-146.Also worth
mentioning one of the ar-147 has an black heat
sink instead of silver cast iron:73,s de kk6nj:

W9NLA Rating: 3/5 Aug 29, 2002 14:09 Send this review to a friend
HAVE QUESTIONS  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have had the radio for a few days and find that it has a great receiver, it programmed as it should and I put in memory channels for Amateur, Weather, and Public Service. All is fine and with my base power supply it sure has the output power. Have taken some suggestions to heart on that so run LOW and it still makes all the local repeaters and most SIMPLEX used. Can any one tell me if there is a way to put the Air Band frequencies into a memory mode? If it says how in that manual, it escaped me. I access the Air Band and can SCAN it or SELECT a certain frequency but am limited to ONE that way. Any help out there? So far I think it does what I expected of it aside from that one thing. It has good audio receive, get good reports on XMIT, has a man-sized microphone that might be a chore if it was used mobile, and power levels are good with the 3 options. Can't see a problem and the price sure was right.
KC8NIC Rating: 0/5 Aug 27, 2002 15:29 Send this review to a friend
Very nice paperweight!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Another thumb down for the cold weather problem! I live in a place where summer is described as being "3 months of bad sledding"'s always cold here and I can NEVER get out on the radio due to the lovely DTMF tones that come out of it.

I've gone through 3 of them...sending them back and forth to ADI AND the place where I got it. Every time they tell me that they found the problem and they fixed it. Not yet!

Also, we have several repeaters's definitely a SLOW scanning radio. When someone calls out on a repeater, by the time the radio gets around to the channel, the only thing left for me to hear is the repeater ID. I'm gonna stick this one on the shelf and stick with my Yeasu 2600!
KC0LCW Rating: 5/5 Jan 14, 2002 17:44 Send this review to a friend
it's been a good rig for me!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
After reviewing thr reviews for this rig, I must say that when I first baught this radio in July of 2001 the display pixles would go crazy, I returned it to the store where I baught it, they replaced it with a new one, and have used it since with out any problems whatsoever, both in mobile and base setups. I plan to buy a couple more later on. It has done everything I've asked it to do.
KB1GYQ Rating: 1/5 Dec 21, 2001 10:17 Send this review to a friend
Bad QC & slow service  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Basicly I'de like the features and usability of the radio, BUT mine also has the o-so-common problem with generating DTMF tones when transmitting with a PL when cold. It is currently back to the factory for warranty repair, but it has been over 6 weeks! It does not take that long to swap out a board. If I had put it in the shack, not the car, I'd probably not have noticed the problem, in which case it would have gotten a 4.
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