Buy enough radio scanners and you’re bound to make the error of spending money on something that’s only purpose seems to completely wind you up. No matter how much time taken checking the specifications along with reading reviews its almost like an electric shock as you realize the money spent on your shiny new scanner was probably better used elsewhere.

Small But Not Beautiful

My saddest moment was the pocket sized Maycom AR108 air band scanner which promised so much but in the end just drove me nuts. Tending to spend a good part of the year climbing mountains and reluctant to take my more expensive scanners on what can be messing and wet days out I was in the market for something cheap enough that wouldn’t break my heart if it accidentally got trashed.

OK the thing was small but didn’t see that as a problem because my huge fingers were more than happy working their way around my tiny Icom wide band receiver and wasn’t expecting any “fat finger” problems with the AR 108.

Its not that the buttons on the front panel are tiny its how unresponsive they are often having to resort to giving them the edge of a finger nail to get some action from them.

Poor Audio Made Air band Reception Difficult

With the whole scanner fitting easily into the palm of my hand I was under no illusion about the fact that volume would be a issue because of the limited room available to fit anything but a tiny loudspeaker.

Even with the low expectations of the possible sound output the little scanner still managed to surprise me on how bad this important side of actually using it was. Whacking in a pair of earphones improved the audio situation a little but still lacked enough oomph to drown out even low level surrounding noise.

Reception across the 136 to 180MHz was good in the FM mode its when switching to the AM air band that the sound quality became a problem through the front speaker and headphones alike. The very nature of AM reception gives a deep bass effect on the received audio and the AR108 seemed to add its own special brand of extra fuzz making all but the strongest signals “muddy”.

What was really bothering me at this point was this. I had bought this radio from my local shop to avoid the hassle of having to find and test a secondhand radio scanner but it was quickly dawning on me I could have done better with an older used model.

Time to Offload this Travesty

Finally deciding that nothing could be gained by keeping the Maycom I made an effort to sell it in an attempt to get back at least a fraction of the money spent on the original purchase. This proved to be more troublesome than you could believe with my moral center stood firmly between me and any potential buyers.

You have to understand I couldn’t sell the thing without warning the buyer about its shortcomings, partly because I didn’t want anyone coming back complaining about what is obviously a flaw product but mainly passing on the feeling of disappointment when they finally realized the AR108 was a poor buy seemed wrong.

This bad experience with the one product from Maycom has never stopped me from looking at their other products as I believe one crap radio does not make a bad company with some manufactures coming back stronger than ever after releasing poorly designed equipment.

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