*PRODUCT REVIEW* Yupiteru MVT-9000 Scanner

I first laid eyes on a ‘Yupi’ scanner during a stay in Sydney with a radio mate in 2001 who had an impressive little MVT-7300EU.

After that, I set my sights on getting one, and not long after, purchased an Yupiteru MVT-9000 for $750 from Syncro Communications – just before Jos brought the company over to Queensland from Lesmurdie in Western Australia.

In addition to its great construction, display and keypad, the Yupiteru MVT-9000 does about everything you would ever want from a scanner and doesn’t skip a beat.

Like the old MVT-7100 I used to own, its big black brother has exceptionally clear and crisp audio – especially through an external SP-23 Kenwood speaker which gives it added volume.

Following a recent comparison I carried out with other scanners thanks to the help of a few mates here in Brisvegas, I found that the Yupiteru MVT-9000 is much more sensitive than some of the Yaesu and Alinco types.

While the 9000’s SSB reception is quite good, the VR500 has SSB audio like pelting rain on a tin roof, firmware issues and so much intermod that I returned it to my mate Kev’s house down the road the very next day.

The Alinco ate batteries faster than a professional pie eater let loose in a bakery, scanned at a slow 5-7 channels/sec, and had a very frustrating user interface.

The Yupiteru MVT-9000, on the other hand, scans at about 30 Ch/sec which is quite fast, and, once you get used to it, has a very easy programming/ operating scheme that even the most cognitively challenged communications enthusiast could navigate round.

One of my favourite aspects of the MVT-9000 is the super flexible scan and search abilities.

At last count, I have about 500 channels programmed on my Yupi out of the 1000 available, and all the 20 search ranges set up.

These are linkable, like the memory channel banks, and it’s very convenient to have when you’re trying to hunt something down.

If you’re keen to get into the world of scanning and want a product that does the job and doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg, then I would certainly recommend picking up a Yupiteru scanner from Syncro Communications.

A quick visit to the Syncro website’s product directory, their excellent range of Yupiteru scanners and on-line shop will have you scanning air, military, police and other frequencies in a just a few days.

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