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05-04-2005 04:49 PM  12 years agoPost 1
aambrose

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We are scheduled to shoot a radio station property this weekend, and I was wondering if I should be concerned about their equipment interfereing with the heli's tx/rx. Any thoughts or opinions on this?

Thanks!


Tony

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05-04-2005 04:53 PM  12 years agoPost 2
rckrzy1

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Heck ya, if it has multi users which most do it could have pagers or data in the 72mhz band or any broadcast antenna for FM radio or TV stations can be 100,000 watts, enough to swap the rx regardless of the freq. Not to mention the guy wires.



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05-04-2005 05:09 PM  12 years agoPost 3
wwellman

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Tony, I use a frequency scanner tuned to my frequency whenever I am on a shoot. I turn it on when I get close to the site and leave it on while I'm setting up my equipment. If I get any hits I don't fly PERIOD.

A popular scanner is one made by ICOM model IC-R2. Its' served me well for the last two years.

Walter

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05-04-2005 05:25 PM  12 years agoPost 4
Hydroman

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Tony,

In the interest of keeping your heli alive....

I will be more than happy to send you an Optoelectroincs Digital scout with an FM notch filter (filters out 30 db in the 88-108mhz range) for signal presence verification.....I think that I even have a reaction tune cable for an AOR AR8200 Mark III scanner (which I also have if need be). All I ask is that you return it in the same condition. You will need to do a little reading up on the operation of course, but at least you wont have to spend the $$$ on purchasing the equipment.

Specs on the Freq Scanner can be found at:
http://www.optoelectronics.com/scout.htm

Specs on the Scanner can be found at:
http://www.aoruk.com/8200.htm

Let me know.

The older I get, the better I was

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05-04-2005 05:48 PM  12 years agoPost 5
aambrose

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Thanks guys! I appreciate the comments and offers.

I need something quick (and easy to use) so where can I get the ICOM model IC-R2 and how much do they cost?

Hydroman,
Thanks for the offer, but like I said, I want something I can use ASAP and not have to do much research/reading on.

Thanks!


Tony

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05-04-2005 05:52 PM  12 years agoPost 6
aambrose

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Looks like the IC-R2 has been replaced with the IC-R5. Will this work as well?

Thanks!


Tony

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05-04-2005 05:56 PM  12 years agoPost 7
flyboy

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Here is where I purchased mine.
I don't leave home with out it.

http://www.universal-radio.com/cata...erxvr/3333.html

FB

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05-04-2005 06:01 PM  12 years agoPost 8
aambrose

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So the IC-R5 will serve the purpose???


Tony

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05-04-2005 06:03 PM  12 years agoPost 9
rckrzy1

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Just remember ,scanners are great BUT things like INTERMOD may affect one reciever and not another depending on the first mixer and IF freqs. So what may or may not be seen in 72MHZ may or may not interfere.



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05-04-2005 06:07 PM  12 years agoPost 10
aambrose

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OK......please help out the distraught here.......

Should I order the IC-R5?
Should I pass on the radio station shoot altogether to be safe?

If I order this thing, I need it ASAP since the shoot is this weekend.

Thanks!


Tony

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05-04-2005 06:16 PM  12 years agoPost 11
lakespinner2

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I bought an Icom R2 a couple months back off ebay. But that may not be fast enough for your needs. good luck.

I have an ancient spectrum analyzer (also from ebay) and I've often thought how great it would be to haul that thing around if there were any towers or power equipment nearby. It weighs 70 pounds but it was pretty cheap for a SA.

I also have one of these that seems to work ok. Not sure how well it would work around the towers though. I guess it's better than nothing.

channel monitor

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05-04-2005 07:32 PM  12 years agoPost 12
DANNO

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go to the site with a few extra batteries, turn on the radio, collapse the antenna on the tx and place 100 feet away, and program the failsafe for a full deflection on one of the servos, and hang out for a while and watch your heli sitting on the ground....if it gets any hits it should go into failsafe and tell you not to fly....if after 30 min or more and nothing....id fly and get it over with asap.....

www.skypiximaging.com

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05-04-2005 07:53 PM  12 years agoPost 13
aambrose

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Thanks for the input guys!

The ICOM IC-R5 is on its way! Should have it Friday!


Tony

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05-04-2005 08:12 PM  12 years agoPost 14
rckrzy1

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I agree the range check on the ground there for a while is the best test.
And not all tx'ers key all the time so 30 mins sounds reasonable also.



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05-04-2005 09:48 PM  12 years agoPost 15
videostuff

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aambrose

Go with the R5. Great Scanner. Readily available on the net.
Still learning mine but out of the box w/20-30 minutes of playing around you'll be good to go

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05-04-2005 09:48 PM  12 years agoPost 16
daggit

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Hey Tony,

In this case, even when you get your new freq. scanner. you should do the range check as described by DANNO.... if all tests pass... get that flight overwith quickly

Don't suppose you can get them to shut it off for about 10 minutes?

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05-11-2005 02:50 PM  12 years agoPost 17
aambrose

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Just wanted to report that we were successful in shooting the radio station property over the weekend. The frequency scanner detected 0 hits. The flight lasted 10 minutes or so (swapping out cameras) and as you can see from the photo, I had lots of room to work with. I chickened out trying to get a shot of the top of the tower which is approx. 600' AGL.

Thanks for all the input on this post!


Radio station property.


Looking over part of the city from the radio station property.


Tony

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05-11-2005 04:10 PM  12 years agoPost 18
jeffscholl

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Nice work!

Thanks for the follow up and glad to hear all went well.

Cheers,
Jeff

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05-11-2005 04:33 PM  12 years agoPost 19
aambrose

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Thanks Jeff!


Tony

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05-11-2005 04:35 PM  12 years agoPost 20
groundeffect

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For sure, the follow was a great idea, thanks for sharing this.

cheers,
Dean

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