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09-14-2007 12:38 PM  10 years agoPost 1
MattJen

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Hi which is the best one to have ?
i want to be able to hear the aircraft talking etc,

Matt

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09-14-2007 05:49 PM  10 years agoPost 2
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i want to be able to hear the aircraft talking etc
Sorry, technology doesn't yet extend to the planes talking, but you might hear the pilots and ATC

Seriously, just about any scanner will work. You just need to cover the range 108 to 136 MHz in 25KHz steps. I have a $100 Uniden BC72XL that does the job nicely enough. You'll need to get either an "airport/facility directory" or an aviation chart to find what frequencies are in use near you.

EDIT: the answer I gave is true in the US, it's probably true in the UK too, but I didn't notice where you were at first.

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09-14-2007 05:58 PM  10 years agoPost 3
MattJen

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Well jimbo talked

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09-15-2007 11:54 AM  10 years agoPost 4
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Any scanner that can receive the air bands will do, but look into antennas specifically for that band range if that's all you want to hear. The rubber duck antennae that come with the scanners are good for all-purpose listening, but that just means they are so-so at everything, but not really good at any one thing. Well, maybe 800Mhz.

As for frequencies, a quick google gave me this site:
http://www.flightradio.com/states/freq.htm

As for scanners, I'm partial to Unidens. Any of these will do just fine for all-around listening:
http://www.uniden.com/products/prod...rs&filter=Sport

I like to listen to police and fire, and the area I'm in just went all digital for most of that, so I had to get one of these:
http://www.unidendirect.com/itemdetail.cfm?item=BCD396T

It's pretty sweet, and can pick up just about anything besides cellular (no new scanners can do that) or encrypted, but at almost $600 bucks, it's a bit pricey to start out with.

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09-15-2007 04:38 PM  10 years agoPost 5
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I have a really good scanner that gets all the local stuff great,but you will need a good antenna to get the best out of it.
http://www.uniden.com/products/prod...T&filter=Mobile
This is very similar to mine but it looks like mine is and older model of it.

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09-15-2007 04:54 PM  10 years agoPost 6
flipped2left

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A good antenna would be the Disc Cone type , radio crap sells them , the freq. range for those are from 50 mhz to 999.000 mhz, they are designed to be for outside mounting but one can put one in their attic in case your homestead will not allow outside antennas.
my ham radio receives from 108 to 999 but has the cell ph. locked out as well.

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09-15-2007 07:20 PM  10 years agoPost 7
MattJen

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hi guys thanks for the help

SOmeone mentioned a better areal, can you elaborate and maybe post alink.

Matt

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09-15-2007 07:32 PM  10 years agoPost 8
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09-15-2007 07:48 PM  10 years agoPost 9
MattJen

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thanx Boid

Out of thse whic is the best, for what i want, ?

I aso have been given today one of these Recievers a MAYCOM AR-108

Matt

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09-15-2007 08:10 PM  10 years agoPost 10
Boidman (RIP)

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The 550. I use one almost identical to it. The higher you mount it the better, but you might discover you don't need a remote antenna at all, or sticking one next to the roof line will get you what your looking for. There are desktop/portable discones, one of which I have seen do a good job, if that might suit your needs better.

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09-16-2007 12:34 AM  10 years agoPost 11
flipped2left

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The higher the ant. the better the reception, with that said the discone ants. are the best choice for multiple band scanning, one frequency you should look for and put in your scanner is the SKYWARN system, look up your area on the site and program it in. this is a sure way to keep tabs on severe weather. don't depend on the tv or radio, the majority of us ham operators are out there reporting weather conditions to....none other than the national weather service! so if you have that programmed in, you will hear everything that they report to them. ken KC9ICK

google skywarn

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