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03-28-2005 04:10 PM  13 years agoPost 1
gliderking

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Does anyone have a frequency scanner recommendation. I've shown up to sites and had some interesting radio related glitchiness on both 72mhz and on 2.4ghz range as well. Is there a good device to check before you fly? I think I remember seeing one made by Icom (ICOM IC-R3)?I have some upcoming assignments in europe and africa and would like to have peace of mind.

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03-28-2005 05:27 PM  13 years agoPost 2
rafael

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RC Scan
I´ve been using RC Scan from Desert Wolfe for 3 months now and no problems so far, it is a special design intended only for RC.

Check this link http://www.desert-wolfe.com/

Rafael Castañeda
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03-28-2005 07:48 PM  13 years agoPost 3
gliderking

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The desert wolfe looks good, but I'm in europe frequently flying on 35mhz and also wanted to scan the downlink freq as well. It has a 2" color TFT display. Anyone using the Icom IC-R3 to view downlink video? BTW, I found the link for this receiver... it's pricey, but intriging.

Icom IC-R3 receiver

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03-28-2005 08:12 PM  13 years agoPost 4
z11355

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03-29-2005 12:20 AM  13 years agoPost 5
basepart

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here is a do it your self Low Cost R/C Frequency Monitor

http://www.rc-cam.com/monitor.htm

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03-29-2005 02:56 AM  13 years agoPost 6
videostuff

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I like Icom. I've read online that the R3 doesn't do well scanning at 2.4 but i haven't tried it myself. It's on a thread posted here somewhere.

I have the R5 and found it to be a nice tool. The searches I ran showed most liked Icom.

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03-30-2005 12:49 PM  13 years agoPost 7
gordonre

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I use ICOM IC-R3 and one from LLMicroelectronic. Both work well. The LLM one has more info on one screen, and they cater for various frequencies. http://www.llm-electronic.com/

You can download a PDF file from my gallery for the LLM scanner.

Regards,

Gordon

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03-30-2005 04:03 PM  13 years agoPost 8
gliderking

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These are great recommendations.

I've flown a number of times in europe on 35mhz (germany, aus, slovakia, uk, norway) and never had trouble. I've also flown on 72mhz in spain without trouble either and have rec/trans modules for 40mhz as well. Futaba uses a nice module concept, and I can attest that it works great should you have doubt.

... but that brings up a good question. What are the legal downlink frequencies, and how do we find out in other countries. The modeling frequencies are handled and spec'd and available through model retailers in the countries I've been, but not the downlink freq's?

Bob

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03-30-2005 05:29 PM  13 years agoPost 9
gordonre

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gliderking,

I think what Gregory is referring to on these other frequencies is that they are most likely used in built-up areas and probably industrial areas (I stand to correction on this!).

I am assuming that you fly in fairly remote areas, especially when it comes to your glider. In these remote areas you most likely will not have any strong interfering signals.


Gregory,

As far as what I know, Africa is 35MHz!


Regards,

Gordon

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03-31-2005 02:19 AM  13 years agoPost 10
gliderking

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desert wolfe to the rescue
ordered and it's on the way alreay. thanks everyone for your help.

I'll wait until I leave on my next euro trip (about a month and half I think) before I worry about a euro scanner. I like the simplicity of the desert wolfe as I spend most of my time in the USofA, it makes the most sense. The LLH product looks promising for the same reason, but on 35mhz.

When overseas, I think downlink integrity is an issue. It's much harder to change freq and band in the field if you have a problem or conflict! anyone have experience with this?

Once when I was flying south of the border, I had bunch of federal police all over me asking about freq, broadcast wattage, etc, and I was just flying a foam glider around a seawall near the beach. I can only imagine whats going to happen when the maxi joker 2 with a xl-1s on the front lifts off on it's mission?!

...on the glider front, I'm into F3F and Dynamic Soaring, so gliders that go as fast as possible are my thing. Scale gliders are gorgeous in the air, and (surprisingly) will look even better when shot air-2-air!! There's a couple of glider pics I loaded into my gallery. You'll be seeing some vid posts soon of such encounters ;-)

Bob

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