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User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7491 times:

Hello everyone!

I have just received my first scanner for my birthday. I am now trying to listen to some of the aircraft frequencies but have no luck. I am about 15 miles from JFK and when I enter any of the New York Approach or JFK frequencies it is giving me the Error message. I'm doing it like it says in the manual (or so I think) but the only station I hear is transmitting the weather. Can anyone assist? I am using Uniden model. Thank you in advance to anyone that responds.


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User currently offlineUnited757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7477 times:

You won't be able to hear anything from that far, you might be able to hear the occasional aircraft flying over your house say something to the tower, but thats about it. You won't hear the tower talk back. The only way you could possibly get the signal that far away is to buy one of those antennas that mounts on the roof of your house, and you would probably still have problems getting a proper signal.

edit: the antennas are called "j-pole" antennas.

[Edited 2007-04-06 04:42:49]

User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7469 times:

you need to scan through the frequencies. I have a Uniden as well but what you need to do is go to the Air frequencies, then you need to do this as follows

1. need to use the squelch button and turn it so that it changes the frequencies
2. use can use the hold button and the NUMBER 2 button to search up or down
3. once u get closer to the frequencies, just manually press up or down

UP = 2
DOWN = 8

Do what i said, and that way u can change the frequencies in a easier way.

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User currently offlineLASOctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7459 times:

Quoting United757 (Reply 1):
You won't hear the tower talk back.

why? i find that annoying, i can hear almost every inbound a/c here, but no tower......

User currently offlineUnited757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7424 times:

Quoting LASOctoberB6 (Reply 3):
why? i find that annoying, i can hear almost every inbound a/c here, but no tower......

Because the aircraft is closer to your house, and the radio waves have a less obstructed path.

User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1468 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7423 times:

Get an external antenna and put it on the roof...otherwise listen to liveatc.net

thank goodness for TCAS !
User currently offlineLHRman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 398 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7417 times:

No need to get a rooftop antenna - I have one and I get better reception with a £10/$19 aerial that connects directly to the scanner. Take a walk round your house, you will more than likely not pick up Kennedy Tower, but you will have a possible chance at picking up Approach/Departure. These can be more interesting to listen to than Tower/Gnd.

As I said, walk round your house, some places in your house may have better reception than others and sorry I cant help with the scanner problems as I currently own the Icom R-20 (<
Dave P

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