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User currently offlinedwightm From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 66 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5193 times:
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I am looking for recommendations from spotters and/or pilots on good, but not overly expensive scanners I can listen to while spotting at SJC, NUQ, & SFO. Thank you!

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User currently offlinedl767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5153 times:

If you have an iphone the liveatc app is pretty good but i'd have to check and see if those airports are available

User currently offlineswa4life From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 394 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5150 times:

The most basic scanner model usually covers the VHF airband frequencies, so just about any conventional (analog) scanner will do.. It just so happens that I am about as big of a radio dork as I am an aviation enthusiast so I could probably help you out..

User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week ago) and read 5043 times:

Quoting dl767captain (Reply 1):
If you have an iphone the liveatc app is pretty good but i'd have to check and see if those airports are available

It's hardly live to begin with. I've heard several minute delays when listening to my actual handheld alongside liveatc. Besides, not everybody out there is stupid enough to buy an Iphone     

At any rate, radio shack makes good multipurpose scanners that cover VHF Airband.

I have the older version of this:


More than enough for your purposes. Picked mine up on ebay for $30, like new condition.

Honestly, don't waste money on the specialized aviation scanners. They're overpriced and don't offer more performance.



[Edited 2010-10-01 20:35:24]

User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3530 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5027 times:

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 3):

Just to make sure both sides get equal weight, at my two local airports, I've rarely heard more than 3-4 seconds of delay with my LiveATC app, and I've tested it at DFW, as well, and not had more than 5-8 seconds of delay.


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