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User currently offlineAM From Mexico, joined Oct 1999, 600 posts, RR: 2
Posted (16 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

Hi everyone,
I'm just about to buy a scanner so I can listen to my local airport's frequencies, but I don't know much about radios. Could anybody help me? How expensive is a good scanner? Can I receive all the ATC band with it (118-136Mhz)? Can I be at home 20 miles from the airport and still be able to receive the tower frequency loud and clear or do I have to be near the airport?

Thanks a lot in advance,
Bernardo Curiel.

"... for there you have been and there you will long to return."
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User currently offlineUal1636 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (16 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2549 times:

A good scanner will be about $100-$150. Yes, you can receive all the freqs. If youre 20 miles it wont be loud and clear unless youre upstairs or sitting on your roof or another high elevated spot.

User currently offlineBC-12D From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (16 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

The best investment I made was an external antenna for my house and another for the car. It really extended the range of the scanner. I can usually pick up the guys in the tower, ten miles from the airport, and the aircraft up to fifty miles out.

When you buy the scanner, the frequencies it receives should be listed on the placard on its back. Some of the cheaper ones do not get aviation bands.

Good luck!

User currently offlineExnonrev From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 621 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (16 years 6 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2528 times:

If you're also interested in monitoring military aircraft, consider a scanner that recieves the 225-400 MHz band. Those frequencies are usually only on the top-of-the-line model scanners.

Here in the US, all military transports and newer tactical types are equipped with both VHF (118-136) and UHF (225-400) radios. When operating at or around civilian airports, they often use VHF. Some older tactical types have only UHF radios.

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