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User currently offline767ALLTHEWAY From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 659 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2941 times:

I never saw this particular topic adressed, How far can the Maycom AR-108, pick up radio transmisions clearly, I attend the New York Military Academy, which is about 10 miles away from Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY. I was wondering if this scanner will reach that far?
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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2857 times:

Depends on several factors:

- transmission strength. If the transmitter is weak its effective range is obviously less
- obstructions. If there is anything blocking your line of sight to the transmitter the signal will get weaker (and may get too weak to pick up).
- atmospheric conditions. Weather can deteriorate radio reception (though not all that much under regular conditions) and so can solar flares.



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User currently offline767ALLTHEWAY From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2832 times:

Thank you for your help and guidence.
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7 6 7 A L L T H E W A Y



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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8193 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2843 times:

Also, try different parts of the room. I'm 12 miles south of CLE and my scanner can only pick up the tower when it's in a certain part of my room. I can always hear arriving aircraft, however.


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User currently offlineH. Simpson From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 949 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2844 times:

N766UA, you can always hear arriving traffic because if you think of 3D view, arriving traffic are airbrone and therefore had a shorter distance from your receiver, as a result you can hear airbrone traffic better than local airport movements...

I live in New York city and my scanner hardly picks up any EWR tower transmission(not to mention ATIS :-() but I can receive the Eastbound European traffic around 5pm all the way to Cape cod! It's definitely a thrill to listen to the heavies and track them on internet  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

Strangely, back in the days when my scanner worked, I was able to pick up PIT (270 miles away) and RDU (500 miles away) at nighttime...

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User currently offlineH. Simpson From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 949 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2831 times:

Greg, if you don't have any outdoor antenna or at a ultra-high elevation, consider yourself to be REAL lucky!  Nuts

VHF's propagation tends to be "line of sight", which means you can receive signals as far as where you can see the horizon, sometimes it can be +15% greater, depends on the atmospheric condition...

At nighttime, ioniztion in the atmosphere has died down and therefore allowing you to listen farther (same thing with AM and SW radio)


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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2827 times:

766, any chance you are in a modern steel-framed building?
Moving the antenna might unblock the line of sight to the transmitters on the airport which are otherwise obscured by construction steel.



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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8193 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2799 times:

Nope, no steel. Just a normal wood and vinyl house. It's just the way trees/walls etc. are aligned I guess. Also depends on the atmosphere, obviously.


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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2802 times:

I think it happened with PIT twice and RDU once...my scanner's been out of commission for abotu 2 years now, so its been awhile...I need a new one lol...

Greg



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