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How To Choose An Airband Scanner?  
User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 18249 times:

What are the things to look out for when buying an Airband Scanner with decent quality? E.g., what are the frequency ranges that it must cover? (Most that are advertised seem to have different ranges.)

Finally, what brand is good? I know one or two spotters who really like their Sony scanners (models from a few years back), but these don't seem to be easily available. Any suggestions would be welcome.

Thanks.


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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 18155 times:

Must have 108 - 136 Mhz to listen in to airband.

Uniden Bearcat and Yeasu are good names but are quite expensive.

DC-10


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 18126 times:

Another excellent brand (again not cheap) is Yupiteru.

Remember the antenna is as important as the receiver. Many scanners come with a crappy whip antenna that doesn't do them justice (this includes most if not all Bearcats!), have the store where you buy the thing (and pick a good knowledgable store) sell you a good antenna with the scanner!



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User currently offlineWestjet_737 From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 869 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 18117 times:

I have a Maycom AR-108, its small and works pretty good. If you dont want all of the other police and fire bands you might want to look into it. It will save you a bit of money too.

User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 18077 times:

I've got the Maycom AR-108 too. Works fine for me.

If you want anymore info on this scanner, do a search on this forum because there have been at least 5 topics started in the last 6 months about this one.

DC-10


User currently offlineH. Simpson From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 949 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 18074 times:

I have a Radio Shack Pro-95...it was never designed as a air-band receiver (although it has 108-135mhz coverage) but it has loud audio and I like it a lot!

At home I use a Yaesu FT-100D, again it's a ham radio transceiver and not "designed" as a air-band receiver. But boy, this $700 baby is awesome! Big grin


User currently offlineBoieng747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 18038 times:

I have the Maycom AR-108 since a month now and it works fine even though I am about 20km away from the airport. Receive the tower load and clear, the screener as easy to use and doesn't consume that much battery, also you can plug it into the mains using an adapter. Its a really good scanner I recommend it to anyone who doesn't have a huge budget and who still wants an excellent scanner.

Tim


User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 18022 times:

I'm using Radio Shack Pro-75 or Pro-85. Its really great. I bought it 6 years ago and that was the best $99.00 I ever spent.
I would recommend any Radio Shack Pro scanner. Really good investment.

Rafal


User currently offlineN754pr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 18161 times:

The Sony Air 7, best there ever was!!

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5516 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 5 hours ago) and read 17345 times:

I live about 15 miles from MSP, probably even less. What frequencies can I receive with the Maycom AR-108? I live right under an approach path as well.

User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 17270 times:

I stole the antenna off my sister's TV and stuck it on my scanner. Works great!  Big thumbs up

Harry



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User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7482 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 17262 times:

I bought a Uniden BC350A. It was $96 w/shipping & salestax. It can run on a car lighter of AC current. Damn thing works great with a stock antenna. I can get ROC tower an occasionally BUF tower. Plus departure and approach from both aiports. And I'm 65 miles from BUF . Can also get YYZ app & dep !


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