FJWH From Netherlands, joined May 2004, 968 posts, RR: 4 Posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2745 times:
I was thinking about buying a scanner so I can listen to the tower, approach etc. I was wondering if anyone had any experiences with scanners and can tell me how it is. I live in Zwolle (the Netherlands), the Dutch A.netters know where that is , but can I listen here also to frequencies of aircraft? And I heard that in the east of The Netherlands, where Zwolle is situated, the airspace is one of the busiest in the world. Does this mean that I can hear a lot on the scanner? Can anyone give me a site with frequencies of Schiphol and maybe (If there are any??)for around Zwolle?
If I'm going to buy a scanner: where should I look at? Does anybody knows a (Dutch) site where I can buy a scanner?
FlightS in the next 3 months: MSP, PHX, MEM, NCE, TFS, BCN. All round trips from AMS
Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3310 posts, RR: 36 Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2614 times:
W Europe is indeed one of the busiest areas, still that does not mean Zwolle in particular.
If you are looking for a portable scanner, I advise you to choose one which has a socket for an external antenna.
You will be able to listen to aircrafts flying at cruise level at distances largely exceeding 200nm (400km+), and airports and ATC at distances depending on the location (height) of your antenna.
If you live in a multi-story building, consider putting the antenna on the roof.
There are hundreds of shops in the NL selling appropriate scanner and antennas, and several web sites where you can find all aeronautical frequencies of interest, including the military.
Lorm From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 409 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2501 times:
Yo, all you guys with the PRO-95 RadioShack, do you know if there is anyway to replace the keypad? You think RradioShack would have spare parts? It's been through a lot and has had good use. Some of the keys are hard to press now without pressing down quite hard :-(. It's a great scanner for the money though.
It's too bad a lot of the trunking channels in Honolulu (where I am) are switching to digitally encoded scrambled ones. I used to be able to listen to the oil refinery down at the industrial zone. It's funny because they would never say the word SPILL over the air, they would always say it in some non descriptive way . They would have occationally small leaks or spills and try hard not to make it known over the radio.
Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3310 posts, RR: 36 Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2485 times:
A discone antenna is simply a broadband antenna, and technically a more or less acceptable compromise when one needs a single antenna to receive a (very) wide frequency range. 100$ seems also a lot of money for a few rods and one socket. Pretty easy to make one DIY for 0 to 20$.
If airband is your stuff, buy or make a simple quarterwave groundplane or a vertical halfwave (hide it in a pvc tube, it will look and perform like the commercial stuff).