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User currently offlineFJWH From Netherlands, joined May 2004, 974 posts, RR: 3
Posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 4025 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  Smile, 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?

Thanks  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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User currently offlineCvgpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 588 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3930 times:

www.sportys.com---- the jd-200

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User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3328 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3894 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.

User currently offlineZrb2 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 903 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3874 times:

I have the Pro-95 from Radio Shack. It works great for aviation plus you get all the other frequencies (police/fire/marine/cb/ham)


User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2898 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3815 times:

I also have a Radio Shack scanner and would highly recommend it. It's really quite easy to use and reliable.

User currently offlinePHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1290 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3788 times:

I also have a Pro-95, its great. I just heard about a discone antenna. Its about a 100 bucks. But you can recieve 100 - 200 miles away.

User currently offlineAviationwiz From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 965 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3787 times:

I want a scanner too, can anyone link me to one that doesn't cost $200-$300? LOL. Thanks.

Proudly from the Home of the Red Tail.
User currently offlineLorm From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 411 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3781 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 Big grin. They would have occationally small leaks or spills and try hard not to make it known over the radio.

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User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3328 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3765 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).

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