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User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 33
Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6082 times:

So there I am stood by the EMA perimeter fence freezing my cojones off in an effort to give the 10D her first proper aviation related outing, when I get to thinking... what would be really nice is if I could sit in the car until I know there's an aircraft moving (very quiet airport EMA!!) and then get out, take the shots and then get back in!

Now I think what I want is an airband scanner of some description. Trouble is I know next to nothing about scanners!  Sad

Can anyone recommend a decent but affordable scanner that will be good for both Civil and military frequencies (for RIAT and Waddington)... and one that I can carry with me.... and hopefully is discreet enough not to alarm passign security folk!  Wink/being sarcastic

Thanks in advance!

Rez
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User currently offlineLHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6038 times:

Hi Rez,
If you do a search in the hobby aviation forum, you will get several hits. I personally have the Maycom AR-108. It is small, holds 99 channels of memory, and is very good for what I do. It doesn't have an enormous antenna, but it works prety well. I live quite far from the airport, and can still have good reception of ground, as well as the tower and radar! Good luck!

Sebastian



I guess that's what happens in the end, you start thinking about the beginning.
User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12640 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6023 times:
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I personally have the Maycom AR-108.

I just brought one of those as well! Haven't had a chance to really test it yet though.



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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9644 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6022 times:
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Also a AR-108 user, good bang for the buck, plus its small.

User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6011 times:

Thanks guys! Does it do military bands too?

Rez
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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9644 posts, RR: 68
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6004 times:
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dunno.

But look here:

http://strongsignals.net/access/content/rr_ar-108.html


User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5994 times:

It depends, what is the military frequency you want to hear? if it's in the 200'sMhz or UHF range, forget it.

Luis


User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6001 times:

For a few more money get the http://www.javiation.co.uk/ic-r5.html and you'll for sure hear the military and even non aviation stuff but very interesting...

Luis


User currently offlineMygind66 From Spain, joined May 2004, 1058 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5963 times:

Rez..

Just bought as well an Icom IC-R5. Very small, discrete and somebody told me it has a good loudspeaker. About the antenna I had to buy in Ebay a telescopic one for better reception (it was a shop from England actually).
All I can say is I very happy with it..

All the best

Enrique

PD: freezing my cojones

Strange use of the spanish..  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5952 times:

Strange use of the spanish

LOL! I'm full of these strange Spanish turns of phrase... blame it on some very drunk Spanish friends of mine from University days!

Rez
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User currently offlineMygind66 From Spain, joined May 2004, 1058 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5949 times:

drunk Spanish friends

I can't believe it! I don't understand why Spain is the place in the world with more bars per quadrate meter!  Innocent

Funny topic but I'm afraid it's going to be thrown to another forum if we don't post a photo...Here it goes..

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Photo © Lassi Tolvanen



Lassi...when are we going to see more like this one?

Enrique


User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5907 times:

I have an Icom R2 and R5 only thing I have found is that there aerials seem to be quite weak. The R2 which usually gets thrown in the camera bag now has a bad contact within the scanner, obviously aerial mast got knocked once to often.

Cheers

Paul


User currently offlineSmAlbany From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5868 times:

I have owned and heavily used an Icom R-2 for a number of years. It's a great little radio. I'm not sure if it's still for sale as it has been replaced by the R-5. I replaced the stock antenna with a Prime R9 right from the beginning. I've broken 2 of the antennas and am working on my third. I assume that the R-5 is just a good a radio as the R-2 except with additional features. It can be used for both military and civil aviation as well as just about any other frequency out there up to about 1.5 gigaherz.

Great radio reviews at http://www.strongsignals.net



User currently offlineNoelG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5863 times:

I use an MVT-7300 and it is brilliant. I can get all the civil av frequencies as well as all the mil, and I can also get shortwave and most of the other frequencies (police/ambulance etc) - not that I listen to these of course!  Innocent


That's about actual size, maybe a little larger in reality!

Wouldn't go for another one as long as this one is working - had it for 3 years.

Cheers,
Noel.


User currently offlineDcrusafon From Spain, joined Apr 2004, 333 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5841 times:

I have the Maycom AR-108 too. Very happy with it: small, you can change batteries when you want. Maybe the only problem is the speaker but you can use headphones.

DARIO


User currently offlinePsych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3052 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5830 times:
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I have had the Yupiteru 7100 for ages and I can't fault it. The band widths covered makes it ideal for a wide variety of interests.

Paul


User currently offlineLekky-Man From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5786 times:

I too had an MVT-7100, but changed it for the MVT-9000 Mk2.

Couldn't fault the 7100, and the 9000 is just as good.

Here's a link to a good photo of it:-

http://www.javiation.co.uk/mvt9000.html

Good luck and happy listening!!

Paul.


User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5728 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5727 times:

How reliable is javiation.co.uk? Has anyone (preferrably outside of the UK) bought any scanner there? Any info or references welcome!
Thanks,

L410


User currently offlineVulcanbomber From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5721 times:

Jonathon Clough who runs Javiation has been serving the aviation community for many years and has a very good reputation.

I have owned many radio receivers over the years, I now use a Icom IC-R5 that I purchased from Maplin UK for around £99. It covers Military and Civil airband and can be connected to a computer to upload and download frequencies.

Hope this helps.


User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5743 times:

"How reliable is javiation.co.uk? Has anyone (preferrably outside of the UK) bought any scanner there? Any info or references welcome!"

I did, no problem at all, just follow the steps.

Luis


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