Manzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 32 Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6629 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!
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!
Thanks in advance!
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LHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6585 times:
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!
I guess that's what happens in the end, you start thinking about the beginning.
Mygind66 From Spain, joined May 2004, 1058 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6510 times:
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..
Sukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 376 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6454 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.
SmAlbany From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6415 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.
NoelG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6410 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!
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.
Vulcanbomber From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6268 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.