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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3235 posts, RR: 9
Posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 15119 times:

I'm thinking of buying one of these scanners off ebay, and was wondering if there's any reason to choose one over the other?

I'm looking for a small size with good reception, and some way to automatically scan and find frequencies used whereever I am. I think the Pro-83's signal stalker might be that feature? Is the Maycom's scan function similar?


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User currently offlineN754AN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 15091 times:

Quoting Nimish (Thread starter):
Is the Maycom's scan function similar?

Yes. I have the Maycom AR-108, and i cant find any faults with it whatsoever, so I highly recommend it.

Thanks,
Chris


User currently offlineRoadrunner165 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 874 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 15088 times:

Go with the Maycom

Adam


User currently offlineLorM From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 409 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 15083 times:

Nimish, if the prices are very similar I suggest going for the Radioshack Pro-83.
How much is each being sold for on ebay?

The Pro-83 on Radioshack's website is listed at $119.99 new, and new Maycom AR-108s list at around $79.99. If the Pro-83 is priced near the Maycom go for the Pro-83.

With the Maycom AR-108 you'll receive 108-174 mhz.

With the Pro-83 You'll be able to receive 25-174 mhz, 406-512 mhz, 806-956 mhz minus cellular. Both scanners are nice and compact and probably can fit in your palm.

Civil airband is 108-136 mhz. The AR-108 does not cover UHF military airband (225-400mhz), neither does the Pro-83... that is out of the box.
With a simple PC input cable and free programming software available on the web, the Pro-83 can be programmed to receive UHF military airband. I've got a Pro-95, and with the programming cable available on Radioshack's website, I can easily program any 174-412 mhz frequency.

VHF and UHF airband is by line of sight, and if you live near your intended airport/air transmission sources you'll be in luck. If not you'll need an outdoor antenna. With that in mind, if you'll need to commute to listen, consider the Pro-83, you'll be able to listen to many other transmissions than just airband. You'll be able to pick up 50 mhz, 140 mhz, 440 mhz, Ham amateur radio. CB, VHF HTs, UHF, weather bands, etc.

So whenever you get bored or cannot pick up VHF/UHF airband at least you'll be able to still listen to something!



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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3235 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 15060 times:

Quoting Roadrunner165 (Reply 2):
Go with the Maycom

Hi Adam - details (if any) would be appreciated.



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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3235 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 15058 times:

Quoting LorM (Reply 3):
How much is each being sold for on ebay?

The Radioshack Pro-83 has been selling at about $65 (including shipping), while the Maycom is only available new for about $100-$110. Is there a current offer that lists the Maycom at $79.99?

Thanks for the detailed comments on the features in the Pro-83 - this will certainly help my decision. Does it work with a standard 6V DC adaptor, or does it require a special Radioshack only plug?



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User currently offlineLorM From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 409 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 15058 times:

Yup it works with any 6V plug. 4mm size. Concerning the $79.99 for the Maycom, I just google.com'ed it up and saw an MSRP of $79.99. $65 including shipping for the Pro-83 is a good price.

f you're comfortable with the deal on ebay, I recommend it.

http://www.radioshack.com/product.as..._008_009_010_003&product_id=20-501
If you want to view it directly from Radioshack. Look for Radioshack Cat No. 20-239 in accessories for the cable to program the scanner with your computer from the serial port.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 15037 times:

Is there any Restrictions on Import of therse scanners into India.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineSanthosh From India, joined Sep 2001, 545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 14998 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 7):
Is there any Restrictions on Import of therse scanners into India.
regds

Mel-I had mine sent from Europe and had no problem in transit. Generally people think its radio as it’s just a receiver. I am not sure which but there is some communication act here in India will tells it’s authorized to hear transmissions from government and private channels provided we don’t transmit on it. I heard this from someone who had passed Grade 1 radio operator exam. If I find any thing that officially tells about that act then will let you know.

Namish-Regarding buying one. Performance wise both are good ones but I think the Pro 83 is slightly better due to its sleek finish and attractive orange backlight function.

Regards
George



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User currently offlineNeilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 15000 times:

Quoting Santhosh (Reply 8):
attractive orange backlight function.

The Maycom has a nice green backlight. I have the Ar108 and I’ve had it for 5 years. I'm in a nice area where I can always hear traffic to and from DTW and FNT plus lots of en-route traffic.

I could play the devils advocate and say well the Maycom is just for Airband and the radioshack is many different bands so wouldn't you trust a scanner that specializes in what you want. Airband. But I can't agree full with that statement and there are many good products out there made by companies that don't specialize in it.

However, the Maycom does receive weather bands too. The maycom is nice with its program memory 99 channels. (I'm sure the 83 has some program features too)

Also it was said the Maycom receives up to 174 MHz unless it has been changed mine goes up to 136 MHz.

I would highly recommend the Maycom. But I think you'll have to make the choice yourself as both are great products and you will get equal reviews regarding both.


User currently offlineSanthosh From India, joined Sep 2001, 545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 14987 times:

Quoting Neilalp (Reply 9):
However, the Maycom does receive weather bands too.

Neilalp

Out here in India there aren’t any stations which transmit weather reports so that wont be much of a use. One way Nimish can get an idea about the local weather is to tune into the BLR airports ATIS frequency. But if he’s abroad then having weather channels might be useful.

Regards
George



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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3235 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 14937 times:

I'm currently bidding for both on ebay - let's see which one comes through. I'm hoping to get the Radioshack (or the Uniden equivalent) for around $60, or the maycom for about the same. Neither one is selling very cheap on eBay these days, and my purchase on Radioshack.com (for the pro83) did not go through since my card has an Indian billing address Sad.


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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3235 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 14886 times:

Well - for those interested - I've finally "won" on ebay.co.uk - for a maycom at about $65. The Uniden/Radioshacks are not going for anything less than $85-$95 these days Sad! Once I get the actual maycom I've won, I'll give that a spin, and if not happy, might get back to looking for a good deal on a radioshack/Uniden.

Thanks to all for the inputs on this thread.



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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3235 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 14625 times:

I've finally got hold of the Maycom scanner - but can't figure out what frequencies to tune it to. I'm currently 6 miles south of SFO (this week), and next week will be in BKK and back home to 1 mile west of BLR. Any inputs on what I can tune into south of SFO would be very useful indeed  Smile Thanks!


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User currently offlineRoadrunner165 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 874 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 14661 times:

This may help.
http://www.airnav.com/airport/KSFO
Airport Communications
UNICOM: 122.95
ATIS: 113.7(650-877-3585/8422) 115.8(650-877-3585/8422) 118.85(650-877-3585/8422) 135.45(650-877-3585/8422)
WX ASOS: PHONE 650-872-0246
SAN FRANCISCO GROUND: 121.8
SAN FRANCISCO TOWER: 120.5 269.1
NORCAL APPROACH: 134.5 135.65 SOUTH 120.35
NORCAL DEPARTURE: 120.9(NW-E) 135.1(AS Air Limited (Kenya)">SE-W)
CLEARANCE DELIVERY: 118.2
AS ASGND: 128.65
CLASS B: 120.9(NW) 127.0(NORTH) 134.5(AS Air Limited (Kenya)">SE) 135.1 WEST 135.4(NE-E) 135.65 SOUTH
EMERG: 121.5
IC: 134.5 135.1 351.8
ILS PRM RY 28L IC: 120.5
LDA PRM RY 28R IC: 128.65
MONITOR ILS PRM RY 28L: 125.15
MONITOR LDA PRM RY 28R: 127.675
PTC: 118.2

Adam

Happy Scanning  Smile


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