Aileron11 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 183 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5146 times:
Does anybody know why I can only pick up airplanes talking on my scanner and not ATC? When atc talks to airplanes I should pick then up just like the airplanes. Also just to let you all know I am new in aviation it is a hobby I just started and SO far I find it a lot of fun. And one last thing what is a good camera for beginners thanks.
Nighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5124 times:
as mentioned by SA006...radio receivers work on line of sight. If there is a mountain, or buildings between you and the airport transmitter then you will not receive a signal, and will instead only hear signals from the aircraft.
Solarix From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5015 times:
Where are you located? What kind of antenna are you using? The rubber duck that came with your scanner is not the best antenna for airband. In fact, unless you monitor from the airport, don't expect to hear much on it.
You may want to consider an outdoor antenna such as a discone or Scantenna (antennawarehouse.com). It doesn't even have to be mounted outdoors for it to work better than your rubber duckie. But if you can put it outside, by all means do it!
I live about 40 miles from ONT and can hear the tower when using an outdoor antenna. I can also pick up BUR ATIS from my location which is about 90 miles away. And in Utah, I can hear the SLC ATIS from about 100 miles away (this while in the car with an external antenna on the roof).
If you want to go "all out" try a yagi (directional antenna) cut for airband. They are very directional but offer gain and will likely improve you signal quite noticeably.