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ATC Scanner Advice---UK  
User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2887 posts, RR: 18
Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 7359 times:

Hi fellow a.netters,

I will be going to the UK in May and would want to buy a ATC scanner---i honestly have no clue on any specifications.

I am from Mumbai--so preferably what would work here.

My budget is between 100-150 US Dollars .

Where in UK can i buy them from and which one .

Any info would be greatly appreciated

Cheers,

Karan

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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7350 times:

I know a couple of people who have the Maycom AR108. Javiation and Flightstore sell it for £70. It only covers VHF but it seems to be good value if you don't need it for anything else.

http://www.flightstore.co.uk/maycom_...1238.dept.298.dept_l2.0.dept_l3.0/

The only other one I'm familiar with is the AOR AR-8200 but that was about £400 last time I checked!


User currently offlineJohnKrist From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1399 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7341 times:
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I think that scanners are more expensive in the UK than elsewhere, maybe due to regulations? The Maycom AR-108 can be found in Sweden for £45 ($77), in store brand new. A Uniden Bearcat UBC 92 XLT costs £95 ($166). Maybe they are cheaper in the Tax-Free at the airport if they have any.


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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7335 times:

Quoting JohnKrist (Reply 2):
The Maycom AR-108 can be found in Sweden for £45 ($77),

Fair enough! I wasn't suggesting that Karan buys it in the UK necessarily, just giving a ball-park figure. Not sure it's anything to do with regulations but you might be right. It might be the same reason that certain items like cars and CDs, etc., are more expensive here!


User currently offlineJohnKrist From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1399 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7329 times:
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David L, yeah maybe, and cars are not cheap in Sweden, but Denmark and Norway are ridiculously expensive.
I usually check on Ebay UK and those scanners go for more than what I pay in Sweden, maybe I should start selling them  Smile
But a more thorough search from international sellers shows that they are cheapest in Germany at 52 euro. But then there is the little thing called postage too...



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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7325 times:

Quoting JohnKrist (Reply 4):
and cars are not cheap in Sweden, but Denmark and Norway are ridiculously expensive.

But they're cheaper in Germany and France. Although when I used to sell hi-fi, quite a few Norwegians came over to the UK to buy Norwegian hi-fi (Tandberg) because it was cheaper than it was in Norway!

Quoting JohnKrist (Reply 4):
there is the little thing called postage too...

True. Javiation will sell cheaper for export but there'll be postage and/or import duty to pay.

It doesn't change my view that the AR108 should be considered, though, wherever it's bought.  Smile


User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2887 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7309 times:

Quoting David L (Reply 1):
It only covers VHF but it seems to be good value if you don't need it for anything else.

What are other features or services that a scaner could provide barring VHF


And thank you David and JohnKrist for your replies


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 42
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7302 times:

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 6):
What are other features or services that a scaner could provide barring VHF

The more expensive ones can cover UHF, HF (Short Wave), MW, etc. Mine goes from 150kHz to 2 GHz, though I've hardly ever heard anything interesting outside the Marine and Air bands (I used to be able to hear analogue phone conversations but digital's stopped that - quite rightly!). Some can hook up to a PC so you can transfer the memory contents and even perform some control from the PC.

You can also get scanners that break the memory channels into blocks so you could have a block for your local airport, another for a nearby airport, another for your next holiday destination, etc. It means that you can have all the frequencies stored that you'll need but you don't have to waste time scanning through all of them when you only want to listen to one airport.

It all depends on how many extras you want/need and how much you're prepared to pay. I think the AR108 stores 99 or 100 frequencies. Check out the Javiation and Flightstore sites for some technical details - but shop around for prices.  Smile

I'm surprised more people haven't chipped in. I don't usually get the chance to give my opinion because so many suggestions have already been made!


User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 7269 times:

Quoting JohnKrist (Reply 2):
A Uniden Bearcat UBC 92 XLT costs £95 ($166).

Actually, that's a pretty decent cost!

Quoting JohnKrist (Reply 2):
Maybe they are cheaper in the Tax-Free at the airport if they have any.

Good luck finding one at a Duty-Free store in LHR!

But seriously, Uniden always make a good product and you really cant go wrong there.

Cheers,
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