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Who Makes The Best ATC Scanner?  
User currently offlineJacks757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 94 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 months 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

HI,

Im not sure if this is the correct forum but I was just wondering about handheld scanners. I want to purchase a scanner so I can listen to ATC. Does anyone recommend a certain scanner. I would like to get a good one for a decent price.

Thanks for all your help!
Jacks

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User currently offlineBoeinglover24 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 305 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

You can get one at Radioshack for just 70 bucks.
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...K&x=9&kw=scanner&parentPage=search
I have one and it works well provided that I am near an airport (You don't need that many banks because you can get the frequencies online at airnav.com)



Uhhh What?
User currently offlineJacks757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks Boeinglover24!

User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Yup, Radioshack pretty much has everything you need, including good scanners. I bought a Pro 94 scanner from Radioshack and except for one time not working for unknown reasons, it's been a blessing for me when I go to the airport or try to listen to any airliner on the departure from my house. However I might get another antenna for it to improve the reception from my house. If you want to listen to the ARTCCs or FIR control centres, and if you live far away from the next airport, I suggest you do the same eventually.

User currently offlineCDreier From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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I read that the ICOM R5 is a very good receiver (read it here on the Airliners.net forum). Here's a link to info on the receiver: http://www.icomamerica.com/brochures/ic-r5.pdf  

[Edited 2006-06-04 00:54:55]

User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2020 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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I have the Pro 83 (see link provided above) as well, its been a great scanner and definately gets the job done. I would highly recommend it.  bigthumbsup 

-Charlie


User currently offlineAviationwiz From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 962 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I have the Sporty's SP-125 and absolutely love it:
http://www.sportys.com/acb/showdetl.cfm?&Product_ID=6201&DID=19

Sporty's has great service and has one nice product.



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User currently offlineLorM From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 409 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

My advice, do the math..

Sporty's SP-125:

Covers AM broadcast band 530KHz-1620KHz, FM broadcast band 88-108MHz, Civil Airband 118-136MHz-143MHz.
5 Programable Scanning Frequency Channels

Being Sold for $189.00 at
http://www.sportys.com/acb/showdetl....m?DID=19&Product_ID=6201&CATID=165

Radioshack Pro-83 (Least Expensive Model) :
Covers 25-27.995, 28-29.995. 30-49.995, 50-54,
Civil Airband+Navigational Aid Spectrum 108-136.9875 , 137-143.995, 144-147.995, 148-174, 406-419.99375, 420-449.99375, 450-469.99375, 470-512, 806-823.9875, 849.0125-868.9875, 894.0125-956 MHz
200 Programable Scanning Frequency Channels
Backlit Display and Keys

Being Sold for $69.97 at
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...1000094%2F&fbc=1&parentPage=family

If you want to listen to just broadcast AM and FM radio, and civil airband sure buy the more expensive Sporty's  wink . If you want to be able to listen to more than just those three, get a Radioshack or a Uniden Scanner. Radioshack and Uniden scanners are very feature rich and IMO offer the best value for the money.

Unfortunately Radioshack's handhelds do not cover the military airband spectrum 225-400MHz, but certain Uniden handhelds do. If you want to go all out and get a wideband reciever that can cover 500KHz-3000MHz, AOR has the (expensive) AR8200 MKIII.

Keep in mind however in listening to Civil and Military Airband, the audio quality and what you can hear all depends on the height of your recieving location and the distance you are from the transmission source. Airband communication is line of sight - If the airport you want to listen to is behind that mountain, you'll only recieve the aircraft after they are airborne and above it. For best results while scanning at home and farther locations you're going to have to put up an external antenna. If you live next to an airport or go spotting, no problem, the included antenna will do!

http://www.radioshack.com
http://www.uniden.com
http://www.aorusa.com

-LorM



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User currently offlineJacks757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks for all the help!

User currently offlinePilot3033 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Syncmaster (Reply 5):
I have the Pro 83 (see link provided above) as well, its been a great scanner and definately gets the job done. I would highly recommend it. bigthumbsup

Let me throw in my .02 for the 83. I bought one on sale a week ago, and it works great when I go spotting. I bought a better atenna as well so I could go a bit further from the feild. Not the best for staying at home, but still great when I am out shooting.
-Matt



-Matt
User currently offlineDeltaWings From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 1294 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days ago) and read 32767 times:

How far away from the airport can you pic up the signals with the standard inkluding antenna? Can that antenna pick up signals from crusing aircraft at FL350? I am thinking of getting the Uniden BC92XLT.


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User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7454 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I too just bought the PRO 83 from Radio Shack after retiring my 12 year old Uniden scanner. The battery wouldn't hold a charge,and Uniden no longer made parts for it.I like it that the buttons light up.


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User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

If your budget can stretch to it I'd highly recommend a Yupiteru. My MVT-7300 has done me well for 5 years, with many years of life left. It has a lot of features and you can't beat it for quality.

Mine was £350 five years ago, you can pick them up for under £200 now.



User currently offline777jaah From Colombia, joined Jan 2006, 1403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I have a question:

Could you use one of these inflight?? Kind of UA ch 9, but private.......


777Jaah



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User currently offlineBochora From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2008, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting 777jaah (Reply 13):
Could you use one of these inflight??

No it definitely transmits a radio signal!


User currently offlineLhrman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 398 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

If you can afford one, I stronly recommend the Icom IC-R20. Fantastic scanner and has done me well for 2 years now and I can see it keep going for ages so a great piece of kit.


Always after the picture you can't get..
User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting 777jaah (Reply 13):
Could you use one of these inflight??

Are you allowed to? No. But I've done it several times. You can't hear everything pretty well until you start talking to Center. I've never been able to pickup center, but so long as you can hear your pilots communications to Center that would work - provided they repeat the next frequency when asked to change...

I have an old Sporty's JD-100 which still works quite well. I've been looking into new scanners (perhaps a Uniden) or even a higher power trunk scanner from my car. I drive by SEA and BFI twice a day and would like to be able to pickup those stations while driving, the hand held does not do very well in that situation.

Brian


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