Jacks757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 94 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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.
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13929 posts, RR: 49
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 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.
If you want to listen to just broadcast AM and FM radio, and civil airband sure buy the more expensive Sporty's . 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!
Pilot3033 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 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.
DeltaWings From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 1294 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours 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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United_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7569 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 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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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.