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Scanners For Overhead Flights, Help Please..  
User currently offlineFergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 53
Posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6082 times:

Hi All  wave 

Firstly if this has been discussed before I'm sorry for not searching but since I have moved to my new house in the country I have lost my broadband and there is no broadband in this area, just Dial-up  banghead  which is really doing my head in and loading pages is long and slow.
I need some hlep in choosing the right scanner as I am near Wexford, Ireland and under a one of the flight corridors to the US and Europe. Most of the aircraft are twin engined but you do get the few 747's and A340's. I would like to listen in to the pilots conversations if I could but have no real idea what scanner would be adequate for the job. Any help would be appreciated and if possibe some links on where I can get/buy one in the UK or EU.

Many thanks

take care

Fergul  sun 


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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6051 times:

For flights that go overhead you shouldn't have much difficulty with any scanner, assuming they transmit in your vicinity, of course. Depending on how far away the ground stations are, you may only hear the aircraft side of the conversations, though, and that would apply to any scanner.

User currently offlineNeilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5994 times:

Scanners are almost best described as line-of-sight theory. Unless your are close to a center you probably wont hear that part. However, with aircraft in the sky you will be able to hear their transmissions very well due to the curvature of the earth.

I have a Maycom AR108. It works great when listening to planes in the sky. You would be amazed at the range you'll be able to hear them. I'll see one overhead then 10-20mins later I'll still hear it switching centers. Then I'll lose it.

The Maycom is nice because it is palm sized + antenna. You can fit it in your pocket if you need to. However, you will see others with bigger ones with more memory for storing frequencies. All depends on what you want. The Maycom AR108 has 99 stored channels which you can search but you can't jump. Also the AR108 only does frequencies 108Mhz-136Mhz. So it rules out Police and Fire if you are into listening to that. (I'm not sure what is used overseas)

I purchased mine about 7-8 years ago and paid $100 US. Oddly, I don't think their price has come down much.

If you google search the "Maycom AR108" you will get some websites that sell it that I noticed are www.___.co.uk so I'm not sure with reputation, but they are in you neck of the woods.

Feel free to contact me if you have other questions, but it is a durable and very handy. It's been a great investment.


User currently offlineFergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5949 times:

Thanks Neil and David, appreciate the help and info.

Take care

Fergul  sun 



Zambian Airways, Where the Eagles fly free!!
User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5936 times:

Quoting Neilalp (Reply 2):
The Maycom is nice because it is palm sized + antenna. You can fit it in your pocket if you need to. However, you will see others with bigger ones with more memory for storing frequencies. All depends on what you want.

A friend of mine who's not really "into" aviation* got an AR108 at a good price for occasional scanning. If you normally listen in one place, it's great value. Me? I had to go for an all-singing, all-dancing one that's handy for use in different contries. I have one memory bank for home, another for Switzerland, another for Chicago, another for Shanwick, etc.

* I say he's not into aviation but I mean he laughs at me, calls me "sad" then gets engrossed in my Computer Pilot magazines when he's round and uses FS2002 (which I gave him) at home. And now he's bought a scanner. What a saddo.  Smile


User currently onlineIrish251 From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 970 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5891 times:

Fergul

South East Communications (051 871278) are in Waterford and can usually do a good deal. The guy there is worth contacting as he knows what he is talking about

FG


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