mikeycv From Australia, joined Feb 2013, 2 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5054 times:
Hey guys, first ever post on Airliners.net so be kind...... (since I will be using the radio to go plane spotting with a DSLR, that is an excuse to use the photography forum, right?)
Thinking of purchasing a Uniden BC75XLT to scan frequencies and start plane spotting. I live in Sydney so the scanner will be used 99% of the time at either Kingsford Smith International (YSSY, Sydney International) and Bankstown Airport (YSBK). I have checked every description I can find and it seems to be suitable and it seems to be able to pick up every frequency use by the 2 airports. Since this is an American product and I will be using it in Australia will that cause any problems/incompatibilities? If anyone else has any experience using this particular scanner then please let me know how you find it and your general review of it.
mikeycv From Australia, joined Feb 2013, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5029 times:
alright, well that sounds good, I think I'll go buy it now, Thanks!
btw, i'm not a fan of the live audio sites because they often only have 1 or 2 (maybe 3) frequencies which have a delay on them. Not to mention the fact that they only get about a tenth of the traffic on the channel/frequency. I remember when I went for my first flight in a Cessna I was listening to liveatc.net for hours before hand and it was extremely quiet, then when I got in the plane, I tuned the radio to the frequency that I was listening to not even a few minutes earlier on liveatc.net and you would be hard pressed to even get a word in, meanwhile liveatc.net was still only getting about 1 transmission every 3-4 minutes.
gunone From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4882 times:
I use a scanner for two years now, and would never go spotting without the scanner, my monocular and the radio scanner.
I found the most effective way to use a scanner is to set it to the scanner to manual mode and listen to only the traffic for the runway I am at. When I have an inbound/outbound I then use the monocular to ident the aircraft, heavy or regional, prop or jet so I have the camera and position correct before the aircraft is within my shooting range.
Before purchasing a scanner be sure all the frequencies are covered that are going to be used. Remember the military uses different frequencies than civilian towers and 95% of todays scanners have these frequencies blocked. That is why I purchased a Radio Shack Pro-97. It was manufactured pre 9/11 so you have all frequencies available, it is easy to program, easy on batteries, (use rechargeable), will last 4 days. Also purchased an amplified antenna and a police radio holster for my belt, so the scanner is always with me, do not clip it on your cloths, drop it and it's junk.
Keep in mind not all towers do a full ident, commercial only get the flight number. That is why I use the monocular, traffic in Las Vegas is very heavy and every 200 seconds another aircraft is in the pattern. One other item to consider, since you will be armed with a lot of gear and look suspicious, is to have a way to keep the camera clear of all your items, I use a shoulder strap instead of a neck strap and carry the camera on my right waist, radio on the left and monocular around the neck.
Lastly, spotting is about getting a great shot, always be prepared to move quickly and be ahead of the shutter so you can be steady and make a great memory.