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What Equipment To Bring When Plane Spotting?  
User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4179 times:

What are the things people usually bring when plane spotting. A camera of course, but what kind/type is the most suitable that's not too expensive. What else is necessary?




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User currently offlineWeexplorer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4146 times:

Surely this is a hobby request and should not be in this forum!!!

User currently offlineLBA From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4132 times:

Scanner, binoculars and at this time of year in the UK a big coat and scarf!

User currently offlineYFE From Netherlands, joined Dec 2000, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4119 times:

I use a radio scanner ,a camera, a plane reg. book and a book with technical information about all the planes in civel service.

Greetings Yvo


User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2801 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4094 times:

Camera, binoculars and food!

User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4078 times:

Where can I get a radio scanner from and roughly how much do decent ones start at (in £/GBPs if possible)?

Cheers,
Jamie.


User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4075 times:

Scanner, 2 to 4 still cameras, 0 to 2 video cameras, binoculars, food and drink, cell phone, books, pen and paper, and plenty of film!

User currently offlineWannaBpilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4056 times:

Sunscreen and a lawn chair.
Have fun!


Jeff in PHX


User currently offlineRotate777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4043 times:

A camera with zoom (SLR), binoculars, pencil + paper for jotting interesting stuff down (regs), bottle of water, snack or something, airband scanner, and if it is sunny you will need tons of sunblock!

User currently offlineWeexplorer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4033 times:

I must have been wrong about this topic appearing in this forum as everyone else has offered their opinions.

I purchased a scanner from ???(Can't remember the name of the shop) the enthusiasts shop at East Midlands airport. It cost about £120 and the guy that runs the place was very helpful. Another good place is Swinburns at BHX airport. As you live close to London there used to be a Lowe Electronics in Ruislip but I haven't been there for ages. Also MachIII at LHR have a range of radios.

Bear in mind there are talks of the frequency spacing being changed so any radio you buy should be able to handle this.

Good luck


User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (13 years 8 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4015 times:

Thanks for all the advice. As for which forum to use, I didn't think that the hobbies forum was the most suitable after having a look at the other posts.

Regarding the frequency spacing change, what's this, what do I have to look out for?



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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 8 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4006 times:

There are tons of scanners around. If you cannot find an aviation hobby store, try finding a marine hobby shop - they also use scanners. That's where I got mine.

If you live in the U.K., here's a site which has a lot of them for sale.

http://www.javiation.co.uk/

I've found cheaper ones too. Try going to the web sites of the manufacturers, like Uniden.

Each airport uses a number of different frequencies. Here are all those used in Geneva:

- Tower : 118.700 / 119.900
- Delivery : 121.900
- Taxi : 121.750
- Departure: 121.300
- Arrival : 131.325
- Final : 120.300
- Terminal : 119.525
- Radar : 134.020 / 125.550 .......
128.900 (Radar Sector East)

Depending what I am trying to capture, I usually try to listen to the Tower, Arrival, and Taxi frequencies. Tower gives departure and landing clearances, Arrival is when the planes are still 5 to 15 minutes out (gives you advance warning if a plane you are looking for is coming and you are not in position), and Taxi is good for the same but for departing aircraft. Delivery is the frequency they use for start-up clearance, so that can be useful when you are sitting at home waiting for a certain plane to leave (granted - better live close to the airport!)

So having a scanner that can scan 2 or 3 channels cleanly (without clipping) is pretty important. I had a bearcat which was very good at this, at least until I broke it.

Secondly, beware of scanners where they put cheap speakers. You won't understand a thing unless you use an earpiece. A nice, good speaker can't cost them more than a couple of bucks, but they insist on putting in these cheesy 50 cent speakers. While the tiny pocket scanners are nice and portable, you'll have to use an earpiece, but if you don't mind carrying something bigger, test the speaker, and keep in mind that you won't be in a quiet shop, but outdoors with jets running around.

Hope that helps,

Cheers,

Charles


User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (13 years 8 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3994 times:

Thanks alot Cfalk and Weexplorer.

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