Bio15 From Colombia, joined Mar 2001, 1089 posts, RR: 7 Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1049 times:
Hi everyone, sorry if this is a silly one.
I've read spaceman bragging around about his new receiver ( just kidding Chris). I believe it's also called a scanner, right? I've wanted one of these for a long time, but I always thought I needed a special permission or something alike to buy it. I am really interested in scanning El Dorado's frequencies here at Bogotá, specially since I have never heard actual ATC radio transmissions in spanish. I would really appreciate if you guys could give me insights on where to get this equipment, which are better, worse, advantages, disadvantages, prices...
Anything you feel like typin in is appreciated Thanks in advance
Skyguy11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1012 times:
There is a Maycomm AR-108 (I think that's what it's called). Anyways it goes for around $100 USD and is pretty study. If you don't want to spend that much there is a cheaper one that looks like a handheld radio (I don't remember what it's called). It goes for around $50 USD. Both are fine for what you're looking to do. As far as legality is concerned they are legal in the states but outside I don't know.
Here's were I got it from. This site will give you an idea of what these receivers cost at retail prices. Unfotunately mine isn't on their website. I think it's because they just started selling them. I got it as a gift in mid November and it costs over $400 Canadian.
Regarding your question about whether you need permision or not to have a receiver......the answer for up here in Canada is NO. I will tell you though, that it's quite normal to have airport security or local police approach you if you're at the end of a runway holding a receiver or transceiver in your hand, because they know you could be a major pain in the ass if you were an idiot and started transmitting commands to pilots.
I've been approached at Toronto Intl a few times while spotting since 911, but I was also approached by the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) on many occasions 20 years ago when I would borrow my father's receiver and watch airliners at YYZ all day.
Regarding your question about which ones have the "best bang for your buck", well, I couldn't tell you, because my new receiver was a birthday gift from my girlfriend, so I wasn't involved in it's purchase. I'm still trying to figure out how to use most of it's features. The instruction manual isn't that user friendly.
PS, I don't mean to sound like I'm bragging about this receiver, however, I sure do love it. You've probably noticed that a lot of my questions over the last week have been sparked by things I've heard over this receiver. Well, so was the next one I'm going to post about a JAZZ Dash-8 that had landing gear problems this morning.
I hope you get a receiver soon Bio15....you will have a "blast" with it!