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Listening To Aircraft

Fri Dec 22, 2000 2:27 am

Is it possible to buy a scanner that will allow you
to listen to aircraft over the Pacific Ocean. I live in
the Illinois and I thought I read somewhere that you
can get a scanner that will pickup the VHF or HF
signals from planes flying between L.A. & Hawaii. I
currently have a Uniden portable scanner that I use
to listen to local signals. Any help would be much


RE: Listening To Aircraft

Fri Dec 22, 2000 12:06 pm

I remember reading something about trans-continental aircraft using HFs (high frequencies). In order to receive these (which you probably can do easily from Illinois- and don't be surprised if you can pick up a broadcast from Asia) you will need a shortwave radio receiver. Depending on the model, these range in price from $40-100.
I suggest you visit a radio monitoring message forum devoted to shortwave so that you can find more information; it is located at http://www.strongsignals.net/swboard/index.html.
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RE: Listening To Aircraft

Fri Dec 22, 2000 5:44 pm

Hi There

You can pick up these frequencies on any scanner that pics up the HF frequency range, most aircraft opperate on 3500-13000kHz, there is specific frequencies but Im not sure what they are. You will need a unit that has a high gain antennae, these frequencies arent ones you can pic up with any hand held scanner. You need a base station unit with a really powerful antennae, you will be listening to planes that will be up to 4000nm from where you are.



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