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Maycom AR108 Air Band Radio

Sat Apr 14, 2001 6:28 am

I am interested in buying an air band receiver but don't want to spend anymore than £100 on it. The Maycom AR-108 was recommended to me as being pretty good. Does anyone own one of these or have any opinion on how well it performs?? Also, since this will be my first air band receiver and am new to the hobby can anyone give me an idea what i should expect??
 
neilalp
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RE: Maycom AR108 Air Band Radio

Sat Apr 14, 2001 10:11 am

AHHH!!! The Maycom AR108 my first and only scanner. I love it! I bought it for $120 including shipping. I am 50 miles direct from DTW detroit metro and i can hear the pilots on approach and departure. I can't hear the tower until i'm about 30miles away. I can also hear 3 centers from my house. Chicago, Minneapolis, and Celevland Centers. Also only the planes i can hear. I love spending time listending to it. If you have more questions bout anything post any thing and ill reply.

for frequecies for to www.airnav.com

Neil Alpert
 
GOT
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RE: Maycom AR108 Air Band Radio

Mon Apr 16, 2001 7:24 pm

I have the AR108, it's great for my needs. I don't know how it is in competens with other scanners, it's my first. The best thing is that it's so light, only 95 g without batteries. I like it, have had it since christmas. Thinks it costs around 1200 SEK I think that's about 85 £. I you want a link to the company we bought it from I think I can find it, mail me.

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philb
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RE: Maycom AR108 Air Band Radio

Tue Apr 17, 2001 8:01 am

Will have had mine for 2 years come June and it cost me £UK69.

Have had many scanners over the past 20 or so years and needed something cheap and easily portable.

PLUS POINTS

Light
Good powersave option
Reasonably easy to program with understandable instructions
Being an "entry level" radio, it doesn't have myriad steps to program a range of frequencies.

POINTS AGAINST

Weak internal speaker needs a 4 ohm booster speaker or earpiece for best reception.

Rubber duck aerial does not give optimum performance
Replacement aerial can easily break the internal aerial coonection which is a thin copper wire, not the braid that should be used. (I made my own aerial arrangement from an old telescopic aerial and re soldered the internal connection using a thick copper wire loop, having dispensed with the screw in aerial point).
Squelch can be very sensitive.

For the money, its not bad value but had this been my first scanner, I might have been a little disappointed.

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