Topic Author
Posts: 1192
Joined: Fri Jan 26, 2001 11:03 pm

Air Scanners?

Wed May 16, 2001 11:00 pm

I'm a total novice to the world of scanners ect.
I would like to buy one and listen to ATC and aircraft movements, APR ect from my home. I live approximatley 20 miles away form EGLL (Heathrow) and about 5 miles away from London City Airport. Would it be possible to listen to Heathrow? Or am i to far away? Please somone help me here on if this would be possible, what i need and a rough estimate on pricing.
Many thanks for your help  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Dan Valentine - Bad Ass MOFO Photographer
Posts: 496
Joined: Tue Nov 28, 2000 10:24 pm

RE: Air Scanners?

Wed May 16, 2001 11:28 pm

How much money do you have? Be prepared to spend a minimum of £150. I have a Uniden Bearcat with 100 channel memory. It cost about £120 two or three years ago and is a good entry level model. Generally the greater frequency coverage you require the more expensive the scanner - for instance mine does not cover the military range. You would certainly be able to hear the a/c transmissions on approach to LHR, I get all Manchester traffic up to them being about 8 miles out and I live 40 miles away, but tower transmissions would be difficult without a decent antenna, these start from about £20. I live 5 miles from LBA but can only get the tower in certain weather conditions, but I have no problem with ground vehicle and a/c transmissions. I was a novice and went to a local supplier who spent a good half an hour with me going through the options. In the end budget was my limiting factor.
Topic Author
Posts: 1192
Joined: Fri Jan 26, 2001 11:03 pm


Thu May 17, 2001 12:19 am

Thanks for all your help mate  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Wow that's pretty expensive then! So i'd be looking at spending around £200 for the the lot (aerial, scanner everything) Hmmm, i guess i'll have to wait a few months to get that kind of money.
Thanks  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Dan Valentine - Bad Ass MOFO Photographer
Posts: 1843
Joined: Sun Dec 31, 2000 6:44 am

RE: Air Scanners?

Thu May 17, 2001 2:44 am

I have a Maycom AR-108. It's a small, pretty cheap ( ithink it costed less then 100£) and I can listen in the range 108-136 MHz plus the amateuor band 135-160 MHZ or something. If your looking for a cheap scanner i can recomand it.

Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
Posts: 2694
Joined: Sun Jul 16, 2000 3:44 am

RE: Air Scanners?

Thu May 17, 2001 11:40 am

I have a Radio Shack PRO-79 and it's great. It cost $100 USD and it works perfectly. I live 10 miles from LAX and when I'm at the right place, I can listen to Approach, Departure and Tower. When I'm at the airport, the reception is great. It adds a lot to plane-spotting. It's a great investment.

RE: Air Scanners?

Thu May 17, 2001 1:01 pm

Just to answer your question, it's pretty unlikely you'll be able to pick up any ATC commnucations from 20nm away. You should be able to hear the pilots responding to the controllers, but you won't actually hear the controllers issuing them. This is because the signal won't travel well along the ground, but it's much clearer in the air, so you'll hear the pilots. Hope this helps,


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos