767ALLTHEWAY
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Scanner Range

Thu Jan 23, 2003 2:41 am

I never saw this particular topic adressed, How far can the Maycom AR-108, pick up radio transmisions clearly, I attend the New York Military Academy, which is about 10 miles away from Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY. I was wondering if this scanner will reach that far?
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RE: Scanner Range

Thu Jan 23, 2003 7:07 am

Depends on several factors:

- transmission strength. If the transmitter is weak its effective range is obviously less
- obstructions. If there is anything blocking your line of sight to the transmitter the signal will get weaker (and may get too weak to pick up).
- atmospheric conditions. Weather can deteriorate radio reception (though not all that much under regular conditions) and so can solar flares.
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RE: Scanner Range

Thu Jan 23, 2003 8:43 am

Thank you for your help and guidence.
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RE: Scanner Range

Thu Jan 23, 2003 9:05 am

Also, try different parts of the room. I'm 12 miles south of CLE and my scanner can only pick up the tower when it's in a certain part of my room. I can always hear arriving aircraft, however.
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RE: Scanner Range

Thu Jan 23, 2003 12:48 pm

N766UA, you can always hear arriving traffic because if you think of 3D view, arriving traffic are airbrone and therefore had a shorter distance from your receiver, as a result you can hear airbrone traffic better than local airport movements...

I live in New York city and my scanner hardly picks up any EWR tower transmission(not to mention ATIS :-() but I can receive the Eastbound European traffic around 5pm all the way to Cape cod! It's definitely a thrill to listen to the heavies and track them on internet  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Scanner Range

Thu Jan 23, 2003 1:40 pm

Strangely, back in the days when my scanner worked, I was able to pick up PIT (270 miles away) and RDU (500 miles away) at nighttime...

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RE: Scanner Range

Thu Jan 23, 2003 2:12 pm

Greg, if you don't have any outdoor antenna or at a ultra-high elevation, consider yourself to be REAL lucky!  Nuts

VHF's propagation tends to be "line of sight", which means you can receive signals as far as where you can see the horizon, sometimes it can be +15% greater, depends on the atmospheric condition...

At nighttime, ioniztion in the atmosphere has died down and therefore allowing you to listen farther (same thing with AM and SW radio)


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RE: Scanner Range

Thu Jan 23, 2003 4:53 pm

766, any chance you are in a modern steel-framed building?
Moving the antenna might unblock the line of sight to the transmitters on the airport which are otherwise obscured by construction steel.
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RE: Scanner Range

Sun Jan 26, 2003 12:24 pm

Nope, no steel. Just a normal wood and vinyl house. It's just the way trees/walls etc. are aligned I guess. Also depends on the atmosphere, obviously.
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RE: Scanner Range

Sun Jan 26, 2003 1:42 pm

I think it happened with PIT twice and RDU once...my scanner's been out of commission for abotu 2 years now, so its been awhile...I need a new one lol...

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