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How To Choose An Airband Scanner?

Sun Apr 27, 2003 11:38 pm

What are the things to look out for when buying an Airband Scanner with decent quality? E.g., what are the frequency ranges that it must cover? (Most that are advertised seem to have different ranges.)

Finally, what brand is good? I know one or two spotters who really like their Sony scanners (models from a few years back), but these don't seem to be easily available. Any suggestions would be welcome.

Thanks.
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RE: How To Choose An Airband Scanner?

Sun Apr 27, 2003 11:58 pm

Must have 108 - 136 Mhz to listen in to airband.

Uniden Bearcat and Yeasu are good names but are quite expensive.

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RE: How To Choose An Airband Scanner?

Mon Apr 28, 2003 2:35 am

Another excellent brand (again not cheap) is Yupiteru.

Remember the antenna is as important as the receiver. Many scanners come with a crappy whip antenna that doesn't do them justice (this includes most if not all Bearcats!), have the store where you buy the thing (and pick a good knowledgable store) sell you a good antenna with the scanner!
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RE: How To Choose An Airband Scanner?

Mon Apr 28, 2003 11:28 am

I have a Maycom AR-108, its small and works pretty good. If you dont want all of the other police and fire bands you might want to look into it. It will save you a bit of money too.
 
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RE: How To Choose An Airband Scanner?

Tue Apr 29, 2003 1:15 am

I've got the Maycom AR-108 too. Works fine for me.

If you want anymore info on this scanner, do a search on this forum because there have been at least 5 topics started in the last 6 months about this one.

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RE: How To Choose An Airband Scanner?

Tue Apr 29, 2003 2:31 am

I have a Radio Shack Pro-95...it was never designed as a air-band receiver (although it has 108-135mhz coverage) but it has loud audio and I like it a lot!

At home I use a Yaesu FT-100D, again it's a ham radio transceiver and not "designed" as a air-band receiver. But boy, this $700 baby is awesome! Big grin
 
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RE: How To Choose An Airband Scanner?

Thu May 01, 2003 3:10 am

I have the Maycom AR-108 since a month now and it works fine even though I am about 20km away from the airport. Receive the tower load and clear, the screener as easy to use and doesn't consume that much battery, also you can plug it into the mains using an adapter. Its a really good scanner I recommend it to anyone who doesn't have a huge budget and who still wants an excellent scanner.

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RE: How To Choose An Airband Scanner?

Thu May 01, 2003 4:29 am

I'm using Radio Shack Pro-75 or Pro-85. Its really great. I bought it 6 years ago and that was the best $99.00 I ever spent.
I would recommend any Radio Shack Pro scanner. Really good investment.

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RE: How To Choose An Airband Scanner?

Sat May 10, 2003 9:55 pm

The Sony Air 7, best there ever was!!
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RE: How To Choose An Airband Scanner?

Sun Dec 26, 2004 3:45 am

I live about 15 miles from MSP, probably even less. What frequencies can I receive with the Maycom AR-108? I live right under an approach path as well.
 
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RE: How To Choose An Airband Scanner?

Sat Jan 01, 2005 5:22 pm

I stole the antenna off my sister's TV and stuck it on my scanner. Works great!  Big thumbs up

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RE: How To Choose An Airband Scanner?

Mon Jan 03, 2005 12:49 pm

I bought a Uniden BC350A. It was $96 w/shipping & salestax. It can run on a car lighter of AC current. Damn thing works great with a stock antenna. I can get ROC tower an occasionally BUF tower. Plus departure and approach from both aiports. And I'm 65 miles from BUF . Can also get YYZ app & dep !
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