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Scanning Aircraft Frequencies

Thu Aug 07, 2003 4:27 am

I am an enthusiast for scanning aircraft frequencies, and as a private pilot myself also use it to sharpen my comm skills. My question is, does anyone know of any scanning equipment that can be used to pick up "UNIFORM" (military UHF frequencies, ie 225.0 -399.9 MHz.) These regular military frequencies such as the ATIS and Control Tower of most AF bases are not encrypted or classified, so I was wondering if they too can be scanned.

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RE: Scanning Aircraft Frequencies

Thu Aug 07, 2003 8:58 am

Yes you can with a receiver... not a scanner. Most scanners just cover certain bands popular with the general population (e.g. cops, fire, mcdonald's). I have a Yaesu VR500 that covers everything from 0.0005Mhz to 1500MHz... however my particular model was bought in Japan and does not have cellular phone frequencies blocked out. You can buy the same model but with the 900MHz band blocked here in the United States for about $200. They make some cheaper units too.

http://www.hamradio.com is a good site/store.
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RE: Scanning Aircraft Frequencies

Thu Aug 07, 2003 11:02 am

military frequencies are duouble that of published civilian frequencies.

my first scanner was a sporty's jd-100. that did the job well until it broke.

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RE: Scanning Aircraft Frequencies

Fri Aug 08, 2003 12:53 am

I'm gonna recommend against the Sporty's scanner. I find it extremely expensive and extremely poor on features. For a few extra dollars you can get a much more powerful unit.

.01 - 1300MHz / $120

.01 - 1300Mhz / $200

Sporty's... Only aircraft/military / $190

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