Jkw777
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What Radio Would You Suggest?

Thu Oct 09, 2003 6:00 am

I am interested in getting a Radio for scanning, what would you recommend? This would be my first so something simple and a good package all round.

Thanks for your help guys.

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zrb2
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RE: What Radio Would You Suggest?

Thu Oct 09, 2003 11:53 pm

I bought the Radio Shack Pro-95. It's been outstanding so far. Once you get the hang of it, it's very easy to use and program in the active frequencies in your area....not only for aviation but also, police, fire, rescue, marine, etc...
 
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RE: What Radio Would You Suggest?

Fri Oct 10, 2003 7:43 am

Zrb2, I myself have been looking at the Pro-95, but my main concern is range.

How far away from your airport can you pick up Tower?
do you use it while driving also?

any advice on this particular radio would be appreciated, looking to buy one within the next month.
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zrb2
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RE: What Radio Would You Suggest?

Fri Oct 10, 2003 10:16 pm

Inbound--- Well, I don't have anything to compare it to but the range seems very good to me. I live equidistant from IAD, DCA & BWI ....about 30-35 miles from each. From that distance, I can vaguely pick up the pilots responding to the tower. I cannot pickup the control tower voices (this is normal because you can hear the pilot much easier since the plane is in the air and the frequency to your scanner is unobstructed). The tower to your scanner faces many obstacles from that distance. Anyway, the approach/departure frequencies from all 3 airports is easily heard from my house. Planes cruising 37,000 ft over my region have to contact Washington Center and I can hear the pilot's communications easily as well. I would say that to hear the tower conversations clearly you should be 10 miles or closer.
I also live 3 miles from a general aviation airport (no tower) and I can pick up the Unicom frequency perfectly. I've used it while driving and it's great.
Also, I've picked up police/fire from downtown DC which is a good 20 miles from me. For the money, I'd recommend this scanner.
 
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RE: What Radio Would You Suggest?

Sat Oct 11, 2003 3:15 am

that's all I needed to hear  Smile

thanks a lot Zrb2!!

someone's going to get a new scanner baby!!
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RE: What Radio Would You Suggest?

Sat Oct 11, 2003 3:29 am

I'm using Radio Shack Pro-75 (It was purchased 5years ago). It was my first choice and I can say that it was an excellent choice.
I live 3 miles from the treshold to runway 19 at DCA and I can pick up aircraft and the tower. But when I'm driving its braking and I don't have much use of it then.
Radio Shack scanners are pretty good.

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