manzoori
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Airband Scanner Recommendations

Mon Nov 15, 2004 3:01 am

So there I am stood by the EMA perimeter fence freezing my cojones off in an effort to give the 10D her first proper aviation related outing, when I get to thinking... what would be really nice is if I could sit in the car until I know there's an aircraft moving (very quiet airport EMA!!) and then get out, take the shots and then get back in!

Now I think what I want is an airband scanner of some description. Trouble is I know next to nothing about scanners!  Sad

Can anyone recommend a decent but affordable scanner that will be good for both Civil and military frequencies (for RIAT and Waddington)... and one that I can carry with me.... and hopefully is discreet enough not to alarm passign security folk!  Wink/being sarcastic

Thanks in advance!

Rez
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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Mon Nov 15, 2004 3:19 am

Hi Rez,
If you do a search in the hobby aviation forum, you will get several hits. I personally have the Maycom AR-108. It is small, holds 99 channels of memory, and is very good for what I do. It doesn't have an enormous antenna, but it works prety well. I live quite far from the airport, and can still have good reception of ground, as well as the tower and radar! Good luck!

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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Mon Nov 15, 2004 3:54 am

I personally have the Maycom AR-108.

I just brought one of those as well! Haven't had a chance to really test it yet though.
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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Mon Nov 15, 2004 3:57 am

Also a AR-108 user, good bang for the buck, plus its small.
 
manzoori
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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:26 am

Thanks guys! Does it do military bands too?

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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:33 am

 
mirage
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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:42 am

It depends, what is the military frequency you want to hear? if it's in the 200'sMhz or UHF range, forget it.

Luis
 
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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Mon Nov 15, 2004 4:47 am

For a few more money get the http://www.javiation.co.uk/ic-r5.html and you'll for sure hear the military and even non aviation stuff but very interesting...

Luis
 
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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Mon Nov 15, 2004 7:14 am

Rez..

Just bought as well an Icom IC-R5. Very small, discrete and somebody told me it has a good loudspeaker. About the antenna I had to buy in Ebay a telescopic one for better reception (it was a shop from England actually).
All I can say is I very happy with it..

All the best

Enrique

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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Mon Nov 15, 2004 7:30 am

Strange use of the spanish

LOL! I'm full of these strange Spanish turns of phrase... blame it on some very drunk Spanish friends of mine from University days!

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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Mon Nov 15, 2004 8:00 am

drunk Spanish friends

I can't believe it! I don't understand why Spain is the place in the world with more bars per quadrate meter!  Innocent

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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Mon Nov 15, 2004 6:27 pm

I have an Icom R2 and R5 only thing I have found is that there aerials seem to be quite weak. The R2 which usually gets thrown in the camera bag now has a bad contact within the scanner, obviously aerial mast got knocked once to often.

Cheers

Paul
 
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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Mon Nov 15, 2004 11:47 pm

I have owned and heavily used an Icom R-2 for a number of years. It's a great little radio. I'm not sure if it's still for sale as it has been replaced by the R-5. I replaced the stock antenna with a Prime R9 right from the beginning. I've broken 2 of the antennas and am working on my third. I assume that the R-5 is just a good a radio as the R-2 except with additional features. It can be used for both military and civil aviation as well as just about any other frequency out there up to about 1.5 gigaherz.

Great radio reviews at http://www.strongsignals.net

 
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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Tue Nov 16, 2004 12:13 am

I use an MVT-7300 and it is brilliant. I can get all the civil av frequencies as well as all the mil, and I can also get shortwave and most of the other frequencies (police/ambulance etc) - not that I listen to these of course!  Innocent


That's about actual size, maybe a little larger in reality!

Wouldn't go for another one as long as this one is working - had it for 3 years.

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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Tue Nov 16, 2004 4:58 am

I have the Maycom AR-108 too. Very happy with it: small, you can change batteries when you want. Maybe the only problem is the speaker but you can use headphones.

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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Tue Nov 16, 2004 5:33 am

I have had the Yupiteru 7100 for ages and I can't fault it. The band widths covered makes it ideal for a wide variety of interests.

Paul
 
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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Wed Nov 17, 2004 3:13 am

I too had an MVT-7100, but changed it for the MVT-9000 Mk2.

Couldn't fault the 7100, and the 9000 is just as good.

Here's a link to a good photo of it:-

http://www.javiation.co.uk/mvt9000.html

Good luck and happy listening!!

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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Fri Nov 19, 2004 12:54 am

How reliable is javiation.co.uk? Has anyone (preferrably outside of the UK) bought any scanner there? Any info or references welcome!
Thanks,

L410
 
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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Fri Nov 19, 2004 1:27 am

Jonathon Clough who runs Javiation has been serving the aviation community for many years and has a very good reputation.

I have owned many radio receivers over the years, I now use a Icom IC-R5 that I purchased from Maplin UK for around £99. It covers Military and Civil airband and can be connected to a computer to upload and download frequencies.

Hope this helps.
 
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RE: Airband Scanner Recommendations

Fri Nov 19, 2004 2:42 am

"How reliable is javiation.co.uk? Has anyone (preferrably outside of the UK) bought any scanner there? Any info or references welcome!"

I did, no problem at all, just follow the steps.

Luis

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