Topic Author
Posts: 167
Joined: Wed Oct 19, 2005 5:46 am

Can Not Pick Up ATC

Fri Oct 21, 2005 4:25 am

Does anybody know why I can only pick up airplanes talking on my scanner and not ATC? When atc talks to airplanes I should pick then up just like the airplanes. Also just to let you all know I am new in aviation it is a hobby I just started and SO far I find it a lot of fun. And one last thing what is a good camera for beginners thanks.
Jersey Lou
Posts: 1818
Joined: Tue Sep 16, 2003 3:28 am

RE: Can Not Pick Up ATC

Fri Oct 21, 2005 4:57 am

Quoting Aileron11 (Thread starter):
Does anybody know why I can only pick up airplanes talking on my scanner and not ATC?

Most air-band scanners are line of sight so they plane has to be flying near your area or you need to be near an airport. You also have to know the frequencies for control centres around your area.

Quoting Aileron11 (Thread starter):
And one last thing what is a good camera for beginners thanks.

Try a search of that topic in the aviation-photography forum , there are many topics on it.

-SA006  wave 
Proudly South African
User avatar
Posts: 4807
Joined: Sun Sep 16, 2001 2:33 am

RE: Can Not Pick Up ATC

Fri Oct 21, 2005 6:44 am

as mentioned by receivers work on line of sight. If there is a mountain, or buildings between you and the airport transmitter then you will not receive a signal, and will instead only hear signals from the aircraft.

How far are you from the nearest airport?
Posts: 1605
Joined: Tue Jun 29, 2004 6:09 am

RE: Can Not Pick Up ATC

Mon Oct 24, 2005 11:38 am

When you travel take it with you. Sometimes ACC/ARTCC remote sites are where you least expect them. They usually are not at an airport.
I don't understand everything I don't know about this.
Posts: 839
Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2004 11:56 am

RE: Can Not Pick Up ATC

Tue Oct 25, 2005 1:21 pm

Where are you located? What kind of antenna are you using? The rubber duck that came with your scanner is not the best antenna for airband. In fact, unless you monitor from the airport, don't expect to hear much on it.

You may want to consider an outdoor antenna such as a discone or Scantenna ( It doesn't even have to be mounted outdoors for it to work better than your rubber duckie. But if you can put it outside, by all means do it!

I live about 40 miles from ONT and can hear the tower when using an outdoor antenna. I can also pick up BUR ATIS from my location which is about 90 miles away. And in Utah, I can hear the SLC ATIS from about 100 miles away (this while in the car with an external antenna on the roof).

If you want to go "all out" try a yagi (directional antenna) cut for airband. They are very directional but offer gain and will likely improve you signal quite noticeably.

Good luck.
Bong Hits 4 Jesus

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: LMFNINJA and 1 guest

Popular Searches On

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos