My advice, do the math..
broadcast band 530KHz-1620KHz, FM
broadcast band 88-108MHz, Civil Airband 118-136MHz
5 Programable Scanning Frequency Channels
Being Sold for $189.00
Radioshack Pro-83 (Least Expensive Model) :
Covers 25-27.995, 28-29.995. 30-49.995, 50-54,
Civil Airband+Navigational Aid Spectrum 108-136.9875
, 137-143.995, 144-147.995, 148-174, 406-419.99375, 420-449.99375, 450-469.99375, 470-512, 806-823.9875, 849.0125-868.9875, 894.0125-956 MHz
200 Programable Scanning Frequency Channels
Backlit Display and Keys
Being Sold for $69.97
If you want to listen to just broadcast AM
radio, and civil airband sure buy the more expensive Sporty's
. If you want to be able to listen to more than just those three, get a Radioshack or a Uniden Scanner. Radioshack and Uniden scanners are very feature rich and IMO offer the best value for the money.
Unfortunately Radioshack's handhelds do not cover the military airband spectrum 225-400MHz, but certain Uniden handhelds do. If you want to go all out and get a wideband reciever that can cover 500KHz-3000MHz, AOR has the (expensive) AR8200 MKIII.
Keep in mind however in listening to Civil and Military Airband, the audio quality and what you can hear all depends on the height of your recieving location and the distance you are from the transmission source. Airband communication is line of sight - If the airport you want to listen to is behind that mountain, you'll only recieve the aircraft after they are airborne and above it. For best results while scanning at home and farther locations you're going to have to put up an external antenna. If you live next to an airport or go spotting, no problem, the included antenna will do!