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Portable Scanners

Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:51 pm

I am looking for recommendations from spotters and/or pilots on good, but not overly expensive scanners I can listen to while spotting at SJC, NUQ, & SFO. Thank you!
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RE: Portable Scanners

Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:29 am

If you have an iphone the liveatc app is pretty good but i'd have to check and see if those airports are available
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RE: Portable Scanners

Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:31 am

The most basic scanner model usually covers the VHF airband frequencies, so just about any conventional (analog) scanner will do.. It just so happens that I am about as big of a radio dork as I am an aviation enthusiast so I could probably help you out..
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RE: Portable Scanners

Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:28 am

Quoting dl767captain (Reply 1):
If you have an iphone the liveatc app is pretty good but i'd have to check and see if those airports are available

It's hardly live to begin with. I've heard several minute delays when listening to my actual handheld alongside liveatc. Besides, not everybody out there is stupid enough to buy an Iphone     

At any rate, radio shack makes good multipurpose scanners that cover VHF Airband.

I have the older version of this:

More than enough for your purposes. Picked mine up on ebay for $30, like new condition.

Honestly, don't waste money on the specialized aviation scanners. They're overpriced and don't offer more performance.


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RE: Portable Scanners

Sat Oct 02, 2010 7:38 am

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 3):

Just to make sure both sides get equal weight, at my two local airports, I've rarely heard more than 3-4 seconds of delay with my LiveATC app, and I've tested it at DFW, as well, and not had more than 5-8 seconds of delay.


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