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scanner recommendation please

Post by cflyte » Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:38 pm

Hi all.

Looks like this hasn't been used for a year but here's hoping :D :D :D
About to buy a handheld scanner mainly for the purpose of listening in on, but not exclusively, aviation.

Any recommendations for a good or better quality unit?

Kind regards

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Re: scanner recommendation please

Post by yorky » Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:42 pm

Most scanners will do the trick as long as they receive this range of frequencies http://warsug.info/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2107

Have a read through here http://warsug.info/viewforum.php?f=12 but a cheap one would be fine say under $100 from eBay.
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Re: scanner recommendation please

Post by cflyte » Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:41 pm

thankyou

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Re: scanner recommendation please

Post by cflyte » Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:18 am

Hello again.
Would a uniden EZ130XLT UHF Scanner be a good choice?

cheers

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Re: scanner recommendation please

Post by roland985 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:13 pm

Yep, cheap, handy, portable, runs off 3 AAs and does so for ages.

I have one to complement my UBC355XLT
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Re: scanner recommendation please

Post by cflyte » Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:49 pm

do i need a digital scanner to pick up air frequencies i.e. perth tower, perth ground, etc.
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Re: scanner recommendation please

Post by yorky » Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:12 pm

Nope, aircraft use analogue.
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Re: scanner recommendation please

Post by cflyte » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:13 pm

I hope I am not being a nuicance asking these questions.

I have just received my uniden 130XLT handheld scanner.
Not getting anything from any of the following
perth tower (120.500)
perth ATIS (123.800)
perth ground (121.700)

Is it because
a) the unit operates on line of sight for analogue
b) my location is too far from the source (I live in Scarborough)
c) the aerial is not powerful enough
d) some other reason

Please bear in mind I am new to this so any assistance is gratefully welcomed.
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Re: scanner recommendation please

Post by yorky » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:16 pm

We are here to learn and get advise so don't worry about that.

It's probably location, if you were near the top of a hill it might be ok but yes its very line of sight. Go for a drive/walk to the nearest/tallest hill and try. ATIS is a good one to test (if you can get it) since its continuous. Sometimes if you can't get tower or approach or such you might only hear the aircraft and not the ground/control tower side of things again due to line of sight.
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Re: scanner recommendation please

Post by cflyte » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:26 pm

Thankyou for your help. Much appreciated.

Is "yorky" to do with your location i.e. york or just in name

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Re: scanner recommendation please

Post by yorky » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:31 pm

Just in name.
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Re: scanner recommendation please

Post by Buddy4562 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:18 pm

Hi guys,

Does anyone have a Uniden BC355N scanner mounted in their car to listen to DFES? If so is it any good?

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Re: scanner recommendation please

Post by vk6hgr » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:04 pm

Buddy4562 wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:18 pm
Does anyone have a Uniden BC355N scanner mounted in their car to listen to DFES? If so is it any good?
No reason why it wouldn't work, but for the size of the case you'd definitely need to use an external speaker.
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Re: scanner recommendation please

Post by Buddy4562 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:45 pm

vk6hgr wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:04 pm
Buddy4562 wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:18 pm
Does anyone have a Uniden BC355N scanner mounted in their car to listen to DFES? If so is it any good?
No reason why it wouldn't work, but for the size of the case you'd definitely need to use an external speaker.
Thanks for the advice

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