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Author Topic: Advice for Beginners  (Read 1058 times)
WILL7813
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« on: October 10, 2007, 04:43:25 PM »

Hey all,
I am an aviation enthusiast (too young to be a pilot), and am interested in getting a radio reciever/scanner thing that would allow me to listen in on aviation freqs, but other thing too like Emergency Services etc. I have no idea what to look for. I am in Australia and if possible would like a decent unit for <$250AUS.

Sorry if i'm in the wrong place to ask about this.
Thanks
Will
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WILL7813
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2007, 04:51:11 PM »

By, the way, hnadheld would be preferable.

Thanks again
Will
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KE4DRN
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2007, 06:55:34 PM »

hi wil,

you don't have to spend that much, any current
Uniden scanner will get you the aviation frequencies
you are interested in.  Many show up used on ebay AU

http://www.uniden.com.au/AUSTRALIA/p_index_transceivers_scan_receivers.asp

I found this link

http://www.rwy34.com/frequencies/

Good luck with your pilot studies !

regards,

james

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WILL7813
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2007, 12:09:48 AM »

OK, will the Uniden sets allow me all the av freqs, or just most? And with something like that will I have to be really close to a source or what??

Will
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WILL7813
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2007, 12:18:49 AM »

Forgot something again! What model would you suggest?, handheld is preferable.

Will
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KE4DRN
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2007, 02:28:37 PM »

hi will,

not sure what models are available in your country,
take a look at the uniden website and check the features.
I think most will receive avaition frequencies.

regards,

james
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WILL7813
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2007, 04:04:28 PM »

On the Uniden site it says all their scanner recive aviation, emergency services etc. But on eBay Aus, most on sale are older analogue models, will that limit me at all?? Is it just easier with the newer digital models?

Thanks
Will
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WILL7813
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2007, 04:27:24 PM »

I did it again! What sort of reception will I get with the supplied antenaes on the uniden sets? i.e Within what sort of radius will I be able to hear things (aircraft/ACT, fire, police)

Will
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WILL7813
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2007, 05:08:52 PM »

An edit feature is needed! I meant ATC (Air Traf. Cont.) not ACT.

Will
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KE4DRN
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2007, 06:14:45 PM »

hi will,

if you click on Preview, you can check your post,
if you want to edit it, use the back arrow on
the browser and you can edit the post.

Avation is AM so old or new scanner no problem.
With the stock antanna, I can receive aircraft and
tower frequencies no problem, I am about five miles
 north of RDU International Airport in Raleigh NC.

You can always add an external antenna if needed.

take a look here, don't want to chase you off eham
but this site has a wealth of scanner info

http://www.strongsignals.net/access/forums/

the guy who runs it is here in North Carolina.

regards,

James
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WILL7813
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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2007, 08:24:07 PM »

I know about the preview thing, but I can't then go back and add little things if needed or take things away like in other forums.

Anyhow, thanks for the link. I'm in Sydney, and I'm aprox. 18 clicks away from Kingsford SMith (Sydney) Airport. Am I going to recieve that??

Another question, how well does this sort of equipment age? Do they deteroate badly after a fair bit of use? Or are they hardy and keep working for ages? I'm trying to find out as much as possible before buying, sorry about all the questions! (I am looking elsewhere too)

Thanks!
Will
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N5DXL
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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2007, 09:02:43 PM »

I live app. 30 miles from the Memphis airport and
when I'm home I dail in the airport on my scanner
and hear the airport easy. Lots of traffic as it's
the base for Fedex.

73,
Tom
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WILL7813
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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2007, 10:58:03 PM »

OK, what sort of equipment are you using? Handheld?

Also, I live in a bit of a valley, not really deep but below the surronding suburbs a bit. How much will this affect me? That just dawned on me then.

Will
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2007, 10:30:08 AM »

One problem with a "handheld" is that some of them won't accept an external antenna connector (for use with a "home" antenna) -- that's a huge drawback and I would avoid anything that does not allow using a home station antenna.

What you can receive, assuming your scanner covers the frequency range needed, is fully based on your antenna and not very much based on anything else.

A scanner "discone" antenna is a fairly effective wideband (very wide frequency coverage, often from 108 through >500 MHz) home station antenna that can be fed with conventional coaxial cable and plugged into a scanner to GREATLY extend the range of what can be received.  Greatly, as in 10-20x farther, compared with a "handheld" scanner having a built-on antenna.

Too bad there's an age limit for private pilots in AUS.

WB2WIK/6
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W0FM
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« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2007, 10:51:27 AM »

Hi Will,

One point....If you are interested in Military Aircraft reception in addition to commercial, check to make sure that you scanner you acquire does both.  Some models, even from the same manufacturer, will do the commercial aviation band but not the military band (which are separate in the US).  I found this out the hard way at a recent local air show!

When I am at home, I use an inexpensive discone antenna (available from most any scanner provider) to receive everything my scanners cover.  I'd recommend that antenna as well.

Good luck.

Terry, WØFM
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