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Author Topic: Beginner questions  (Read 5327 times)
W5DAJ
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« on: July 26, 2015, 12:43:50 PM »

I've recently been thinking it would be interesting to listen to traffic from the airport nearby. I know nothing about it at this point so (possibly dumb) questions. It is about 10 crow miles to the center of the airport. I'm not certain where in relation to the center their antennas are located.

Is it possible to listen to air traffic with a handheld from that distance? I'd like to be able to take it with me to lunch etc. so I'd like a portable.

What is a good and hopefully relatively inexpensive handheld that would do so?

How do I determine what frequencies to listen to for a specific airport, in this case HOU?

Inexpensive doesn't mean way under $100 Chinese junk, but hopefully no more than $2xx or $3xx at most.
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K6TTE
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2015, 10:13:54 PM »

It is interesting to listen to ATC! 

You'll have no trouble hearing aircraft, but the tower side of the conversation 10 miles away may be problematic.  Give it a shot.

If you go to www.airnav.com/airports you can find the frequency information for ATC for the airports in your area.  Besides the control tower, be sure to check out approach control and "center".  More info on the ATC system can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_traffic_control

I often use my Yaesu VX-7R to listen to ATC.  ATC voice frequencies are found between 118.00 to 136.975 MHz AM.

Once you learn the lingo you may want to learn more about how instrument approaches work.  Look under "Instrument Procedures" on the Airnav results for the published procedures.

I find listening in helps me be more comfortable flying into busy airspace as most of my flying is done from a small uncontrolled field.

Hope this helps.  Enjoy!  Dale K6TTE.

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WA2ONH
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2015, 09:57:35 AM »

W5DAJ...
"Inexpensive doesn't mean way under $100 Chinese junk, but hopefully no more than $2xx or $3xx at most."

Check out the Shortwave radios at C Crane https://www.ccrane.com/  

such as CC Skywave AM, FM, Shortwave, Weather and AirBand Portable Travel Radio - Item # SKWV  @ $90

SPECS TAB show: Aviation 118 - 137 MHz

http://www.ccrane.com/Shortwave-Radios/CC-Skywave-AM-FM-Shortwave-Weather-and-AirBand-Portable-Travel-Radio

CC Skywave Radio Instruction Manual 3.2mb PDF file
http://www.ccrane.com/c/pdfs/instructionmanuals/cc-skywave.pdf

The C Crane owner is a Ham and his products and support are first rate.
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73 de WA2ONH  <dit dit> ... Charlie
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AE5X
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2015, 04:18:41 PM »

Just about any scanner will receive FAA AT freqs - the question regarding range depends largely on your antenna (and its height). Do you have line of sight from 10 miles away? If so, you can probably receive air traffic signals from HOU. If not, you will only be able to hear the pilots at altitude.

But you don't need a radio to listen in - just go to this website:
http://www.liveatc.net/search/?icao=hou

Good luck & have fun,

John AE5X
FAA IAH  ;-)
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W1BR
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2015, 09:21:01 AM »

Hallicrafters S-36 is great... LOL!

Pete
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