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airband radios, scanners

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by moon man, 14 May 2009.

  1. moon man

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Nov 2003

    Posts: 3,637

    Location: St Breward Cornwall

    just got an old airband radio maybe 70s or 80s for a couple of quid from the charity shop ,as i used to have one a very long time ago just wondering if planes still broadcast on the same frequencys on vhf (as say 25years ago) and what about uhf ?
     
  2. ShakenNstirred

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 5 Jun 2003

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    Location: sawley/ long eaton

    most do, maybe the odd change here n there
     
  3. LORD APOCALYPSE

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 248

    Location: High above the world

    Planes are still from 119MHz ish to 131MHz ish (AM). Best searching in 12.5KHz steps, though some planes are now moving to 8.55Khz steps (or 8.33Khz, can't remember exactly).

    Shopwatch and the like can be found anywhere from 446Mhz to 458Mhz ish (FM).

    :D
     
  4. Cosimo

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 9 Jan 2007

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    Location: Londinium

    There is lots of air traffic around here especially air traffic control.
     
  5. a1ex2001

    Capodecina

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    Location: Here and There...

    haven't touched a scanner since the good old days when you could listen in too peoples mobile phone conversations, now those really were good times.
     
  6. Scuzi

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    Yup, we're still on VHF. 118-137MHz.
     
  7. Malt_Vinegar

    Don

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

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    Location: In a house

    Scuzi!!

    When i listen on my scanner, i only get half of the convo. Is that because the radio switches between different frequencies for incoming and outgoing messages, or is it simply a signal strength issue? I am not close enough to hear the base signal?
     
  8. Scuzi

    Man of Honour

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    You'll get the aircraft because they're above you and there will generally be a line of sight between your radio and them. A lot of the time you won't get the transmissions from the ATC tower or centre because they transmit from ground based transmitters and the line between you and them will be blocked by buildings, high ground and a lot of interference.
    If you go to an open area or some higher ground you should get the whole conversation.
     
  9. Jamesdavid3

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    Joined: 20 Dec 2008

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    yeah my uncle had one of them and it was amazing.

    I think his one was for mobiles or it could have been for house home phones.

    But it was amazing!! could listen to so much stuff lol!

    I guess the reason why this doesnt work anymore is because they changed the normal signals over.

    there must be some devices around which you can still do the same, not legal tho.
     
  10. Malt_Vinegar

    Don

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    Location: In a house

    Wicked, I thought as much :)

    I am in the Reading area, so get a lot of Heathrow traffic.