Ham Radio and the popular air-band listening pursuit.
Ham Radio and the popular air-band listening pursuit. Aircraft band listening is enjoyable especially when the ham bands are down due to poor propagation, or you are near to an airport and enjoy plane spotting.
Many have been asking about receivers covering the AM airband range, I have a Uniden UBC-125XLT Handheld Scanning receiver which I find to be very user friendly and easy to program, the receiver covers both the civil frequency band and the military allocation.
If you are not too familiar with programming receivers this outlet offers the Uniden UBC 125 XLT programmed with a variety of air frequencies.
Programming software, which I used for the Uniden set can be bought from BUTEL, click here its called AR125, I find it very useful and it will allow you to have a virtual control display too.
Unless you intend to go to an airport observation area to monitor tower transmission, you really need an outside aerial to pick up your local tower, the are a number of considerations to bear in mind, airband uses the VHF spectrum which is by nature a line of sight frequency, hills between you and the airport will also play its part on how well you will hear transmissions at VHF. Click here for a suitable aerial
Thank you for reading this post, any questions, drop me a line. 73 de John G4YDM