So I'm trying to get some decent reception from an airport that is just under 2 miles away. There is residential real estate all the way between me and the airport. I have a Pro-97 that I have tried hooking up several ways.
With the rubber antenna I get moderate reception if I stand in 2 spots upstairs. So I decide an antenna in the attic might do the trick. I try this:http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103641&cp=2032052.2032075.2032078.2032098&allCount=24&fbn=Type%2FScanner%26%23047%3BHAM&f=PAD%2FProduct+Type%2FScanner%26%23047%3BHAM&fbc=1&parentPage=family
which is supposed to work for 108-1300 (big range, i know) with peak being 152-400. I use RG-6 cable from the antenna to the scanner. I get absolutely no signal from the attic using this setup (I do however seem to get a Christian rock radio station that cuts over the ATIS?
?). I hold the antenna in the air where I had moderate reception with the rubber antenna and got relatively good results.
So I decide the attic is no good and try using a cheap antenna that sticks to the window. I am able to get decent results with this setup, but the scanner seems to be extremely sensitive to the wire coming from the antenna. The wire is properly shielded and I have had similar problems when using the RG-6 and RG-58. Also if I move the scanner to different locations along the window ledge I get much different results (should the scanner location matter…shouldn’t I only be concerned with the location of the antenna?
So…after I’m getting pretty good results, I decide to hook the output up to the computer and again I am faced with very poor results. It seems the RCA sound cord was also causing problems. I change out the cord with another and play with the wire to cause minimal interference. Now with this setup I can hear most planes very well, I can hear tower and one app/dep well, but the other app/dep and ATIS still have too much static
My exterior walls are brick and wood, and the floor between the upstairs and downstairs is made of steel joists or whatever they are called.
I live in an apartment area where I cannot put up an external antenna (or at least one that will be noticed, I might be able to put one near the chimney)
Sorry for the long narrative, I’m just looking for some advice and want to make sure I’ve given everything I’ve tried.
Thanks for the help.