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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2011, 08:01:11 AM »

So, I went ahead with Dave's suggestion.

I recommend a Bearcat BC72XLT:


1) It won't break the bank.
2) You only need a receiver, not a transceiver.
3) It has the Bearcat Close Call technology which lets you figure out what frequencies are in use when you are planespotting or near a transmitter.
4) The Sportys stuff is a bit overpriced, especially considering the fact that you can only listen to the aviation band and nothing else.

I did that for most of the reasons that Dave used to recommend it.

Welch88, I appreciate your suggestion but I did think that the Sporty's stuff was a bit over priced (though I looked at them first!).
Hey the Sporty's Air-Scan VII Portable Scanner (aka SP-125) is a very nice scanner for the handheld, it is $150. If you wanted to go desktop you could go with the Air- Scan V desktop it is only $100. The link provided below includes both the handheld and the desktop. It also has the SP-400, I personally would not recommend this for just scanning cause the SP-400 has navigation options and I do believe you can transmit from the SP-400.

LINK: http://www.sportys.com/PilotShop/category/833

Hope this helps!!
Another problem I had with the Sporty's one was that there was no connection for an another antenna. I didn't exactly like because I didn't know if I would like a longer range antenna later on.

So yesterday I took my scanner to the closest biggest airport to me (KROA). I had a lot of fun with it hearing the planes on Clearance Delivery, Ground, Tower, and Approach. One interesting thing was that shortly after I got there, this guy calls in on Clearance and says that they are doing a FAA check ride and would like a few different approaches into ROA if possible. That was knida interesting.

So, for those in the future to see this, I would sure go with Dave's suggestion (as shown above) if you want a cheep scanner. If you are looking for something with a little bit more range and other features, this might or might not float your boat. It works for me just fine for what I want.

Below, I have attached the current ATIS that I recorded from the scanner when I was there yesterday.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions!
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« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2012, 05:53:41 PM »

You can't go wrong with Sportys transceivers. They have gotten great reviews notably in Aviation Consumer. I have an older one and have been happy with it. The newest one has the capability to track an ILS and GS. I think any of them are better if you install a hard wired antenna. I carry mine as a back up.
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« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2012, 10:55:33 PM »

If you're looking for a handheld scanner (receiver) that only has civilian airband, I recommend the Maycom AR108. It's really small, has 99 scanable memory channels plus full range search, detachable antenna, and 10 VHF weather channels (7 NOAA Weather Radio and 3 Weatheradio Canada). I got mine with free shipping too.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2012, 02:04:24 AM by TomCat4680 » Logged

Scanners: Radio Shack Pro 106, Radio Shack Pro 96, Maycom AR-108AE

Antennas: Diamond D-130J mounted 30' AGL (base), Waters & Stanton WSM-225 (mobile),
Diamond RH77CA (handheld)
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