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UNAL1062
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« on: March 24, 2005, 12:03:20 PM »

Hello everyone,

First i'd like to say I've been listening to the KJFK feed for quite some time now, and I really enjoy it. I appreciate all the hard work that everyone has put into making these streams possible!! Anyways, I live just south of KBWI ( maybe 25 nautical miles?). Over my house, the airspace is controlled by Patuxent Approach. I would like to host a feed for this, but the only problem is the my scanner hardly holds the transmission, its very "staticy". I'm pretty sure it is the antenna on my scanner causing this. Is there any way I could build some type of antenna to better pick up this frequency, so it is clear for hosting? Thanks again for your help.
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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2005, 12:31:09 PM »

http://www.grove-ent.com/BEAMII.html

That's the one I use on the Columbus feed.  Get it up high and outside if possible.
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2005, 01:12:53 PM »

Quote from: UNAL1062
Hello everyone,

 Is there any way I could build some type of antenna to better pick up this frequency, so it is clear for hosting? Thanks again for your help.


Well, if you are the slightest bit handy, for about $10.00 in parts you can build an excellent antenna and "cut it" or build it to receive the exact frequency you are interest in.

I got and followed these plans

http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=9731

I used the coat hangars as suggested in this article, and for a second antenna for my second feed I used slightly thicker wire I found in a hobby shop.

Both are mounted in my attic. I do have the distinct advantage of living only a few mile from the airport, and I'm sure that's a huge factor in the quality of signal, but these simple inexpensive antennas work very well for me.

Hope this helps

Peter
www.ykf.ca
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2005, 04:10:06 PM »

Here is the antenna that I use for the "Soon to Return" ZNY/ZDC Feed. http://www.grove-ent.com/ANT9.html

If your 25 to the south of BWI, You have to pick up atleast one Potomac Tracon sector.
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2005, 08:50:03 AM »

That would be an excellent feed down in the DC/BWI/IAD area.I booked a hotel down in Laurel MD a couple of times just for the mere reason of listening to Potomac Tracon and I am from NJ(nut that I am when it comes to listening to ARTCC) Where I stood I must have been close to the transmitter that covers the 133.975,126.875,and 132.775 sector of Wash ATRCC(HIgh Sectors). Loads of action down there.I've personally been wanting to hear a feed from there added here for the longest.The above freq's. that I listed you can here both pilot and controller reallky well.We'll happy listening.Continue the fabulous work Dave for some of us die hard Aircraft monitoring fans this site is Heaven especially when you have all the charts to go with it.Thanks again
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2005, 02:29:09 PM »

I have talked to my friend Kurt about running a feed, he lives about 8 miles from IAD. The only problem is that he is an executive for a corporation, so he's not around enough to maintain it and I cant stay in contact with him. I'll give it another shot. I agree, some Potomac feed's would be awesome. We just need to get IAD/BWI/DCA. And we would get all the northeastern Bravo's.
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2005, 02:31:38 PM »

Hey guys!,

Thanks for all the help with this feed. I'm looking around at several antennas as we speak. I'll keep you posted as I make progress.

The only question I have is, I would need more than one scanner to be tuned into more than one frequency right? So if I want to tune

133.975

126.875

at the same time, that would require two seperate scanners?

Im thinking of using this antenna:
http://www.grove-ent.com/BEAMII.html

Thanks,

- Chris
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2005, 04:40:53 PM »

No not at all. Everyone here scans more than one freq. For instance you can get scanners that can scan 1000 channels/frequencies. Like the RadioShack Pro-95. The only time you would need to have two scanners, was if you picked up two busy airports or say a couple freqs at a tracon and a couple freqs at the airport. And you want to split them so listeners will be able to hear App/Dep or Twr/Gnd/Del. For instance the Kennedy/ LaGuardia feeds. One person runs all three. NY App for JFK, Kennedy twr/gnd and Ny App for LGA and LGA Twr. They do that because those freqs are so busy, that if you combined JFK Twr with NY App. You would probably pick up one more than the other.

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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2005, 06:41:41 PM »

Thanks for the reply guys!

So I think I understand this right:

I will only need one scanner to host BWI Clearence, for example. But if I wanted to host Clearence and Approach I would need two. Thanks again for the help.

- Chris
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2005, 06:47:48 PM »

If you only are having two freqs, no just stick with one scanner. And besides hooking up two scanners is a pain cause you need to split them and also it's hard on the wallet cause you would need two scanners, two soundcards, splitter etc, etc....
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