Hello. I am in the market for buying a good quality radio scanner. I live about 35nm southwest of Chicago o'hare and the current scanner I have picks up phone calls (when on the aviation mode) and well, it's annoying. I don't like hearing some guy talk with his girlfriend. (especially what they talk about...)
Well, does anyone know of a good quality radio that can pick of nearly all, if not all of ORD frequencies?? I get really tired of hearing ORD gnd/twr/app all the time.
I will echo the comments made by others. But one fact will rise above them all: PUT UP A GOOD ANTENNA AND GET IT HIGH UP IN AN ATTIC OR, PREFERABLY, OUTSIDE.
For airband (118-136MHz) there is no radio that will compensate for a poor antenna installation. With an indoor antenna (built-in or otherwise), and that far away from most of the ATC transmitters, you will have miserable results unless you are on very, very high ground, much higher than the transmitters. And even then, at 35 miles, you will have very unsatisfactory results. In fact, at that distance, even an outside antenna may yield poor results. If you have access to a handheld receiver, you can get some idea of how reception will be if you go up on the roof with it to try out some of the frequencies.