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 on: October 14, 2014, 11:52:13 AM 
Started by JohnN - Last post by JohnN
I'll have to try that. I might even have enough wire laying around already. Hopefully it will improve the reception. For $5, it's worth a shot.

 on: October 14, 2014, 10:24:51 AM 
Started by JohnN - Last post by RonR
Hi John, yes it's possible to build your own antenna.  I copied this information from another thread:

A quarter wave ground plane antenna is easy to make for less than $5.  You'll need a soldering iron and solder too.
Shopping list:
11 ft of 12awg solid wire(not stranded)
SO239 connector (Radio Shack No. 278-201)

Cut the wire into equal lengths of 23 inches
Insert one wire into center of the SO239 connector and solder it into place.
Make a loop in the other four wires and loop them into the four holes in the SO239 connector
Solder the four wires in place perpendicular to the center conductor wire.
NOTE: This will be about 70 Ohms.  Ideally you want 50 Ohms.  To get 50 Ohms you need to be at 135 deg from the center radial
Make a loop in the center conductor wire so you can hang it by string or rope. 

This is a great attic antenna and it works very well.  The 50 Ohm version is what I use for the KHSV feed.

Link to how to build it but use my wire lengths:


I never tried this myself but I thought I'd pass it along.  I hope this helps...


 on: October 13, 2014, 11:52:05 PM 
Started by nick-mel - Last post by nick-mel
A light aircraft (type as yet unknown) has crashed into houses just off of the beach in Chelsea, Victoria (< 2000m from my house).
Time of crash was approx 13:30 local time.

I've had a listen to but not found anything of note as yet.
Currently packing the car to head to the airport myself, so can't trawl through it all real time

Knowing the area, the craft was likely on approach to Moorrabin (YMMB) possibly on the return side of a training loop and would have been close to starting a long final if so.
They fly outbound over my place depending on the runway in use and return up the beach and a lot of training flights occur here.
1st I knew something was us was the sound of 3 or 4 helicopters overhead

Unfortunately, 1 confirmed dead at this time. Unknown if this was an aircraft occupant or on ground.



 on: October 13, 2014, 06:03:43 PM 
Started by Sock Eating Golden - Last post by InterpreDemon
"As a Part 135 dispatcher I can't tell you how valuable it is to hear my flights around the country."

The anticipated donation from your company to help keep things going will be greatly appreciated smiley


 on: October 13, 2014, 09:44:39 AM 
Started by davidmccallum1985 - Last post by davidmccallum1985

This is operational already! Just wondering how this would do at a really busy airport like JFK.


 on: October 13, 2014, 04:23:26 AM 
Started by Kevin Meyers - Last post by Twocky61
Must have been a quiet day on frequency at IWA  grin

 on: October 13, 2014, 02:57:18 AM 
Started by Sock Eating Golden - Last post by Sock Eating Golden
You're welcome. Thank you for running a great site. As a Part 135 dispatcher I can't tell you how valuable it is to hear my flights around the country. Just tonight I had a flight divert due to weather. I was able to tune into the RIC feed and ensure that is where he was going. Just amazing. Thank you to all the volunteers as well!

 on: October 12, 2014, 01:48:35 PM 
Started by JohnN - Last post by JohnN
From this vantage point it is all guessing.  Those broadband antennas are not ideal for optima ATC reception.  Better to use one tuned for VHF airband - but even that is no guarantee of picking up any particular ground station.  It's all about stacking the odds in your favor.
Is it possible to make an antenna that would be good for these ATC frequencies? I'd really like to try to improve the ground-side reception, but don't want to go spending a lot of money on an antenna that may not even help. Is there anything else I could try to do besides changing the antenna? Of course it probably doesn't help that my house is surrounded by trees. Oh, I forgot to mention that I had to lock out 372.200. I was picking up nothing but static, and if I adjusted the squelch to fix 372.200, the scanner wouldn't pick up the other frequencies too good.

 on: October 12, 2014, 01:39:14 PM 
Started by JohnN - Last post by ferraraj
The feed lost ZNY-CAMRN (118.975) ground reception about 5 months ago (Late spring ish)

 on: October 12, 2014, 01:31:51 PM 
Started by JetScan1 - Last post by ferraraj
125.85 is a back-up for the N90-LGA approach complex...long ago (10+ years) it was used in place of 127.3...but they reverted back to 127.3 a few years ago. Its in central NJ (Solberg?) and is a back-up for N90 western sectors - either Liberty dep or LGA-EMPYR.

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