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 on: September 22, 2016, 08:24:29 PM 
Started by GeoffSM1 - Last post by oktalist
I agree with coldair. Interesting that they actually ended up flying through Canadian airspace to get around the weather.

 on: September 22, 2016, 06:42:20 PM 
Started by Qaldyari - Last post by Qaldyari
Ok, single story house and I do have some trees that go up about 40 feet of so on neighbors property. No idea if trees will be an issue or not. Realistically what kind of height should I be aiming at to get that kind of range? I know I could probably find a way to mount it on the roof but I'm guessing that might only get me like 30 feet or so to top of j pole. Is this too low for what I am looking at?

 on: September 22, 2016, 06:26:38 PM 
Started by GeoffSM1 - Last post by GeoffSM1
Extracted from the EIDW feeds archived on 21 September.

 on: September 22, 2016, 05:57:37 PM 
Started by Qaldyari - Last post by FlightTracker2
If you are looking for 10-15 miles coverage, just about any outdoor antenna would work, commercial or home made. You should try to keep away from the indoor ones if you are already having difficulty receiving some signals. If it ain't line-of-sight, it ain't going to work.

DPDProductions make good antennas, I use the outdoor one and coverage is up to 300 miles at FL350.

What you need is HEIGHT. Find some way to get your antenna up in the air, otherwise you'll only end up getting frustrated.


 on: September 22, 2016, 11:43:41 AM 
Started by GeoffSM1 - Last post by coldair22
Yes, the controller did speak rather fast.

However She seemed very helpful , gave a heading, pilot refused and she said 'I wouldn't take that either' .

I recon she was on the pilots side ( as she should be ) and did pretty well  smiley


 on: September 21, 2016, 10:24:27 PM 
Started by Qaldyari - Last post by Qaldyari
Ok complete newbie when it comes to scanners and radios in general so please be patient with me.
I have always had a love of flying and were I in a different situation in my life I would love to be a pilot. When I moved down to south Texas to be with my wife one of my joys has been that I now live about 3 miles from the airport (Klrd). I went ahead and decided that I wanted to volunteer to setup a feed since there are no feeds down here. I got a used scanner off eBay that currently just has the regular antenna. I know I am going to need to get an external antenna to clear out the reception.

For reference I am southwest of the main runway being 17R. Typical patterns are take off to the south and head back east circling up north or out east to Houston. So I have great reception indoors with flights leaving the airspace, can barely make out the tower (still on the little baby antenna that comes with the scanner), and badly broken signal for anyone coming in on approach.

I at that point am looking at two antennas and need as much expertise on making the decision as possible.
1) http://www.dpdproductions.com/page_vhf_air.html , VHF Air Blade Indoor Antenna, this one I am looking at based off price and convenience of just setting up out of the way indoors.
2) http://www.jpole-antenna.com/shop/aviation-airband-118-128-mhz-j-pole-antenna/ this one is a better price but I have no experience in mounting an antenna on the side of the house or roof so I am Leary on this. If I had more instructions on knowing how much to keep above roof vs can it be mostly on side, best way to mount, etc I might be more inclined for the j pole.

Main thing as this point is I want a reasonably clear signal say 10-15 miles out which should cover general approach, able to hopefully pick up the ground traffic and tower clearly. If I can get that then I am good to put it on a feed. Actually already tested plugging into my computer setup and using Vic streamed across network, so I know I'm started down the path at least.

Any wisdom you can impart would be deeply appreciated.

 on: September 21, 2016, 05:27:21 PM 
Started by dave - Last post by MrClutch007
Is KORD departure (up now) just a test?

 on: September 21, 2016, 03:27:03 PM 
Started by GeoffSM1 - Last post by MrClutch007
It sure seemed like the controller spoke too fast, and was in a bit of hurry to get rid of the nuisance pilot.

 on: September 21, 2016, 02:11:55 PM 
Started by kmayes314 - Last post by kmayes314
MP3 instead of .WAV... First timer :S

 on: September 21, 2016, 01:46:47 PM 
Started by kmayes314 - Last post by kmayes314
United Jet lost brakes and rolled through the runway. Couldn't find them being cleared to line up and wait, that combined with the controllers confusion as to who had the issue makes me think they were in line for the runway.


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