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Offline PilotChris8495

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Listening to ATC
« on: January 18, 2011, 01:13:03 PM »
Does anyone think this antenna will work good on the airband and pick up ATC???

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/45-5-VHF-AirBand-BNC-Telescopic-Antenna-/140499273092?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20b668c584

All comments are welcome.  :-)



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Re: Listening to ATC
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2011, 05:17:30 PM »
This will be fine if you are within a few miles of the airport. Are you using a handheld receiver? Typical 1-2 miles of enjoyable listening.
Next option is to use a mobile antenna. 2-6 miles
Best option is an outdoor antenna. 6-15+ miles
Of course terrain, obstructions, antenna height, avoiding man made interference all play a role in good reception.

Ken

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Re: Listening to ATC
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2011, 11:42:21 AM »
Im about 15 miles from my nearest airport and im using a handheld receiver.

Can you give me any good mobile antennas to use that will boos that range. Thanks  :-)

Offline allenk

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Re: Listening to ATC
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2011, 03:21:57 PM »
Im about 15 miles from my nearest airport and im using a handheld receiver.

Can you give me any good mobile antennas to use that will boos that range. Thanks  :-)

Antennas only work so good. You can't magically boost reception. Your antenna can be 10ft and it still wont be great if it's indoors on your little handheld. Best you can do is make/buy a directional antenna, put it outside pointed at the airport at somewhere 20ft+. You will probably still get your 15-20 Mile airports in very weak.