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Number Six
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New Member Seeking Some Advice!

Postby Number Six » 15 Jun 2017, 12:16

Good afternoon all

Being an aircraft enthusiast, I have just joined this site and would like to ask for your advice as to which hand-held scanner you would recommend I purchase. I live near a couple of military air bases and would like to be able to listen in to the transmissions when I'm out and about, photographing the aircraft. I have a budget of approx £200 so would appreciate any help anyone can give me, please.

Thanks in advance! :thumbup:

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Re: New Member Seeking Some Advice!

Postby Dave_M0YAA » 15 Jun 2017, 13:19

any half decent airband scanner should be capably of receiving the signals. I use a HAM radio, because it's what I have, but I dare say someone with more in depth knowledge of scannerageing will have favourites.

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Re: New Member Seeking Some Advice!

Postby Brownie2k2001 » 15 Jun 2017, 14:26

Can't go wrong with a Uniden UBC3500XLT. Covers the full airband and military air too. Great mobile scanner

You can pick them up for around £120 on eBay, and if you get the programming cable with it, and use bcTool, they're simple as can be to program. With the addition of Close Call you can't go wrong. Also gives you the option of listening to Marine, analogue PMR etc. Great scanners!

If you need a base station scanner for home purposes only, you could always try an RTL dongle on a computer and try some SDR, or pick up a Uniden UBC800XLT which is the base version of the 3500. To be fair though, you could use the 3500 indoors or outdoors.

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Re: New Member Seeking Some Advice!

Postby Number Six » 15 Jun 2017, 16:44

Hi Brownie2k2001

That's very helpful thank you. I'll have a look at that one.

Cheers!

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Re: New Member Seeking Some Advice!

Postby elliotg » 20 Jun 2017, 10:58

The Uniden UBC125XLT is a good scanner and covers the civil and mil bands.
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