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Post by vincent1985 » 19 May 2018, 15:43

Hello all.

My name is Mark. I live in canvey island Essex.

Recently been introduced to radio scanning by a colleague who listens into to air traffic at Southend airport.

So intrigued that I now want to purchase a scanner 2nd hand. Will be purchasing a car aerial and extendable aerial instead of the stubby so I can pick up more.

My main aim due to living next to the Thames estuary is to listen to the marine traffic. Overhead aircraft. Also the local airport. I would also like to pick up military if I can.

This is where I get a bit confused. My colleague has the uniden usc230. I have been researching and would like a scanner handheld capable of the above mentioned.

As far as I can tell the ubc125 is capable of 25-960 scanning

The ubc92 is capable of 25-960.

The usc230 is capable of 25-1300mhz. Would I be right in thinking I'm better off with the usc230 as it is covering more of a range therefore would be picking up more..especially interested in the marine and military traffic but not sure what unit to buy.

Sorry if I've banged on a lot. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks for your time

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Post by porky.69 » 19 May 2018, 20:04

welcome mark. enjoy the forum :thumbup:
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Post by astradyne » 20 May 2018, 17:02

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Post by MrWeetabix » 21 May 2018, 09:27

Welcome Mark. If you enjoy listening to Air and Marine, then I find it a much better experience when I can track the things I am listening to.

for Air traffic try https://www.flightradar24.com/

for Marine tarffic try https://www.marinetraffic.com/

Both are excellent. Just zoom in on your area of interest. They both have free versions off their apps too, . FR24 has a cool Augmented reality function, where you hold your camera up and scan the skies through the viewfinder, and it will pop up the ID/info of any aircraft that are in your field of vision. Its damn cool and damn slick! My son showed me! haha
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Post by Admiral » 21 May 2018, 11:24

All three will receive the three bands you mentioned, the 92 is getting a bit long in the tooth now, but is the simpler of the three to operate. The 125 and 230 have the advantage of being able to be programmed via a PC, a TM1 board member provides free to use software for the 125, and if you like it and want to send a couple of shillings his way then he will give it to a charity rather than buying beer with it.

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