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Postby Mervo44 » Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:27 am

Hi, I'm new in here. My main scanning activity is listening to Aircraft band frequencies. At the moment I have an Uniden Ez133XLT scanner, but I don't like it. Very difficult to enter frequencies, Also there's something wrong because although I can receive aircraft, I cant pick up the ground stations. I will sell it for $40. Instead I have sent off on Ebay for I Uniden Bearcat BC75XLT scanner which will be computer programmable. This will do the trick !
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Re: New in here !

Postby RadioKid » Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:39 pm

Welcome Mervo44!

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Re: New in here !

Postby Vkfour » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:03 pm

Welcome Mervo44, there is a lot of information on this site if you take the time to go looking for it. There's probably nothing wrong with your existing scanner though, but I will say that new gear is always fun. Airband frequencies are VHF and are known as line of sight. Without going into a lot of details, the reason you can hear the aircraft and not the ground is because the aircraft is within, "sight", where as the ground station isn't
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Re: New in here !

Postby Mervo44 » Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:45 am

Thanks for that response Vkfour. I'm only about 7Km from Adelaide airport, so I deduce the fat I can't pick up ATC is a fault of my settings. Regards.

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Re: New in here !

Postby blacktown » Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:52 am

I trawled through the ERSA. These are the local frequencies you should be hearing.

Adelaide - YPAD
Rwy 05/23 3100m
Rwy 12/30 1652m

116.400 ATIS
118.200 APP/DEP - Adelaide Approach - within 36nm SE of Runway 05/23
120.500 TWR - Adelaide Tower
121.700 SMC - Surface Movement Control
124.200 APP/DEP - Adelaide Approach - within 36nm NW of Runway 05/23
126.100 ACD - Clearance Delivery
128.600 APP/ DEP - Adelaide Approach - within 50nm, Edinburgh Control & Restricted Areas H24
130.450 FIA - Adelaide Centre - Flight Information within 36nm ESW and 50nm N of Adelaide
131.000 ARFF (Firefighting)
134.500 ATIS
243.000 EMG - Emergency frequency testing 2300-2330hr Wed. Up to 10s Tx
306.300 APP - Adelaide Approach - within 50nm, Edinburgh Control & Restricted areas H24

Parafield YPPF
Rwy 08L/26R 958m
Rwy 08R/26L 992m
Rwy 03L/21R 1350m
Rwy 03R/21L 1279m

118.700 TWR - Parafield Tower
119.900 SMC - Parafield Ground
120.900 ATIS
124.600 TWR - Parafield Tower
130.450 FIA - Adelaide Centre - Flight Information within 36nm ESW and 50nm N of Adelaide

RAAF Edinburgh YPED
Rwy 18/36 2550m
Rwy 04/22 1962m

118.300 TWR - Edinburgh Tower
127.250 SMCV - Edinburgh Ground
128.600 APP/DEP - Adelaide Approach
134.100 SMC / ACD - Edinburgh Ground
243.000 TWR - Edinburgh Tower
257.800 TWR - Edinburgh Tower
316.300 ATIS Twr hrs / AWIS After hrs

Edinburgh Firefighting Primary 118.300 and Secondary 127.250


Additional frequencies are likely to belong to Melbourne Centre for high altitude overflying traffic
https://www.airservicesaustralia.com/ai ... v-2016.pdf

Flightradar24.com is immensely helpful to get a good handle what is coming and going.
(But doesnt show all traffic especially military related)

Some frequencies are configured to be heard only close to the airport eg SMC, ACD so dont be too suprised if you cant hear them
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Re: New in here !

Postby Mervo44 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:54 am

Thank you for your response, Vkfour. I'm aware of these frequencies but will save them and add them to my new scanner.
It should arrive around Friday 21st. Can't wait !
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Re: New in here !

Postby Vkfour » Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:56 pm

Mervo44 wrote:Thank you for your response, Vkfour. I'm aware of these frequencies but will save them and add them to my new scanner.
It should arrive around Friday 21st. Can't wait !

I didn't send you these frequencies, blacktown did. In any case, you need to look at a lot of different things. Your antenna, is it indoor, mobile, portable or outdoor? The antenna that comes with handheld devices can't handle the huge spread they are required to and don't work spectacularly well on some frequencies. The terrain around you, what else is in that area? VHF and UHF is funny old stuff and moving just a short distance can make a difference. At one house we lived at, if I sat in the middle of a 3 seater lounge, I could get the local 2 metre repeater with full quieting, both transmit and receive, but moving to either end, I could barely hear it. I really do hope that your new scanner works, and works well at that, but basically, there are a lot of things that can impact on your listening and you may need to experiment to get the best out of it. No, you SHOULD experiment to get the most out of it.
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Re: New in here !

Postby Mervo44 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:56 pm

Valuable information indeed. Thanks !
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Re: New in here !

Postby Mervo44 » Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:58 pm

..and thanks to Blacktown !
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Re: New in here !

Postby Mervo44 » Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:59 am

My new Scanner, the Bearcat BC125AT is absolute magic. I was able to program all the frequencies in using the Butel Arc125 software.
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