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Airband Frequencies to monitor in my area??

PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:10 pm
by gm21136
Hi,
Thanks to all as I have just joined this forum.

I have just received my copy of the "UK Scanning Directory"

I wonder if someone can advise me please, I am out in the sticks radio wise, I am interested in air band, but am not too sure which frequencies to use to get airborne aircraft en route, for example can you say from the following for Edinburgh which is about 80 miles from here, should I use approach, tower, radar or information? I should know all this, but I am just returning to scanning after a lengthy break.

EGPH Edinburgh Edinburgh Approach 121.200 AM
EGPH Edinburgh Edinburgh Tower 118.700 AM
EGPH Edinburgh Edinburgh Tower 121.500 AM
EGPH Edinburgh Edinburgh Ground 121.750 AM
EGPH Edinburgh Edinburgh Radar 121.200 AM
EGPH Edinburgh Edinburgh Radar 128.975 AM
EGPH Edinburgh Edinburgh Information 131.350 AM
EGPH Edinburgh Edinburgh Fire 121.600 AM

I wonder also if I should consider buying one of the personalised directories advertised, given that I am only 7 miles from the England/Scotland border, and my post code is DG12 ie. I'm in Annan, near Gretna.?

Thanks in anticipation and best regards

John

Re: Frequencies to monitor in my area??

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:14 am
by Minus1
80 miles away you'll only get Approach easily, unless you are on a hill.

Check NATS site for en-route freqs, but it's not very user-friendly:
http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com/public/in ... id=11.html

ENR 2.1 is the most useful

ATC transmitters at Green Lowther hill:
119.875 AM
121.375 AM
124.825 AM
126.3 AM
127.275 AM
135.525 AMn "135.53"
135.85 AMn "135.855"

Carlisle Airport:
118.425 ATIS
123.6 Tower/Approach
460.15 FM Ground UHF

Airwave TETRA for Annan — site 'DAG024O'
(Site is 1.3 miles away, bearing 327º from town centre)
393.6875 / 383.6875 TMO:142
394.1375 / 384.1375 TMO:160
Encrypted so no audio, but at least you can notice any nearby activity if monitor the 380-384 input channels ;-)

Spadeadam Range
128.725
308.775

Kirkudbright Range said to be around 444 MHz

Air to air refuelling area 13 (AARA13) (IOM/Cumbria)
315.925

I wouldn't spend money on personal guides, not convinced they are much use, nor up to date.

Play around with OFCOM's WTR for local business frequencies:
http://spectruminfo.ofcom.org.uk/spectrumInfo/licences

Re: Frequencies to monitor in my area??

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:21 am
by Chris P
I would suggest Edinburgh Radar as well as Approach but you will probably only hear the Aircraft and not the ground station

Re: Frequencies to monitor in my area??

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:19 am
by m0lsx
At one time I use to spend most Saturday mornings in Glasgow, normally delivering either to somewhere off Mary Hill or an industrial unit on Old Edinburgh Road where I could over look a big part of the City. And from what I remember, it is surrounded by sizeable land rises. So at 80 miles I would be surprised if you get anything but the aircraft side of anything.
VHF is what is called line of sight. So hills block signals.

Re: Frequencies to monitor in my area??

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:49 pm
by gm21136
Many thanks to everyone who replied, it has helped hugely and is much appreciated :happy:

Cheers

John

Re: Frequencies to monitor in my area??

PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:34 pm
by Leuchars 19
Hi , I have just joined this forum. I've been scanning for
many years and seen many changes in the hobby.
Where do you live in Annan John ?

Lcs19

Re: Airband Frequencies to monitor in my area??

PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:01 am
by Leuchars 19
Radio busy this morning .
Blackdog working with Turbo : 338.575.
Hotspur on 373.275.
Madras tanking ( boom ) :264.925.
Unident' US working Spadeadam : 241.975
Various on Swanwick ( was Scottish) : 251.250.
Warton Radar : 341.775.
Valley approach : 379.950.

Dave Robison
Annan.

Re: Airband Frequencies to monitor in my area??

PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:07 am
by m0lsx
I have just logged the Red Arrows here in Norwich.

If people have the channels available, things like the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial flight & other such occasional use airband frequencies are always worth adding.

Re: Airband Frequencies to monitor in my area??

PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:40 pm
by Leuchars 19
Given initial posting regarding what can be picked up in Annan South Scotland and considering that I live there also,
I had a 15 minute scan over a coffee break. Two radio's running , one on UHF and the other on VHF. In that short time :
261.35 London Mil' east,
270.05 London Mil' west,
278.0 NATO low level common,
280.35 London Mil' west,
282.125 London Mil' west,
282.625 Scottish Mil' ,
284.6 Newcastle approach.
328.35 AWACS allocator.

VHF in the order they came :
135.525 Scottish control,
133.8 Scottish control,
123.775 Scottish control,
132.85 Scottish control,
127.65 Shanwick Oceanic,
126.3 Scottish control,
129.1 Scottish control,
128.05 Scottish control,
118.775 Scottish control,
135.855 Scottish control,
130.975 Scottish control,
134.475 Scottish military,
123.6 Carlisle app/twr,
132.725 Scottish control,
129.2 London control,
123.775 Scottish control,
126.925 Scottish control,
121.5 VHF Guard frequency,
127.275 Scottish control,
134.425 Scottish centre,
128.125 London control,
123.95 Shanwick Iceanic,
124.825 Scottish control,
133.7 London military
125.475 London control FIS . This one is of some interest as it is a London
Control frequency that deals with light aircraft flights over the English Channel.
It is readily heard as the frequency is relayed through the Lakes transmitter station.

Dave Robison.

Re: Airband Frequencies to monitor in my area??

PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:55 pm
by Minus1
125.475 is London Info North;
see this map for the area covered (basically North of the M62)
http://www.ead.eurocontrol.int/eadbasic ... -04-02.pdf

That freq does not cover the English Chanel per se, but might do so at quite times if it is bandboxed with 124.75 or 124.6.

You are probably picking up the transmitter from Great Dun Fell in Cumbria, but it may possibly also be transmitted from Snaefell on the IOM; both are line of sight from Annan.
If it is from both, an SDR will show one or both is offset slightly from 125.475