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Re: Cant Hear Anything 125XLT

Postby redman99 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:52 am

andy1t72 wrote:All working fine today guys getting lots of traffic from Heathrow approach
Putting it down to xmas day yesterday and being quiet
Thanks for everyone's help
Andy + others.If you want to check the radio is working on AirBand.
Look up the ATIS freq, in most cases it's running 24/7.Certainly the London airports would be.
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Re: Cant Hear Anything 125XLT

Postby thelad » Mon Dec 26, 2016 4:09 pm

Only short ground range on the ATIS so would have to be close.
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Re: Cant Hear Anything 125XLT

Postby Nighthawk999 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 4:18 pm

thelad wrote:Start with the basic checks, check you can get a local radio station on it eg heart 106.00 - 108.00, that will prove the scanner and antenna are working.

With all due respect,the 125 doesn't receive WFM,so it cannot pick up broadcast stations such as Heart FM etc.
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Re: Cant Hear Anything 125XLT

Postby thelad » Mon Dec 26, 2016 5:23 pm

Nighthawk999 wrote:
thelad wrote:Start with the basic checks, check you can get a local radio station on it eg heart 106.00 - 108.00, that will prove the scanner and antenna are working.

With all due respect,the 125 doesn't receive WFM,so it cannot pick up broadcast stations such as Heart FM etc.


I see! Was asuming it was the same as the 3500
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Re: Cant Hear Anything 125XLT

Postby Nighthawk999 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 5:29 pm

thelad wrote:
Nighthawk999 wrote:
thelad wrote:Start with the basic checks, check you can get a local radio station on it eg heart 106.00 - 108.00, that will prove the scanner and antenna are working.

With all due respect,the 125 doesn't receive WFM,so it cannot pick up broadcast stations such as Heart FM etc.


I see! Was asuming it was the same as the 3500

Unfortunately not.The 125 is a brilliant bit of kit though!
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Re: Cant Hear Anything 125XLT

Postby thelad » Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:14 pm

I agree, if i dint have the 3500 i would have got one.
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Re: Cant Hear Anything 125XLT

Postby andy1t72 » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:31 am

can anyone reccommend a more powerful antenna that i can walk around with and also use in the house , ive noticed if im downstairs hardly anything comes through but if i go upstairs loads of activty
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Re: Cant Hear Anything 125XLT

Postby redman99 » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:40 am

andy1t72 wrote:can anyone reccommend a more powerful antenna that i can walk around with and also use in the house , ive noticed if im downstairs hardly anything comes through but if i go upstairs loads of activty
I find the Diamond RH77CA works well & has a BNC connector.Had it for number of years & is very much better than a standard antenna.I find marine band on it works well.
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Re: Cant Hear Anything 125XLT

Postby andy1t72 » Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:37 am

redman99 wrote:
andy1t72 wrote:can anyone reccommend a more powerful antenna that i can walk around with and also use in the house , ive noticed if im downstairs hardly anything comes through but if i go upstairs loads of activty
I find the Diamond RH77CA works well & has a BNC connector.Had it for number of years & is very much better than a standard antenna.I find marine band on it works well.


is the BNC Connector the same as the one that comes with the scanner
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Re: Cant Hear Anything 125XLT

Postby m0lsx » Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:51 am

andy1t72 wrote:can anyone recommend a more powerful antenna that i can walk around with and also use in the house , ive noticed if im downstairs hardly anything comes through but if i go upstairs loads of activty


Height matters, as does electrical noise & you may find that by going upstairs you get away from most of those electrical items creating that noise. As well as giving you extra height.
VHF & UHF are what is called line of sight. Or to the horizon. So the higher you are the further the horizon is from you. Added to that is the fact that VHF & UHF are obstructed by things like buildings, hills, trees, cars, anything.So height limits the number of those between you & the transmitting antennas.
Take a look at a Nagoya antenna. I have various antennas, including antennas I paid over £30 for over 10 years ago & my last Nagoya cost me £10 including postage about a year ago & they are every bit as good as anything else I have.
I have had both a £10 Nagoya & a £30 plus Diamond for over 10 years. And both perform as well as the other & both still look as good as the other. So from a value for money rating I would recommend the Nagoya & although the Diamond is a better quality antenna. I am not sure it lasts longer & it certainly does not perform better & in all probability are made in the same country by similar manufacturers. So cheap far eastern is not always a poorer option.
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