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Scanner/Antenna advice

Postby col81 » Thu May 11, 2017 10:32 am

I have a uniden xlt72 that does not pick up military, i had several trips to military bases to listen to planes and live down the road from liverpool airport etc. I am looking for a scanner? what would people recommend? and i want a better antenna, people rave about the watson 801. Is their a way i can use a handheld scanner and aerial to pick planes up overhead going into liverpool etc? i am on a small budget any help would be great?
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Re: Scanner/Antenna advice

Postby m0lsx » Thu May 11, 2017 4:57 pm

One of the best scanners for £ per fun is the Uniden UBC-125XLT, which is around £120.
The best value handheld antenna I have for performance over standard is the Nagoya 771, which at under 310 including postage is amazing value.
And yes you should have no problem picking up aircraft over head using your antenna. Range is better at height than on the ground. So you may have problems depending upon various factors with ground stations, but fewer with aircraft.
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Re: Scanner/Antenna advice

Postby Chris P » Fri May 12, 2017 9:08 am

I would agree with Alan that the UBC125xlt is probably the best value for money as it covers the milair band as well as the civil airband .
Your 72xlt will pick up civilian aircraft going into Liverpool , try these frequencies( all AM as are nearly all aircraft comms) :-


Approach 119.85
Radar 118.45
Tower 126.35

As far as antennas go either the 771 or 801 will be suitable for monitoring the aircraft transmissions from home ( and ground stations as well when at the airport or airbase) but to hear the ground stations from home may need a base station antenna such as a discone or D777, mounted as high as possible . It is all dependant on your location and the surrounding terrain as to the range that you can get for ground stations . Try Liverpool ATIS on 124.325 if you can hear that you should also hear the other ground stations at Liverpool
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Re: Scanner/Antenna advice

Postby col81 » Fri May 12, 2017 10:37 am

Thank you, so it seems i just need the 125 scanner and possibly the Watson 801 antenna and should be fine, does it make a big difference over the rubber duck areial? then of course i need to learn what is being said on the scanner by the pilots etc!!!!!!!
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Re: Scanner/Antenna advice

Postby m0lsx » Fri May 12, 2017 5:29 pm

col81 wrote: and possibly the Watson 801 antenna and should be fine, does it make a big difference over the rubber duck areial?


No, not a big difference, but an improvement.
A larger whip is simply that a larger whip. So it will work better, but it will lack the height & size of a base antenna & the size & the effective ground plane of a mobile whip.
My experience is that a larger whip does not help you hear anything new, it simply helps you to hear what is already there but better. so a weak signal that is only just audible becomes clear.
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Re: Scanner/Antenna advice

Postby Nighthawk999 » Fri May 12, 2017 9:58 pm

col81 wrote:Thank you, so it seems i just need the 125 scanner and possibly the Watson 801 antenna and should be fine, does it make a big difference over the rubber duck areial? then of course i need to learn what is being said on the scanner by the pilots etc!!!!!!!

Hi I've got a 125 with the Watson 801,which I use when out and about,and in general.
The next size up is the Radioworld 881,which is good for home use only,because it's length is around 17",so not exactly discreet.I've found that the rubber duck does the job well enough at an airport,and airshows,but I still prefer to use the 801 though.
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Re: Scanner/Antenna advice

Postby m0lsx » Fri May 12, 2017 10:58 pm

Nighthawk999 wrote: The next size up is the Radioworld 881,which is good for home use only,because it's length is around 17",so not exactly discreet.I've found that the rubber duck does the job well enough at an airport,and airshows,but I still prefer to use the 801 though.


I have to say, I use the Nagoya 771, which is the same length as the 881 & although I cannot walk around with the radio in my jacket inside pocket with as much ease & although I have issues driving around with in my cars dashboard mounted cup/can holder. I find it to be a great portable / out & about antenna.
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