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Scanner or receiver

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:34 am
by Mjpr1968
Good Morning and thank you for allowing me to join.

I have just bought a uniden 125xlt with standard rubber duck but have also bought a few more antennas as I can't hear anything here on the north Devon coast.

I am looking at buy a receiver so I can listen to more frequency and just wondering which is the best way to go scanner or receiver???

Also on the 125xlt there is a lot of different views as to band 1 or band 2 for uk

Re: Scanner or receiver

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:23 am
by Minus1
An antenna mounted in the loft or better still on the roof, will improve things no end.

If you can't hear anything, you're not scanning the right frequencies:

119.8 AM EGTE Exeter Tower
121.25 AM Plymouth Military (West of Berry Head)
123 AM Eaglescott airfield, Devon
123.475 AM EGTU Dunkeswell, Honiton, Devon
123.575 AM EGTE Exeter Radar
124.15 AM Plymouth Military (East of Berry Head)
126.075 AM 126:080 EGTT London ATC SW [Berry Head 6] Hi Primary
128.8166 AMn 128:815 EGTT London ATC (SW 36)
128.975 AM EGTE Exeter Approach / Radar
130.2 AM EGDC RMB Chivenor
131.425 AMn rptd Devon Air Ambulance Ops, Eaglescott
132.3 AM Western Radar FL100-195
133.6 AM EGTT London ATC West - Brecon [5]
135.15 AM Swanik Military (SW ICF)

Coastguard 156.0,156.375,156.8,160.6,160.725,160.775,160.825
More marine stuff:

If you can see the Bristol Channel, you can doubtless pick up stuff from Wales too.

Band 1 is better, but neither is perfect as the manufacturer does not tailor it for the UK, nor have the gumption to make it programmable.

Re: Scanner or receiver

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:56 am
by Chris P
Can you give us a better idea as to your location as there are parts of the north devon coast that will have better radio footprints for reception . There are considerable land masses in mid devon that could restrict signals . I doubt if you will hear Exeter tower for example along with any signals from south devon or cornwall . But as minus1 has said you could be scanning the wrong frequencies .

As to receiver or scanner I would suggest you persevere with your scanner as a scanner is a receiver with added facilities to speed up the number of hits on active frequencies . You may need to get to understand the difference between scanning and searching .

Scanning allows you to check known likely active local frequencies quickly whilst searching checks all possible frequency steps within the band you are searching and means you are less likely to get a "hit" .

Unlike broadcast signals which are constant ,communications signals are often of very short duration so if your radio is searching the whole band you will probably miss the transmission . If you are unable to get a suitable list of frequencies in your area and must search try reducing the width of your search to 1 or 2 Mhz of the bands you are interested in ,and then break the band up into smaller chunks spending a few minutes on each chunk before moving on to the next

Minus 1`s list is a good starting point and you will hear aircraft on the airways but probably not the ground stations

Re: Scanner or receiver

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:06 pm
by Mjpr1968
Hi thank you for the information so far. I am in bideford so doubt Exeter would reach me, I only mentioned about a receiver as I wanted to get something just for home without buying twice

Re: Scanner or receiver

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:33 pm
by Chris P
having looked at OS maps Bideford is in a fairly low area and does not have a good radio horizon in many directions apart from NW to NE over the Bristol channel but marine traffic in the channel should be fine and if you are prepared to go mobile there are some good high spots around , near woolacombe for example.

there are quite a few airways to the north of you so the berry head and lands end ATC sector frequencies will be active and davidstow moor nats transmitter site is not too far away albeit not line of sight with Bideford (L.O.S. always helps with VHF and UHF radio signals)

Freq assigned to davidstow moor are(according to the AIRRadio UK Website)

Re: Scanner or receiver

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:58 pm
by Mjpr1968
Many thanks for all your help, it is 35 years since my last scanner which at the time I bought from tandys