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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby m0lsx » Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:06 pm

Hello NOG73 :wave: :wave: :wave: Welcome to the forum.
There is nothing at all wrong with the Uniden 30, it's a perfectly acceptable airband & a bit more scanner.
What you need to realise with a scanner, is that topography is the killer. Range is very variable & depends upon there being clean air between you & the station that you want to receive & even then on UHF don't expect more than say 10 to 20 miles from a decent repeater, or maybe a street or two from a handheld.
On VHF, expect 20 to 30 miles in good conditions maybe more from a decent repeater.
But be aware that hedges, vehicles, trees, especially trees with green leaves on them can reduce range dramatically & be aware that even the smallest mound between you & a station can stop it from be heard.

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Try scanning airband in small chunks if possible. I did try & find how your radio searches, but the manual simply tells you it is possible, not how to do it.
If you want a copy of the manual. It can be found at..
http://www.classicinternational.eu/_clientfiles/manuals/30xltci-eng..pdf
Buy a database from Kimmy JS19 via http://ukscanningdirectory.co.uk/
Or do Google search of this forum via http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=partner-pub-6291336405621919:2662881632
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby NOG73 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:57 pm

Hi to m01sx and radiostationx. Thanx for your welcomes. Yes indeed! There are a few big ‘hills’ around here! Some even still have snow on them into early June. I have to confess that I only got the scanner originally to spot planes. But even gave that up when I discovered all the real time aircraft position apps on my PC, IPhone and IPad.
I will however take note of your suggestions and see what happens.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby NOG73 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:25 am

Yay! Cracked it! There is life out there! Finally found some air traffic on 132.490mhz. And better still, I can visibly identify and follow the aircraft on the ‘Plane finder’ app on my iPad. So far, they’re all flying north right over my village.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby radiostationx » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:56 am

Horray NOG73,
If you are getting signs of life there you might want to try 126.925 (Prestwick centre) as well.
Here is a thread that maybe of some more help to you.
https://ukradioscanning.com/viewtopic.php?t=4903
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby NOG73 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:23 pm

Ok. I’ll give that a go later. I live in Callander which is right out in the wilderness. They all seem to make contact when they’re literally right overhead.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby NOG73 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:33 pm

In the mean time, I’ve just downloaded the manual and reprinted it in A4. A whole lot easier to read and understand now.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby radiostationx » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:19 pm

NOG73,
Running north to south more or less right OTT of Callender is upper airway UN601.

Here is the chart for upper airway routes, zoom in to your area.

https://www.eurocontrol.int/sites/default/files/content/documents/nm/cartography/erc10h-11oct2018.pdf


There is a reporting point 15km or so north of your position called ERSON (56.46333 -4.30667). More or less OTT of Killin.
The frequencies in use in this area are .

Above FL255
126.930 actually 126.925
135.855 135.850
126.925
135.530 135.525

Below FL255
124.825 aka 124.830
127.275 aka 127.280
126.300 aka 126.305
124.825 aka 124.830

In the case of 126.930 and 126.925, these will probably be same Pestwick controller going through 2 different transmitter sites simultaneously most of the time.

Interesting route, you will get some nice stuff going through there .
I doubt if you will hear controllers given the topography around there but you will certainly hear the aircraft transmissions.

Try above freqs, something should be going on H24/7/365 on those.
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby NOG73 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:50 pm

Thank you. I’ll give those a go tomorrow. :thumbup:
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Re: Welcome and Introductions - Say Hello Here :)

Postby radiostationx » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:07 am

NOG73,
The traffic volume on UN601 and the Scottish FIR will depend upon the position of the Nat track entry and exit points in use on a given day.
The track positions change with the position of the jetstream winds/upper air conditions. The track positions usually are updated twice a day .
Westbound traffic is in your zone today.

You can find the latest tracks below.

http://www.perkins-aviation.ch/weather/NorthAtlantic.html

On the westbound track map you will see that on NAT track B, todays routing is overhead Scotland to USA & Canada is "GOMUP" (entry point) to "HOIST" (exit point).
GOMUP is not too far from you so you may see passing traffic heading out on UN601 from AMS,FRA,DUS,LHR etc especially 10am-3pm when its busy .
Unfortunately the weather is poor for spotting today.
There is bound to be some radio action for you this morning though.
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