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Cheap Air Band Scanner

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First of all... Do the Military still use 225 MHz to 400 MHz or have they all moved to another system now?

If not then I'm looking for a half decent but cheap base station AM air band scanner that covers the Military Air Band Frequencies as well as Civil Air Band.

I just want something that covers Air Band only.
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one on facebook Maycom for airband and a Pro-26 for everything else £45 the pair.
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I'll pass, they'd be lucky to get a tenner let alone 45 quid.
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Werthers wrote: 03 May 2021, 00:23 I'll pass, they'd be lucky to get a tenner let alone 45 quid.
you clearly don't know what you're talking about then :)
quite obvious with a lot of your posts i've read..

the Maycom was a dedicated Airband receiver and worked really well, got good reviews and still fetch a good price.

the Pro-26 scanner was the top of the range portable, pretty much a Pro-2006 in a hand held.
just to make a few quid i'd have bought them to double my money.

oh well..
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bigpimp347 wrote: 03 May 2021, 09:42
Werthers wrote: 03 May 2021, 00:23 I'll pass, they'd be lucky to get a tenner let alone 45 quid.
you clearly don't know what you're talking about then :)
quite obvious with a lot of your posts i've read..

the Maycom was a dedicated Airband receiver and worked really well, got good reviews and still fetch a good price.

the Pro-26 scanner was the top of the range portable, pretty much a Pro-2006 in a hand held.
just to make a few quid i'd have bought them to double my money.

oh well..
You don't read posts correctly and always quick to insult people. I have better scanners that I paid less for. I'm looking for a "Base Station" scanner not a handheld.
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Werthers wrote: 03 May 2021, 09:55
You don't read posts correctly and always quick to insult people. I have better scanners that I paid less for. I'm looking for a "Base Station" scanner not a handheld.
i agree on the base station part, was just saying for the price to anyone else these are a bargain.

i use an IFR-1200SRA for local monitoring does ok for me.
i suppose there's better out there though.
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bigpimp347 wrote: 03 May 2021, 10:16
Werthers wrote: 03 May 2021, 09:55
You don't read posts correctly and always quick to insult people. I have better scanners that I paid less for. I'm looking for a "Base Station" scanner not a handheld.
i agree on the base station part, was just saying for the price to anyone else these are a bargain.

i use an IFR-1200SRA for local monitoring does ok for me.
i suppose there's better out there though.
Other people may pay those sorts of prices but I don't. Unless its something special most scanners are pretty much worthless these days as a lot of services have moved to digital modes.
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Werthers wrote: 03 May 2021, 15:36

Other people may pay those sorts of prices but I don't. Unless its something special most scanners are pretty much worthless these days as a lot of services have moved to digital modes.
Not at all, most scanners can be used on digital modes..
just fit a discriminator tap and use a cheap PC and DSD+ and listen to all sorts.
i have an old Realistic Pro-2006, discriminator tap fitted, cheap laptop, DSD+ and Pocsag decoder, works fine.
my IRF has an FM demod out as well and the spectrum display is good for finding stations too.

if anyone has a worthless scanner even a cheap 16 channel job, fitting a discriminator tap can make it quite useful.
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