Is Air Band alive not getting nothing.

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Is Air Band alive not getting nothing.

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Yep just wondering if airband was alive I'm not getting any traffic whatsoever. I know at this time there wont be many planes in the sky but I thought I would at least hear something.
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As you say, not a lot about but certainly enough to keep interests up. How up to date are your frequencies ? What scanner are you using ? lots of variables, I am lucky where I live, considerable military air traffic and some civil. More info might help ......
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It would appear my receiver has gone deaf. Damn :(
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GA is on its arse.. had me PPL nearly two decades n never known it sooo quiet up there.. logged just 31hrs last year n my last jaunt was to Staverton and tbh it was dead... only place up here to hear much traffic is either Mancs or East Mids(esp at night).
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I sold an air and radio and the guy said it was faulty. He called me for a chat and he said it was sitting there silent. I put his location into plane finder and there wasn't a single aircraft within 150 miles of him in any direction. There are so few flying. Our local aero club is practically shut. A bit of solo hours building but that’s about it. Norwich airport still has the helicopter traffic though.
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mines fine here, voices every few minutes.
I want to Die Asleep like my Grandad did,
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Air traffic is usually pretty busy here with an 2 airports pretty close and I live under the corridor for transatlantic flights.

Also a popular spot here for light aircraft and paragliders. I just checked on ADS-B Exchange and there are 30 aircraft within 50 miles of me and radio traffic pretty consistent.

Another interesting thing I discovered is that if you own an Amazon Echo or other similar device with Alexa on it, (my phone will do it as well) you can ask it to tell you what aircraft are flying overhead or even what helicopters are near by.

Saves me logging into ADS-B Exchange to satisfy my curiosity when I hear something flying over - no doubt everyone already knows about this but it got me exited :lol:
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yes you have to load the skill called aircraft radar and give it permissions of your location, then say alexa ask aircraft radar what aircraft are around,.....its give your the aircraft type height call sign and registration.......its good........but it still cant get me on one to a warm country yet!!!

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paulears wrote: 01 Apr 2021, 07:42 I sold an air and radio and the guy said it was faulty. He called me for a chat and he said it was sitting there silent. I put his location into plane finder and there wasn't a single aircraft within 150 miles of him in any direction. There are so few flying. Our local aero club is practically shut. A bit of solo hours building but that’s about it. Norwich airport still has the helicopter traffic though.
Though around Suffolk/Norfolk you have had dozens of flights from Merkins out of Lakenheath/Mildenhall daily. Biggles farting about in his eurofarce, even those fat ugly grey things he is buying manage to fly for the odd twenty minutes before running out of parafin. Add in the cellphone vacuums operated for GCHQ, refuelling just off your coast etc and you have plenty of airband activity (though obviously much of it UHF not VHF).....yes, usual spamcan overflights aren't at their old levels (which probably highlighs just how much pollution could be cut down if unnecessary travel is eliminated but there are still a lot
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Yes - that's probably a benefit of living in the east, but sitting here on a clear day, the contrails were like a road map. I wonder if the scientists will actually see a change from the solution perspective. Somehow, I doubt it.
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