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Old 03-15-2017, 7:41 PM
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I'm slowly but surely making a "Radio Cabinet" that will house the following:
- A P25 VHF Radio to monitor local SO, VFD's, DPS, TFS, TXDOT, Interop and TX on 2M Amateur Radio.
- A Conv UHF Radio to monitor Business & Interop and TX on GMRS & 70cm Amateur Radio
- An 800Mhz EDACS Provoice radio to Monitor the current City System and Interop Frequencies
- A Uniden BCD536HP to monitor the soon future City Phase II System. (I will still keep the 800mhz radio to monitor interop frequencies.

I also want to include an additional radio or scanner to monitor the local airport & ARTCC frequencies. I dont want to use the existing BCD536HP because I have noticed with my 436HP that when scanning a conv and trnk system together really gets slow and things get missed. I want something that is alphanumeric but I have also noticed that aviation band scanners that are alphanumeric are expensive. I have also thought about getting an Avitaion band radio such as an ICOM a110 but the price is outrageous. Does anyone have any suggestions on an Alphanumeric aviation band scanner or radio that is not to expensive.
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Old 03-15-2017, 8:36 PM
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I don't have one but a couple friends use the BC125AT for civil and military aircraft monitoring and report good results using an outside antenna.
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I like my old BC-780 and BC-785 base scanners for aircraft..
Can find them second hand on E-Bay etc for cheap.Very sturdy good working scanners.
Have several on 24/7 for many years copying and they keep on ticking.
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Hi John main intrest for me has been monitoring the airbands for almost 40 years as for h/h the Uniden BC125 is an excellent airband scanner even with an outdoor antenna volume in it is loud i use mine in the car with no problems as for home the Uniden BCT15X,780 excellent scanner for airbands.

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I have a UBC126AT which is the AUS version of the BC125AT, this works very well...
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If you are on a budget, most of the 'older' scanners work fine for air band and can be had for less. While they do not do 'narrow' band FM, you don't need that. another plus of the older scanners is they search at the 'old' 225 kHz steps while the new ones use 8.33 spacing. May not have all the bells and whistles but the only feature you may miss monitoring air is alpha tagging.
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I've decided to go with a BCT15X. Should be here on Friday. Does anyone happen to know what the max characters are for a channel name is? I'm going to start working on the programming in FreeScan.
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