thats awsome caleb to share your story. what do you use your transceiver for ? ham? or for you class purposes?I know I get looked at very wierd when I'm at KATL with my tansciver. Heck, I'm only 13, but I do have over 30 hours, and relize how much trouble you could get into if you did transmit on a ATC frequency.
But, the first thing I did when a chopper ventured into the showbox last year @ NAS Pensacola was bust out the scanner. I was the 2nd one (next to the AB) to know when it came in and out of the CHARLIE and TFR.
I would never transmit, ever! Anyway, the guys around my area would probably figure out it was me haha, I know alot of controllers at KFMY and KRSW, and fly at KPGD and KFMY.
thats awesome caleb nice radio. i didn't know the air frequencys were so different then UHF/VHF and the rest. explains why i don't hear much on air bands on my conventional scanner lolIf you didn't know, I'm a student pilot, I have about 32 hours in 5 or so aircraft. I let my Mom use the scanner while I fly, so she can hear (and cry haha) when she hears me talking on unicom or tower. Also, I use it alot when spotting, flying in airliners, and sitting inside a terminal.
I use the Vertex VXA-220 transciver. It is a very durable, rugged, and submersable machine. It has a 10 watt output, and really does a great job. It only does the aviation band, and the 108-118 is monitorable, although the only thing you will hear is HIWAS (if avalible) and some morse code. The bad thing is that the rubber ducky it comes with is a little funky, WIFI really messes it up, so I put my RS PRO-89 (brick!) antenna on when at an airport. I slap on the BNC adapter, and put it onto my ST-2 at home. It has way better quality than the PRO-164, and recives alot clearer, with the same antenna. It's truly, in my opinion, the best scanner out there for aviation. Even with the stock rubber ducky.
Vertex Standard VXA-220 Pro VI Transceiver - Sporty's Pilot Shop
Military bases are unpredictable. A few years ago I sent an email inquiry to Selfridge Air Base in Michigan, inquiring about an upcoming air show, and what frequencies would be in use, so I could monitor them on my scanner. They told me that information was classified, and if I tried to enter the base with a scanner, or was caught monitoring them, I would be taken into custody and questioned by Homeland Security. What a joke! When the air show took place, there were numerous people on the base with their scanners, no problem.that would deffiently suck lol
Exactly! I pay taxes (well, my parents do). And I can't have my scanner on my own property? Bullcrap! Without people like us, their would be no AFB's around. The AF is nothing but full of a bunch of hot-headed, ignorant pilots that think they can fly, and rule the world!I agree that the airshows at Naval Air Stations seem to be a little more scanner friendly. Matter of fact Oceana NAS lists scanners under the allowed list. I've had no problem at NAS Pensacola either. Tyndall AFB and Eglin allowed mine as well. Columbus AFB allowed it too but when some high horse (Federal Police i guess not even Security Forces) guys stopped me and asked what i was listening too. I try to conceal my BCD-396T on base but they noticed my curly Q earpiece, much like theirs and got intimidated i guess and asked what i was listening to. I told them and after some banter was able to go about my way. Nellis was the only base that scanner blocked me but because they are Nellis AFB they think their s@#t don't stink so they have had the most draconian rules so far. So whatever. But for the most part i haven't had any issues.
And for those that states it's their base well it should be mine too. They don't pay taxes, i do and it's my tax dollars that keep these bases running. It's sad we're considered second class citizens by the military on post. I am one of the militarys biggest fans but oh well. I try to limit my airshows to podunk civil shows and only military shows that supports and trusts those that support them. I will never go back to Air Farce Base Nellis.
I save my $$$ on the entry ticket every year the airshow is held here in Brownsville, Texas. It is not as fancy as the other airshows but we enjoy what we have. I don't need to buy my ticket pay for a parking space nor food, or drinks that the airshow might be selling. I take my chips, cokes, and sandwitches and enjoy the show park across the airport looking towards the landing and departing lanes. Take my radios along with me and when the airshow is about to finish I leave to avoid the traffic jams.I haven't been knocked back taking a scanner into any airshow yet.
If I did, I'd just find a nice grassy spot outside the airfield, set up my camp chair, & picnic table next to my car and probably enjoy it even more without the crowds. A few sandwiches, some beers and away you go! Save $$$ on the entry ticket too!
Thank you, been collecting a while now the list of camera and len's are impressive too BTW, how's Duluth? I lived there from 68 to 73 Went to Grant Elem there, my sister went to Duluth Central. It was Duluth I first got interested in radio. And I always had fun going up to the airbase too.nice list of equipment