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Old 08-01-2017, 1:42 PM
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Default 2017 Thunderbird Freq

Got to listen to the Thunderbirds in Spokane WA last weekend. Only using two frequencies which is great.


Start up + Taxi (All Jets) and Solos freq: 235.25
Diamond: 141.185


Hope you all have a great end of the summer!


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Got to listen to the Thunderbirds in Spokane WA last weekend. Only using two frequencies which is great.

Diamond: 141.185

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3 days at the show. That's what they used all three days here in Washington. Had originally programmed 141.085 as listed in the air show reference but was only getting white noise on transmissions during Thursday practice.. Switched to 141.185 for Friday-Sunday and the diamond was clear as day. Checked my scanner just to make sure. If you were getting something different, please list it though! The airshow reference was wrong on blue angels too on some frequencies for Seattle. Better to have any new frequencies for others going the rest of the year!!!

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I'll give these a shot this weekend!!
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Old 08-11-2017, 6:10 PM
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I'll give these a shot this weekend!!
Easier to step up a custom search 138.000 - 143.975 AM Mode, using 25Khz search step size.

Let us know what you discover...
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I had them on 141.175 and 235.2500 during practice today. Couple brief transmissions on 413.2750 (NFM) as well.

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413.275 is a good ground for maintence crews. Make sure to set up 431 DPL on this channel to hear all transmissions!


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Easier to step up a custom search 138.000 - 143.975 AM Mode, using 25Khz search step size.

Let us know what you discover...

lol I have no idea what you just said!! I have a PRO 97 scanner and I tried to input the 235.250 and it wouldn't take it. I need to update my scanner!!!! lol
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413.275 is a good ground for maintence crews. Make sure to set up 431 DPL on this channel to hear all transmissions!


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Ya lost me....

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Thanks you guys for trying to help me out. Looks like I need to upgrade my scanner.

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If you're just using the scanner for airshows or NASCAR events I would recommend a BC125AT for about $125. Save yourself some money.
Racescanners.com sells theirs with the audio amplified through the headphone jack which you will need for the races, but if you are just using it for airshows the stock model should work just fine.
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Agreed! The 125 is a great scanner and I got it for under $100 on amazon. Listened to both Thunderbirds, Blue Angels and the Hyrdo race pits with it. I get some EMS stuff too but it does not have p25 which is needed for most police broadcasts these days.


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125 is a nice little scanner, a necessity for airshows since it covers the military air band.

Low price, nice form factor, easy to program, good battery life, almost a no brainer - Would have been a $1K scanner 10 years ago.
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413.275 is a good ground for maintence crews. Make sure to set up 431 DPL on this channel to hear all transmissions!


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I have a 431 dcs, is that the same thing ?
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Old 08-16-2017, 11:27 PM
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Frequency Coverage: 25-54, 108-136.9875, 137-174, 216.0025-221.9975, 222-225, 225.025-405.975, 406-512, 806-960 (excluding cellular) and 1240-1300MHz
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If you're just using the scanner for airshows or NASCAR events I would recommend a BC125AT for about $125. Save yourself some money.
Racescanners.com sells theirs with the audio amplified through the headphone jack which you will need for the races, but if you are just using it for airshows the stock model should work just fine.
Duke
But this isn't digital correct?? The 436 is the handheld version of the 536 correct? Is there one In between the BC125AT and the BCD436 that's digital? Or would the next upgrade be the 436.


I saw this one as well Whistler WS1040...

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Slugworth,
Correct, the BC125 is not digital, and the 436 is the handheld version of the 536. I got a 436 a couple of years ago and paid about $450.
The in between digital model that Uniden manufactures is the BCD325P2. Cost is about $380.
Scanner Master and Ham Radio Outlet have them. You might be able to get a deal on Amazon or eBay.
I hope this helps.
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Slugworth,
Correct, the BC125 is not digital, and the 436 is the handheld version of the 536. I got a 436 a couple of years ago and paid about $450.
The in between digital model that Uniden manufactures is the BCD325P2. Cost is about $380.
Scanner Master and Ham Radio Outlet have them. You might be able to get a deal on Amazon or eBay.
I hope this helps.
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Duke thank you for your help!!!
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Found 149.65 [am] today, most active freq of all used during the show.
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I used the BC125AT for an airshow last year and was very happy with the results!!
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BC125AT is a hot little scanner, I use it myself when mobile.
Its downfall is weak audio [not really "weak", can be expected from any handheld], but it can be tough to hear the pilot chatter with jets in the vicinity.

I use a little plug in speaker to boost the audio a bit, ronski had a bluetooth speaker [wired] plugged into his handheld that about drowned out the jets.
I'd like something in between, and something that can be clipped onto a belt and not carried, still searching.
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