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fourwd1

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A couple of E/A-18's maybe coming to BWI on the morning of 24 April.
I don't normally listen to mil-air, so what would be the best freqs to punch into my PSR-800 ?
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Success in this game depends as much on the antenna as it does the scanner. That little duckie isn't going to be very efficient in the UHF milair area (too many obstructions, ect.). You really need to get a better outdoor antenna (scantenna, discone, something from DPD productions, ect.) if you want to get into this game.

Depending on precisely where you are, you might have a chance at the approach/departure freqs, along with the SFRA (Special Flight Rules Area) stuff found in the Potomac TRACON (Potomac Consolidated Terminal Radar Approach Control) which you should already have in your library (Anne Arundel County / Baltimore Washington International Airport). I don't have an 800, but the database has them, so you should. You should know that not all of these freqs are always up - when I lived in Glen Burnie, there were certain days where some freqs were up, others not. They are often patched with their Civil Air counterparts to keep the civilian pilots aware of where the mil flights were

I would also strongly suggest 360.7, which is the UHF side of the 134.5 SWANN sector, which is very busy. I even hear them on occasion here in the Bowie area. That's a pretty good test frequency - the further out you hear, the better your system is working

I'm sure others have some more suggestions, but the key here is a better antenna, if you don't have one already...Mike
 

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Here is the database entry for BWI, along with our long running sticky thread on the subject...

Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) Scanner Frequencies and Radio Frequency Reference

http://forums.radioreference.com/maryland-radio-discussion-forum/282002-sticky-thread-milair-ix-2014-a.html

Concentrate on freqs from folks in our general area - you're not likely to hear central NJ traffic from here, but stuff from central Maryland and possibly north Virginia folks is a possibility...

Mike
 

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I'll be at BWI, so a duckie will have to do.
I'm looking mainly for the UHF and VHF AM Mil freqs.
I have BWI, AA, etc already loaded in.
Thanks for the info
 

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I'll be at BWI, so a duckie will have to do.
I'm looking mainly for the UHF and VHF AM Mil freqs.
I have BWI, AA, etc already loaded in.
Thanks for the info
You might want to keep looking at MilAirComms Real-Time Frequency Logger MilAir Comms Spotter Network they get a lot of real-time loggings sent in by mil air guys up and down the north east coast including the Maryland area. Nothing can beat a real-time frequency posting.

Here is an excellent map of where real-time loggings come in from Military Comms Map of Military Communication Spots/Logs this is handy when traveling. Just zoom in on your area and click on one of the dots, a list of frequencies actually logged will appear. That beats any aged list you will find on line.

I use it all the time especially when traveling to a new area where I dont know the local freqs for mil air.
 
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