Re: Scanner and Scope



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Message posted by Joerg (Webmaster) on January 16, 2020 at 16:14:11 PST:

For a scanner you want one that covers civilian and mil air (118-136, 136-144, 255-400MHz). Most ground traffic in the ranges uses trunking systems. The NNSS system can be decoded with some trunking scanners, but the NTTR system is encrypted and cannot be monitored with a scanner. Get one that can be programmed with a computer interface.

As Kenneth pointed out a good antenna is as important as a good scanner. Most scanners, even good ones, come with pretty crappy rubber duckies. A good mag. mount placed in the center of your car roof works well. You will find many that cover 25-1300MHz. For a good portable antenna that connects to your handheld scanner look at the Diamond RH-77CA.

I use a Celestron C-5 spotting scope. You can get T-adapters to hook it up to many DSLR cameras. Its about as heavy as I ever want to carry on a Tikaboo hike. You will need a decent tripod with a gear head as well.


In Reply to: Scanner and Scope posted by CH-Knight on January 16, 2020 at 15:16:03 PST:

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