Good Aviation-band Scanner

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  1. timfrost

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    Slightly OT (or at least not something normally discussed here), but maybe not as it falls into general "travel" or "aviation" I think.

    I have an Icom IC2200H radio in my truck for work purposes, and an ancient Motorola MT1000 handheld in the same band. My handheld only works in the 159-162 VHF band and is not compatible with the lower-frequency 108-136mHz aviation band. Can anyone recommend a scanner (I do not need a two-way radio, but if there is a compelling reason to buy one I am not opposed) so I can listen when I go down to Marina del Rey to watch planes take off at LAX?

    There are obviously hundreds of choices online, but they run a gamut of wildly varying prices and features, so I am curious if anyone has any personal experience or preference.
     
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    I would look for an inexpensive Icom aeronautical handheld. Ebay has them all the time. Or pickup a Baofeng handheld for about $40 though the sensitivity will not be as good as an Icom.
     
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    Follow up. Your 2200H should be able to scan the air band
     
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    My Icom radio in the truck picks up the aviation band great. I listen to SoCal approach or departure on my drive to and from work every day. I just don't like sitting in my truck plane-spotting. The newer Icom handhelds are $$$$, but I didn't think about eBay. Thanks!
     
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    i rhink you can get an A-23 for about $80
     
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    I've used regular old radio shack hand held or base station scanners for years. Most have these bands available. You can pick up an older used programmable Radio Shack or Uniden Bearcat for $50. You might even find a new one for a $100 or less.
    Keep in mind that most (not all) of these are available online or through smart phone apps so if you don't need a portable or radio then it's nearly free.
     
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