cheap scanner or radio for CTAF

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  1. alanbreck

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    I'd like to have some sort of radio/scanner set up in my hangar, with a speaker, so that I can monitor CTAF while I'm hanging out there.
    What ideas do people have to accomplish this as budget-friendly as possible? Any homebuilt or kitbash ideas? Or are there cheapo radios out there that can pick up VHF?

    Thanks.
     
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    Check craigslist for a scanner, make sure it works before you trade cash. If it’s inside a metal hangar, highly suggest you get a external antenna. The siding acts as a faraday cage.
     
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    Pretty much any scanner sold for decades now has air band, just want to make sure you can program it to monitor the specific frequencies you want to hear. It will work best if you can mount an antenna outside, especially if you are in a metal hangar like most of us.
     
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    If you don’t need a scanner, just a receiver. Find and old radio someone pulled from their airplane and wire it up in a box. Just need a 12 volt power source and a speaker.

    Brian
     
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    I have a little mancave at the airport. I thought this Sporty's scanner would be nice to have in there. It was absolutely horrible!
    It was so much static you couldn't understand anything. My Yaesu handheld works fine in the same room. I sent the scanner back to Sporty's. It is basically cheap junk...
     
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    I bought a Cheapo UNIDEN scanner off ebay. It went for $10 or something because the guy said it wouldn't scan. I didn't care because it was going to permanently set at 122.9 (it feeds the speakers on the party deck). It turns out the seller just was an idiot because the unit works fine in all its features. Just make sure you get a model with the airband. Not all have them.
     
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