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What's the coolest thing you've found scanning the airwaves?

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What's the coolest thing you've found? What setup? Regale us with your stories of glory!

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last time i was scanning around i found audio feeds for (almost) all of the broadcast television channels...

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I was searching the VHF low band on my PRO-39 scanner (R.I.P.) early one summer morning for some skip when I encountered an audio feed of an Australian announcer giving the play-by-play of a horse race. I did some research and found the race was indeed in Australia! This was in the mid 1990s and I was using a simple dipole cut to length for that band (well, 46 mHz....wonder what that was for).

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A lot of times I find hams on various discrete simplex frequencies (or bootleggers on the ham bands) who think their conversations are pretty private, but aren't.

You occasionally get similar conversations between pilots on the aircraft band from 122-124 MHz. Military pilots do a lot of discrete plane-to-plane on 138-144 MHz. (AM mode).

Most of the time I find the interesting stuff, I'm just tuning around the relevant spots of the spectrum with a CEI 977 Receiver.

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Try 123.45 MHz for some interesting air to air traffic. This frequency is not really authorized for this but it has been in use for this purpose since the 1970's or before. Us pilots are a simple bunch, tuning 12345 is easy for us!

A lot of times I find hams on various discrete simplex frequencies (or bootleggers on the ham bands) who think they're conversations are pretty private, but aren't.

You occasionally get similar conversations between pilots on the aircraft band from 122-124 MHz. Military pilots do a lot of discrete plane-to-plane on 138-144 MHz. (AM mode).

Most of the time I find the interesting stuff, I'm just tuning around the relevant spots of the spectrum with a CEI 977 Receiver.

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Try 123.45 MHz for some interesting air to air traffic. This frequency is not really authorized for this but it has been in use for this purpose since the 1970's or before. Us pilots are a simple bunch, tuning 12345 is easy for us!

123.45 MHz. is one of the more common ones, but not the only one.

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