Quote:> I was wondering how strong the signals are in communications between
> planes and controllers either on approach or departure from airports.
Not very strong. The Icom IC-A200 transceiver produces 7 Watts.
Considering aviation communications on VHF are line-of-sight, this is
sufficient for air-ground communications of >100 miles.
Quote:> If I live about 20 miles away from a major metropolitan airport would
> I need to get a better antenna than that which comes with a handheld
> scanner or would it usually be sufficient? I'm trying to figure out
> all of this before purchasing one.
You shouldn't have any problems hearing aircraft in the air. Whether or not
you'll be able to hear the tower depends on the terrain between you and the
I'm in an urban location about 6 miles from the local airport. I can't hear
the tower at all using a *** duck or telescopic antenna. I can get the
tower at reasonable strength by connecting my discone antenna mounted on the
Occasionally I take a trip to the airport perimeter fence with my handheld.
Its nice to see what's going on as you listen and there's a good view of the
main runway. Usually there's a bunch of aircraft spotters and other scanner
enthusiasts there too!