Tuning to Air Traffic Control

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Chris.Holland
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Tuning to Air Traffic Control

Post by Chris.Holland » Tue May 06, 2014 1:43 am

Hi,

I've been using my ezcap RTLSDR for a few weeks now with no dramas at all - mainly for ADS-B and FM Radio reception on my laptop at work. I though it would be interesting to listen to the local Air Traffic Control as I can see the airport from my house. Brisbane ATC is on 120.5. What do I need to be able to tune to this in SDR#? A HF Upconvertor? New Antenna? Something else?

Thanks in advance.

Cheers

Chris

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Re: Tuning to Air Traffic Control

Post by rtlsdrblog » Thu May 08, 2014 7:56 am

The RTL-SDR can tune to 120 MHz without an upconverter. Just tune it in SDR# like you would a normal frequency and choose AM as the mode. For an antenna you'll just need an antenna tuned to around 120 MHz, though if you live near the airport the signals should be quite strong already so any antenna should be able to pick something up.

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Re: Tuning to Air Traffic Control

Post by Chris.Holland » Thu May 08, 2014 10:33 am

Cheers mate. I'll look at a home made antenna tuned near 120 mhz.

Thanks again

scannergoderich
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Re: Tuning to Air Traffic Control

Post by scannergoderich » Sat May 10, 2014 3:46 pm

The antenna shipped with your EZCAST should be sufficient

Thought i would share these with you:
Brisbane Air Traffic Control Frequencies
Brisbane Tower
120.5
Brisbane Ground
121.7
Brisbane Departures
124.7
Brisbane Approach
125.6

Have a wonderful day

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