G4NSJ – VHF airband aircraft radio


The VHF aircraft or airband can be boring, but also quite interesting at times. The receiver I use is the Realistic PRO-2042 scanner, shown below. I also have a Tecsun S-2000 receiver which covers the air craft frequencies and the Icom A24 handleld, shown below left. I use a Flowerpot antenna sited in the loft. Details for making the antenna can be found here. There’s a frequency list here which might be useful.

Icom IC-A24 Realistik scanner


Update 1/5/2022.

I’ve just acquired a rather nice Icom IC-A24 handheld airband transceiver which I took to Shoreham Airport today. Shoreham, or Brighton City Airport as they like to be known, is on 123.150MHz. Obviously, I can’t transmit on the aircraft band but it’s nice to have a professional radio which I believe is used by pilots as a standby radio. To the north of my QTH near Amberley is a gliding club. I listen to them when I visit Amberley Museum.

There’s a nice place to eat at the airport, if you’re hungry. It’s called The Hummingbird Café. Above is a view of the airport and one of me looking scruffy. Oh, and a pic of the Icom handheld.