The Icom covers the entire freq spectrum so I have no issues picking anything up. It's a very sensitive little scanner, i live in the Appleton, WI area and can pick up Green Bay approach/departure and on a clear day can sometimes pick up the tower. Green Bay is 20-25 miles from me, so you can see the power of this little scanner. Also when there is air to air refueling or other military operations happening over the area, I can pick up most of everything, and that can be as far away as 40-45 miles as long as it's air to air communications. Only downside to the R5 is that it doesn't come with all the bells and whistles like other scanners, programming can be a little challenging and it doesn't scan as fast as newer scanners but like I said makes up for it with it's performance. Plus it's very small and portable.
The Radio Shack Pro89 is a dedicated race scanner, but has the lower end if the Air Band so that I use for local airports or Air base spotting. It's an older scanner but still is working great.
I to have been thinking about upgrading my scanners but just can't pull the plug because of the good luck I have had with my Icom R5. Have any questions let me know.
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Wow that would suck! Luckily I have never been to an airshow that didn't let you bring in a scanner. As long as it wasn't a two way radio/scanner anyway.....
Interesting, I have been to Nellis, March AFB, MCAS Miramar once and NAS Oceana multiple times and nothing was said. Hope this isn't a sign of things to come when it comes to airshows at bases!
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