I’m looking for a high gain VHF/UHF outdoor base station antenna so I can hear loud and clear **both sided **conversations of as many air traffic control (Tower, TRACON, and ARTCC RCAG) communications as possible with very little or no static. I’m mostly interested in the civilian band, but military would be good too. I’m even looking at 2m/70 cm ham radio antennas and can’t figure out which one to buy since they have a lot of mixed reviews.
I’ve given up on Radio Shack base station antennas after several negative experiences, and recently put up a Diamond D-130J, and my airband RX is better but still very weak and mostly static. I have a 30’ AGL outdoor chimney mount with commercial grade RG-11. My airband capable scanners are a Pro 106, Pro 96 and Maycom AR-108.
Per Google Maps, I’m about 15 miles from KFNT, about 45 miles from KMBS, about 65 miles from KLAN, about 75 miles from KMTC, and about 85 miles from KDTW. I’d like to be able to receive both sided, loud and clear air traffic control communications from these airports. Also I want to do so for as many ARTCC RCAGs as possible.
Would a VHF/UHF high gain antenna alone fulfill my wishes or would I also need an airband preamp?
BTW I have all of the frequencies from airnav.com for everything but KMTC programmed in already.
I’d appreciate any tips.
Mt. Morris, MI