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Aircraft / Airplane Radio Receiver


Aircraft / Airplane Radio Receiver


The communications between commercial aircraft and the ground can be interesting, amusing and sometimes even disturbing. However radios that receive the approximately 220MHz to 400MHz band commonly used for aircraft (both military and commercial) are not easily found. And scanners can be complicated, large and expensive. With an easy to build circuit such as this one, everyone can enjoy listening in on these conversations.

It's a lot of fun to listen in on airplane / aircraft communications, and this electronic circuit gives you a feasible alternative to the very expensive commercial radio scanners that are available on the market. Awesome for us hobbyists!

This aircraft receiver electronic circuit was first published in the Think Tank column of the Sept. 1995 issue of Popular Electronics, and it looks very simple to build, with only about 20 electronic components.

L1 is made by winding 2 turns of 22 AWG magnet wire on a 5/32 drill bit. This inductor can be modified to shift the frequency range of the circuit. The antenna can also be placed at the anode of D1 if overload is a problem with it connected to the emitter of Q1. R5 adjusts regen and thus sensitivity.

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