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Weekend Project: Aircraft Band Receiver

Weekend Project: Aircraft Band Receiver

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  1. todderbert

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Now I have something to do with my cheap FM radios laying about. I own a few Skywaves and Jetstream radios, I made videos of if your interested. It is cool to listen to the tower traffic and the pilots above.

  2. Altex lan

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    for what? fool?

  3. Ordigamer

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Would it work with an AM only radio?

  4. Su keng huang

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    😀 oha herkesten beklerdim ama hadiseden beklemezdim ifşasını yayınlamışlar bakın http://odosipuzebabupa.tk/?youtubeUNz_lP0

  5. Tomy Young

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    radio aircraft is cool

  6. The Danceing Alien

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    this radio is now
    a terrorist plot unfolding.

  7. Jonnyreverb

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Alas poor radio shack, I knew them well…

  8. jordan s

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    this is 100 legal

  9. Aquamon

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Aviation Band is AM, dude.

  10. Jake Wilson

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Geez I miss these days of Kip Kay! Now all he does is show you ways to fill bullet casings with hot glue, or wastes an entire video to show that you can put sunglasses in front of your phone's camera.

  11. Tepigman & Mess112gaming 1

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    This killed my pocket radio

  12. ADH DIVVY

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    So you can only tune to just above the 108 to the lower Airband, or as far as the knob will turn? or does spreading the coils essentially make the the lower knob limit tune to the low end of airband, and the maximum knob turn limit tune to the maximum airband range

  13. 박이성휘

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    VERY SO GOOD!!!!!!!
    WOW!!!

  14. dang po

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Lack of squelch control you will hear a static when no one Tx.

  15. Yudhi GN

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    modifying an FM radio to receive and demodulate airband that runs on AM…how is that possible?

  16. kulgan96

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    wow that is kinda cool

  17. peter matera

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    not very good

  18. corisco tupi

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    This took m back to the early 80s when I did this to an FM radio and then did it to a number of friends who also wanted to listen to ATC. I originally found the idea in an electronics magazine, tried it and it worked like a charm. Results were awesome, with good sensitivity (could hear airplanes over 100km away and ATC over 15km away) and good selectivity (could individually tune in to several different frequencies at will, without each interfering in the next). Thanks for bringing back the good memories.

  19. Monel Funkawitz

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Never, never, never, never adjust the ferrite slug using a metal screw driver.  EVER.

  20. EvanPlayzGames

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    I have an AM one dangit, even though I already have a few scanners this is really cool

  21. chems

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    ISIS: Heavy breathing

  22. rene kenshin

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    I tried doing that on a cheap IC controlled fm radio.  I found no metal IF cans inside but only 3 small coils.  I live about 20 miles from the airport and I could receive ATC transmissions clear as bell.

  23. Saud Siddiqui

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Too much work. I'd rather download LiveATC.

  24. shaza Lee

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    With your modified radio can you pick up convasations from miles and miles away from a airport

  25. North_ga_770

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    I thought he was kipkay

  26. Wanderson Alves

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    I modified a clock radio cougar
    and I don't even need to be so close to an airport cuz it can pick up transmission 120 km away from my house 🙂 something like 76 miles? I don't know miles sorry 🙂

  27. camerakid

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    wow! cool! at least u  dont need a soldering iron!

  28. Lewis Pease

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Which radio's can I use:-D

  29. Lewis Sherman

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Is that legal?

  30. dietermoreno

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    So how it works it looks like is that transformer controls the level that will be limited by the limiter. So if there is no limiting then AM modulations are allowed to pass through the limiter to the FM detector.   But the FM detector isn't designed to demodulate AM, so presumably the first audio transistor is doing the rectifying.

    Nothing is perfect, and on my analog dial tuned radio next to my CPU tower there is motor whine if I tune to an unused FM frequency, which of course motor whine is AM noise. 

    I can also hear the FM stations "talking over" each other on that radio, even though the FM capture effect isn't supposed to allow that to happen.  Which indicates that the limiter already isn't perfect and turning it off will definately allow AM broadcasts to pass through.

    I don't hear motor whine or stations "talking over" each other on a phase locked loop button tuned radio, so it must have a better limiter so AM modulation reception is not possible on an FM button tuned radio.

  31. Muad B. Bahroun

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Kipkay….Were you in Ukraine lately…?

  32. Noorquacker

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    :O Kipkay I don't like the sound of this…especially with a FM transmitter…

  33. kb1pli

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    aircraft band 118.000 to 139.000 or so

  34. Mark Anderson

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Why can't i pickup the transmishion when i move away form airport

  35. hiddenfive

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Or just buy a SDR.

  36. JTCGaming

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Add a microphone lol

  37. Dan Buller

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Thanks for the helpful video. This was a fun little project. After searching around I was able to finally able to find an analog tuner and listen to the AWOS of the local airport. The signal's not very strong, but I was just happy to hear it work.

  38. Miguel Ángel Valderrama

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    I rather use a walkie talkie radio.

  39. Just Yo

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    since i live near to an airport i hear the radio transmissions of the traffic control through my fm radio i dont need to adjust anything . just i set the band in between 104 Mhz  and 104.5 Mhz and i start listening to it . without any modification to the board or something . great video BTW

  40. Mike DeGross

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    first learned how to do this back in the 70ies…article in flying magazine I believe. Been looking for the info on how to do it so as to show others! Thanks a million!!!

  41. Patrick Spears

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Because he was using the FM part of the radio, it's quite possible that instead of the ATC tower, he was picking up some other public service radio; i.e. police, fire, EMS, utility, etc. Before the FCC mandated change to narrowband, public service departments usually used VHF or UHF radios, to which Kipkay indicated that he was picking up VHF. Because this video was made before narrowbanding was required, I'll bet 10:1 he picked up a public service radio.

  42. Norberto Rozzi

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    You MUST adjust the RF coil to assure the tracking between RF and Oscilator.

  43. SOFAR

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Was going to do this project, but then I decided it wasn't Realistic. Get it? Realistic radio? ha…ha yeah sorry.

  44. dietermoreno

    May 14, 2018 at 6:53 am

    He would go to the trouble because he gains satisfaction on trolling the internet.

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