09/28/21 16:44:10 UTC
34.800 MHz
RICHFIELD, NC
34.8FM PL151.4. "(JETBIRD?)21, KILLDEVIL60, Did you change locations? We see white smoke...will land to the right of the smoke to load on left door. Landing in trail." Helo A2A same as on 293.0 at same time. 9/28/21 1230h -AJ
 
09/28/21 16:41:18 UTC
122.8000 MHz
RICHFIELD, NC
"ERIC20 is a Cessna 208...full stop...06, Davidson county. 9/28/21 1240h -AJ
 
09/28/21 16:39:10 UTC
293.000 MHz
RICHFIELD, NC
"looking for colored smoke" helo A2A, same as on 34.8FM. 9/28/21 1230h -AJ
 
09/28/21 15:14:03 UTC
262.9 MHz
CHESAPEAKE, VA
One-sided aircraft traffic
 
09/27/21 15:55:41 UTC
360.3 MHz
ORMOND BEACH, FL
Unknown A/C discussing issues with autopilot and other electronics
 

09/20/21 17:16:39 UTC
292.250 MHz
"PHANTOM OPS, EPIC 32" "We're coming at you Alpha 2, reference, Lav leak....transfer 5 crew and 8 AE personel" First time heard PHANTOM OPS, normally NEWSREEL, occasionally BOOKSHELF. Prob C-17 00-0172 (AE0677). 9/11/2021 between 14-1500h -AJ
 
09/18/21 16:58:58 UTC
276.600 MHz
H60, callsign KILLDEVIL to OMEGA DZ co-ord jump ops at KVUJ, related to NOTAMS:09/012 - SVC TWR OPN. 14 SEP 21:30 2021 UNTIL 15 SEP 03:00 2021. 09/011 - AIRSPACE PJE WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 5NM RADIUS OF VUJ SFC-13000FT. 14 SEP 19:00 2021 UNTIL 15 SEP 02:00 2021 Late afternoon/eve 9/14/2021 -AJ
 
08/30/21 16:04:13 UTC
122.900 MHz
Heard being declared as UNICOM for Bear Creek (NC79) 08-29-2021 -AJ
 
08/24/21 19:25:07 UTC
121.775 MHz
per KMEB LAURINBURG-MAXTON NOTAM 08/006 - SVC TEMPO TWR LOCAL CTL 121.775, GCA CTL 140.15 DLY 1200-2100. 24 AUG 12:00 2021 UNTIL 27 AUG 21:00 2021. CREATED: 23 AUG 16:32 2021 -AJ
 
07/26/21 15:43:59 UTC
140.150 MHz
NOTAM for KMEB LAURINBURG-MAXTON 07/006 - SVC TEMPO TWR LOCAL CTL 122.8, GCA CTL 140.15. 30 JUL 12:00 2021 UNTIL 30 JUL 16:00 2021. CREATED: 26 JUL 12:55 2021. 1 of 3 covering July26-30. -AJ
 
07/07/21 16:21:19 UTC
40.775 MHz
M0483/21 - AERODROME SOUTHEAST RAMP – 82ND CAB CONDUCTING FARP OPS FOR PARTICIPATING AIRCRAFT ONLY. OPERATIONAL FREQ FM 40.775. PILOTS USE CAUTION ENTERING AND EXITING THE FARP. 06 JUL 19:59 2021 UNTIL 01 OCT 21:00 2021. CREATED: 06 JUL 19:59 2021 -AJ
 
06/09/21 17:50:56 UTC
299.30 MHz
Couple of FA-18's from Beaufort Marine Corp Air Station or better known as BMCAS
 


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Product Review

Stridsberg MCA204 Active Receiver Multicoupler

I wanted to hook several scanners to 1 antenna. At first I tried just using a BNC T-connector with limited results. If the signals you're receive are strong you can get away with the T-connector. However you will notice a reduction in signal strength with each receiver you hook to the same antenna. This is primarly do to an impedance mismatch since each receiver is not isolated from each other. Another draw back is that one scanner might inject enough signal into the other to cause one or more of your scanners to "lock-up" on a specific frequency making reception on that frequency impossible.

On day I asked what would be the best solution to hooking one antenna to multiple scanners. I asked this quetion on one of the scanner usenet's. I received the suggestion to use a Stridsberg Multicoupler. After researching this item on the Internet I discoverd several models, both active (meaning with a pre-amp) and passive (no pre-amp, just isolation). If the word "pre-amp" scares you into thinging "overload!" don't worry. Their active version only has a 4dB preamp, just enough to overcome the 3dB lost by plugging other scanners into the multicoupler.

It was time to buy! I had decided on the 4 port (meaning I could connect 4 scanners to one antenna) active version. After doing some shopping I found Computer Aided Technologies, the maker of the famous ScanCat software, carried the Stridsberg products on either website for $159.95. If the $160 price tag is a bit pricey for you, the passive 4-port version is about $110, active 2 port version for $140, and passive 2 port for only $80.00. I called them up to see if they had one instock and they said YES! I said send me one the fast way possible! The shipping for next day are was very reasonable from this company, charging only $15.00 for Next Day Air! And sure enought, only 18 hours after placing my order my MCA-204 was at my front door! (Thanks Computer Aided Technologies for Fast, Friendly, and Reliable Service!)




Middle is the MCA208 - 8 Port, Top & Bottom is the MCA204 - 4 Port.
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After opening the box and taking a quick look at the instruction sheet I plugged in the "Wall-Wart" powersupply (included). Next I connected the Coax from my Scanner Beam and plugged in 4 scanners (2 PRO2035's, a PRO2006, and a PRO2052). Like magic my problems of one scanner causing another to lockup went away! Next I found a weak signal and the signal strength did not change by plugging more scanners into the multicoupler as it did when using a T-connector. Been using the MCA-204 for a couple months now and love it!

Again, if you want to use more than one scanner on the same antenna check out Computer Aided Technologies website for the Stridsberg Multicouplers. Again, if $160 is a bit more then you want to spend, they do have other versions which I'm sure would work almost as good.

MilAirComms.Com Awards the Stridsberg Engineering
Receiver Multicoupler a 5-STAR Rating!