Wide band types or any antenna that comes close enough to the VHF airband allocation will work on receive but fully optimized performance can only come from those antennas that are designed and tuned for 108-136 MHz.

If the airband is your main listening activity, putting up a dedicated antenna system makes sense if your looking to crank up the reception as much as possible.

Sirio GP VHF Aircraft Band Base Antenna

Sirio VHF Aircraft Band Base Antenna

Sirio VHF Aircraft Band Base Antenna
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Sirio produce a wide range of scanner antennas with some very specialized models under their belt and they (almost) always manage to make them look so good.

This GP VHF 1/4 λ ground plane model follows a tried and tested design for airband use.

Constructed of anodized aluminum and stainless steel this antenna is built to survive many years of outdoor use. The addition of DC grounding helps to prevent static build up during stormy weather.

There is the option to use this as a transmitting antenna within the VHF airband frequency allocation.


Centerfire VHF Airband Base Station Antenna

Centerfire VHF Airband Base Station Scanner Antenna

Centerfire VHF Airband Base Station Scanner Antenna
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Centerfire are another one of those companies who’ve been producing scanner antennas for many years.

Sticking with a 1/4 λ design this USA made antenna comes with a Stud that will fit the common PL-259 CB connector.

Materials : stainless steel and aluminum.

Unlike the Sirio model above this antenna is not rated to be used with a transmitter and is receive only.


Mounting A VHF Airband Antenna

Even though transmissions on the VHF airband play by the line of sight rule (most of the time) there exists the unique situation of signals from planes coming from a great height.

This extends the distance the signals travel before the curvature of the earth blocks then from a receiving station, meaning they suffer less attenuation from buildings and other ground based structures than typical PMR etc transmissions do.

That being said there will always be a cut off point and the higher you can mount the antenna is only going to extend it. Getting the antenna clear of close by surrounding buildings will ultimately help with air-ground traffic and allow better access to any airband ground transmissions that reach your location.

Suitable Coax Type

If the antenna comes bundled with coax cable, make your life easier by checking the quality before putting up the antenna. Loss at VHF airband isn’t as bad as the mil-air frequencies but all the same installing a good antenna with dud coax is a complete waste of your time.

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