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Cracking little scanner
on 28 July 2017
I've been playing with airband scanners off and on for years, I still have happy memories of the bloody awful manually tuned Steepletone offerings which were my introduction.
I bought this with slight trepidation as some of the reviews here suggested - quite reasonably - that the stock whip ariel wasn't up to the job. I needn't have worried. I live north of Edinburgh and can receive radar, tower and ground no problem at all. Additionally I'm picking up the control frequencies clearly, something I haven't been able to do previously. Indoors it's a bit more hit and miss and I bought a cheap telescopic alternative for that which provides way more gain than is desirable but let's me carry on listening.
Out and about, especially in the car, the whip does the job more than adequately always allowing for the vagaries of line-of-sight transmissions. I found the 33XLT easy to program and the instructions were more than adequate for the purpose. Once it finds a signal it holds it for the entire transmission unlike a Maycom I used to use. The unit itself is small and feels perfectly solid. The backlight is useful and thankfully turns itself off after about 30 seconds.
All in all, given the limitations inherent to a scanner like this it does a good job, certainly for my needs. At some point I may add it's bigger brother to fill in some of the missing frequencies but if you approach this unit with realistic expectations I doubt you'll be disappointed.