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I just got an iCom handheld radio

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So i just got my icom radio...its a radio that was given to me by my grandpa because he never used it and now doesnt fly. I'm a student pilot and i like to just listen to radio communications while i sit on the computer...is it okay if i turn my icom radio on to my local airports frequency to just listen? or is that against any sort of rules?

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  1. Paul Tocknell on Dec 22, 2011

    Garrett,

    That is not against any rules in fact, I encourage my students to listen to live ATC feeds or broadcasts as it is a great way to quickly get up to speed on controlled communications.  You can also listen live on websites such as liveATC.net

    Remember, that VHF is line-of-sight communications so unless you live close to the airport, you might only hear the air traffic and not the tower controller without an external antenna of some sort. 

    Have fun and let me know if we can be of any help in your flight training.  Good luck!

    Paul

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