Some basic guidance for Aircraft Monitoring
One-Sided Conversations: Because aircraft fly high above the ground, their transmissions have much more range than the ground stations with whom they're talking. This means that only the airborne side of most conversations will be heard. Is this a problem? You miss very little in these conversations because pilots are required to repeat back to controllers any instructions or frequencies that they are given. In fact, hearing only the aircraft has tremendous advantages. It helps the listener to avoid mix ups among simulcast ground stations, and is a terrific help in isolating military aircraft from other traffic.
Frequency Bands Used: Although the air band is 108-137 MHz, almost all civilian voice communications are above 118 MHz. In addition, the military has 138-150 MHz and 225-400 MHz. (remember AM)
Sources of Information: The best place for you to get information is the same place where the pilots go. Web sites like fltpln.com, airnav.com and OurAirports.com give you frequencies and all kinds of other airport information.Other resources that will get you up to speed quickly:
Link to FlightPlan.com - Syracuse Hancock listing: http://www.fltplan.com/airportinformation/SYR.htm
Link to a great overview of Air Traffic frequencies on Radio Reference.com: http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Finding_Air_Traffic_Frequencies
Link to Military Communications web page: http://www.milaircomms.com/
…and if you don’t have a radio that is capable of receiving these frequencies there is always the Internet!
….…start here: http://www.liveatc.net/
ATIS Frequencies (repeating weather and airport notices):
Ground Operations Frequencies:
Clearance Delivery Frequencies:
SYRACUSE Primary Approach Frequencies:
Thanks to the following sources of reference information: N4JRI's Scanner Pages, Radio Reference.com, and the various flight planning web sites.