About

Hi, my name is Tony Roper. I’ve been taking photographs of aircraft from about the age of 13 when I was introduced to the world of Aviation by my Stepdad. This interest led me into Air Traffic Control, in which I’ve been part of for nearly 27 years, starting as an ATC Assistant in the RAF. Serving in the RAF gave me plenty of opportunities to develop my aviation photography, with access to areas out of bounds to most. I left the RAF in 1998, becoming a Civillian ATC Assistant before progressing on to be a Controller.

Most recently I have been providing photos to IHS Jane’s for their yearbooks and magazines, in particular Fighting Ships, and I have written articles for their Jane’s Intelligence Review magazine. As well as the photos in Fighting Ships, I also carry out research on the Russian Navy providing data to the editor to help keep the information in the book as accurate as possible. Photos have also been published in Warships IFR.

As well as the IHS Jane’s publications, my work has been published in many other magazines and books and have been used by aircraft leasing companies.

I also write for The Spectrum Monitor where I generally specialise in listening to the Military radio bands, especially the Russian Navy and Air Force.

To view some of my photos and videos take a look at my website:
Tony Roper Photography

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12 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello tony…..I am also interested in russian CW signs since a lot of time. So Suddenly i read just your last artikel about locations and using call signs etc……in one case i could give you some other informationen…in your explain of the message (wx)…can we write and talk private here ?

  2. Ciao Tony, witch frequency book would you recommend? I always bought the klingenfuss books but I looking for something more reliable on utilities stations and rtty systems . Would be nice to see on here a test between all different Hf frequencies books available on market.

    73

    CLaudio

    • Hi Claudio. There’s no definitive answer to that question as in general there’s no publication that can give 100% of the information needed – much like internet search “databases” such as the Global Tuners Frequency database. They are out of date on publication.

      But I can highly recommend the following two books. I use them both over the GT online database, especially as because they’re paper you can write your own notes or make additions to entries.

      The books:
      Michael Marten’s “Spezial-Frequenzliste”
      Roland Proesch’ “Frequency Handbook for Radio Monitoring HF”

      Using them both covers everything pretty much. I did a small review in March 2014 – https://planesandstuff.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/book-review-follow-up/

      If you can afford then I’d go for both. Roland has a complete series of books that you may also be interested in, Michael is planning on a new book for Autumn this year

      There’s links to Roland’s page in the review above; Michael’s sales page is here:
      http://www.funkverlag.de/spezial-frequenzliste-2015-16.html

      Cheers

      Tony

  3. Hi Tony
    Thanks a million for your complete infos about those Frequencies book , I will order Michael Marten’s “Spezial-Frequenzliste” on meantime have a great evening! and good catch on beautiful Hf bands !

    73 from Sunny Glasgow

    Claudio

  4. Just read your article in The Spectrum Monitor for October 2016. I’ve enjoyed the series of articles you’ve written in there very much – they are very informative!

    There is an article I’d like you to read and give feedback on. Please email me at your convenience, and I’ll send you a link to the article.

    Mark

  5. Hi Tony,

    I would like to ask you some opinions or advice. I want to buy a new SDR but I am a little bit hesitating between several possibilities. How can I contact you?

    Regards
    dmhz

  6. Hello Tony,
    Sorry that I didn’t find elsewhere to ask my question.
    I want to buy Jane’s Aircraft : Unmanned 2017-2018 and as I saw before in your website , you admit that the price is eye-watering and I want to buy this book for my very individual research.
    So, I want to know if it is enough to buy only this edition (2017-2018) or should I buy previous editions too (Like 2013,2015 and 2016) to have complete and comprehensive source for unmanned aircrafts?
    Does this edition (2017-2018) have all contents of it’s previous editions?

    • Hi Eli,

      As time goes by things will be dropped from the books – generally when they’re no longer in use or available to “buy”.

      Each yearbook is ever so slightly different in how they operate and how they keep details of things. The Armoured Fighting Vehicle book for instance keeps updating a type of vehicle until it effectively goes out of service. This means the whole history of a vehicle is available. The same would go for Fighting Ships.

      However, All the Worlds Aircraft is different in that it only lists aircraft that are in production/development and when this stops they move to the In Service book.

      I personally don’t have the Unmanned book so I can’t comment on it. One option for you though is instead of buying the book, you can get the online subscription – though this will make your eyes water even more I’m afraid. What it will give you though is access to all the history that you may need. If you can get your research done in a year then this may be a good option.

      The link to use is:
      https://www.ihs.com/products/janes-all-the-worlds-unmanned-aircraft.html

      There’s a further link where you have to fill out a form and they will contact you with pricing details

      Tony

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