User Name  
Password    



The Aviation Forum > Aviation Gear > Flying Gear > Handheld NAV/COM
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-08-2009, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
If it flies, it's cool.
 
svanhatt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 18, 2008
Location: Central Oregon
Posts: 120
Handheld NAV/COM

Hey guys, great to be back!

Since I recently got my instrument rating, I've been thinking much more seriously about a handheld nav/com. I'm looking at the Sporty's. What do you guys think?
__________________
Commercial SEL, MEL, Instrument, High Performance, Tail-wheel, Complex
310 TT 7.3 Pitts
svanhatt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2009, 09:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
TAF Owner & Admin
 
Jonathan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 13, 2002
Posts: 3,243
You mean the SP-200?

I attached an image. Here are Sporty's specs (LINK):
Quote:
Aviation Consumers "Gear of the Year!"
New Low Price—$279.00!

Sporty’s experience operating a fleet of 18 airplanes enabled our pilots to engineer the SP-200 hand-held NAV/COM with unique features and pilot-friendly design. It is still the only hand-held radio to put communication, VOR navigation and localizer display in the palm of your hand. Now includes a handy “Last Frequency” button and 8.33 KHz frequency spacing (already in effect in Europe). Includes five year warranty, flexible antenna, removable wrist strap, alkaline battery case and instruction manual.

Our SP-200 makes a terrific backup radio. Here’s why:

VOR and Localizer with CDI display—You won’t find this patented feature on any other hand-held, but it can be a real lifesaver. In the event of a total electrical failure, the SP-200’s localizer function can get you on the ground in the worst weather. The Aviation Consumer said, “Sporty's was the best of the group in VOR performance...in a pinch you could actually navigate with it.”

* "Last Frequency" button
* 8.33 kHz spacing
* Five-year warranty
* LOCALIZER with CDI Display
* VOR with CDI Display
* OBS & TO/FROM indicator
* Automatic “Bearing-to-Station” feature
* 2,280 COM & 200 NAV channels
* 20 memory channels
* Full-feature scanner (scan the entire frequency range or memory channels)
* Duplex COM feature (transmit to FSS & listen over VOR)
* Back-lit screen & keypad
* Polarized screen reduces glare and LCD washout
* Lightweight and compact, fits easily in a flight bag
* Used by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force
* 8 AA batteries last up to 15 hours
* Low battery indicator
* "Quick-change” battery case
* Superior audio quality
* Electret microphone
* Automatic gain control
* Automatic noise limiter
* Single-hand squelch control
* External power jack
* Earphone & microphone jacks
* Key lock prevents inadvertent frequency changes
* Flexible antenna with standard aviation compatible BNC connector
* Power — 5 watts PEP output (the max allowed by law)
* Weight — 16.9 oz.
* Size — 7 3/16”h x 2 3/8”w x 1 7/16”d
* Frequency range:
NAV — 108.000-117.950 MHz
COM — 118.000-136.975 MHz
Attached Thumbnails
Handheld NAV/COM-sp200bm.jpg  
__________________
-Jonathan

Owner & Administrator
The Aviation Forum
"The web's aviation community!"
Jonathan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2009, 09:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
TAF ATC Specialist
 
atcflyer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 17, 2007
Location: Olive Branch, MS
Posts: 1,122
I don't have the Sporty's nav/com, but I do have the Sporty's handheld scanner. I can vouch for its quality. I've had it for about 8 years, and it still works great. Very simple to learn and operate.
I did leave it in my truck one week in the hot summer heat, and the plastic battery door did warp a little from the heat. But it still works great.

I, too, have since upgraded to a nav/comm since getting my instrument, but I went with a Vertex because it was about $60 cheaper...
__________________
ATCFLYER
-Private Pilot SEL
-Instrument Rating
-Memphis Center Air Traffic Controller
-Aircraft Owner (N592HP - C150L)
atcflyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2009, 12:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
Registered User
 
DoItInverted_DAB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 08, 2004
Location: Whitehall, PA
Posts: 2,583
I've had a Sportys nav/comm for prolly about 10 years now...the only problem i've had is the battery gets loose and the radio power cuts on and off. Other then that it works great. Pretty inexpensive too...
__________________
Just say NO to S&L
DoItInverted_DAB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2009, 08:04 AM   #5 (permalink)
Administrator
 
Richard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 13, 2002
Posts: 870
I have a strong bias toward Icom handhelds. I've used a variety of them for years from their aviation, marine and amateur lines. Their build quality is outstanding and performance consistently excellent. I don't have experience with Sporty's-branded radios but I know they've sold a lot of them and they're reasonably priced.

Three suggestions on whatever handheld you select:

1. Do NOT CONSIDER a handheld for which you cannot get an AA batttery pack. If the radio comes with a Nicad, NIMH or Li-on battery, you should absolutely carry an AA pack with fresh batteries in your flight bag. The last thing you need is to find out that when you really, really need the backup, you have a dead or low battery.


2. On some handhelds, the detent on the switch that turns the radio on/off and (generally controls volume) is sometimes not stiff enough - or weakens with use over time. As a consequence, the radio can be accidentally turned on when its jostled in your flight bag.

The result: you discover a weak or dead battery when you reach for the radio after a total electrical failure in night IMC while you're preparing to intercept the localizer for an ILS to minimums! Trust me: you won't be smiling.

If the detent on your radio isn't fairly crisp, I'd suggest putting a piece of blue masking tape over the knob in the OFF position when you store the radio.


3. If you have your own aircraft, install an external comm antenna for the handheld and bring the antenna lead to a connector on the panel. Make up a male-male patch cord to connect your handheld to the antenna. This will improve the performance (range) of your radio by 3-5 times, sometimes much more. From a handheld radio performance point of view, its the single highest impact thing you can do to.
Richard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2009, 11:06 AM   #6 (permalink)
TAF Moderator
 
Kuma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 25, 2005
Location: Northern Pennsylvania
Posts: 5,790
Second the ICOM.
The Sportys is big and reliable and makes a great portable for the lobby of FBOs. It's rugged though I don't like the buttons.

The ICOMs are well made, smaller, and very reliable as well. Mine (IC-A24) even tracks VORs.

You really can't go wrong with either. But if your flight bag starts to get bigger, in my opinion you'll want an ICOM.
__________________
______________________________________

“However long the night, the dawn will break."
--African Proverb
Kuma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2009, 11:10 AM   #7 (permalink)
TAF Owner & Admin
 
Jonathan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 13, 2002
Posts: 3,243
I've also used an ICOM handheld in the past and found it solid and reliable.

Quick note -- the Sporty's radio has a VOR receiver with a CDI display.
__________________
-Jonathan

Owner & Administrator
The Aviation Forum
"The web's aviation community!"
Jonathan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2009, 10:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
If it flies, it's cool.
 
svanhatt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 18, 2008
Location: Central Oregon
Posts: 120
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jonathan View Post
I've also used an ICOM handheld in the past and found it solid and reliable.

Quick note -- the Sporty's radio has a VOR receiver with a CDI display.
This is one thing that I really like. Do the vertex or icom have the CDI display? Also, can the vertex and icom track localizers?
__________________
Commercial SEL, MEL, Instrument, High Performance, Tail-wheel, Complex
310 TT 7.3 Pitts
svanhatt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2009, 11:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
TAF Moderator
 
Kuma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 25, 2005
Location: Northern Pennsylvania
Posts: 5,790
The ICOM has a CDI display. I can't recall if it can track a localizer. However, the VOR representatioin is not very precise. I think there are 5 boxes showing deviation from your radial; if you're on box 3 you're right on. So it's not like you'd want to go shoot an approach with one in any case. I suppose if one had no other alternative you could track a VOR, but I wouldn't rely on it for my life.
__________________
______________________________________

“However long the night, the dawn will break."
--African Proverb
Kuma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2013, 09:50 AM   #10 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 23, 2013
Posts: 1
I have the ICOM A-24 and love it.
Kevgofly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2013, 02:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
Registered User
 
MooneyPilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 16, 2005
Location: summerstown, Ontario,canada
Posts: 360
I like the Vertx Standart 300 model. Inexpensive & no headset adapter to buy...all included.
__________________
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516160854

I want summer......NOW!!!!
MooneyPilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2013, 11:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Petrolero's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 03, 2013
Location: Colorado
Posts: 4
I use the new Sportys handheld. It has comm, vor, loc & gs which was a selling point for me. In an emergency, I'll take all the help I can get to get down.

I also have an iCom F30GT 2meter handheld that I used for Civil Air Patrol work. icom definitely makes good gear.
__________________
1979 Cessna Turbo 182 RG
Petrolero is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share This Content

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:14 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 2002-2012 The Aviation Forum, All Rights ReservedAd Management plugin by RedTyger

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.1