alwaysontherun
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Recommendations On VHF Transceiver For GA

Sat May 01, 2010 10:35 pm

Hello all,

I´m just about to purchase a VHF handheld for my GA plane as mine shat itself very recently.
The reason for it to be a handheld is that I may swap plane once in a while and I quite like to listen to the tower of my "local" international airport when bored at home. Besides, I don´t have a whole lot of room in my dashboard / instrument panel for a built in fixed radio.

I need powerful transmission due to large distances and a noisy aircraft but without all the fancy navigational functions--> "simple yet powerful" is the name of my game.

Any suggestions, please?
I know there are some experts out there!

Cheers,


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Fly2HMO
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RE: Recommendations On VHF Transceiver For GA

Sat May 01, 2010 10:41 pm

Can't go wrong with Icom. A bit pricy, but great range and sound, and they're built like tanks. Used them a lot when working at my schools dispatch.

http://www.icomamerica.com/en/produc...avionics/handheld/a24/default.aspx
 
shamrock137
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RE: Recommendations On VHF Transceiver For GA

Sun May 02, 2010 12:47 am

I agree ICOM is a great brand, however I would also recommend Vertex Standard as well. Extremely durable as some of their transceivers use the same weatherproofing technology they put into their marine handhelds.

http://www.vertexstandard.com/?cmd=DivisionHome&DivisionID=2
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MD-90
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RE: Recommendations On VHF Transceiver For GA

Sun May 02, 2010 7:32 pm

Aviation Consumer always used to rate Yaesu aviation radios highly but they're now sold as Vertex Standard and they're not rated as well. The Icom A6 and Sportys SP-200 are well recommended.
 
Caryjack
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RE: Recommendations On VHF Transceiver For GA

Sun May 02, 2010 11:21 pm

Quoting alwaysontherun (Thread starter):
I need powerful transmission due to large distances and a noisy aircraft

Transmitter power output is restricted so I doubt you'll gain range by shopping for more. Besides, sending a voice modulated carrier into the atmosphere is the easy part. Key elements for clear communications are a high quality receiver, transmission line and antenna.

I'm sure the above recommended transceivers have excellent receivers so you might consider an external antenna. This antenna would most likely mount on the top of the aircraft where a proper ground plane would provide better gain and directivity, and could be easily plugged into your handheld. This antenna would require a 6 foot long or less transmission line with a proper terminating connector to be accessible in the cockpit. The quality and proper installation of this termination is critical for good performance.

If an external antenna won't work, look for optional higher gain antennas for your handheld. They'll most likely be longer and should be held vertically for best results.

For cockpit noise consider external earphones. These would greatly reduce the noise and give clear received audio. On the transmitter side you might ask about noise canceling microphones. These microphones are designed for noisy environments such as yours and may be available in GA band transceivers. Check the instructions to be sure that you are talking into the microphone properly.

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alwaysontherun
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RE: Recommendations On VHF Transceiver For GA

Mon May 03, 2010 4:54 am

Thanks for your replies, people!!!!!

I visited some sites that were suggested, and I believe Icom has the better antenna connection for me.

Since an electric plane is out of my budget I will definitely have to do something about the noise in the cabin. A "spongy" type of cover on the mouth piece of my headset reduced the noise quite a bit, I learned recently.

Quoting Caryjack (Reply 4):
This antenna would most likely mount on the top of the aircraft where proper ground plane would provide better gain and directivity, and could be easily plugged into your handheld. This antenna would require a 6 foot long or less transmission line with a proper terminating connector to be accessible in the cockpit. The quality and proper installation of this termination is critical for good performance.

The mechanic of our club has been checking this out recently, all I need to do now is buy the transceiver and go for a test-run.

I appreciate your feedback!

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RE: Recommendations On VHF Transceiver For GA

Mon May 03, 2010 11:37 am

Quoting alwaysontherun (Reply 5):
I believe Icom has the better antenna connection for me

I can't believe the vertex/standard uses a SMA connector vs a BNC. Sounds like something Motorola would do, just so you have to buy thier parts.

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