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    Sporty's SP-400 Handheld NAV/COM Aviation Radio SP-400A Sporty
    Rated 4.22285714286 /5 based on 175 customer reviews
    349
    Product description: Aviation Consumer's "Gear of the Year!""...better than some panel-mounted gear.""Sporty's SP-400 Shines. Its performance is clearly exceptional.""You can easily pick this unit up and use all of its features without touching the manual.""...it's a solid bargain."Now with an upgraded screen - better contrast and adjustable backlight for improved sunlight readabilityThe award-winning SP-400 is simply the most powerful portable radio you can buy—like having a complete standby radio stack in your flight bag. The all-in-one radio makes a reliable backup for emergency use, but it’s also perfect for listening to ATIS, getting clearances before engine start or just monitoring local traffic.But a great radio is worthless if it’s hard to use. That’s why our staff of pilots, flight instructors and aircraft owners spent so much time making the SP-400 intuitive and easy to use. It has all the features you need, but none that you don’t. There are no confusing menus, no memory bands and no complicated squelch buttons—just turn it on and type in a frequency. After all, an emergency is no time to look for an instruction manual.Why the SP-400 is the pilot-friendly radio:Oversized, high-resolution screen—twice as large as most other radiosEnhanced screen backlight with adjustable contrast for better sunlight readabilityLarge, soft keypad is easy to use, even in turbulenceNo menus or memory banks—just type in the frequencyOne-handed operation for fast emergency accessUnmatched battery life, powered by easy-to-find AAsQuick-change battery pack—switch in just 3 seconds!Backlit screen and keypadDedicated squelch and volume knobs for precise adjustmentCOMLast frequency flip flop makes it easy to switch back and forth Visual memory recall shows five memory channels per screen NAVFull ILS display—the only portable radio with this feature! VOR with large CDI display and automatic bearing-to-station readout WEATHERNOAA weather radio receiver built inNationwide coverage with pre-programmed stationsEMERGENCYDedicated 121.5 button for instant emergency communicationsSidetone—hear yourself talk when using a headsetIncludes alkaline battery pack, antenna, wrist strap and instruction manual. Measures 5 1/2”h x 2 1/4”w x 1 5/8”d.  Five year warranty.Click Here for Instruction ManualClick here to view The Aviation Consumers "Portable VHF Radios: Sporty's SP-400 Shines" ArticleEAA AirVenture Oshkosh News review

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    Specifications

    Amateur Band No
    Backlighting Keys and Display
    Battery

    Battery

    For backup or emergency use, regular alkaline batteries are the best choice – you don’t have to worry about them being run down between uses. However, for everyday use, Ni-Cd, Ni-MH or Li-Ion batteries offer the convenience of recharging at the end of each day.

    8 AA Batteries or 2-6 hour Ni-MH
    Comm Receive Yes
    Comm Transmit Yes
    Dimensions 2.375″ × 5.5″ × 1.625″
    Display 1⅝″ × 1⅝″
    FM Receive No
    Localizer CDI

    Localizer CDI

    In addition to VOR reception, this transceiver also receives localizer frequencies and displays a CDI. In an emergency, this feature allows you to fly very precise approaches to many larger airports, even with no electrical system.

    Yes
    Memory Channels 20
    Nav CDI Yes
    Sidetone Yes
    Warranty 5 years
    Weight 8.48 oz
    Brand Sporty's
    Buyer’s Guide

    Sporty's SP-400 Handheld NAV/COM Aviation Radio

    • New Low Price! $349.00
    • Now with Upgraded Screen!

    Overall Customer Rating

    Read all 175 Reviews
    $349.00
    (Original price $399.00)

    Professionally wrapped in navy blue paper with brilliant white ribbon and a personalized card. Please allow 1 extra day for processing gift wrapped orders.

    ID: SP-400A
    Every order enters you to win a new airplane!

    Accessories

    Quickly add accessories along with your Sporty's SP-400 Handheld NAV/COM Aviation Radio purchase by changing the quantity for the accessories you would like to purchase.

    Headset Adapter (for all Sporty's Radios)

    Plug your standard twin plug general aviation headset into this adapter, and you can use your radio without taking off your headset. Makes use of your headset speakers and microphone. With Sporty’s SP-400, there is even side tone – so you can hear yourself talk when you make transmissions. Works with Sporty's JD-200, SP-200 and SP-400.

    Spare Alkaline Battery Case (for SP-400)
    Push-to-Talk Switch
    Metal Belt Clip

    Made of sturdy, solid steel for a lifetime of use. Attaches to the back of the radio with screws (which are included as standard equipment). Works with SP-400, SP-200, SP-125, A300, JD-200 and JD-100. SP-200, JD-200 and JD-100 no longer manufactured.

    SP-400 Accessory Kit

    Accessory kit for SP-400. Includes: headset adapter, spare battery case, radio carrying case, cigarette lighter adapter, spare hand strap (not pictured) and 8 AA batteries.

    High Capacity Rechargeable NiMh Battery (for SP-400)

    Alkaline batteries are a great choice for irregular or backup use, but if you use your SP-400 on a regular basis, a rechargeable battery can be a convenient way to keep your radio running. High capacity, 2200 mAh NiMh battery goes beyond standard rechargeable packs to provide extremely long battery life.

    12V/24V Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter (for all Sporty’s Radios)
    Magnetic Base Antenna (for all Sporty's Radios)

    A handy way to use an external antenna in your car without permanent attachment. Includes antenna, magnetic base and 10 ft. of cable. Works with SP-400, SP-200, Air Scan V and Air Scan VII Radios. SP-200 radio no longer available.

    115V Desktop Charger (for SP-400)

    Keep your SP-400's rechargeable NiMh battery pack charged and ready for use with this handy desktop charger. Ideal for FBOs or flight schools. Includes 115V wall power adapter and quick-charger base.

    AC Power Adapter/Battery Charger (for Sporty’s radios)
    RAM SP-400 Mount Cradle with Ball

    Securely mount your radio with this custom designed RAM Mount. Included clip mounts to the back side of the SP-400. Radio slides into the base and the clip locks into place. Bring on the G-Forces, this mount isn’t budging. This custom cradle is constructed with a high strength composite that will withstand years of abuse.

    Includes cradle and 1" mounting ball for use with other RAM mounting pieces.  

    Home VHF Antenna (for all Sporty's Radios)

    For the ultimate home radio installation, this kit will provide outstanding reception for your Sporty's radio. Allows you to install an antenna on your roof or other outside surface. Includes antenna, hardware for mounting and 50 ft. of cable. Works with SP-400, Air Scan V, Air Scan VII, JD-100, SP-200, and JD-200. JD-100, JD-200 and SP-200 no longer manufactured.

    SP-400 RAM Yoke Mount

    Securely mount your radio with this custom designed RAM Mount. Included clip mounts to the back side of the SP-400. Radio slides into the base and the clip locks into place. Bring on the G-Forces, this mount isn’t budging. This custom cradle is constructed with a high strength composite that will withstand years of abuse.

    Includes:

    Antenna Adapter (for all Sportys Radios)
    Permanent Mount Car Antenna Kit (for all Sporty's Radios)
    SP-400 RAM Suction Cup Mount

    Securely mount your radio with this custom designed RAM Mount. Included clip mounts to the back side of the SP-400. Radio slides into the base and the clip locks into place. Bring on the G-Forces, this mount isn’t budging. This custom cradle is constructed with a high strength composite that will withstand years of abuse.

    SP-400 RAM Glareshield Mount

    Securely mount your radio with this custom designed RAM Mount. Included clip mounts to the back side of the SP-400. Radio slides into the base and the clip locks into place. Bring on the G-Forces, this mount isn’t budging. This custom cradle is constructed with a high strength composite that will withstand years of abuse.

    SP-400 RAM Beechcraft Yoke Mount

    Securely mount your radio with this custom designed RAM Mount. Included clip mounts to the back side of the SP-400. Radio slides into the base and the clip locks into place. Bring on the G-Forces, this mount isn’t budging. This custom cradle is constructed with a high strength composite that will withstand years of abuse.

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    Aviation Consumer's "Gear of the Year!"

    • "...better than some panel-mounted gear."
    • "Sporty's SP-400 Shines. Its performance is clearly exceptional."
    • "You can easily pick this unit up and use all of its features without touching the manual."
    • "...it's a solid bargain."

    Now with an upgraded screen - better contrast and adjustable backlight for improved sunlight readability

    The award-winning SP-400 is simply the most powerful portable radio you can buy—like having a complete standby radio stack in your flight bag. The all-in-one radio makes a reliable backup for emergency use, but it’s also perfect for listening to ATIS, getting clearances before engine start or just monitoring local traffic.

    But a great radio is worthless if it’s hard to use. That’s why our staff of pilots, flight instructors and aircraft owners spent so much time making the SP-400 intuitive and easy to use. It has all the features you need, but none that you don’t. There are no confusing menus, no memory bands and no complicated squelch buttons—just turn it on and type in a frequency. After all, an emergency is no time to look for an instruction manual.

    Why the SP-400 is the pilot-friendly radio:

    • Oversized, high-resolution screen—twice as large as most other radios
    • Enhanced screen backlight with adjustable contrast for better sunlight readability
    • Large, soft keypad is easy to use, even in turbulence
    • No menus or memory banks—just type in the frequency
    • One-handed operation for fast emergency access
    • Unmatched battery life, powered by easy-to-find AAs
    • Quick-change battery pack—switch in just 3 seconds!
    • Backlit screen and keypad
    • Dedicated squelch and volume knobs for precise adjustment

    COM

    • Last frequency flip flop makes it easy to switch back and forth 
    • Visual memory recall shows five memory channels per screen 

    NAV

    • Full ILS display—the only portable radio with this feature! 
    • VOR with large CDI display and automatic bearing-to-station readout 

    WEATHER

    • NOAA weather radio receiver built in
    • Nationwide coverage with pre-programmed stations

    EMERGENCY

    • Dedicated 121.5 button for instant emergency communications
    • Sidetone—hear yourself talk when using a headset

    Includes alkaline battery pack, antenna, wrist strap and instruction manual. Measures 5 1/2”h x 2 1/4”w x 1 5/8”d.  Five year warranty.

    Click Here for Instruction Manual

    Click here to view The Aviation Consumers "Portable VHF Radios: Sporty's SP-400 Shines" Article

    EAA AirVenture Oshkosh News review

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    176

    Date - 12-18-2014

    Pilot Rating - Private

    Overall
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    Recommended Yes
    Good Radio
    Pros

    Great display
    Easy to use right out of the box

    Cons

    It would have been nice if some accessories came with the unit like the headset adapter, but other than that, nothing really.

    General Comments

    I haven't been able to fly with it yet, but I have gone through everything and tested it out. I live close to a major airport and I had no problem picking up ATC communications from my living room. Some people have commented that they didn't like the users manual and I think it is fine. It's not rocket science to work this radio. Second I have read that some complained about the difficulty of which the battery compartment comes off. Again, mine goes on and off pretty easily. Not sure what people are doing that made it so difficult.
    For now I can't comment on the durability or reliability until I get to put it to use for a while. For now though, I think it is a good radio and I'm glad to have it as a backup for obvious safety reasons.

    Reviewer - ofd24102

    Location - oceanside, NY

    Date - 12-17-2014

    Pilot Rating - Student

    Overall
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    Recommended Yes
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    Location - , CA

    Date - 12-8-2014

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    ( No Pros Listed From Reviewer )

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    Reviewer - johnpollock

    Location - Goldsboro, NC

    Date - 12-2-2014

    Pilot Rating - Student

    Overall
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    Reliability
    Value
    Usability
    Expected
    Recommended Yes
    Sporty's SP 400
    Pros

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    Reviewer - remaxdan

    Location - Sparta, NJ

    Date - 12-2-2014

    Pilot Rating - Commercial

    Overall
    Durability
    Reliability
    Value
    Usability
    Expected
    Recommended Yes
    SP400
    Pros

    Nicely put together and fairly ease to use. Great Standby or Emergency product.

    Cons

    Instruction manual sometimes a little ambiguous.

    General Comments

    Highly recommend looking at this versus others.

    Location - , NC

    Date - 12-2-2014

    Pilot Rating - Private

    Overall
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    Recommended Yes
    Good transceiver
    Pros

    Light weight, durable and relatively easy to use.

    Cons

    Following directions provided, couldn't get the unit to erase a memorized frequency

    General Comments

    ( No General Comments Listed From Reviewer )

    Reviewer - JayLGober

    Location - Albuquerque, NM

    Date - 12-1-2014

    Pilot Rating - Student

    Overall
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    Reliability
    Value
    Usability
    Expected
    Recommended Yes
    The Best Thing About Flying Lessons!
    Pros

    Unit turns on like a radio and can be used immediately.
    The Owner's manual is easy to understand and the SP-400 was delivering more than I expected in terms of ease of operation and clarity of reception.

    Cons

    I would have preferred Li Ion rechargeable power as the standard

    General Comments

    The SP-400 is just a great product...I'm looking forward to trying-out some of the advanced features.

    Reviewer - Gentleman243

    Location - Ambler, PA

    Date - 11-13-2014

    Pilot Rating - Student

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    Recommended Yes
    Exactly as shown
    Pros

    Fully functional

    Cons

    Manual could be better in instructions

    General Comments

    Good value

    Reviewer - RonShipley

    Location - , CA

    Date - 11-11-2014

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    The radio works as advertised. The output is strong and the display is easily read. However, I am having some problem with the headset adapter. I have static on both transmit and receiving when the adapter moves.
    Pros

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    ( No Cons Listed From Reviewer )

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    Reviewer - Loren Barney

    Location - Cedar City, UT

    Date - 11-6-2014

    Pilot Rating - Commercial

    Overall
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    Reliability
    Value
    Usability
    Expected
    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    Very easy to use and program. Gets great reception. I use it weekly to monitor my students as they solo.

    Cons

    none

    General Comments

    ( No General Comments Listed From Reviewer )

    Reviewer - MikeFlippo

    Location - BHM, AL

    Date - 11-3-2014

    Pilot Rating - Private

    Overall
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    Reliability
    Value
    Usability
    Expected
    Recommended Yes
    East to operate
    Pros

    It could save your life!

    Cons

    Don't drop it

    General Comments

    Antenna could've been made a little better. Seems like it could snap off easy. Doesn't look and feel like it could take a drop. Haven't dropped mine yet. The simplicity is what makes this radio good

    Reviewer - John

    Location - , GA

    Date - 10-24-2014

    Pilot Rating - Commercial

    Overall
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    Recommended No
    Pros

    Has the features advertised
    OBS-VOR function is +/- 10deg like regular OBS.

    Cons

    Poor readability in daylight in cockpit.
    ILS-LOCALIZER IS ONLY +/- 5 deg. unlike standard OBS which is 10deg.

    General Comments

    Cheap packaging. Doesn't reflect expense of item. Packaging is like a $5 am-fm radio at discount mart.

    Reviewer - rbbertsch

    Location - Felts Field, WA

    Date - 10-7-2014

    Pilot Rating - Commercial

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    Recommended Yes
    SP-400 Handheld Nav/Com Aviation Radio
    Pros

    ILS worked perfectly. Great back up. Easy to view screen for both comm and nav functions.

    Cons

    None yet.

    General Comments

    Maybe the best handheld on the market now at a great price.

    Reviewer - Gary Redfield

    Location - Mansfield, TX

    Date - 8-20-2014

    Pilot Rating - Commercial

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    Recommended Yes
    Durable and straightforward
    Pros

    Solid and straightforward. Audio quality excellent.

    Cons

    Breaks squelch when close to my computer equipment

    General Comments

    Works great in its intended environment.

    Reviewer - BUY THIS RADIO

    Date - 8-18-2014

    Pilot Rating - Private

    Overall
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    Recommended Yes
    LISTEN TO THIS
    Pros

    VERY EASY TO USE. I love this radio. It has clear sound quality. Easy to operate buttons and knobs. Screen is BIG AND EASY TO READ...STURDY FEEL. Battery pack is easy to remove, but

    Cons

    Battery compartment is difficult to open once its removed from the radio. This is minor and easy enough to deal with, but if the guys in the design department read this... that's the only thing to change... and even then its pretty minor!!!

    General Comments

    I purchased this after my sp-200 was stolen by workers at the car rental place in Honolulu Airport (which I only mention in hopes that somehow it will get returned to me). I had my sp-200 for several years and loved it. Once, several years after buying it, I dropped it and Sporty's took it in, tightened it all up and it was as good as new... sans cash!!!

    The reason I purchased the sp-200 in the first place was I had just written a product review in a Canadian aviation magazine comparing several hand held vhf radios, and the sp-200 was just a superior radio. I'm fairly certain the sp400 will be a similar experience.

    Reviewer - cmitchellmd

    Location - Kingsport, TN

    Date - 7-22-2014

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    Saves money by being able to call ground before starting engines for taxi clearance. Great back up in case your in aircraft radio goes NORDO.

    Cons

    Takes a few hours to learn all the functions, but overall a great radio.

    General Comments

    Happy with the purchase.
    Gives me peace of mind knowing I can contact someone in case of radio failure.

    Location - GMB, IL

    Date - 7-14-2014

    Pilot Rating - Private

    Overall
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    Recommended Yes
    4
    Pros

    Search / Scan are very intuitive, which is why I bought it. Screen is large for these old eyes to use without glasses!!

    Cons

    Haven't had too much trouble figuring out button sequence. As in all electronic devices, it does take some practice to get it correct.

    General Comments

    Volume / Squelch work great! Overall, works as expected. 'Tips & Tricks' would be my recommendation to get up to speed quickly.

    Reviewer - wbbetts

    Location - Anchorage, AK

    Date - 6-23-2014

    Pilot Rating - Student

    Overall
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    Value
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    Recommended Yes
    Pros

    Great looking unit with many funcitons and very easy to use. The VOR and ILS functions are a good backup. All functions are easy to use. Very well built and the manual is good.

    Cons

    Unit is heavy but it is also durable.

    General Comments

    ( No General Comments Listed From Reviewer )

    Reviewer - Richard Werner

    Location - Jacksonville, NC

    Date - 6-13-2014

    Pilot Rating - Commercial

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    Recommended Yes
    Handy
    Pros

    ( No Pros Listed From Reviewer )

    Cons

    ( No Cons Listed From Reviewer )

    General Comments

    ( No General Comments Listed From Reviewer )

    Reviewer - rkay12

    Location - Albany, OR

    Date - 5-1-2014

    Pilot Rating - Private

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    Recommended Yes
    SP-400
    Pros

    Does everything as advertised and better. Haven't had it long enough, but for a backup it far exceeded my expectations.

    Cons

    Can't find one yet,

    General Comments

    There is a learning curve that you want to practice on the ground and not rely on it being intuitive. Doesn't take long to master it.

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