Customer Reviews3.3 / 5.08 ReviewsDurability3.8 / 5Reliability4.0 / 5Performance3.3 / 5Ease Of Use4.4 / 5Value3.4 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (5)No (2)Would You Recommend?YesWorks as advertisedI'm not sure what the actual range is, but I pick up very little aviation band transmission. I'm about 7 miles from KARR and pick up most of what I hear from there, although I usually only hear the aircraft talking to KARR tower and not the tower transmissions. Depending on the current approach in use I can occasionally pick up some approach chatter for ORD. But what I do pick up is clear. Easy to use.December 10, 2017Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesExcellent ScannerI am extremely happy with the radio. Great options at a fantastic price! I compared the unit in my office with my handheld and the handheld had slightly better reception. However, the Bluetooth and other features of the Sporty’s unit far outweighed any reception shortcomings. They truly built this thing to use commercially; From the BNC connector on the back allowing you to run a remote antenna to the external speaker plug it is a very nice unit. I could totally see an FBO playing a radio station over the intercom with the Unicom frequency on the interrupt. I ordered $60 worth of materials on Amazon including; An aircraft scanner antenna, 50ft cable and a BNC adaptor. Now the unit picks up a tower 30 miles away and every radio station in the area.December 8, 2017Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability3 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?Nomemory needs, delay replyneeds more memory ,,too quick channel change no reply to hear.December 8, 2017Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSimple to use, love the interrupt featureGiven the other reviews, I was a little worried about getting the radio. Upon arrival, I was really impressed with the out-of-box experience. It was super easy to set up. I set 4 local frequencies, paired my phone, and was listening to Spotify while getting transmissions from planes in the pattern. Love it! I'll probably get an external antenna to boost the range, but it's pretty good for a desktop scanner.December 7, 2017Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value1 / 5Would You Recommend?NoPretty Box with No ReceptionThis product is pricey and I expected good performance. Very disappointed! I get NO reception In location where $40 home AM-FM and car radios pick up dozens of AM and FM stations, this product gets static but no AM-FM stations.. Aviation band, only receives aircraft directly overhead. Pretty but useless product in my experienceDecember 5, 2017Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability1 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesWorks well but treat antenna very gingerly.Radio works well, even in a metal hangar. However, the antenna is very flimsy. The first time I extended and retracted the antenna, it bent and broke. Very disappointing.December 3, 2017Purchased
4 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSo far so goodI wanted a dedicated "Scanner" to listen to local air traffic and ATC when I'm working in the garage. I think the fact you can only scan 10 channels may be a kicker for some people but for my needs it works perfect. I'm able to listen to 2 local airports, App/Dep for the military airspace plus 5 ATC frequencies. Currently I have it connected to a VHF/UHF ham radio vertical antenna on the back of the house but will be adding a air band antenna in the next few weeks. I can hear most aircraft traffic on the ATC channels between the NC Coast and Greensboro, NC (east west) and between Richmond, VA to South Carolina. So far so good, could have been around the $99.99 price point but again it has worked for my needs.December 3, 2017Durability4 / 5Reliability1 / 5Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Jury's still out at this time 12-01-17Received Monday 11/27/17 & used it every nite since. After programming it for FM radio and ATC local Tower & Ground frequencies @ HQZ I've had some issues with the Aviation Interrupt function. With a handheld Rexon RHP-530 scanner as a comparison, I've had periods when the Sporty's Air Scan did not pick up either Tower or Ground unless I put it into the ATC direct function. Last nite the interrupt function didn't work until it had been on for half an hour & then seemed spotty at best. Yes, I'm in a metal hangar, but doors mostly open & radio is near the doors & doesn't affect the RHP-530 reception.December 1, 2017Purchased
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- Question and Answer
Browse 23 questions Browse 23 questions and 24 answersDoes it receive 8.33kHz spaced channels?BEST ANSWER: The air scan received on 25kHz spacing.Connection to 12v car lighter adater is posible?BEST ANSWER: The radio uses 110v AC, it can no be used with an adapter.is there squelch control on the scanner?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the scanner has a squelch control.what is the range of reception?BEST ANSWER: The reception is limited to the power of the transmitter and where the transmitter is located.How can I power this up in my car at the airport if it does not take batteries?BEST ANSWER: You would need a DC to AC converter.How close to an airport do you need to be?BEST ANSWER: The strength and distance from the transmitter determine how far the signal can be received.Is there an line out jack (3.5mm or similar?)BEST ANSWER: Yes, there is a line out connection.Do I need to be near an airport?BEST ANSWER: Yes, you will need to be fairly close as it is limited by the transmitters output and line of sight.Can this device be used internationally. Hence a power source of 240 V ?BEST ANSWER: The device can be used internationally - the AC adapter works on 100-240V.How is the sound quality?BEST ANSWER: The sound quality is very good.How do I scan aviation memory channels?BEST ANSWER: Select Airband, then press the Aviation Interrupt button. This will scan any of the 10 preset channels that are stored.I’m getting lots of static in my garage, but not in my house 30 feet away?BEST ANSWER: Electronics can cause interference to radio transmissions and receivers. Fluorescent lights, sound amplifiers, generators, etc. may cause interference. Using an external antenna will help, or you may need to move the Air Scan and find a location with less interference.Can I use an external antenna with the Air Scan?BEST ANSWER: Any antenna with a BNC connection will work. Placing an antenna outside of your hangar or house will increase your reception.The screen is backlit; are the buttons backlit too?BEST ANSWER: The buttons are not backlit.Can I use batteries with the Air Scan?BEST ANSWER: No. The Air Scan can only be used with a 110 volt plugHow far will the included antenna extend?BEST ANSWER: 26.5 inches.If my phone is paired with the Air Scan, will the Up and Down arrows on the Air Scan skip songs?BEST ANSWER: Yes. The Up, Down and Stop buttons will function and control your music.Can I pair multiple devices to the Air Scan at once?BEST ANSWER: The Air Scan will only pair to one device at a time. Pairing a second device will override the first device. When the Bluetooth source is selected, the Air Scan will attempt to automatically pair with the most recently paired device.Can I listen to ATIS and have Aviation Interrupt on?BEST ANSWER: Yes. However, as long as there is a transmission being received, the Air Scan will not return to scanning the other preset frequencies. We recommend not saving weather frequencies (ATIS, ASOS, AWOS, etc.) as presets, as this will prevent background scanning while receiving the long weather transmissions.can an external outside antenna be connected for better reception?BEST ANSWER: Yes, there is a standard BNC connection on the back of the radio for an external antenna.can you transmit on this?BEST ANSWER: You can only receive on this unit.What are the power source choices? Corded only or does It have a battery tray?BEST ANSWER: It is a power cord only.Can the Bluetooth be used to connect to a wireless Bluetooth speaker to hear radio calls externally or is it only for music in?BEST ANSWER: The Bluetooth is for music on the radio only.
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