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

FIVE Year Warranty!

Regular Price: $399.00

Special Price $329.00

Regular Price: $399.00

Special Price $329.00

Availability: In stock

Product ID: 7758A

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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’...

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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. 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.

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

Sp-400 NAV
  • 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

SP-400 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

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."

Additional Resources

Click Here for Instruction Manual

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

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What's the range of portable aviation radios? We went flying to find out. Click here to read the article

Hal Shevers

Founder/Chairman—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

Since our very first product was an aviation radio, I’m partial to our SP-400 Hand-held NAV/COM. It’s an amazingly powerful radio, and one I never could have dreamed of in 1961.

Eric Carnahan

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Do NOT Leave The Alkaline Battery Pack On Radio When Not in Use!

Recommended

Love the radio for the most part, however, DO NOT LEAVE THE ALKALINE BATTERY PACK (#1613A) CONNECTED TO THE RADIO BETWEEN FLIGHTS!!! I'm sure glad I took the time to check the radio before a recent flight. I had installed eight brand new Duracell AA batteries Alkaline Copper Top batteries the week before, and when I checked the radio the BATTERIES WERE DEAD. Tried it again, just to be sure, and again, all eight batteries were COMPLETELY DRAINED. I put a Spare Alkaline Battery Pack on the radio, which had brand new batteries installed, and that worked perfectly. THE BATTERY DRAIN IS RIDICULOUS to say the least. And besides not leaving the battery pack connected to the radio between flights, I highly recommend purchasing the backup battery pack as well as the cigarette lighter power adapter (#7243A).
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Ellexis | CORP CHRISTI, Texas, US | 9/11/2016
A bit clunky but very functional.

Recommended

This radio provides both comm and nav capability and has reasonably good reception. It is also one of the lighter radios providing these functions. Some of the buttons could use further labelling and the use of the 'Clear' key as a shift key could be better explained and labelled. The external physical design of the set is clunky and feels old fashioned.

I cannot really comment on reliability because just received the unit, but it did work right out of the box.
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Peter N. Steinmetz | TEMPE, Arizona, US | 9/9/2016
Seems as advertised, but drains batteries when not in use?

Recommended

No major complaints - overall a nice unit. I keep mainly as an emergency backup and occasionally use to check ATIS. It's ability to display an ILS glideslope is pretty cool. It does seem to drain fresh batteries in 3-4 months even when not used - not sure why. This led me to order an extra battery pack - I could see needing it in an emergency and finding the battery dead if not checked regularly. Based on the design, the 8 AA batteries otherwise would be tricky to change in flight.
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Dev Basu | 8/14/2016
Fantastic handheld radio

Recommended

Love the big screen, love the memory feature
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Robert | ST GEORGE, Utah, US | 8/8/2016
Good value. Easy to operate. Large buttons and view screen.

Recommended

Shipping costs high.
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Dave | 2/2/2016
Bought a 2nd SP400

Recommended

Purchased the first SP400 about 4 years ago, and still using it on the flight line. Bought this second one for use in the plane, it has some upgraded features, still a good back up for an ILS approach.
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Michael Payne | Instrument | 12/15/2015
Died after 2 years with minimal use

Not Recommended

Worked fine for two years as an emergency back-up and to listen to ATIS, now it won't turn on even with fresh batteries.

SPORTY'S CUSTOMER SERVICE RESPONSE
Thank you for the review, and please accept our apology for the trouble. The SP-400 is backed by a 5-year warranty. Send it in and we'll make sure it gets returned in excellent condition ASAP.
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Royce | ROCHESTER, Illinois, US | Private | 12/8/2015
Wasn't there when I needed it.

Not Recommended

I reluctantly bought this unit as a belt and suspenders back up after reading several reviews citing spotty reliability. I was having Alternator issues and wanted to make sure the issue had been repaired. Pulled this unit out of the flight bag after sitting untouched for 3 years. The unit was dead. Replaced all batteries with known fresh batteries, turned it on...dead. This unit has one purpose 100%, emergency reliability...in that mision it has failed.
I am returning the unit for repair, will update review once I see how Sporty's supports this pricy product.
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Warren | Instrument | 11/6/2015
I am very dissppointed at how easily the screen is scratched. I am very carefull with my equipment and this screen had scratches on it right out of the plastic. The rest of the case appears to have a durable finish to it. Poor build quality for the acc

Not Recommended

I find it interesting that other's made the comment about the screen's soft plastic that is easily marred. I thought it was just my bad luck that I received one that was scratched. Also, probably my inability to learn the process, but it is not intuitive when trying to switch between the two last frequencies used.
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Michael J. Magnusson | Private | 7/28/2015
Works well. Easy to use.

Recommended

Nice radio. Lots of features.
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Steve | 7/20/2015

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can it be hooked up to the airplanes antenna?
A shopper on Aug 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not unless the antenna is disconnected from the existing radios; and then, you (more likely, your radio shop) would need to ensure proper impedence matching. A cheaper and simpler solution is the optional Remote Antenna Mount, which allows the antenna to be positioned in a side window or other favorable location for improved reception.
Can you hook up a handheld mic/speaker to the sp400?
GliderPilot on Jul 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Although I don't have that setup, I would think if your plugs and jacks are standard that it would probably work. I purchased the adapters from Sporty's which plug into the SP400 and then allow you to plug in your headset. You now transmit using the PTT button on the SP400 and headset mic. The side tone generated allows you to hear your transmissions. Received communications are through the headset of course.
Is the 5 year warranty transferable? SP-400
A shopper on Sep 1, 2016
How far is the range on this unit...Please?!
A shopper on Sep 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: According to the product manual, the transmit power is 5 watts at 85% modulation. For comparison, the transmit power of the common Bendix-King KX125 panel nav-com is 5 watts minimum, 7 watts nominal. Thus, range is potentially similar to that of a panel nav-com. The limiting factor is primarily the antenna and the shielding of the airframe, and the latter is specific to your airplane -- my results don't count.
Some of the comments indicate that the 400 eats a lot of batteries. Two points: Can it be plugged in a lighter plug to operate it and/or to recharge rechargables AA's or the Ni-Mah battery pack while in use? Thanks
Charles B on Sep 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it can be plugged into the lighter for use and charging. However, for use as a backup, fully charged batteries will last long enough to get you down safely. That said, I plan on buying the Ni-Mah battery and desktop charger. For me, it adds just a little more peace of mind.
Does a new certified remote pilot need a license to use the SP-400 handheld transceiver? Beginning last Monday, some remote pilots would appreciate the use of a transceiver for the same short correct comms with ATC when inside or under controlled airspace just to advise ATC of their ID and location before and after takeoff, which is required in the authorization (usually) given days before. The alternative is to use the mobile phone, but that adds to the tower workload. This is being discussed in formums now.
A shopper on Sep 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Per current FCC rules, an FAA-licensed airplane automatically receives a radiotelephone station license, and a licensed pilot receives a radiotelephone operator's license to operate the radios in the plane. Neither a UAS (as the station) nor a remote pilot (as the operator) would appear to benefit from these dispensations. If you Google "airplane radio license" you'll find this info at the FCC website.
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