4.2 / 5.0178 ReviewsDurability4.0 / 5Reliability4.2 / 5Performance4.0 / 5Ease Of Use4.3 / 5Value4.0 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (16)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat product with super WarrentyEasy to use ils(+radio, +vor), great bright display and a super warranty, the display died after 4+ years and the warranty fixed it - but then it got lost in the post....but here I´m sitting with a brand new in my hand - that´s what I call a super warranty !!!
Many pilots doubt the power of the ils because of the small antenna, but it really works fine for me.January 22, 2018Purchased
2 months agoDurability2 / 5Ease Of Use1 / 5Intuitive?I had seen this radio described as easy to use, intuitive, etc. I think it’s about the least least intuitive electronic device I’ve ever seen! The procedure to recall a frequency from memory is ridiculous, to me. I also agree with another writer that the battery pack for the AA batteries seems flimsy and prone to breakage. I didn’t rate it for reliability, performance, and value because I have not owned another radio that I can compare it to. I’ll know more after I’ve used it more, but I doubt that my opinion about the intuitive thing is going to change.January 2, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability3 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat valueGreat little radio. Good reception and easy to use. The plastic case makes me a bit concerned about it’s reliability but time will tell. Great value.December 31, 2017Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSet up of frequenciesStill having difficulty setting in various frequencies.
No instruction manual came with radio to assist in setting up while radio in hand.December 14, 2017Purchased
1 month agoDurability3 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value2 / 5Would You Recommend?YesAs it comes, almost unusable due to cabin noise. Need of headphone adapter, charger and mic. Could be included in the original package.
Hope never to use, but ready if needed.December 13, 2017Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesMy SP400 experienceWhile on a routine flight I decided to put the SP400 thru a little test. At 10 miles from the airport I called the control tower on SP 400 to check it's audio output. Tower replied with: receiving the hand held loud and clear. I then checked it on the ILS and it received and tracked the ILS beautifully. It's a great backup to have on board on any flight. I recommend it highly.December 6, 2017Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSuper Little RadioSporty's Nav/Com radio is a great value. It works well, and is compact enough to fit in my flight case. I love it!November 28, 2017Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesExcellent product working worldwide and a good valueNovember 13, 2017Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesA must haveLove this item which is now replacing my JD 200 which I had for 10+ years. Would never go flying without it in my bag. A must-have.November 6, 2017Purchased
1 year agoDurability3 / 5Reliability2 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat user interface but questionable quality.The good: I love the features and usability of this radio. It's super simple to tune to a frequency or access a frequency stored in memory. That's important because this is my backup radio, and if I'm pulling it out during flight I've probably got a lot of things to pay attention to in addition to getting my backup radio configured properly. Additionally, the knobs and buttons all work well and smoothly.
The bad: I'm not impressed with the materials used in the construction of this radio. It's case is made from plastic that feels cheap and brittle, like what I'd expect in a $20 walkie-talkie. I use the AA battery pack, and have had problems with getting electrical contact between the batteries and the radio. The first time I tested the radio in flight it wouldn't turn on until I 'bumped' it a few times. I've since remedied the problem by running tin-foil 'wires' between the AA batteries and the contact pads on the battery pack. Now it works reliably, and I feel confident using it as my backup radio.
Not reviewed: I haven't tested it's transmitting performance yet, and I haven't assessed the quality of the internal components.
Bottom line: I'm pleased with the usability and general function of this radio, and would recommend it. Although I'm somewhat disappointed in the materials and quality/reliability, I've found a way to make it work to my satisfaction.October 30, 2017Purchased
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Browse 25 questions Browse 25 questions and 44 answersIs the 5 year warranty transferable? SP-400BEST ANSWER: My Aeronca Chief has no radio or electrical system. Can this handheld be connected to a Sigtronics 2 place portable intercom? If so, what connector is required from the handheld to the intercom? Do you have them in stock as well as Sigtronics intercom extension cables to other side of cockpit so wiring can be semi permanently installed behind panel.can it be hooked up to the airplanes antenna?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.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.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.8.33 compatible ?BEST ANSWER: It receives 8.33 kHz but will only transmit on 25 kHz.Can you hook up a handheld mic/speaker to the sp400?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.How far is the range on this unit...Please?!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? ThanksBEST 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.I just tuned it to Cincinnati Approach from home, but can't hear anything; is this normal?BEST ANSWER: Yes this is normal most of the time unless you are at or very close to the airport. My SP 400 is the same and only picks up traffic close to me, but picks up fine and works quite well once airborne. If you get the SP400 in the air and see no change you should call sportys for an exchange.What does it come with?BEST ANSWER: It comes with transceiver unit, strap, and antenna. There is separate order if you like all connectors or rechargeable Li ion battery pack.my son is a pilot wants two way hand held radio in case his radio in airplane fails. is this what he needs?BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is a good choice. With the Sporty's Headset adapter (P/N 8635A - $26) he can plug directly into his headsetWill this radio power a ANR headset like a Bose A20?BEST ANSWER: The Bose A20 get power for ANR from its own batteries, not from the radio, so there would be no issue. You will however need an adapter to go from the ports on the radio to a standard aviation headset. Sporty's carries that part as well.I'm considering this SP-400 and find the battery comments discouraging. Could it be the peak current drain during transmitting damaging the fragile Alkaline battery chemistry? Has anyone used Lithium primary (non-rechargeable) cells in this radio? If it kills batteries while NOT in-use, it would be a worthless device.BEST ANSWER: I bought this handheld and put in high dollar camera batteries ( I never trust rechargeables) I pull it out and listen to the atis every prior to every flight and now and then give it a transmit radio check with ground cont.
Works like it should... I read folks whining that they left it fallow for a long time and it was dead when they needed it.... If you are relying on a piece of hardware (that runs on batteries) best to check it....
"dig you well before your thirsty"The printed catalog lists a '6-pin LEMO adapter.' Would I need to buy a LEMO adapter IN ADDITION to the regular 'radio-to-headset adapter', or can I substitute one for the other? IOW, can the LEMO adapter plug directly into the SP-400?Sporty's SP-400 Handheld NAV/COM Aviation RadioBEST ANSWER: The LEMO adapter will not plug directly into the SP-400. You would need to go from the LEMO to GA adapter then the GA to SP-400 adapter.Is there a compatible earpiece/lapel mic that will work with this radio?BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can atttach your headset to it with the adapter.What is the size of the screen?BEST ANSWER: The screen measures 1 11/16th inches x 1 11/16th inches.Does it have a scan feature to listen to multiple frequencies?BEST ANSWER: Yes it has a memory scan feature.Does my headset plug in?BEST ANSWER: If you would like to use this with your headset you will need the adapter, item 8635A.Hey can it pick up like csx?BEST ANSWER: This radio will only receive aviation communications and navigation frequencies.How many watts output ?BEST ANSWER: 5 watts.Does this unit have the DME built into it?BEST ANSWER: It does not have a DME built in to the unit.I am a aspiring flight student who also owns a boat. Would the s a good marine radio as well?BEST ANSWER: This would not. It does not transmit or receive on marine frequencies.I'm a UAV Pilot, and while all my flying and video/photography work is in accordance with our transport ministry, I'd like to have coms if we are operating in or near private strips or helipads. (Eg. We were doing roof inspections near a hospital that turned out to be the region trauma centre for air evacuations) would this radio be suitable for contacting ATC or aircraft to inform them of our operational ceiling and location? The pilot/controllers are ground based often in urban areas although occasionally we assist with search and rescue work.BEST ANSWER: ctr ( control zone) or ATZ (aerodrome traffic zone) is classified as air space from A-D. In any of this air spaces Must have Bilateral & Continuos radio comunications. The airspace of a CTR (includes a strip inside) usually is 5NM circle lateral limits, and from ground/2000"vertical. i have an apartement 1Nm from TWR LPPR and my experience says: comunications ground-ground are poor (i never had ctc with Twr from home GND-AIR is ok in ctr limits for low altitude!
Conclusion: for traffic information ...you shpuld always report begining and end of activity in the frequencyMay I use the sp400 in Europe/ Netherlands/Germany?BEST ANSWER: Why not? Whats matter , is that ' if you have a rádio qualification for air-air or air-atc' transmitions!What is the comm output transmit power?BEST ANSWER: 5 watts.Is there a way to make it transmit on 8.33 spacing, even if at a cost to modify? That is what questions about using in Europe etc mean. Europe and the UK are changing to 8.33 spacing and this radio will soon have no use there unless it can be adapted to transmit on 8.33. Thanks ps Very annoying for us, but we have no choice.
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