3.4 / 5.031 ReviewsDurability4.1 / 5Reliability3.8 / 5Performance3.2 / 5Ease Of Use4.4 / 5Value3.5 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (16)No (12)Durability1 / 5Reliability1 / 5Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value1 / 5Would You Recommend?NoA receiver that doesn't receive!Thought I would like to monitor local air traffic while I work from my home office located approx 5 nm from KHIO. The Air Scan II arrived in great shape and is super easy to use. Only problem is that it DOES NOT RECEIVE any AM radio transmission - Air band OR AM broadcast band with or without the antenna ... it does receive FM broadcast weakly also with or without the antenna. Will be sending it back to Sporty's for credit toward something else on my wish list. Not a happy camper!June 27, 2020Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat Little ScannerScanner works perfect in my hangar or in my home. It picks up local traffic perfectly.June 13, 2020Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance2 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?NoMediocreThe AM/FM reception is not great even though we are just in a suburban area of Houston, and the Air reception is pretty good only if a plane if going overhead to our house. It must need an auxiliary antenna and I would also like to have a battery pack so that I can use it outside without having to plug it in to operate.June 11, 2020Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSolid unit. Great for the hangar. Better than wasting batteries in your handheld.June 6, 2020Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?NoIt’s OkAviation Interrupt works well. I am personally disappointed with the volume production, you turn up the volume too loud and the speaker distorts - in my Hangar I like the volume turned up. I got the bright idea to add / use a powered speaker to get better, cleaner volume, the only Audio Out is the headset jack, which does not provide enough signal strength to drive the powered speaker. I then tried using the Powered Speaker with my ICOM A-25C and it worked perfectly, lots of clear, crisp volume. The Air Scan II just is what it is, not terrible, not greatJune 4, 2020Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesWeak reception in building, but otherwise works as promisedUsing it for music in my on-airport office and to monitor aircrew communications. Works as promised, but the reception with the standard antenna is weak. I'm 1000 yards from the tower but couldn't hear ATC. Hooked it up via coax cable to an antenna on the roof and now can hear all traffic around the airport and most traffic in the surface area. Bluetooth and aviation interrupt work great.May 13, 2020Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesFrom a Ham Radio addicRadio performs well on receive. For having multiple functions blue tooth, Fm, and Am broadcast and of course for what is designed for the airband frequencies.
Now on to the matter of others that are having issues with the receive portion on the airband frequencies. I'll first state i am a Ham Radio operator and have been very educated over the years on antennas and the understanding of tuned antennas to specific frequencies/band whether it's a ground plane or a sole vertical without radials aka counterpose or a Yagi or dipole antennas. All serve their purpose well, that's if you have an understanding of how they work.
The telescopic antenna that comes with the air scan radio is ok and just that. It is if you are located within let's say 6miles at the most and you place the radio by the window in the direction of the airport your interested in and even better a widow on the second floor.
All airband frequencies 118.00 MHz - 135.00 MHz are VHF and are vertically polarized due to the antennas used thus the radio bandwidth propagation is mainly line of sight. The higher your antenna is located at the better reception. For the first lesson here is that you'll need to have an external antenna, yes that means outside high as you can get it and on that note, you'll need an antenna that is tuned specifically for VHF airband frequency. Whether it's a ground plane antenna or a single vertical and for those that are 29 miles or better from the airport you'll need to think about a Yagi antenna and again all tuned for the airband frequencies. So I'll leave you with the famous words of many these days is Google it that is vhf propagation and radio bandwidth for further understanding of this post and you'll thank yourself and have the proper beginning knowledge of understanding radio waves and the proper antenna and you'll be much more satisfied that now the radio will work as it should. It all starts with the antenna !!! Oh one more thing is to use the proper coax like Lmr 400 or RG 213 coax is a hole nothe lesson.May 9, 2020Durability3 / 5Reliability2 / 5Performance2 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value2 / 5Would You Recommend?Noauxiliary powerWhy does this model not have the option of using batteries.May 3, 2020Purchased
2 months agoDurability4 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value2 / 5Would You Recommend?NoPoor receptionSorry, but I'm only 6 miles from Long Beach airport and the reception is poor at best!April 20, 2020Purchased
3 months agoDurability3 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesOkay but wish the AM/FM radio sound quality was bettterThe radio is the only one I could find on the market with the feature to listen to AM/FM radio with the air comm radio interrupt feature. The interrupt works as advertised, which is nice living near a runway, it alerts me to aviation activity. My complaint is that the radio sound quality is poor. There's a lot of noise on the signals no matter how much we fiddle with the antenna. The electronics must have poor quality filters.April 19, 2020Purchased
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- Question and Answer
Browse 22 questions Browse 22 questions and 23 answersWhat is the power source for this radio?BEST ANSWER: It uses 110V ACDoes it work on 240 V as well? Or do I have to buy another DC-plug?BEST ANSWER: You would need to purchase a converter. The Unit is 120V plug.Will it scan multiple frequencies at one time or just the one programed in?BEST ANSWER: It can scan up to 10 frequencies.Can the Air Scan II run on batteries?BEST ANSWER: No, it must be plugged into an outlet.Where was the radio manufactured?BEST ANSWER: The radio is manufactured in Taiwan.What is the difference between the Air Scan and Air Scan II?BEST ANSWER: The interrupt is faster so that the first part of the communication is not lost and there were software updates and we improved the reception.How can I program & store the power-up frequency?BEST ANSWER: Place the frequency in the number 1 position.Can you add an external antenna?BEST ANSWER: The radio has a BNC connection. Yes you can add an external antenna.So can you listen to planes?BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can listen to airband frequencies if you are close enough to the airport. Typically 3-4 miles.Will the radio scan the aircraft memory channels? If so, what is the procedure to make the radio do that?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will scan the channels in memory. Just turn on the aviation interrupt.Can it be installed in a vehicle?BEST ANSWER: You would need a DC to AC converter.Does this radio receive HD FM?BEST ANSWER: This radio does not receive HD FM.Is there a lockout for the 10 memorized aviation frequencies? I'd like ATIS memorized but don't want to stop on it when scanning.BEST ANSWER: There is not a lock out. You would have to tune to ATIS. If you place it in the presets it will scan.I can scan the full aviation frequency range but cannot scan the 10 stored presets. Found nothing in the manual unless I over looked it. Need help???BEST ANSWER: Set the channels that you want to scan in the preset channels and press Aviation Interrupt - this will scan your presets.
Please call customer service is you still need assistance. 513.735.9000Will this radio work for small local airports with no tower? I'm within a mile.BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will work.Can an external antenna be used with this unit for better reception from inside closed metal hangars?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the antennas are listed on the accessories page.Is it real time? For example, Live atc .net transmission lags a few seconds.BEST ANSWER: No, it is real time tx from the aircraft or controller.Can u attach a headset so you wont bother anyone in your room while listening?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it has a place for a 3.5mm plug in for a headset, earbuds or external speaker.Does the Air Scan II have volatile memory? i.e. Will the user lose their favorite pre-set channels if the power is interupted? Can an external Bluetooth speaker be used, or is it only via the 3.5mm jack?BEST ANSWER: No, it will remember the channels. No on the Bluetooth speaker. The Bluetooth capability is to receive music from a phone or other such device. The external speaker would need to be connected via the 3.5mm plug.what is range? Want to listen to local airport trafficBEST ANSWER: Range is typically 8-12 miles depending on terrain.Does it have a built-in speaker?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it has two built-in speakers.Voltage? Australia 240VACBEST ANSWER: 110 VAC.
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