PJ2 Handheld COM Radio

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Regular Price: $199.00

Special Price $179.95

Regular Price: $199.00

Special Price $179.95

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Product ID: 1812A

Portable airband radio with built-in headset plugs

An emergency is no time to be searching for an adapter for your handheld radio. The PJ2 is the only handheld aviation radio that can be connected to standard aviation headset plugs (twin PJ plugs) without using a special adapter. The simplicity of this radio makes it a pilot favorite: just turn it on, type in a frequency, and plug in your headset. No menus, no wires, and no adapters. Dedicated volume and squelch knobs are easy to adjust,...

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Portable airband radio with built-in headset plugs

An emergency is no time to be searching for an adapter for your handheld radio. The PJ2 is the only handheld aviation radio that can be connected to standard aviation headset plugs (twin PJ plugs) without using a special adapter. The simplicity of this radio makes it a pilot favorite: just turn it on, type in a frequency, and plug in your headset. No menus, no wires, and no adapters. Dedicated volume and squelch knobs are easy to adjust, even in turbulence, and the extra-large screen and keypad make a big difference during an emergency.

Features:

  • Standard GA headset jacks on the top (patent pending)
  • Oversized screen
  • Large keypad
  • Last frequency button
  • 20 scannable memory channels
  • USB type-C plug for backup power
  • Backlit screen and keypad
  • Standard BNC antenna connector
  • Transmit/receive indicator light
  • Quick access button for NOAA weather
  • Fast scan with 25 KHz spacing

 

Here’s why we think it’s the perfect backup radio.

1. No adapter cables.

An emergency requires quick action; there is no time to be fumbling with adapter cables and small plugs. The PJ2 eliminates this hassle, with standard PJ jacks (compatible with the vast majority of general aviation headsets) built right into the radio. Simply unplug your headset from the panel and plug it into the PJ2 - now you can talk to Air Traffic Control while enjoying the noise cancelling features of your headset without extra wires. If your headset has a single, 6-pin plug (often called a LEMO plug), simply use any standard twin plug-to-LEMO adapter cable. Patent pending.

2. Simple to use. 

An emergency is also no time to be reading an instruction manual, so the PJ2 is designed to be dead-simple to operate. There are dedicated knobs for squelch and volume, so just twist the knob to turn the radio on. There are no menus or frequency bands to manage either. Simply type in a frequency to start communicating. 

The PJ2 is also designed for one-handed operation, so you can fly with your left hand and communicate with your right. A large push-to-talk button is easily accessed by your index finger, and a handy last frequency button makes it easy to flip back and forth between approach and tower. The large screen is backlit for easy viewing at night, and the oversized keypad is easy to use in turbulence. Everything has been optimized for pilot-friendly operation.

3. AA batteries.

Rechargeable batteries are a fact of life these days, but while they are excellent for devices you use every day (like a smartphone), they are not the best option for a backup radio. Because it’s likely your radio will sit in your flight bag for weeks between uses, we prefer easy-to-find AA batteries for the PJ2. With a shelf life measured in years, you can load up the radio and rest assured you’ll have power when you need it. No need to worry about charging another battery.

Our team of pilots went a step further, though. There’s also a USB-C plug on the right side of the radio for additional flexibility. While this won’t charge the battery pack (the AAs aren’t rechargeable after all), it will power the radio. Since USB-C is an increasingly popular connector, found on everything from iPads to ADS-B receivers, you don’t have to carry another obscure charging cable. Just plug it into your cigarette lighter or portable battery pack and turn the PJ2 on.

4. Low price.

The best backup radio is the one you have with you, so we believe value is another important feature. We’ve worked hard to make the PJ2 a rugged, reliable radio, but all while keeping the price under $200. The only thing we cut was unnecessary features - not quality. There’s also nothing extra to buy since the PJ2 comes with an AA battery pack, antenna, and belt clip. And remember there is no adapter cable to buy.

  

In the box:

  • PJ2 COM radio
  • Alkaline battery pack
  • Antenna
  • 100-240V wall plug
  • USB-A to USB-C adapter cable
  • Belt clip
  • Pilot’s guide

 

Flying Magazine Editors' Choice Award Winner!

We were honored to win a 2019 Editors' Choice Award from Flying Magazine. They said, "The key to the the PJ2's ease of use is that it's the only handheld com that allows you to plug any headset with a standard twin plug straight into the unit, negating the need for an adapter cable. Large, dedicated volume and squelch knobs are made to be easy to grab in turbulent air, and the lack of menus keeps operation simple."

 

Aviation Consumer's "Gear of the Year"

The PJ2 was one of the best products of 2020 according to The Aviation Consumer magazine. They called it "well-rounded" and the "best portable radio" after a long-term trial.

 

Sporty’s Pilot Shop Staff Pirep

Doug Ranly

With the multitude of backup GPS options, what pilots really need from a radio is a solid COM-only radio – not another complicated computer to manage. The ability to unplug your headset from the panel that just went dark and plug it into an easy-to-operate portable radio is a potential lifesaver. It really is the ultimate backup radio for pilots.

Read more - Which Handheld Aviation Radio should I buy?

Looking for the PJ2 Manual? Download the PDF here.
Looking for quick reference videos on the PJ2 and how to operate the radio? Watch the PJ2 Video Series Here.
 

Eric Carnahan

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Reviews
4.4 / 5.0
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Would You Recommend?
Yes (85)
No (7)
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Would You Recommend?
Yes
Simple does it's job.
Works right out of the box. Nice clear reception and able to use headset is a major plus. Nice simple design don't need to consult the manual if I don't use it for 6 months.
July 13, 2020
Purchased
2 weeks ago
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Good basic handheld
Bought it to use in my open cockpit acrosport 2. Paired with a lightspeed zulu 2 headset And a external antennae it seems to work excellent. Have not had a chance to check maximum range but around the traffic pattern it works fine.
Previous problems with battery box seems to have been worked out. Have not had any issues. Also like that it switches from aircraft power to battery power automatically. When master is turned on, the battery indicator disappears. Includes usb-c cable.
July 11, 2020
Purchased
2 weeks ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Review - PJ2 Handheld COM Radio
A great piece of equipment - fits my hand nicely, and is easy to use. Exactly what I need.
July 9, 2020
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
PJ2
After just a few day of usage this so far has been a great product for the cost
July 8, 2020
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
PJ2
Excellent go-to back up. Solid piece of equipment. Dropped on garage floor by accident. No problem. Great value.
July 7, 2020
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great radio. Easy to run and head phones work great. ??
July 6, 2020
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3 weeks ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Yes
Receiver has good sensitivity
I have a scanner which I used to monitor the local tower frequency in the past. This PJ2 receiver seems more sensitive and seems to provide better reception in weak signal conditions.
Phil, Lancaster Co. PA
July 4, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Yes
Best money investment.
Very versatile product (aviation mic and phone jack, BNC antenna connector and usb aux. power.
July 1, 2020
Purchased
4 weeks ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
2 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Traffic monitoring
I live on an airport and use the PJ2 as a traffic monitoring radio. The sound is scatchier than the Sony AirBand I was using previously. Perhaps the PJ2 is picking up traffic from a longer distance. Do I need an antenna for this radio? Actually I am disappointed in the reception. My wife wants the old Sony back.
June 27, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Works great!
Just tested it today in the 152 with a pal as PIC. Reception was great, at 2500 ft I was still talking with MLI approach from 15 miles. From home I can hear DVN AWOS (five miles away) and even MLI ATIS (ten miles away).

Instruction manual is easy to use; I programmed in my local frequencies and if I can do it anyone can!

It'll now go into the gear bag with Energizer ultimate lithium batteries, I'll take it out maybe every six months to confirm it still works.
June 23, 2020
Question and Answer
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Will a standard external PTT switch work with a headset plugged in?
A shopper on Aug 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will.
Does it come with 8,33kHz spacing for operation in Europe?
Dominik D on Sep 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It does not have 8.33 spacing.
how about 8.33?
A shopper on Aug 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is not 8.33 capable. I will pass that along to our catalog manager.
Is this made in China?
Jim B on Sep 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is not made in China.
I understand what you're trying to accomplish with the alkalines, but will there be a rechargeable battery pack option in the future? Prefer lithium ion. Thanks - good product!
A shopper on Sep 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Currently, there will not be a rechargeable option. I will let our catalog manager know your request.
Can it also be used without a headset?
A shopper on Aug 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can be used without the headset.
Will Energizer Lithium batteries damage the headset?
A shopper on Oct 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I think the question is if lithium AA primary cells will work. The answer is YES. These are not rechargable, last longer, and will not leak like alkaline cells.
Can you hear yourself in the headset (sidetone) when you are talking through the mike?
Marco C on Dec 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can hear the side tone.
Any plans to make a helicopter version with a single U plug?
A shopper on Sep 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Not currently, I will send this up to our catalog manager.
Does it scan selected memory channels?
A shopper on Sep 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It does scan memory channels. It will scan the complete frequency range or the stored channels.
Is there a dust cover for the PJ jacks?
A shopper on Aug 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it has a dust cover for the PJ jacks.
Is there any plan to have 8.33 spacing built in anytime soon?
Yankee Alpha on Nov 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We do not plan on making 8.33 spacing available.
Who is the manufacturer?
Where manufactured?
What are warranty terms?
Bill M on Dec 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Manufacturer for Sportys - Twain
It has a one year warranty.
If using a headset, and no external PTT, when the transmit button is pressed which mic is active? The one in the radio or the one in the headset?
" " on Sep 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You can use the mic on the headset.
Can you hook this to a com system?
A shopper on Sep 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it would be possible to connect this to your comm system.
Is there any PJ2 handheld with 8,33 khz spacing?
Jacques on Sep 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No. It does not have 8.33 spacing.
is a custom case available for PJ2? Can I purchase an additional AA battery pack?
David B on Sep 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There is not case available but you can purchase an additional battery pack.
What is the Power Output?
Agustin M on Sep 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: 5 Watts.
Can it tune 0.833 mHz bands?
BaldEagle79 on Sep 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, it does not have 8.33 spacing.
Is there a 8.33 version available for europe?
Michelmarc on Sep 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, it does not have 8.33 spacing for use in Europe.
If we want to use rechargeable cells, is there an internal recharging circuit from the USB C DC input? Or do we have to remove the batteries and use an external recharger? I’m not complaining about your decision to use non-rechargeables, just wondering about options. Overall looks like a nice redesign of a n excellent portable radio.
A shopper on Aug 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You would need to remove the rechargeable batteries. We do not recommend using rechargeable batteries. The radio has a power source via a USB connection as well.
Having an issue with the squelch. Turn the squelch and set it. Sporadically it will cut in with static while receiving no signal. You can turn the squelch all the way up and can not get it to quit. It will stay that way without cutting back until the radio is turned off and on and the squelch turned up and down several times over and over until it finally resorts to normal until it does it all over again?
Scott H on Dec 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Take the radio outdoors and away from any LED or fluorescent lighting. Inside the house, there are typically many devices that generate a lot of electrical noise. I have the SP400 radio and the background noise in my home will open the squelch even with it turned up all the way. Outdoors (and in the airplane) that doesn't happen. Sometimes you can turn off lights in that part of your home and make the noise less of a problem
The squelch is causing me a problem. I set it but then it trips and I hear constant static but no incoming signal. Turning the squelch all the way up will not it it to quit. Static noise stays continuous. Turning the radio off and on and the squelch up and down and finally works normal for a few minutes then does it again. Happens in the house and in the plane. Really annoying?
Scott H on Dec 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Went to take the antenna off to send it back and discovered the connector that threads to the end of the antenna was almost apart. I threaded it back on and put the antenna back on and so far it has not done it again. Will try it for awhile but it looks like the connector is not assembled very good.
When will stock be available?
Ross C on Dec 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We expect a shipment today 12.20.19.
I notice a bias in the answers and the function. . . for some of us this radio will be the primary radio for our flight. If we are flying a non-electrical airplane, the storage issues aren't what we are worried about. It's more of the issue of weekly use rather than long term storage. This is what is driving the questions about recharagable batteries, voltages ( and I see that a 3 amp 5 VDC power bank is what Sporty's is selling to use with the radio. . does 3 amp over power the circuits and void the warranty? ).
A shopper on Dec 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The radio has internal circuitry that will keep the voltage at the proper level if use with either a back up battery or a USB Port.
Is it made in Taiwan?
A shopper on Nov 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is made in Taiwan.
Is credit card charged when ordered or when shipped?
A shopper on Nov 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We charge when the item is shipped.
Does it have Bluetooth?
Ellen Y on Oct 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This radio does not have Bluetooth.
What is the range of the PJ2 ?
A shopper on Sep 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: 10-15 nm at 5000 feet.
How about using NiCad batteries with it?
A shopper on Sep 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You can use a backup battery to power the radio. We wanted to keep the design simple.
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