4.2 / 5.034 ReviewsDurability4.5 / 5Reliability4.2 / 5Performance4.5 / 5Ease Of Use4.8 / 5Value4.7 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (26)No (3)Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesPJ2 Handheld COM RadioEasy to use. Antenna works very well, much better range than I expected. Used flight following from 17,500 feet.January 20, 2020Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesDefinitely worth "squawking" about.Great unit to have, basically have all what you need for a backup unit sans the GS capability. The direct plugin for your headset is a small but worthy detail as it saves time for when you need it most. I also use it just to listen to my local air traffic and is great for developing your radio ear. It's also a great tool to suck people into the aviation conversation when they hear the comm chatter lol Overall a great unit and would recommend by all means for anyone wanting a radio system for under $200. Read the manual and it's pretty intuitive from then on.About the same size as a typical police radio or "bricks" we called them when I was in the USAF.January 15, 2020Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesEASTLAND AERO TEXASOVERALL GOOD UNIT THE HEADSET JACK INPUT BIG IMPROVEMENT . OUR MAIN USE IS FBO RAMP AIRCRAFT AND HELICOPTER TO GROUND COMUNICATIONS ONE ISSUE IS THE SPEAKER IS COULD USE IMPROVMENT .January 8, 2020Purchased
1 month agoDurability3 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesDifficulty with battery caseHad to fiddle with the battery case by bending the contacts to get it too work. Attachment of battery case to body of radio also was a little difficult. After I got it to turn on, it worked very well as a radio. Good range and sound quality.January 5, 2020Purchased
1 month agoDurability3 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesDecent HandheldThe only weak area on this handheld is the battery box. There are two small tabs at the base of the box, which are pushed out by a small spring. These tiny plastic tabs lock the box to the radio and do not look to be very sturdy. As Sporty’s recommends that batteries not kept in the battery box during long storage between flights because of leakage, the box consequently will be removed and reinstalled a lot. All it takes is one of these tabs to break for you to be in a bad spot with a radio not working.January 1, 2020Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesWell builtThis radio is the perfect backup radio and at a reasonable price.December 31, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat Choise in a Spare RadioI was impressed by the fact that it was less expensive than many other radios, and had the one feature that most other ones don't, which is that you can plug your headset into it, and use it like a regular radio in the noise of the cockpit!
Some other radios have more features, but the one feature that would be the whole reason for buying this radio would be for the radio part!!
It does not have a VOR receiver, but then again, that is old technology, and would not be my primary concern close to the airport I want to land at, etc.December 30, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesDecember 28, 2019Purchased
1 month agoRadio doesn’t work on batteriesRadio doesn’t turn on with batteries, and yes, I double and triple checked the battery orientation. Then I looked for a troubleshoot guide or 1-800 number to call for help and I can’t find anything. I’ll take down this review if I can get this resolved, because I’m sure this is a decent radio. Help?December 27, 2019Response from Sporty's Pilot ShopMake sure the two metal contacts in the battery pack are not bent. Sometimes those can get slightly bent while inserting batteries and this breaks the connection between the battery pack and the radio.January 16, 2020John ZimmermanDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesVery easy to operate has good range on the surface and is compact and easy to caryDecember 26, 2019Purchased
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- Question and Answer
Browse 78 questions Browse 78 questions and 82 answersWill a standard external PTT switch work with a headset plugged in?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will.Does it come with 8,33kHz spacing for operation in Europe?BEST ANSWER: It does not have 8.33 spacing.how about 8.33?BEST ANSWER: It is not 8.33 capable. I will pass that along to our catalog manager.Is this made in China?BEST ANSWER: It is not made in China.Will Energizer Lithium batteries damage the headset?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 it also be used without a headset?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can be used without the headset.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!BEST ANSWER: Currently, there will not be a rechargeable option. I will let our catalog manager know your request.Any plans to make a helicopter version with a single U plug?BEST ANSWER: Not currently, I will send this up to our catalog manager.Is there a dust cover for the PJ jacks?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it has a dust cover for the PJ jacks.Does it scan selected memory channels?BEST ANSWER: It does scan memory channels. It will scan the complete frequency range or the stored channels.Can you hear yourself in the headset (sidetone) when you are talking through the mike?BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can hear the side tone.Is there any plan to have 8.33 spacing built in anytime soon?BEST ANSWER: We do not plan on making 8.33 spacing available.Does it have Bluetooth?BEST ANSWER: This radio does not have Bluetooth.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?BEST ANSWER: You can use the mic on the headset.Can you hook this to a com system?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it would be possible to connect this to your comm system.Is there any PJ2 handheld with 8,33 khz spacing?BEST ANSWER: No. It does not have 8.33 spacing.Can it tune 0.833 mHz bands?BEST ANSWER: No, it does not have 8.33 spacing.Is there a 8.33 version available for europe?BEST ANSWER: No, it does not have 8.33 spacing for use in Europe.How about using NiCad batteries with it?BEST ANSWER: You can use a backup battery to power the radio. We wanted to keep the design simple.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.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.I had same issue as the guy below with PJ2 not working off battery pack. Then I realized I had left off one small panel on battery pack when I went to install the (6) AA batteries. Once I saw that panel and installed it, everything worked fine. It was very easy to set that small panel aside and forget about it till I retraced my steps. I had already called Sporty's about the issue, so I called back and cancelled the replacement battery pack that they were sending out. Adding question mark to make system happy?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?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.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?BEST ANSWER: Must have a faulty one, I have no trouble with mine! It seems to work great all the timeI am trying to use the PJ2 hooked up to a sigtronics intercom and David Clark H10 13.4 headsets. I am having an issue with a loud squeal feeding back and transmitting out. I can change the squeal by moving the headset around in different areas?BEST ANSWER: Was feedback. Simply unplugging the headset and rerouting the cables and replugging it back in seems to have made it go away.I just received my PJ2. I'd like to provide dedicated external power through USB C. What is the maximum input voltage allowed?BEST ANSWER: The radio at the USB port requires 5VDC and 2.4 amps.Love the simple design and built in jacks, but, not being rechargeable and not being able to power from 12v makes this unit useless to me, is there plans to make a different model with these options?BEST ANSWER: The unit can be powered from a USB port. Our 12 volt USB charger item 8022A will provide power to the unit via the included USB cable.When will stock be available?BEST ANSWER: We expect a shipment today 12.20.19.Does PJ2 Audio only output to one side of your headset?BEST ANSWER: No you should be able to here in on both sides. This may depend on if the headset is stereo or mono.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? ).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 water proof?BEST ANSWER: No, it is not.
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