PJ2 Handheld COM Radio

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$199.00
$199.00

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We will ship this product to you on Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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

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.

Eric Carnahan

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You keep changing the shipment date. Then finally tell us that you are waiting for FCC approval. Why would you sell a radio that hadnt been approved by the FCC?
VICTOR I on Oct 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We are just awaiting the final approval from the FCC. All of the paperwork has been completed.
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.
I am concerned these are not shipping. I have ordered but it never gets shipped. Whats up?
Paul J on Oct 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We are awaiting FCC approval. We expect to ship the end of October.
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: 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. They may not Damage the radio but as the operator per FAR's it is your responsibility to verify proper operation before each flight .
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.
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.
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.
So now its January 7th, but the ad says shipping on NOV 14th. Why Sporty's list the item before it could be sold? I might wait till 1/7 but if you move the shipping date again, I think I'll cancel...
A shopper on Oct 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The current shipping date is January 7th. It is possible that we will ship before that date. If you would decide to cancel the order please let us know.
Where are we at with FCC Approval?
Ross C on Oct 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We have the draft approval. We are waiting for the testing facility to upload the paperwork to the FCC.
Does it have Bluetooth?
Ellen Y on Oct 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This radio does not have Bluetooth.
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.
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 and present channels.
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.
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?
A shopper on Sep 30, 2019
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.
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.
Is credit card charged when ordered or when shipped?
A shopper on Nov 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We charge when the item is shipped.
Has the radio been approved by the FCC yet? And if so is there anything else waiting to get approved or is it just a matter or getting the radios ready to ship now?
A shopper on Nov 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Radios are approved by the FCC and are ready to ship. We are waiting on the FAA to approve the radio for use. We expect to ship Jan 7th, 2020.
Where does a PTT button connect to this? Or will a PTT inline button activate the transmit button?
Brendan W on Oct 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The radio has a PTT but you can also use an inline PTT.
I purchased the PJ2 on backorder to ship on the 1st. Is this date still accurate? Thanks.
A shopper on Oct 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We had to move the shipping date to Mid-October.
When will Stock be available?
A shopper on Oct 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We expect to ship mid-October.
How can I order an extra battery box at the time that I order the radio?
Ray D on Sep 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We currently do not have the Battery box available. We will have them available shortly after we begin shipping the radio.
Can the USB Plug be connected to the 12 volts source in the airplane.?
Ray D on Sep 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The USB plug must be attached to a USB Port. The port can be 12 volts.
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.
Could this be used to also pick up or talk to radio scanners that truckers use?
A shopper on Sep 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No this is only for the airband frequencies.
What's the bottom 2/3 of the screen for?
ROARK S on Sep 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The display is also used when storing or recalling frequencies.
Will it work by satellite or out of cell tower like out to sea crossing over to Bahamas range?
A shopper on Sep 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The radio is VHF and has a range of approximately 10-15 miles depending on your altitude. You would be out of range flying to the Bahamas.
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