PJ2 Handheld COM Radio

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$199.00

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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Reviews
4.2 / 5.0
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4.5 / 5
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4.7 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes (26)
No (3)
Reliability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
PJ2 Handheld COM Radio
Easy to use. Antenna works very well, much better range than I expected. Used flight following from 17,500 feet.
January 20, 2020
Purchased
2 weeks ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Definitely 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.
About the same size as a typical police radio or "bricks" we called them when I was in the USAF.
January 15, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
EASTLAND AERO TEXAS
OVERALL 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, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Difficulty with battery case
Had 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, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Decent Handheld
The 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, 2020
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Well built
This radio is the perfect backup radio and at a reasonable price.
December 31, 2019
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
Great Choise in a Spare Radio
I 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, 2019
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
Good Radio
Good backup
December 28, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Radio doesn’t work on batteries
Radio 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, 2019
Response from Sporty's Pilot Shop
Make 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, 2020
John Zimmerman
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Very easy to operate has good range on the surface and is compact and easy to cary
December 26, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
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.
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 it also be used without a headset?
A shopper on Aug 29, 2019
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Does it have Bluetooth?
Ellen Y on Oct 16, 2019
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?
" " 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
B E on Dec 23, 2019
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.
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: Must have a faulty one, I have no trouble with mine! It seems to work great all the time
I 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?
Scott H on Dec 23, 2019
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?
Sam Strohl on Dec 8, 2019
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?
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.
When will stock be available?
Ross C on Dec 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We expect a shipment today 12.20.19.
Does PJ2 Audio only output to one side of your headset?
A shopper on Dec 18, 2019
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? ).
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 water proof?
A shopper on Dec 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, it is not.
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