3.5 / 5.020 ReviewsDurability4.0 / 5Reliability3.5 / 5Performance3.1 / 5Ease Of Use4.0 / 5Value3.3 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (14)No (5)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesMy son ordered this and has been using it, loves it , easy to use.December 15, 2018Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesScanner ok but thought being on an airport would have better reception. AM and FM reception not really very good.December 11, 2018Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGood Value - But needs better antennaThe Sporty's Air Scan does the job as advertised. If you are using inside I strongly recommend using another antenna. I'm four miles from the control tower and unless the scanner is near an outside wall or using an external antenna, I cannot pick up much.
I'm going to try an aftermarket outside external antenna to see if that does any better. It would be ideal if Sporty's offered a complete kit for something like that as I have to piece things together, buy the cable, antenna, connectors, etc. to get the antenna higher up and outside the house. That is not a big deal if you have some knowledge of radio electronics, but is a challenge for those that have to jump into it cold.
Sporty's does have some of this, but I'm concerned about outside exposure for the extension cables offered. The connections will need to be waterproofed, etc. and the cabling needs to be UV stable. I'm not sure that is the case. More details in the advertising would be helpful for the auxiliary items such as these.December 11, 2018Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability3 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use2 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?NoOne big drawbackI generally like this radio. I just wish I could temporarily disable some of the frequencies stored in memory when I put it in scan mode. As it is the frequencies I don't want in the scan have to be permanently deleted then memorized again if I want them in the scan later.
I remember the old scanners from the 1970's that had mechanical buttons to enable/disable them in the scan. Miss that.December 9, 2018Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value1 / 5Would You Recommend?NoPoor Aviation ReceptionAfter checking that KVRB airport is exactly 5 nm from my home, and confirming reception was available on a handheld King 99 in my second floor office I purchased the Scanner.
Aviation transmissions are barely audible, and when they are they are significantly masked by background static hiss. Squelch mutes both background noise and communications and does not provide improvement . This applies to transmissions from the ground and air. Inability to use squelch precludes useful scanning. Scan stops completely at frequencies that may briefly have a transmission, due to the background hiss. If the hiss is silenced, no communications are found during the scan. .
I was able to effect slight improvement varying antenna extension suggesting a mismatch. Varying the scanner location slightly improved reception.
Overall I cannot recommend the unit. I incidentally see little use for the AM and FM bands or Bluetooth connection. .
I will experiment further, but will likely return the unit.December 9, 2018Purchased
2 weeks agoPerformance1 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value3 / 5To work you better use it at the airportI will be calling to return it bought it for the house/family to listen for traffic I live 5 miles from airport received no communication at all.December 8, 2018Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability4 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance2 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value2 / 5Would You Recommend?YesNeeds some workMy wife bought this for me in May 2018. We live on the airstrip. its at the end of my back yard! I sat up the radio and everything works ok but using the antenna provided I can't get the radio calls on the box. I'm going to hook it up to an outside source and see how it works. I'm thinking its the antenna provided since my handheld sitting next to the unit will pickup the transmissions. ( https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/yaesu-fta-550aa-airband-transceiver.html )November 28, 2018Durability4 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGood radio - Needed to add a boosterI am 5 miles from the airport and have connected the scanner to an outside antenna. Overall descent reception but I did need to add a third party signal amplifier to be able to pull in frequencies clearly. Now that I have it set up the way I want, it does provide what I was looking for. With the antenna that comes with the unit, it could not receive any communication from the airport. Having an outdoor antenna is best.November 14, 2018Purchased
1 month agoPerformance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGood buyEven though the final invoice in Canadian Dollars came close to 300$ including freight, exchange and taxes, this scanner worth every dollars paid for.
Cannot quote durability and reliability, just received it….September 3, 2018Purchased
3 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value1 / 5Would You Recommend?NoNeeds improvementThe receiver has poor sensitivity. The only way I could get some activity was to use a external antenna. I had one frequency that it locked onto and required me to set the squelch to high for other calls. A way to lock out stations would be a plus for the scanner. I also had a small HT receiver along side it with a rubber ducky antenna and it was hearing all kinds of stations. The conclusion is yours. A big plus thro, is I got a refund in flash. Great service.August 15, 2018Purchased
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