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Old 03-04-2018, 10:54 AM
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hi all,
looking to buy ahandheld as a backup. with 3 other gps on board I really only need the com feature.
sporty's 400 really looks top quality.coming .from someone that has used both is the icom a14 as clear as the 400?
thanks for any first hand info
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Old 03-04-2018, 10:59 AM
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I recently purchased an Icom A25N after much research. The consensus was that the Sporty's unit wasn't as reliable as the others. I haven't used the Sporty's myself, this is just from reviews and forum chatter.

Note that all of these units are basic and far less capable than say an app on your smartphone, however, they do provide aviation specific features in addition to the radio that make them useful.

I'm very happy with the Icom, it's really loud and crystal clear and has already survived some abuse.
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Old 03-04-2018, 11:27 AM
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I'm happy with the used ICOM A6 I picked up here on VAFs. Limited range, but with the accessory jack and PPT you can plug it directly into my headset. Also like the compact size.
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Old 03-04-2018, 03:32 PM
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I have owned and used a Sportys, almost every model of ICOM, and a JRC JHP-520 Nav/com. I have loved them all, no noticeable differences, I tend to like the ICOM for no really valid reason.
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Old 03-04-2018, 10:36 PM
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I had an ICOM handheld...... what a PITA. Having to hold down a button to turn it on and off.

If nothing else, get a unit with an on off switch so you can control it with your master if you have it powered from the panel.

If you an find an old Sporty 200, has a solid battery pack (AA's)... it will last you forever and is simple to operate.

Connected to an outside antenna will greatly increase your range.
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Old 03-04-2018, 10:51 PM
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For backup how about the Sporty's SP-400, it has VOR and Comm. I was able to fly an ILS down to minimums with mine. Sure all the GPS's are good, but what if you loose aircraft electrical and the GPS is down too. You can get to a VOR and fly an ILS with that handheld. Comm works fine too.

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Old 03-05-2018, 07:32 PM
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hi all,
looking to buy ahandheld as a backup. with 3 other gps on board I really only need the com feature.
sporty's 400 really looks top quality.coming .from someone that has used both is the icom a14 as clear as the 400?
thanks for any first hand info
I have two Yaesu brand air band handhelds and both are excellent. I've also have a Yaesu 2m/440 ham band handheld. It's been working great for 20 years.
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Old 03-05-2018, 08:15 PM
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I guess I never owned that model, all of my ICOMs turn a knob to turn on and off, including the three ICOMs I presently own..

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I had an ICOM handheld...... what a PITA. Having to hold down a button to turn it on and off.

If nothing else, get a unit with an on off switch so you can control it with your master if you have it powered from the panel.

If you an find an old Sporty 200, has a solid battery pack (AA's)... it will last you forever and is simple to operate.

Connected to an outside antenna will greatly increase your range.
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Old 03-05-2018, 08:29 PM
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I have a Yaesu handheld com through Aircraft Spruce. The rechargeable battery lasts a long time and I have an AA battery pack as backup power. I use it as backup for my RV6A and dedicated radio in the cub and sprayplane.
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Old 03-06-2018, 04:59 AM
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seems like you can be happy or sad with any of the 3 popular handhelds from what I have read here and elsewhere. I do like the icom a14 with li po batteries. I see them new on ebay for $22.
thanks for all the replys.
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