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Post by big chief 48 » Sun Dec 16, 2007 21:35

Hi guys!! After 20+ years of flying I finally am looking at getting a handheld radio. I kind of do not have the money for a new one right now, but wonder if anyone has a good used one for sale. I do not need the VOR stuff, but just a plain jane will be fine. I missed a icom A-6 on ebay, boy was I mad, lost it by 4 bucks :evil: Can spend up to 200.00
thanks, John

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Post by joea » Sun Dec 16, 2007 22:29

John,

I hate to be an old fart but I am still using a King KX-99 that I found on Ebay. Then was chatting with someone on this forum and they had a used one that I purchased as a backup. Both cost me in the area of $125-$150 and work like a charm.

I as well still have an old Terra-720 handheld but they are getting hard to find parts or service for, and are heavy as a brick.

If I were looking for a radio would probably keep an eye on Ebay or Barnstormers for a KX-99.

Just looked on Ebay and there are several there. Items 270197068171, & 200159591361

There is one on Barnstormers as well at: http://www.barnstormers.com/cat.php?mod ... d08174b740

There are newer and probably more advanced units out there. The KX-99 is such an icon and works so well that it fits more with my old airplane and what I do with it that I do not see any need to upgrade or look elsewhere. As long as I can get batteries and keep it working am very happy with it.

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Post by Roger Anderson » Sun Dec 16, 2007 22:30

I have an Icom IC A20 and an A21 (not for sale though). They both have worked well for me when hooked to an external antenna on my Chief. If you are looking for older like that, I see them on Ebay occasionally in the $100 or so range.

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Post by MikeB » Mon Dec 17, 2007 17:49

John,
There is a Terra 720 on EBAY right now (item # 130183733284) . Like joe said.....they're a little heavy and large, but if the price is right :lol: . I think they're showing around $31.00 right now with four days to go. One of the guys on our airport bought a Terra 720 off EBAY and it works fine. If you want to spend a little more, the Sporty's is a good handheld. I have a JRC about 5 years old and it works pretty well. I think WAG sells them now under a different name.

Mostly I've found the VOR is too much to mess around with when you're trying to fly and keep your head and eyes outside the cockpit.

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Post by Nathan K. Hammond » Mon Dec 17, 2007 23:08

I was gonna say the Sportys SP-200. It use to be $200, but I see in the catalog, it's advertised New Low Price $279. :x

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Post by DELCOM » Tue Dec 18, 2007 01:01

Dont forget the antenna that you will use if different that the rubber duck. It seems like it is quite often overlooked that a well matched antenna system with properly shielded wires and connectors is simply a must if we are to expect great performance. Stay away from the RG/58 coax and low end connectors. RG/142 would be a good choice. My point being that dont get a first radio and not put a good antenna on it. Happy hunting

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Post by big chief 48 » Tue Dec 18, 2007 20:47

Thanks for the ideas guys! Talk about weird, I had been given a kx-99 5 or so years back. It does not transmit but receives well. As I was posting the original message I actually got sick of looking at it and threw it away!! maybe I should retrieve it. Is there anyone you can send it to to have a lookover, and if it is a cheap fix, go for it and if not just let them have it????

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Post by DELCOM » Wed Dec 19, 2007 00:39

I would love to take a look at it. You pay freight both ways. i have a alot of interest in this area and currently do public saftey radio communications in one of the countys in cailf. Feel free to contact me. I like your attitude........lets take a look cheap and see if the problem is obivous.. Worth a shot
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Post by joea » Wed Dec 19, 2007 03:34

Let Del look at it and if its not fixable then at least keep it around or make it available for parts for the rest of the pilots using one.

Hope it can be fixed.

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Post by big chief 48 » Wed Dec 19, 2007 18:08

hey, great DELCOM How do I get an address to send it to? We can give it a whirl and if it is something too much, you can just keep it for parts. I think it is just the switch that is pushed in when you key up the mike. Just my uneducated guess. My e-mail is swatts907 AT yahoo.com (replace the AT with the @ sign) if you want to keep it a little more secure

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Post by DELCOM » Wed Dec 19, 2007 18:34

I have recieved several inquires about aircraft radio repairs. I have experience repairing them but want to make it very clear that my intention is to help out the folks on this board and do not want to make money at this.
I have pulled a tremendous amount of information from this board in the restoration of my first airplane and thought that this would be a good way to give something back.
Please contact me before sending me your radio.
Big Chie 48 you can send it now if you would like. I will let you know when I get it.

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Post by Bwing96 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 18:23

I have a Sporty's SP-200 for $200 if anyone is interested. Works great, still under warranty. SOLD IT

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Post by jc pacquin » Wed Oct 22, 2008 07:25

so if you gotta have one, which one is good one to buy currently....new. usually I get screwed if I buy something like this used. Sportys OK? Very confusing to me but I'm sure simple for some incl. del who says the antenna connection is ALSO important. (Its endless!) jp

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Post by joea » Wed Oct 22, 2008 09:02

Jim,

I still have an old Terra 720 that works fine, but as well the KX99 is still hanging on.

That said, the Sporty's and Icom radios seem to have a good following. Check around and see who has a good deal on them and also not to forget that Christmas is around the corner and someone might have sales on them in the next month to six weeks.

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Post by Mnflyer » Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:00

Hi Jim, I've used the Icom's for years and really like them have a couple of older A20's, last winter I purchased a new Icom A6 (its just a com radio the A24 has Nav also) and really like it one thing that I like is the side tone to hear yourself trans. Has large LCD for older weaker eyes :D not that most of the rest need that :lol: . I also purchased a battery eliminator so its powered off the Champs electrical system works great.
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