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post #1 of 3 Old Oct 27th, 2009, 6:06 am Thread Starter
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Question about Aviation Portable Radio

My son is in his 2nd year at MTSU in Murfreesoro TN. He is studying to be a professional pilot in their aerospace program. He has completed his instrument rating and is working on his commercial and multi now. I want to get him a back-up radio. I found an IC-A24 NAV/COM from Pacific Coast Avionics for less than $300. Am I on the right trail? Suggestions? Recommendations?
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post #2 of 3 Old Oct 27th, 2009, 8:27 am
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http://www.mypilotstore.com/MyPilotS...p/2893#Reviews

Seems like it is acceptable for the price - and for a back up. I sure wouldn't trust it for my main. He'll never use 95% of the bells and whistles. I've got some ICOM business channel radios which have been surprisingly good for the money.

I'm also using some ancient US built Communications Specialists TR720 aviation transceivers - paid $600.00 EACH back in the early 80's. They have not been manufactured for years - BUT they still work great. I recently had the ni cad battery packs rebuilt for the fourth time.

One thing to consider if using it for a backup, you want to run Duracells instead of ni cad and change them yearly even if it was never used - so that would be an important optional feature for $22.00. The leather case at $45.00 is a bit pricey, but would be a big help protecting it if dropped. These days if it goes inop it's usually cheaper to buy a new one then have it repaired.


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Thanks for the input Ron. I ordered the IC-A24 Nav/Com and an "AA" battery pack for back-up.

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