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I’m looking at adding a Nav/Com transceiver to my flight bag in the event of radio/elec. failure and am looking at the ICOM IC-A22 and A23, as well as Sporty’s SP-200. There is a special on the A-22 for $375 with a NiMH rechargable and alkaline battery packs, headset adapter, etc. that looks pretty good.
Any recommendations for those of you who have used either of the above? Thanks. Tom.
I’m a very happy YAESU user. No matter which radio you get, it’s important to have a connection to an external antenna. Get the device that Steve Shirley mentioned in this thread - that will switch an external antenna from the Garmin 430 to your handheld when you connect it. I have such a gizmo (mine was made by King, but I believe it’s been discontinued). I had the jack mounted on the panel above my right knee - see attachment.
You’ve chosen a good time to raise the question, though. It’s AVweb’s “Question of the Week” this week, with over 100 responses and plenty of comments already. You can view it here.