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Becker Avionics, Inc. is known for their high quality aviation products and is located in Rheinmünster, Germany.  Their small aircraft radios and transponders have been extremely popular in sailplanes and other aircraft around the world. 

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Becker AR6201-25kHz Glider Radio System - Single Seat
Becker-AR6201-25kHz
Panel Mount
Aviation Radio
Becker-1K042
Wiring
Harness
Becker-1PL042
Speaker
and
Junction Box
Becker-1PM004
Gooseneck
Microphone
Dittel-F10050
Push-to-talk
Button
with cable
  • Becker-AR6201-25kHz - Compact VHF/AM Panel Mount Transceiver, $1650
  • Becker-1K042 - Wiring harness for connecting radio to speaker junction box (highly recommended), $245
  • Becker-1PL042 - Speaker and wiring junction box, $240
  • Becker-1PM004 - Becker gooseneck microphone, $365 (lower cost options are shown here: Microphones)
  • Dittel-F10050 - Push-to-talk button with wires, $45
  • Antenna - Usually built into the glider.  If not, there are some nice options here: Antennas.
  • Antenna Cable - Usually built into the glider. Several cable options are available here: Goddard. This cost in not included in the total below.
  • Total: $2545 (with Becker gooseneck microphone) ($2345 with Peiker gooseneck micrphone)

Becker AR6201-8p33kHz Glider Radio System - Single Seat
Becker-AR6201-8p33kHz
Panel Mount
Aviation Radio
Becker-1K042
Wiring
Harness
Becker-1PL042
Speaker
and
Junction Box
Becker-1PM004
Gooseneck
Microphone
Dittel-F10050
Push-to-talk
Button
with cable
  • Becker-AR6201-8p33kHz - Compact VHF/AM Panel Mount Transceiver, $1850
  • Becker-1K042 - Wiring harness for connecting radio to speaker junction box (highly recommended), $245
  • Becker-1PL042 - Speaker and wiring junction box, $240
  • Becker-1PM004 - Becker gooseneck microphone, $365 (lower cost options are shown here: Microphones)
  • Dittel-F10050 - Push-to-talk button with wires, $45
  • Antenna - Usually built into the glider.  If not, there are some nice options here: Antennas.
  • Antenna Cable - Usually built into the glider. Several cable options are available here: Goddard. This cost in not included in the total below.
  • Total: $2745 (with Becker gooseneck microphone) ($2545 with Peiker gooseneck micrphone)

Manual for Becker AR 3201 Radio
This is not a current product.  Manuals for current products are available in the price list below.
AR-3201-I+O.pdf


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Becker-AR6201-25kHz

Becker AR6201-25kHz Compact VHF/AM Transceiver (Panel mounted aviation radio)
This version of the AR6201 offers 25 kHz frequency spacing only. The original version of the AR6201 (below) offers both 8.33 kHz and 25 kHz spacing (user selectable). 25 kHz spacing is the standard in the USA at this time. The 8.33 kHz spacing is required in Europe and offers 3 times as many frequencies. The FAA has not announced any plans to go to the 8.33 kHz spacing. At this time the 8.33 kHz spacing is not recommended or allowed in the USA. At some time in the future the FAA will probably adopt and require the 8.33 kHz spacing.

Note: Below is the slightly higher cost version of this radio which is identical to this radio - except that it can be configured for either 8.33 or 25 kHz spacing.

This radio is extremely popular for use in sailplanes.  The small size, low current drain, excellent quality, low voltage operation, and large, clear graphical display make it ideal.  You can find lower cost, lower quality radios, but you will probably end up paying more for them in the long run with repairs and down-time.  Wouldn't you rather have a radio that just always works!  This radio is worth the investment.

The hottest feature of this radio is its "Scan Mode".  In scan mode (also called dual watch function) the device can monitor two frequencies (active and preset) at the same time.  An arrow points to the frequency (active or preset) from which the audio is derived.  The active frequency has priority.  If a signal is received on both frequencies at the same time, you will hear the transmission being received on the active frequency - and the preset frequency is inverted and blinking - to indicate that you are missing the transmission on the preset frequency.

The AR 4201 VHF-AM transceiver has, for decades, been the very synonym for reliability.  More than 18,0000 units have been sold over the last 20 years.  The unit has proven to be a trustworthy companion for thousands of pilots flying millions of flight-hours.  For many it will be difficult to acknowledge that this legendary radio is becoming technical history.

But there is good news.  Becker Avionics International has launched a successor that represents a quantum leap forward in performance, technical sophistication and robustness.

The Becker-AR6201 VHF-AM transceiver is smaller and lighter than its forerunner due to the implementation of state-of-the-art DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology.  It is mountable in a 2 1/4 inch (57 mm) standard instrument panel hole and is equipped with a highly efficient AM-transmitter, a very sensitive receiver and a full graphic LCD display that allows for easy reading under all light conditions, including full sun.  Push button and display illumination can be dimmed.  The AR 6201 is, of course, prepared for 8.33 kHz spacing that will become the new international standard for airborne communication.  Switching between the 8.33 and the 25 K mode is therefore made effortlessly simple.  Standard or dynamic microphones can be used.  A built-in test facility increases flight safety.  The dual monitor mode that allows scanning of two different channels is an extra feature.

The AR 6201 will continue the Becker airborne radio success story far into the 21st century.  It has been certified in accordance to ETSO-2C38e; TSO-C189a.

The wiring connections on the AR 6201 are identical to the connections on the AR 4201 - so AR 6201 units can directly replace AR 4201 units without any rewiring.  Also, the existing wiring harness and other accessories will work great with the AR 6201.

Features
Frequency Range: 118.000 MHz to 136.990 MHz
Channel Spacing: 25 kHz
Channel Selection: 25 kHz
RF-Output Power: > 6 Watts
Receiver Sensitivity: > 12dB sinad for 1 uV
Input Voltage Range: 9 to 36 VDC
Operating Temperature Range: -20° C (-4° F) to +55° C (131° F), for a short time up to + 70° C (158° F)
Current consumption: Transmit: 1.2 A @ 12 VDC
Receive/Standby: 85 mA @ 12 VDC

AR6201 Brochure
AR6201 Manual

$1650 In Stock
Becker-AR6201-8p33kHz

Becker AR6201-8p33kHz Compact VHF/AM Transceiver (Panel mounted aviation radio)
This version of the AR6201 can be setup for either 25 kHz or 8.33 kHz spacing. 25 kHz spacing is the standard in the USA at this time. The 8.33 kHz spacing is required in Europe and offers 3 times as many frequencies. The FAA has not announced any plans to go to the 8.33 kHz spacing. At this time the 8.33 kHz spacing is not recommended or allowed in the USA. At some time in the future the FAA will probably adopt and require the 8.33 kHz spacing - making this radio "future proof" (to a certain extent).

Note: Above is the slightly lower cost version of this radio which is identical to this radio - except that it offers the 25 kHz spacing only.

This radio is extremely popular for use in sailplanes.  The small size, low current drain, excellent quality, low voltage operation, and large, clear graphical display make it ideal.  You can find lower cost, lower quality radios, but you will probably end up paying more for them in the long run with repairs and down-time.  Wouldn't you rather have a radio that just always works!  This radio is worth the investment.

The hottest feature of this radio is its "Scan Mode".  In scan mode (also called dual watch function) the device can monitor two frequencies (active and preset) at the same time.  An arrow points to the frequency (active or preset) from which the audio is derived.  The active frequency has priority.  If a signal is received on both frequencies at the same time, you will hear the transmission being received on the active frequency - and the preset frequency is inverted and blinking - to indicate that you are missing the transmission on the preset frequency.

The AR 4201 VHF-AM transceiver has, for decades, been the very synonym for reliability.  More than 18,0000 units have been sold over the last 20 years.  The unit has proven to be a trustworthy companion for thousands of pilots flying millions of flight-hours.  For many it will be difficult to acknowledge that this legendary radio is becoming technical history.

But there is good news.  Becker Avionics International has launched a successor that represents a quantum leap forward in performance, technical sophistication and robustness.

The Becker-AR6201 VHF-AM transceiver is smaller and lighter than its forerunner due to the implementation of state-of-the-art DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology.  It is mountable in a 2 1/4 inch (57 mm) standard instrument panel hole and is equipped with a highly efficient AM-transmitter, a very sensitive receiver and a full graphic LCD display that allows for easy reading under all light conditions, including full sun.  Push button and display illumination can be dimmed.  The AR 6201 is, of course, prepared for 8.33 kHz spacing that will become the new international standard for airborne communication.  Switching between the 8.33 and the 25 K mode is therefore made effortlessly simple.  Standard or dynamic microphones can be used.  A built-in test facility increases flight safety.  The dual monitor mode that allows scanning of two different channels is an extra feature.

The AR 6201 will continue the Becker airborne radio success story far into the 21st century.  It has been certified in accordance to ETSO-2C38e; TSO-C189a.

The wiring connections on the AR 6201 are identical to the connections on the AR 4201 - so AR 6201 units can directly replace AR 4201 units without any rewiring.  Also, the existing wiring harness and other accessories will work great with the AR 6201.

Features
Frequency Range: 118.000 MHz to 136.990 MHz
Channel Spacing: 8.33 or 25 kHz
Channel Selection: 8.33 or 25 kHz (selectable)
RF-Output Power: > 6 Watts
Receiver Sensitivity: > 12dB sinad for 1 uV
Input Voltage Range: 9 to 36 VDC
Operating Temperature Range: -20° C (-4° F) to +55° C (131° F), for a short time up to + 70° C (158° F)
Current consumption: Transmit: 1.2 A @ 12 VDC
Receive/Standby: 85 mA @ 12 VDC

AR6201 Brochure
AR6201 Manual

$1850 In Stock
Becker-1A005 VHF Antenna for Installation in Fiberglass Aircraft
118 to 136 MHz
This antenna was developed especially for fiberglass aircraft.  Most new carbon fiber sailplanes use fiberglass in the vertical fin so that antennas may be mounted inside.  This is necessary because radio waves do not pass through carbon fiber well.  This antenna is generally attached to the inside of the fin using fiberglass and epoxy resin.  For optimal reception it should be mounted vertically.  It is flexible to allow it to conform to complex surfaces, but should be mounted so that it is as straight as possible.

Assembly Instructions for Glider Antenna-English.pdf
Assembly Instructions for Glider Antenna-German.pdf

  $195 In Stock
Becker-1K042 Wiring Harness for AR 4201 or AR 6201 Aircraft Radio
This wiring harness is highly recommended.  It makes it very easy to install the radio and connect it to the Becker-1PL042 Speaker and Wiring Junction Box.  All connections are labeled and color coded.  This not only makes installation fast and error-free, but also makes long term maintenance much easier. 
Length: 12 feet (3.66 m)
$245 In Stock
Becker-1K043 Temperature Probe for AR 4201 Aircraft Radio
This optional item makes it possible to display outside air temperature on the bottom line of the AR 4201 LCD display in "mode 3".  Temperature can be displayed in °C or °F.  The selection between °C or °F is made in the service mode.
$135 In Stock
Becker-1PL042 Speaker and Wiring Junction Box
4 Ohm speaker, 6 Watt
This item is also highly recommended. It makes it extremely easy to install the AR4201 when used with the Becker-1K042 wiring harness.  This not only makes installation fast and error-free, but also makes long term maintenance much easier. 
No DIN connectors are included, but the Becker-1PM004 microphone does come with a pre-wired DIN connector that plugs directly into this junction box.  This box makes it very easy to connect a wiring harness, microphone and push-to-talk button to the radio. This unit looks very, very similar to the Filser BS4-8 speaker box but has slightly different connectors and connection labels.  The 2 DIN connectors are used to connect 1 or 2 boom microphones or aviation headsets.  Screw terminals are provided for connecting 1 or 2 push-to-talk buttons.

This unit is functionally identical to the Filser BS4-8 Speaker and Wiring Junction Box.  However the connections are labeled differently.  If you buy the highly recommended Becker-1K042 wiring harness it will be worth the extra price to buy this Becker box because installation and long term maintenance will be much easier because the wires and connectors will be labeled the same.

Dimensions
Length: 142 mm (5.59 in)
Width: 93 mm (3.66 in)
Height: 43 mm (1.69 in)

Note: This speaker has a very powerful magnet inside.  Do not mount it anywhere near a compass.  After you install it you should re-swing your compass.  The same is true for all speakers.

Connection Diagram

$240 In Stock
Becker-1PM004

Gooseneck Microphone
Dynamic Microphone for use with AR 4201.  This is an extremely nice microphone.  It has a longer and larger diameter gooseneck flex arm than competitive products.  Also, the mounting base is very ruggedly designed.  It includes a pre-wired 5-pin DIN connector for connecting directly to the Becker Becker-1PL042 or Filser BS4-8 Speaker and Junction Box.  It is quite expensive but worth the money. 

Note: For half the price you can get a very nice Peiker microphone that works great with Becker radios.

Dimensions
Length of Gooseneck flex arm: 400 mm (15.75 in)
Overall Length: 535 mm (21.06 in)
Diameter of gooseneck: 18 mm (0.71 in)
Length of microphone head: 83 mm (3.27 in)
Diameter of microphone head: 23.5 mm (0.93 in)
Cable Length: 2.97 m (117 in)

$365 In Stock
Becker-1US070 PTT Switch with Cable
Push-to-talk switch for mounting on the control stick.
(lower cost options are available here: EAO & Dittel)
$89 In Stock
DIN-5m-180 DIN Connector, 5-pin, male
For use with Filser BS4-8 Speaker and Wiring Junction Box or Becker Becker-1PL042 Speaker and Wiring Junction Box.  The Becker microphone comes with a pre-wired connector.  The Filser microphone does not include a connector.  The 5 pins have a 180 degree sweep.
$15 In Stock

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