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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 Glider

or

Becker-AR6201-25kHz
Panel Mount
Aviation Radio
with 25 kHz channel
spacing

Becker-1K042
Wiring Harness
or
Goddard
Cable-Becker-AR6201-SpBox-3

Becker-1PL042
Speaker
and
Junction Box

Becker-1PM004
Gooseneck Microphone
or
Peiker TM170-23in
and
DIN-5m-180

Dittel-F10050
Push-to-talk
Button
with cable
  • Becker-AR6201-25kHz - Compact VHF/AM Panel Mount Transceiver, $1695
  • Becker-1K042 - Wiring harness for connecting radio to speaker junction box (highly recommended), $310 (I think Becker's price is outrageous. I highly recommend the $195 Goddard version Cable-Becker-AR6201-SpBox-3.)
  • Becker-1PL042 - Speaker and wiring junction box, $280
  • Becker-1PM004 - Becker gooseneck microphone, $495 (I think this price is outrageous. I highly recommend the Peiker TM170-23in ($160) and DIN-5m-180 ($15) instead.)
  • Dittel-F10050 - Push-to-talk button with wires, $49
  • 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: $2829 with Becker gooseneck microphone and Becker wiring harness
    or
  • Total: $2394 with Peiker TM170-23in gooseneck microphone and DIN-5m-180 connector (for connection to Becker speaker box) and Goddard Cable-Becker-AR6201-SpBox-3 wiring harness

Becker AR6201-8p33kHz Glider Radio System - Single Seat Glider
or

Becker-AR6201-8p33kHz
Panel Mount
Aviation Radio
with 8.33 kHz channel
spacing

Becker-1K042
Wiring Harness
or
Goddard
Cable-Becker-AR6201-SpBox-3
Becker-1PL042
Speaker
and
Junction Box
Becker-1PM004
Gooseneck Microphone
or
Peiker TM170-23in
and
DIN-5m-180
Dittel-F10050
Push-to-talk
Button
with cable
  • Becker-AR6201-8p33kHz - Compact VHF/AM Panel Mount Transceiver, $1995
  • Becker-1K042 - Wiring harness for connecting radio to speaker junction box (highly recommended), $310 (I think Becker's price is outrageous. I highly recommend the $195 Goddard version Cable-Becker-AR6201-SpBox-3.)
  • Becker-1PL042 - Speaker and wiring junction box, $280
  • Becker-1PM004 - Becker gooseneck microphone, $495 (I think the Becker price is outrageous. I highly recommend the Peiker TM170-23in ($160) and DIN-5m-180 ($15) instead.)
  • Dittel-F10050 - Push-to-talk button with wires, $49
  • 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: $3129 with Becker gooseneck microphone and Becker wiring harness
    or
  • Total: $2694 with Peiker TM-170 gooseneck microphone and DIN-5m-180 connector (for connection to Becker speaker box) and Goddard Cable-Becker-AR6201-SpBox-3 wiring harness

Becker AR6201-25kHz Glider Radio System - 2-Seat Glider
 

or

Becker-AR6201-25kHz
Panel Mount
Aviation Radio
with 25 kHz channel
spacing

Goddard
Cable-Becker-RCU6201-3
Cable from "J1" connector
on radio unit to "P1"
connector on RCU6201
remote control unit

Becker-RCU6201
radio remote control unit

Becker-1K042
Wiring Harness
or
Goddard
Cable-Becker-AR6201-SpBox-3

Becker-1PL042
Speaker
and
Junction Box

2 x Becker-1PM004
Gooseneck Microphone
or
2 x Peiker TM170-23in
and
2 x DIN-5m-180

2 x Dittel-F10050
Push-to-talk
Button
with cable

  • Becker-AR6201-25kHz - Compact VHF/AM Panel Mount Transceiver, $1695
  • Goddard Cable-Becker-RCU6201-3 - Cable from "J1" connector on AR6201 or RT6201 radio unit to "P1" connector on RCU6201 remote control unit, $105
  • Becker-RCU6201 - Radio remote control unit, $725
  • Becker-1K042 - Wiring harness for connecting radio to speaker junction box (highly recommended), $310 (I think Becker's price is outrageous. I highly recommend the $195 Goddard version Cable-Becker-AR6201-SpBox-3.)
  • Becker-1PL042 - Speaker and wiring junction box, $280
  • 2 x Becker-1PM004 - Becker gooseneck microphone, 2 x $495 (I think the Becker price is outrageous. I highly recommend 2 of the Peiker TM170-23in (2 x $160) microphones and 2 of the DIN-5m-180 connectors (2 x $15) instead.)
  • 2 x Dittel-F10050 - Push-to-talk button with wires, 2 x $49
  • 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: $4203 with Becker gooseneck microphones and Becker wiring harness
    or
  • Total: $3448 with 2 Peiker TM170-23in gooseneck microphones and 2 DIN-5m-180 connectors (for connection to Becker speaker box) and Goddard Cable-Becker-AR6201-SpBox-3 wiring harness

Becker AR6201-8p33kHz Glider Radio System - 2-Seat Glider
 

or

Becker-AR6201-8p33kHz
Panel Mount
Aviation Radio
with 8.33 kHz channel
spacing

Goddard
Cable-Becker-RCU6201-3
Cable from "J1" connector
on radio unit to "P1"
connector on RCU6201
remote control unit

Becker-RCU6201
radio remote control unit

Becker-1K042
Wiring Harness
or
Goddard
Cable-Becker-AR6201-SpBox-3

Becker-1PL042
Speaker
and
Junction Box

2 x Becker-1PM004
Gooseneck Microphone
or
2 x Peiker TM170-23in
and
2 x DIN-5m-180

2 x Dittel-F10050
Push-to-talk
Button
with cable

  • Becker-AR6201-8p33kHz - Compact VHF/AM Panel Mount Transceiver, $1995
  • Goddard Cable-Becker-RCU6201-3 - Cable from "J1" connector on AR6201 or RT6201 radio unit to "P1" connector on RCU6201 remote control unit, $105
  • Becker-RCU6201 - Radio remote control unit, $725
  • Becker-1K042 - Wiring harness for connecting radio to speaker junction box (highly recommended), $310 (I think Becker's price is outrageous. I highly recommend the $195 Goddard version Cable-Becker-AR6201-SpBox-3.)
  • Becker-1PL042 - Speaker and wiring junction box, $280
  • 2 x Becker-1PM004 - Becker gooseneck microphone, 2 x $495 (I think the Becker price is outrageous. I highly recommend 2 of the Peiker TM170-23in (2 x $160) microphones and 2 of the DIN-5m-180 connectors (2 x $15) instead.)
  • 2 x Dittel-F10050 - Push-to-talk button with wires, 2 x $49
  • 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: $4503 with Becker gooseneck microphones and Becker wiring harness
    or
  • Total: $3748 with 2 Peiker TM170-23in gooseneck microphones and 2 DIN-5m-180 connectors (for connection to Becker speaker box) and Goddard Cable-Becker-AR6201-SpBox-3 wiring harness

Manual for Becker AR 3201 Radio
This is not a current product.  Manuals for current products are available in the price list below.
AR3201 Manual

AR3201 Battery Replacement Service Bulletin - I can get the batteries for this for about $49.


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Becker-AR6201-25kHz

Becker AR6201-122 Compact VHF/AM Transceiver (Panel mounted aviation radio) with 25 kHz channel spacing
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

Brochure AR6201
Manual for AR6201, RT6201, and RCU6201
Operating Instructions AR6201

$1695 In Stock
Becker-AR6201-8p33kHz

Becker AR6201-022 Compact VHF/AM Transceiver (Panel mounted aviation radio) with 8.33 kHz channel spacing
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

Brochure AR6201
Manual for AR6201, RT6201, and RCU6201
Operating Instructions AR6201

$1995 In Stock
Becker-RCU6201

Becker RCU6201 Remote Control Unit
Remote control unit for use with Becker AR6201 or RT6201. Two-seat aircraft can use either an AR6201 with 1 RCU6201 (most common) or an RT6201 with 2 RCU6201 units (if there is no room for the AR6201 in the panel).

This is an exciting product for owners of 2-seat gliders. Gone are the days that you need to try to talk your passenger through the operation of the radio. Many times I have become frustrated trying to talk my passenger in the front seat through the seemingly simple process of turning up the volume on the radio - forget trying to get them to change the frequency... Now you can operate the radio yourself from the back seat. The remote control head and main radio display always show the same information. Changes made on either display are shown on both displays.

The AR6201 and RT6201 have 2 25-pin connectors on their backsides. One is used for connection to 12V power, speaker, PTT, microphone, etc. The other is used for connection to this remote display. A Goddard Cable-Becker-RCU6201-0p5 or Cable-Becker-RCU6201-3 cable is used to connect the "P1" port on the RCU6201 remote head to the "J1" connector on the AR6201 or RT6201 radio unit. The RCU6201 is powered by the AR6201 or RT6201.

Technical Data

  • Sunlight readable full graphic LC-display
  • -20°C to +55°C
  • certification pending: ETSO-2C37c, 2C38e, TSO-C169a
  • Work with radios with 8.33 or 25 kHz channel spacing

Specifications

  • Weight: 7 ounces (200 grams)
  • Height: 2.409 inches (61.2 mm)
  • Width: 2.409 inches (61.2 mm)
  • Depth (including control knob): 2.37 inches (60.2 mm)
  • Depth (behind panel): 1.547 inches (39.3 mm)

Brochure AR6201
Manual for AR6201, RT6201, and RCU6201
Operating Instructions AR6201

$725

Available
Soon

Pre-order
Now

Becker-RT6201

Becker RT6201 Remote Transceiver
Remote transceiver for use with RCU6201 remote control unit. The RT6201 and RCU6201 together offer the same functionality as the popular AR6201. Since the RCU6201 extremely small, it fits into instrument panels that can't accomodate the AR6201. The connectors are the same as on the AR6201.

Wiring Harnesses
12V power, speaker, microphone and push-to-talk connections are made to the "P1" connector on the RT6201 using either a Becker-1K042 wiring harness or Goddard Cable-Becker-AR6201-SpBox-3 wiring harness.

A Goddard Cable-Becker-RCU6201-0p5 or Cable-Becker-RCU6201-3 cable is used to connect the "P1" port on the RCU6201 remote head to the "J1" connector on the RT6201 radio unit. The RCU6201 is powered by the RT6201.

For 2-seat gliders, 2 of the RCU6201 Remote Control Units can be connected to a single RT6201.

Technical Data

  • 118.000 MHz - 136.990 MHz
  • 8.33 kHz or 25 kHz channel spacing
  • carrier power nominal >6W@12V
  • -40°C to +55°C
  • supply voltage: 10.25 V DC to 33 V DC
  • emergency supply voltage: 9 V DC
  • standby current
  • transmit current ≤2.0 A
  • certification pending: ETSO-2C37c,2C38e,TSO-C169a

Specifications

  • Weight: 1.32 lbs (0.6 kg)
  • Height: 2.402 inches (61 mm)
  • Width: 2.402 inches (61 mm)
  • Depth: 7.402 inches (188 mm)

Brochure AR6201
Manual for AR6201, RT6201, and RCU6201
Operating Instructions AR6201

$1975

Available
Soon

Pre-order
Now

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

  $220 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)

Note: Becker's price for this item is a bit outrageous. I offer an equally good Goddard version: Cable-Becker-AR6201-SpBox-3

$310 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.1us07-
$180 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. 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.

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

$280 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)

$495 In Stock
Becker-1US070 PTT Switch with Cable
Push-to-talk switch for mounting on the control stick.
Note: A lower cost option are available here: Dittel F10050
$147 In Stock
DIN-5m-180 DIN Connector, 5-pin, male
For use with Becker Becker-1PL042 Speaker and Wiring Junction Box.  The Becker microphone comes with a pre-wired connector. This connector is necessary for use with a Peiker TM-170 microphone. The 5 pins have a 180 degree sweep.
$15 In Stock

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Savage, Minnesota 55378
USA


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