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Overview
A very inexpensive, small and lightweight VHF aviation transceiver.  It is not a TSO'd unit.  It fits into a small 57mm (2 1/4") instrument hole.

Customer Feedback
I have heard back from several customers about this radio.  Their feedback was very positive. 

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Small size
  • Lightweight
  • Simple
  • Music input jack (mono)
  • Dual Frequency Display (Easy to enter new frequency in the standby line and the use the flip/flop button to swap the active and standby frequencies.)
  • 32 Memory Channels
  • PRI button - One button press to access a primary (user programmable) frequency such as 121.5 or your home airport.

Cons

  • Non-TSO - I think that means that it can be used in experimental aircraft, but not certificated aircraft.
  • The minimum input voltage of 11 VDC makes it questionable for use with a 12V glider battery.  However, 12V batteries normally charge to 13 or 14 V - so it may be OK.  A 14V battery is probably necessary (but I really don't like 14V systems because the 2V batteries don't last and it is difficult to find a good 14V charger.  The specifications state that the minimum voltage is 11.7 volts.  I told my dealer that 11.7 volts was a big problem for use with a glider battery and he said that the manufacturer said that it would operate down to 11 VDC.
  • High standby current of 300 mA (compared with 50 mA for a Dittel FSG 2T)
  • Does not work with dynamic microphones as supplied by Dittel, Filser, Becker, Peiker, etc.  But it should work well with the XCOM boom microphone which uses an amplified electret microphone.

Warranty
1 Year Warranty

Included

  • FL-760 Radio
  • DB-15f connector and backshell
  • Mounting screws
  • Manual

Recommended Accessories

  • Boom Microphone - Peiker TM168
  • Speaker - Peiker - Other options: Speakers (Recommended: 4 Ohm, 5 Watt)
  • Goddard Wiring Harness (see price list below)
  • Antennas
  • Push-To-Talk Button - Dittel (with wires) or EAO (without wires)

Complete System
Not including antenna

  • FL-760 Radio: $750
  • Peiker TM168 Boom Microphone: $246.50
  • Peiker Speaker: $29
  • EAO Push-to-talk button: $35
  • Goddard Wiring Harness: $195 (single seat glider)
  • Total: $1255.50

Specifications

General
Frequency range : 118.00 to 136.975MHz (Receive:108.00 to 136.975MHz)
Channel spacing : 25kHz
Mode : AM (6K00A3E)
Number of memory channels : 32
Acceptable power supply : 11.7 to 33 VDC (Negative ground only) NOTE: I told my dealer that 11.7 VDC is a problem with 12 VDC glider batteries and he said the manufacturer stated that it would operate down to 11 VDC.
Usable temp. range : -20℃ to +60℃
Frequency stability :+/- 5ppm
Current drain : TX: 3A(max) RX 0.8A(max) Standby: 300mA
Dimensions : W61 x H61 x D159 mm (2.40 x  2.40 x 6.26 inches)
Weight : 430g/14.11oz
Exposed dial face : 56.4mm 2 1/4.5 inches
Certification: NOT TSO

Transmitter
Output power : 5 W (carrier), 16W (pep)
Modulation : small stage modulation
Modulation limiting : 70 to 100%
Audio harmonics distortion : Less than 15% (at 85% modulation)
Hum and noise ratio : More than 40dB
Spurious emissions : -16dBm or less
Antenna impedance : 50Ω

Receiver
Receive system : Double conversion superheterodyne
Intermediate frequency : 1st : 38.85MHz (Upper) 2nd : 450kHz (Lower)
Sensitivity (at 6dB S/N) : Less than 1uV
Squelch sensitivity : 0.5uV (Threshold)
Selectivity : More than 8kHz (at 6dB), Less than 25kHz (at 60dB)
Spurious response rejection : More than 60dB
Audio output power : More than 4W (at 4Ω)
Side tone : More than 100mW (at 600Ω)
Hum and noise : More than 30dB
Audio output impedance : Ext. SP 4Ω (4 to 8Ω), Side tone 600Ω

Documentation

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FL-760

Flightline FL-760 VHF Transceiver
A very inexpensive, small and lightweight VHF aviation transceiver.  It is not a TSO'd unit.  It fits into a small 57mm (2 1/4") instrument hole.

 

$750

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Wiring-Harness-1-Seat-Glider Wiring Harness for Flightline FL-760 radio, Single Seat Glider
Larry Goddard makes all the terrific PDA and GPS cables that I sell.  He also does a fantastic job making radio wiring harnesses.

I send him your speaker, XCOM Boom Microphone and an EAO Push-to-talk button (the cost of those items are not included in the price of the wiring harness) and he creates a "plug-and-play" wiring harness.  Wires are provided for connecting power to the radio and for connecting to your microphone, push-to-talk button and speaker.  The microphone, push-to-talk button and speaker are not connected to the wiring harness because those wires need to be routed through your glider before they can be connected to the harness. Small connectors are used for those connections and we provide the mating connector for attaching to the wires from the microphone, PTT and speaker.  There is a 3 week lead-time for assembling the wiring harness.

  $195 3 weeks
Wiring-Harness-2-Seat-Glider Wiring Harness for Flightline FL-760 radio, 2-Seat Glider
Larry Goddard makes all the terrific PDA and GPS cables that I sell.  He also does a fantastic job making radio wiring harnesses.

I send him your speaker, XCOM Boom Microphone and an EAO Push-to-talk button (the cost of those items are not included in the price of the wiring harness) and he creates a "plug-and-play" wiring harness.  Wires are provided for connecting power to the radio and for connecting to your microphone, push-to-talk button and speaker.  The microphone, push-to-talk button and speaker are not connected to the wiring harness because those wires need to be routed through your glider before they can be connected to the harness. Small connectors are used for those connections and we provide the mating connector for attaching to the wires from the microphone, PTT and speaker.  There is a 3 week lead-time for assembling the wiring harness.

  $250 3 weeks

Cumulus Soaring, Inc.
Paul E. Remde

8661 Connelly Place
Savage, Minnesota 55378
USA


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