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.
|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
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- Brand: Becker
- Product Code: Becker-AR6201
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