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The XCOM 760 VHF Transceiver is an interesting radio from Australia with an
extremely complete set of features. It has many features that are
ideal for use in gliders such as the ability to transmit even when the
glider battery is low (0.75 W output with 9V power input). It also
features low current consumption in standby mode, the ability to listen to 2
frequencies at once, and a built-in intercom.
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||XCOM 760 VHF
This is a cool little interactive demo of the XCOM 760 VHF Transceiver.
The XCOM 760 VHF Transceiver is one of several innovative avionics products
to be released by X-Air Australia. Based on the very successful Microair and
Becker ranges, the XCOM 760 offers many advanced features previously only
available in the more expensive brands.
Designed from the ground up, the XCOM offers superior performance under the
demanding and noisy conditions experienced in many amateur built aircraft.
With low power consumption, this radio is ideally suited to use in gliders,
homebuilts and ultralights. A full 6-Watt carrier and +20 Watt PEP output
ensure that you will be heard above the general chatter in busy airspace and
the full VOX intercom with music input will enhance your enjoyment of the
flight. With expanded receive range up to 163 MHz, the XCOM 760 provides
NOAA Weather reception and has an optional CAP capability, ensuring that you
are always aware of impending weather conditions.
Additional safety enhancements - "dual watch" allows the pilot to listen to
the standby frequency while still monitoring the primary frequency. The XCOM
760 also has 99 memory channels, large volume and channel selector knobs and
well spaced buttons. This radio is extremely easy to operate even when
wearing flight gloves and you can even check the condition of your battery
with the built in voltage monitor.
Software update capability and Internet downloads mean that you are always
provided with the latest features. The XCOM 760 offers superior quality,
enhanced features and improved performance over many of the more expensive
airband radios, without the high cost found in other brands.
Features, value for money and performance have quickly establish the XCOM
760 as the standard radio for light sport aircraft use.
Loaded with features and performance
- Digital volume and squelch controls from
- Digital volume and VOX intercom controls
from front panel (same Volume Squelch control , but activated by mode
button when required).
- 2 place voice activated intercom , with
pilot over ride and passenger isolate (passenger can listen to CD music
while the pilot listens to com). CD music has auto fade, turns off if
comm is receiving and reduces in volume if pilot or passenger talk.
- Remote toggle (toggle active or standby
via a push button on the stick , or scroll memory channels)
- TX timeout (stuck Mike) which times out
after 30 seconds, re-enable by releasing PTT. (can be overridden in
- 99 channels of user defined memory
channels with quasi alpha numeric display
- Quick, single push access to Emergency
- 10 NOAA weather channels (suitable for
- Dual Watch - allows monitoring of the
active and standby frequency, active has priority.
- User enabled wide receive mode - allows
monitoring of frequencies between 137 and 163 MHz, in 12.5 kHz steps.
These can be stored in the memory channels. Additionaly 108 - 118 VOR,
no navigational data - receive only
- RS 232 interface, allows upgrading of
firmware by internet or CD-ROM. Allows interfacing of radio to
Multifunction displays (MFD's) or remote computer.
- Input voltage - 13.8Vdc (8 to 16 Vdc
Receive, 10.0 volts transmit, reduced output)
- Low battery alert, user selects level to
alert for under voltage (default is 10.5 Vdc)
- High battery alert, user selects level
to alert for over voltage (default is 15 Vdc)
- Optional CAP capability (special order).
Length, back face to front face: 129 mm (5.08 in)
Length, back of BNC connector to front of control knobs: 159 mm (6.26 in)
Width: 61 mm (2.40 in)
Height: 61 mm (2.40 in)
Mounting Hole: Fits into a standard 57 mm (2.25 in) instrument hole
Connectors: 1 x BNC antenna connector, 1 x 15-pin DB-15 male connector for
power, microphone, speaker, etc., 1 x stereo phone jack for serial
communication (not for music input!)
Reducing Installation Issues
I highly recommend that you use the XCOM microphone,
speaker and assembled wiring harness options. The use of
these items will reduce installation issues dramatically because they are
designed to work together and tested together at the factory. It is
common for customers to try to use existing microphones and speakers only to
have issues in the future. Spending a few extra dollars now will save
you many hours of troubleshooting and insure a quick and easy installation.
Wiring errors are the main reason for radio failures. Purchasing a
pre-soldered wiring harness will make sure your radio is working and you are
flying as soon as possible.
The XCOM 760 VHF Transceiver comes with a 3 year warranty. The 3
year warranty applies to units shipped after May, 2008. Units produced
before that had a 1 year warranty - but a 3 year warranty was an option.
XCOM repairs are currently done in Australia.
Use in Certificated Aircraft
Below is a question and answer from XCOM in regard to using an XCOM 760
radio in a certificated aircraft.
Question from customer:
Hello Xcom, I have a glider that is in the Standard Category
here in the United States. I would like to install your XCOM 760 radio
in it, however, there is a bit of a problem in that being a Standard
Category aircraft in the United States the radio must have TSO
certification. I see on your website the 760 meets the requirements for
the TSO but does not have actual FAA certification. Do you plan on
getting a TSO certification? If so, when?
Answer from XCOM (2006):
Hello Tim, our aircraft radio is not TSO'd but it does have the
necessary FAA and FCC approvals for fitting into certified aircraft. In
fact there are hundreds in the USA fitted to aircraft in either the
standard or the primary category. I have attached the necessary
documentation (available below) to this e-mail and I would additionally
recommend contacting Cumulus Soaring who are our representatives in the
USA for the glider market. They presently have radios in stock and any
other accessories you may need. I will copy them on this e-mail so they
are ready for your inquiry, additionally they may be able to help you
out if you have any problems with paperwork etc. Please come back
to me if you have any additional questions. Kind regards, Michael Coates
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||XCOM Remote Head
Remote control head for use in 2-seat aircraft. The 2nd head
displays the same information as the radio's display. The knobs
and buttons are all fully functional. This unit is great for use
in 2-seat gliders.
The connection between the remote head and the XCOM radio is a simple
cable allowing all of the controls on either panel to duplicate
themselves on the other panel. For example, if the pilot in the
front seat of the aircraft adjust the radio to 123.45 then the display
in the rear also adjusts to show 123.45. If the copilot in the rear seat
makes any adjustments or changes to the remote head it will also adjust
the radio in the front seat. All of the XCOM features can be duplicated
with a remote head option.
Note: Some connector wiring required. The remote head includes a
DB-9 connector and a plug. The customer must provide a cable to
connect them together. The wiring diagram is below.
Boom Microphone - More than 1200 made and used all over the world, 3
This microphone is specially designed for use with the XCOM radio.
It features an amplified electret microphone head similar to the
ones used in standard aviation headsets. I highly recommend that
all installations of the XCOM 760 radio use this microphone. It
works fine with most other aircraft radios such as Becker,
Dittel, Filser, Microair, etc.
Length: 510 mm (20 inches) (from mounting adapter to tip of the
Diameter of gooseneck boom: 11 mm (0.43 inches)
Electrolytic Capacitor 22,000 μF, 25V
Required when the radio is powered by an engine. Not required when
the radio is powered by a battery - such as in a glider.
Note: The connectors on the capacitor are color marked to indicate
polarity. Connect common to the connector with the black mark.
Length: 80 mm (3.15 in) (plus connectors)
Diameter: 35 mm (1.38 in)
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Harness for Single or Dual Place Glider, Pre-Assembled
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 XCOM 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. Crimp-on 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.