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Sporty's Unveils PJ2+ Radio

Handheld Comm Solution Now Provides On-Body Headphone Jacks, 6-Watt Transmission

Sporty's unveiled the newest rendition of their handheld radio systems with their PJ2+, improving upon the portable backup with more usability than ever before. 

The new model features 6 watts of peak transmission power, with a brighter, high-contrast screen, flexible power options, USB-C support, and an easy touch key interface. Perhaps the best aspect of the PJ2+ lay in its connections - support for 2-plug "GA headset" (PJ) jacks and 3.5mm headphones. That flexibility makes the radio an excellent backup should it be pressed into service during an electrical emergency, allowing pilots to use wired earbuds from their regular devices or their noise-reducing headsets. Unlike other radios, the PJ2+ won’t require fumbling around in the flight bag for the adapter to whatever inscrutable HAM radio receptacle other brands provide. It’s as simple as plugging in and turning on. The radio uses simple, easily sourced AA batteries, allowing quick and easy replenishment wherever you land. The USB-C receptacle provides a handy backup source too, allowing the radio to run off plug power if it’s spent a little too long slumbering at the bottom of the flight bag. Frequency-wise, the PJ2+ supports NOAA weather, 20 scannable memory channels, and fast scanning using 25 KHz spacing. 

Sporty's put the work in to simplify use of the backup radio, showing an inherent understanding of flight conditions when things are already complex enough without a new radio flow to learn on the fly. Instead, the PJ2+ keeps it simple, allowing users to key in frequencies and recall the previous one. Sporty's is all about keeping it simple even in turbulent, difficult conditions, with minimal menu flow and easy, single-handed tuning. Best of all, the PJ2+ comes in at a target price of $250. Not bad for a 6-watt handheld. 



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