June 2011 Issue

Dynon DX15: Compact, Capable

But also compromised as a back-up comm because of its Li-Ion-only battery pack. Performance is comparable to Icomís A24 and Sportyís SP-400.

Itís more or less a given that carrying a handheld VHF transceiver in the airplane is a good idea, for ground frequency monitoring, pre-start clearance getting and as a back-up comm. The market hardly lacks for choice and now it has one more to pick from. At Sun Ďn Fun, Dynon Avionics announced the DX15 VHF air band transceiver to compete with Icom, Vertex and Sportyís at a price point of $156 that we think is competitive with other radios. The DX15 itself is a compact and credible product, in our view. Itís the smallest, lightest VHF portable weíve tried, but that size comes with compromise. It doesnít have some of the higher end features that the Sportyís SP-400 or Icom products do, such as built-in VOR or localizer/CDI capability.

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