Becker receives TSO for transceiver

Becker Avionics has received TSO certification of its new compact 2¼-inch, AR6201 VHF-AM Transceiver, with 8.33 kHz channel spacing and integrated voice activated (VOX) intercom system.

The intercom feature allows up to two passengers with a standard or dynamic mic. The AR6201 continues the legacy of its predecessor, the AR4201 VHF-AM transceiver, said company officials, who note more than 18,000 of those units were sold.

The new AR6201 is built using state-of-the-art DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology resulting in a highly efficient transmitter and very sensitive receiver, according to company officials.

The AR6201 operates with a frequency range of 118 MHz to 137 MHz with selectable channel spacing of 25kHz or 8.33 kHz. Standard or dynamic microphones can be used with its intercom feature. A voltage meter to measure battery voltage is built-in.

By blending a VHF-AM Transceiver and voice activated (VOX) intercom system into one single unit the operator will not need to invest in a separate intercom system (up to two seats). Further, the new dual-monitor or dual-watch mode allows the unit to scan a second channel/frequency to increase situational awareness.

The AR6201 Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) lighting color will be compatible with the Becker BXP6401 Transponder in ”green” and “white-blue” colors. An automated built-in-test procedure increases flight safety and reliability. The AR6201 is mountable in a 2¼-inch standard instrument recess. The AR6201 will be pin-to-pin compatible with the AR4201 to ensure easy upgrade and replacement.

The new AR6201 is ETSO and TSO certified and available now. The new AR6203 model, a 160mm variant of the AR6201, will be available in 2012.

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