Sony Air-8 Handheld HF/VHF Scanner / receiver

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The Sony ICF-AIR8 was designed with the aviation enthusiast in mind. This compact receiver receives longwave from 150-529 kHz, AM band from 530-1600 kHz, shortwave from 160-2194 kHz, FM from 76-108 MHz, VHF Public Service from 144-174 MHz and VHF airband from 108-136 MHz. (Note the very limited shortwave coverage on this receiver). Audio output is 400 mW fed into a 7 x 3.5cm speaker. The top of the radio has a jack for earphones. Multiple types of scanning are supported: memory, program, up/down, manual and priority. There is a 9/10 kHz MW step switch in the battery compartment.

Frequency range

RX-range
150-2194 kHz / 76-136 / 144-174 MHz
TX-range
-
HAM bands
-
Stability
-
Tuning steps
-
Filters
-

Receiver

Modulations
AM   FM   W-FM  
Sensitivity
-
Selectivity
-
Receiver system
-
IF-frequencies
-
Image rejection
-
Audio output
400 mW

Transmitter

Modulations
-
RF-Output
-

Connections

Antenna
BNC + Built-in ferrite bar
Impedance
50 Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
6V DC (4 × LR6/AA or external adapter)
Current drain RX
-
TX
-

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
90 × 179 × 50 mm (3.54 × 7.05 × 1.97 in)
Weight
590 gr (1.3 lbs)
Form factor
Handheld
Manufactured
Between 198x and 198x in Japan
MPN

Other features

Memories
40 channels in 1 bank(s)
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
-
Accessories
-

Manuals, diagrams and brochures

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  • USD 23.00
Price Condition Year User
USD 46.50 Fair / Used 2010 eBay
USD 100.00 Good / Used 2010 eBay
USD 188.99 Good / Used 2010 eBay
USD 49.99 Okay / Used 2010 eBay
USD 5.00 Okay / Used 2016 martywittrock

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Stories & reviews

excellent portable

Sony Air-8, Handheld HF/VHF Scanner / receiver

This one deserves a mention if only for the wide/narrow am filter on air and,switch am filter to wide then listen to strong air signals in glorious am style audio, From what I remember this has full coverage from lf to fm,if you want air and or mid vhf you have to screw on the supplied adapter to the aerial socket,maybe a scruffy afterthought but well worth it for air and audio quality, Also features a bfo for basic hf use, Neat looking as well.

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Value for money
Aquired
Good condition in 1997
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