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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.

The later Sony Air-8A adds a little more Air band frequency coverage.

General characteristics

HAM bands
160m 
Frequency stability
?
Tuning steps
9 / 10 kHz
Memories
40 channels in 1 bank(s)

Receiver

RX-range
150-2194 kHz / 76-136 / 144-174 MHz
Modulations
AM   FM   W-FM  
Sensitivity
?
Selectivity
?
Filters
?
Receiver system
?
IF-frequencies
?
Image rejection
?
Audio output
400 mW

Connections

Antenna
BNC + Built-in ferrite bar
Impedance
50Ω
Other
-

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 1984 and 1996 in Japan

Other features

Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
-
Accessories
-
RigReference ID
5413
MPN
SONY-AIR-000008

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excellent portable 2 years ago by clally47

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  • USD 18.00 ~ USD 4.00

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2016 USD 5.00 Used / Okay martywittrock
2010 USD 46.50 Used / Fair eBay
2010 USD 100.00 Used / Good eBay
2010 USD 188.99 Used / Good eBay
2010 USD 49.99 Used / Okay eBay

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