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Black Box MKII VHF Air Traffic Monitor

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About this product


  • Full AM civil VHF airband coverage
  • Non radiating design, safe for use onboard a flight
  • New switched audio filter for reduced interference

Product overview

• Full AM civil VHF airband coverage• Non radiating design, safe for use onboard a flight• New switched audio filter for reduced interference
• Built-in speaker or earpiece function and squelch control• Includes earpiece and 12v car lead• Can be used with a PP3 9V battery (sold separately)

This near field radio receiver is designed to receive all AM VHF transmissions within its range. Even if you have no idea what frequency your local air traffic's signals are being transmitted on this Black Box MkII will pick them up. Its perfect for air shows or at air ports as it instantly receives the strongest airband signals - no tuning necessary. The earpiece forms the antenna and the set includes a built in speaker. The squelch control will reduce the amount of background noise in between signals and a carefully designed multi staged filter is included to reduce interference from strong signals.

The Black Box MkII can be used inside aircraft cabins because the receiver doesn't use an internal oscillator so its classified in the same category as an MP3 player or transistor radio. You can hear the flight deck communications from the pilots in the cabin.

Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst airband receiver ever I bought one of these earlier this week. I liked the idea of not having to program frequencies into a radio when I am away from home. I put the radio on as soon as I arrived home and expected a 'lively' few hours as it was 9.30am and the airspace around me was busy. Airways traffic along with arrivals into Manchester, Liverpool, Chester. I heard nothing, not a peep. For comparison I turned on my existing radios for comparison; BCT15, BCT72 and a Tecsun PL660. Each was receiving the expected high level of transmissions yet the Black Box remained silent. After 5 hours of receiving nothing I put it back into it's packaging and took it back to the Maplin store for a refund. Do not waste your time with this radio.
Date published: 2017-10-21
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Operating Specifications

Frequency Range:

118 to 137 MHzMHz

This item is said to be mains powered ,so does that mean it has an internal mains chargeable battery?

Asked by: Justin
This item has no built in battery but can be used with a PP3 9V battery (sold separately)
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-02-01

Hello! Is there delivery to Russia?

Asked by: Maksim
Unfortunately we do not ship to Russia
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2016-11-25

Do you supply hand held scanner that's caperble of unscrambling police channel 

Asked by: Billy
On this occasion Maplin do not stock a product that exactly meets your requirements, or indeed anything close enough to offer you as an alternative.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-10-13

Does it have a battery 

Asked by: Gonecvr
This is mains powered.
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2016-03-20

Can you purchase a new ear piece because mine has broken and it is also the antenna ?

Asked by: Old man
I am sorry but we do not stock spares for this item.
Answered by: PaulaC
Date published: 2015-07-17

Does this product have an antenna input?
Asked by: Alex
The product does not have an external antenna input (however an antenna is already built into the earpiece which is included)
Answered by: DM
Date published: 2015-07-17

Can this receiver cope with more than one transmission at the same time? Ian
Asked by: Ian Plumb
No sorry this product does not support that.
Answered by: DH
Date published: 2015-07-17

The info says that its safe to use on board an aircraft. Is it legal to do so.
Asked by: Stu
Perfectly legal to use as it only works with civilian channels
Answered by: MG
Date published: 2015-07-17
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