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Model: KY-196A




VHF Comm

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  • Panel mounted VHF Communications Transceiver
  • Operates 760 frequencies from 118.00 to 136.975 MHz
  • Flip-flop frequency switch to transfer between active and standby frequencies
  • Remote transfer capability of remote transfer of Use and Standby frequencies and remote recall of channel frequency information
  • 9 programmable memory channels in addition to the two displayed frequencies
  • Non-volatile frequency storage without batteries or external battery hookup so when the radio is turned off and then back on channel information is retained
  • Audio leveling automatically amplifying weak audio signals and muting those which are too strong
  • 16 watts minimum power output
  • 28 volt operation only
  • FM immune compliant for ICAO Annex 10 (European use)
  • Models available with 25Khz or 50KHz selectivity (see table below)
  • Models available with diffused or non-diffused display lens (see table below)
  • Version available (-50) with 5V lighting and bezel removed for use in common bezel applications such as the CNI-5000 (see table below)
  • Same as KY-197A but KY-196A is 28V operation only and has higher output power
  • TSO'd


Size: 6.312"W x 1.35"H x 10.776"L Weight: 2.5 lbs.
TSO Compliance (Transmitter): TSO C37c, Class 3 TSO Compliance (Receiver): TSO C38c, Class A (-30/32 models); TSO C38c, Class C (-31 model)
Power Output: 16 Watts min. Duty Cycle: 1 minute on, 4 minutes off
Temperature Range: -20 to +55C Frequency Range: 118.00 to 136.975MHz in 25KHz increments
Modulation: 70% modulation with 98% limiting. Less than 15% distortion at 70% modulation Receiver Sensitivity: 2uV (hard) shall produce not less than 6dB S+N/N with 1KHz tone modulated 30%
Receiver Selectivity (-30/32/50): 6dB bandwidth at not less than 20.6KHz with no less than 14.5KHz on each side. 60dB bandwidth no more than 40KHz on each side. Receiver Selectivity (-31): 6dB bandwidth at not less than 20.6 KHz with no less than 10.0 KHz on each side. 60dB bandwidth with no more than 39.2 KHz with no more than 20.0 KHz on each side.
Squelch: Automatic with manual disable Spurious Responses: At least 80dB down
Frequency Stability: 0.0015% from -20 to +55C Sidetone Output: Adjustable up to 100mW into 500 ohm headphones
Harmonic Content: Greater than 60dB down from carrier Receiver Output: 100mW into 500 ohms minimum
Part Number: Description:
064-1054-30 25Khz receiver selectivity, diffused display lens, 760 channels
064-1052-31 50Khz receiver selectivity, diffused display lens, 760 channels
064-1054-32 25Khz receiver selectivity, non-diffused display lens, 760 channels
064-1054-50 Same as -30 version but with 5 volt lighting and no bezel, Exclusively for the CNI-5000 radio package
064-1054-60 Silver Crown Plus version



- VHF Comm

NSN: 5895-01-308-0342

Price Condition Status
- VHF Comm (CNI5000 Version)
Price Condition Status
- VHF Comm Transceiver (SC+)
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In relation to NE (New) parts, many OEMs change their prices and availability without any notice to dealers or the industry. Therefore, through the REQUEST or RFQ indication, we ask that customers contact us for the most accurate price and availability.

In relation to SV & OH parts, the used parts aftermarket in the aviation industry is not an infinite supply. It is a dynamic, constantly changing market that is significantly affected by and susceptible to highs and lows in supply and demand. Therefore, although we attempt to, at times, we are unable to predict the exact moment when an item may be available. Once again, through the REQUEST or RFQ indication on our website, we ask that customers contact us for the most current and accurate price and availability.

Yes but there are installation factors to consider. It is very enticing to overwhelmingly consider the Garmin GTR-225 radios over the BendixKing KY radios since the Garmin radios can be puchased at a fraction (50%+) of the cost of the BendixKing radios. We are referring to New radios not used/reconditioned. However, it should be noted that the Garmin radios are approximately .3 inches higher than the KY radios. The rear mount cutout height for the KY radios is 1.30"; front mount is 1.35". The Garmin GTR cutout is 1.65" for rear mount and 1.77" for front mount.

The CNI5000 is a system primarily used in the Cessna Citation Jet (CJ). This system utilized a main panel faceplate assembly for all communication, navigation, and transponder units. The radios (w/o bezels) install from the rear of the assembly. Therefore, CNI5000 versions of the Silver Crown product line (i.e. KN-53 -04, KT-70 -1101, KT-71 -6101, KY-196A -50, KY-196B -0201) do not have a bezel so that the radios can be installed in a stand alone installation. Furthermore, the CNI5000 radios have 5 volt lighting.
None, they represent the same unit. Original King Radio part numbers were 9 digits. For example, 066-3056-01. During the Bendix and King merger (i.e. Bendix/King), a new part numbering system was created that converted these 9 digit part numbers to 12 digits. Therefore, 066-3056-01 became 066-03056-0001. Despite this numbering change, units that were originally from the King Radio design still have the 9 digit part number format on the unit dataplate. The 12 digit format for King units appears to be used for catalog and internal Honeywell purposes only. Therefore, any unit that has a zero in its third to last number (i.e. XXX-XXXX-X0XX) has a 9 digit part number (i.e. XXX-XXXX-XXX) on its dataplate / ID Plate.

Click here to view the CNI5000 panel. (78KB image)
Click here to view a cockpit containing the CNI5000. (162KB image)

This does not pertain to the comm selector channel spacing.

With the evolution and growth of airborne travel and the necessity for more usable frequencies in the VHF communications spectrum, the "channel" spacing became smaller. To avoid interference between channels the bandwidth of the RF stages was decreased from 50khz to 25khz. In doing so, another problem was introduced. If the ground transmitter or the air to air transmitter was not capable of tighter frequency tolerances, it was possible the 25khz RF selectivity would not allow the receive signal to pass and the aircraft crew could miss critical voice communications.

Due to the presence of older, outdated equipment in some countries, some manufacturers (namely Bendix/King and Collins) produced VHF comm radios with the 50khz receiver selectivity. With the recent mandates and technological advancements in Europe and South America, the requirements for the 50khz versions has diminished. If an operator were to use a 50khz version radio in the position of a 25khz, they would potentially have channel crossover and or an increase in background noise.
The KY-196B VHF Comm with 8.33 kHz channel spacing can directly replace the KY-196A VHF comm with no mounting rack or connector changes. The KY-196 uses a different rack and connector from the A models so it cannot be directly replaced by the KY-196B.
In January 1989 Bendix/King changed from a nine digit to a twelve digit part numbering system. The new, larger 12 digit numbers allowed for the inclusion of software version into the last two digits of the part number for certain units in which software changed frequently such as EFIS and TCAS processors. Therefore, the two digits immediately preceding the software version indicate the hardware version of the unit.

Different software versions imply different operational features and/or interface capabilities and software modifications imply software repairs (bug fixes) to insure proper operation of these features and interfaces. Software version upgrades frequently require hardware modifications to the unit. Such hardware modifications accompanying software version upgrades do not necessarily change the hardware version of the unit.
The original gas discharge display (GDD) for the KY-196A has been phased out by Honeywell. A new display with LED technology is available for the KY-196A by way of Service Bulletin 13. The new LED provides a brighter, sharper display with longer life. SB 13 consists of replacing the display and one resistor, removing two resistors, and adding 2 wires.

Please note that this Service Bulletin mainly applies to KY-196A -30/50/60 units Serial Number 31509 and below.

Southeast Aerospace can update your KY-196A to the new, more reliable LED display for approximately $770 with a lead-time of less than 5 days. For complete details, please contact Southeast Aerospace Tech Support at
Navigation (Nav) and Communication (Comm) radio receivers and transceivers are available as separate, individual radios or as a combined Nav/Comm unit.

A Nav/Comm unit is sometimes more economical in price than the 2 separate Nav and Comm radios and usually requires less panel space.

Obviously, one disadvantage to the combined Nav/Comm unit is in the case of unit failure you lose both nav and comm functions since the entire unit is removed.
KN-53 Nav:

KY-196A Comm:

KX-155 Nav/Comm:


Negotiating the exchange price of a unit only limits the allowable repair cap for the core unit. Southeast Aerospace's exchange transactions are based on the return of economically repairable core unit. Once the core is received and evaluated, the core repair cost incurred by SEA cannot exceed 75% of the original exchange price. That is, it cannot cost SEA more than 75% of the original OH/SV exchange price collected from the customer. Therefore, when and if an SEA exchange price is discounted, there is a risk that additional charges may be assessed once the core is returned and evaluated.

The part number for the terminal contact pin that is used on most Silver Crown units is 030-01107-0000. Previously, Honeywell (Bendix/King) offered them in preset amounts based on the unit that were being used with (ex. 030-01107-0064 for the KX-155). Currently, you simply purchase the amount of -0000 pins required.

As of 2010, the List Price for each contact pin is $5.98. Therefore, in most cases, it is less expensive to buy the entire unit installation kit.