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RADIO HELP NEEDED

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by rocky3, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. rocky3

    rocky3 oregon coast Active Member

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    Hi all, I had a Sangean radio for over 12 years and it finally died. I want one that is antenna sensitive and battery as well as AC. Shortwave would be nice as well as AM and FM. We, at the coast, go for extended periods without electricity. I checked CC radio and Amazon but not enough information there and I don't want to bother sending the unit back, if not good enough for my wants. Please no wind-up toys.
    So any info is greatly appreciated.
    rocky
     
  2. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Grundigs are ok. There are much better receivers out there, but take a good battery backup and antenna array. Kenwood, yeasu, icom......
     
  3. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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  4. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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    I have a simple Sangean AM / FM radio and they still seem like a good choice. The Kenwood, Icom and other ham radio brands are likely a step up, though I don't have any hands on experience with their receivers. Ham gear, quite a bit....

    Edited to add - Icom has some pretty high-zoot stuff:

    Receiver Products - Icom America

    Just depends on what you're looking for.....
     
  5. rocky3

    rocky3 oregon coast Active Member

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    Just emergency communication and entertainment during our black-outs.
     
  6. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    So, you want a transmitter and receiver?
     
  7. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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  9. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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  10. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    There are a lot of options out there. So far I have one of the little ETFR radios from county-comm that lives in my backpack. It's not perfect as the reception on FM is a bit wide (powerful stations easily overwhelm it) however for AM and SW it's been pretty good. I recently picked up a used grundig 355(?IIRC) and the receiver section is great, but the tuning knob seems to have some known issues, and there's an issue with the audio fading out periodically. I was looking at the tecsun PL-380 in that it has a small size, was <$50 and it seems to come with an extended antenna.

    Amazon.com: TECSUN PL-380 DSP FM stereo. MW. SW. LW. World Band PLL Radio Receiver, LCD Display, ETM Function Added: Electronics

    Another radio I have is some cheapy AM/FM/WB radio I picked up at walmart for $15, takes 3 D-batteries, has decent tuning. It might be more along the lines of what you're looking for, can't find it on the website.
     
  11. rocky3

    rocky3 oregon coast Active Member

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    So far some great advice. I am still in the process of checking out the inputs from our members responses. The Sony is too small for my needs.
     
  12. parallax

    parallax eugene, or-gun Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    HI ROCKY, so you need something that is self powered?, or do you have backup power available.
     
  13. rocky3

    rocky3 oregon coast Active Member

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    I have plenty of batteries, sun doesn't do well at the coast. Electricity from power lines can be out for a week. Generator is only for freezer and refrigerator.
     
  14. EZLivin

    EZLivin SW of PDX Well-Known Member

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    You might want to check out this antenna too. I have not tried it personally, so can't give a first-hand opinion, but based on a LOT of positive comments I ordered one and sent it to my daughter along with a Grundig G8 Traveller II (for emergency situations).

    Magic Wand Shortwave Antenna Hang Play Listen to The World | eBay
     
  15. Desertfox19

    Desertfox19 Oregon New Member

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    The CCRadio I have has been good for the last 10 years. AM and FM reception is very good. Sound quality is good to.