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Posted: 12/30/2020 9:24:22 PM EDT
am/fm, weather, recharge cell phone, solar and battery preferred. Looking for recommendations, thanks.
Link Posted: 12/30/2020 10:00:23 PM EDT
Eton FRX-3
Link Posted: 1/1/2021 5:37:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/1/2021 5:38:38 PM EDT by thederrick106]
For listening:


Radio: 225 hrs at 40% Volume ( 50% Increased Run Time )
FM – Stereo via stereo earphones / MW / LW / SW
FM – Stereo via stereo earphones / MW / LW / SW
FM Frequency range adjustable (76 / 87 / 87.5 ~ 108 MHz)
Antenna Length 18 Inches
450 Station Memories
Multi Tuning Methods: ATS, ETM, Auto scan tuning with 5 seconds pre-listening for both frequency & memory (VF / VM), Manual tuning 9K/10K AM tuning step selectable
Silicon Labs Si4734 DSP chipset
LCD Backlight
Outside Temp Gauge
Key lock function
External AM antenna Jack
Built-in rechargeable function (USB jack, 5V) ( can use rechargeable batteries )
Size: 53 (W) x 159 (H) x 26 (D) mm
Modes : AM, FM, SW, USB, LSB

FM: 87 – 108 or 76 – 108 MHz
--- FM broadcast band includes world-wide FM broadcast allocations
MW/ AM: 522 - 1620 (9K tuning step) or 520 – 1710 kHz (10K tuning step )
SW: Extended Frequency Range to 1711-29999 ( higher and lower coverage )
LW frequency: 150 – 522 kHz (available for 9K tuning step only)

Link Posted: 1/2/2021 2:15:42 PM EDT
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This is an excellent emergency intel radio...

Link Posted: 5/12/2021 9:22:17 PM EDT
Thread bump as this question seems to come up on occasion.
Link Posted: 5/12/2021 9:35:46 PM EDT
Kaito would be an option.
Link Posted: 5/16/2021 10:37:50 PM EDT
I have this one. Excellent radio and I use it often.
Link Posted: 5/17/2021 12:13:25 AM EDT
for a basic table top weather alert radio I use a Reecom.... the SAME area alert function gives you ability to select which warnings you wish to receive, and the message is audible not text after the warning alert
Link Posted: 5/17/2021 12:51:00 AM EDT
The CountyComm unit is missing the solar and charge functions, but is a good radio.

That's said, if you're considering the CountyComm GP-5, I strongly suggest you look at the C.Crane radios.

The C.Crane's SSB adds weather band (and VHF and aviation, though probably of marginal utility to most.)
The AM antenna is integrated as well. The form factor is tiny and a bit more typical of a small portable radio as opposed to the handheld shape of the GP-5.

if you drop shortwave SSB, the radio can be had for $90. It's got a clock with an alarm that makes it a decent travel radio (assuming you don't rely on your phone like most.)

In general you're going to be much better off in this instance with a few separate devices (e.g. solar panel, USB power bank, and a radio.) I have a few of the Eton units and while the radios are OK, the charge feature is very, very limited in what it can do, the solar panel is tiny and pretty much just enough for the radio. Lots of cranking for a few minutes of talk time.

Even a small USB power bank will blow pretty much any of the radios out of the water. If you're set on multi-function devices, maybe explore a streamlight lantern w/ power bank.

Link Posted: 5/17/2021 10:37:56 PM EDT
Amazon Product
  • AM/FM NOAA Weather Emergency Crank Radio
  • Extremely Bright Cree LED Flashlight 130 Lumens
  • USB Output for charging other Portable Devices

  Best part is it runs on an 18650 so unlike alot of the others of this type if the battery goes bad you can replace it easily. Charges with micro usb and has a full size usb if you want to charge something off it.
Link Posted: 5/17/2021 10:42:30 PM EDT
So tagged
Link Posted: 5/19/2021 2:58:59 PM EDT
To meet the requirements the OP actually asked for you can't go wrong with the Kaito KA500.  We have used a kaito at home for AM radio for years and on many camping trips for solar charging as well as music.
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