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Posted: 12/24/2008 10:07:31 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/24/2008 10:14:44 AM EST by charliez]
My Eton/Grundig G6 Aviator dinky radio failed after a few months. It was crap to begin with:
  1. The display would lock up at random times requiring usage of the "reset" switch (I was wondering why a clock/alarm/radio would have a "reboot" switch now I know why)
  2. Sensitivity for shortwave is next to nil, even with a shortwave antenna attached
  3. The LCD itself would fade randomly, and now it finally is showing just parts of the display.
OTOH, the radio still functions ...

So, I've tossed it in the trash, can't stand stuff that doesn't work for daily use, much less for SHTF.

What portable small radio would you recommend? Yes, I have a ham radio & license that I can use to listen to shortwave, but:
  1. I want a nightstand radio with an alarm clock, AM/FM for daily use
  2. I want a lightweight radio for use when storms happen and I don't really want to erect an antenna outside
  3. If SHTF, it helps to have the radio to monitor freqs running on AA batteries/solar power, without consuming my Ham radio comm power
Thanks!
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 11:40:46 AM EST
It may not be up to your standards for pure shortwave use, but I'd recommend the Kaito KA202L just to have a couple around if nothing else. They are $16, hip pocket sized, do FM, AM, shortwave, have an alarm clock, LED light, and run on AAs.

I'm a novice to shortwave and radio in general- this is my first unit- but I have had a great time trying to figure out what/where I am listening to.


YMMV, but mine picks up stations better than my father's Grundig D300.
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 2:27:58 PM EST
Grundig YB-400.

Mine's a Y2k purchase, still going.

Ops
Link Posted: 12/24/2008 2:55:55 PM EST
Originally Posted By charliez:
Yes, I have a ham radio & license that I can use to listen to shortwave, but:
  1. I want a nightstand radio with an alarm clock, AM/FM for daily use
  2. I want a lightweight radio for use when storms happen and I don't really want to erect an antenna outside
  3. If SHTF, it helps to have the radio to monitor freqs running on AA batteries/solar power, without consuming my Ham radio comm power.

Since you're a ham, you should already know the answer to your question...



Link Posted: 12/24/2008 4:24:44 PM EST
Originally Posted By Skibane:
Originally Posted By charliez:
Yes, I have a ham radio & license that I can use to listen to shortwave, but:
  1. I want a nightstand radio with an alarm clock, AM/FM for daily use
  2. I want a lightweight radio for use when storms happen and I don't really want to erect an antenna outside
  3. If SHTF, it helps to have the radio to monitor freqs running on AA batteries/solar power, without consuming my Ham radio comm power.

Since you're a ham, you should already know the answer to your question...


LOL, yeah I have a couple of Ham radios already, but I want a 3rd nightstand radio that I can also use as an adjunct to the Ham radios, and/or use while travelling.

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