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#223411 - 05/11/11 10:36 PM Emergency Radio
Outdoor_Quest Offline

Registered: 08/17/09
Posts: 304
Loc: Central Oregon
I am looking for recommendations for a portable, affordable emergency radio (Hand crank/solar, AM/FM.) I do have a Ham radio, ICOM 735 and am looking for a back up radio.

Would appreciate make and model number.

Many thanks in advance.


#223413 - 05/11/11 10:45 PM Re: Emergency Radio [Re: Outdoor_Quest]
JBMat Offline
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Registered: 03/03/09
Posts: 745
Loc: NC
Eton solarlink FR-360.

Usual disclaimers. Got mine with credit card points.

AM/FM/Weatherbands, solar, crank, battery, plug in w/transformer. Has a flashlight with blinker onboard. Tells time, has alarm. Can be set to only go off with Weather service warnings. For the money, around $35-$50, a really good value imho.

#223417 - 05/11/11 11:53 PM Re: Emergency Radio [Re: Outdoor_Quest]
Frisket Offline

Registered: 09/03/10
Posts: 640
My Suggestion is the FR160


I purchased one from radio shack for 30$ And so far Im pleased. Its by far not the best Radio ever but compared to many other AM/FM Radios its pretty darn good. The three Bulbs fort he LED light Are focused into a single Halo with lenses and is a decent brightness. The battery pack looks to be one easily findable such as a Wireless House phones pack. At low volume it seems to last at least 3-5 hours with 10 seconds of 4 revs per second of cranking. I think It suggests to crank it at 2 revs for 10 minutes to get 8 hours. Just be carefull on the handcranks as they seem to be all plastic construction.

Edited by Frisket (05/11/11 11:55 PM)

#223477 - 05/12/11 03:59 PM Re: Emergency Radio [Re: Outdoor_Quest]
norhumco Offline

Registered: 10/29/06
Posts: 33
Loc: Penngrove, CA
Look at the Sangean MMR-77. This is a great little radio that sips on batteries.

#223484 - 05/12/11 04:41 PM Re: Emergency Radio [Re: Outdoor_Quest]
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2107
Eaton. Mine needs a crank for the radio every 10-15 mins of use. YMMV

#223606 - 05/14/11 05:18 AM Re: Emergency Radio [Re: Outdoor_Quest]
KG2V Offline


Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1371
Loc: Queens, New York City
I've always wondered "why doesn't someone make a small protable crystal radio? A diode as a detector, a High Z earplug, a small tuning cap, and a few other part - NEVER NEEDS power, and works with AM radios
73 de KG2V
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#223608 - 05/14/11 10:24 AM Re: Emergency Radio [Re: Outdoor_Quest]
LesSnyder Offline

Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 1378
Loc: New Port Richey, Fla
KG2V... made one for my 7th grade science fair, used an actual germanium crystal and wrapped the coil around a Quaker Oats box...still don't like oatmeal... used a diode detector model in class for a semiconductor example... kids were always amazed it worked

#223611 - 05/14/11 11:56 AM Re: Emergency Radio [Re: Outdoor_Quest]
bacpacjac Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 05/05/07
Posts: 3527
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I really like our Grundig FR-200. A/C power, battery and crank. It's never let us down in the 6 or 7 years since we got it as a gift.
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#223623 - 05/14/11 06:45 PM Re: Emergency Radio [Re: Outdoor_Quest]
Bear_Claw_Chris_Lapp Offline

Registered: 08/23/07
Posts: 227
Loc: Sector 16
I've had good luck with Freeplay radios. Mine is a slightly older version with no flashlight built in, but it cranks and recharges by solar.

Has kept us informed through many power outages, never failed.

In omnia paratus

#223628 - 05/14/11 07:53 PM Re: Emergency Radio [Re: KG2V]
philip Offline

Registered: 09/19/05
Posts: 639
Loc: San Francisco Bay Area
Originally Posted By: KG2V
I've always wondered "why doesn't someone make a small protable crystal radio? A diode as a detector, a High Z earplug, a small tuning cap, and a few other part - NEVER NEEDS power, and works with AM radios

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