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#272420 - 10/23/14 07:42 PM Re: The lowly battery-operated radio [Re: ireckon]
Russ Offline
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5063
Loc: SOCAL
The RadioShack AM/FM Pocket radio and the Kaito AM/FM radio sold by CountyComm remind me of the "transistor" radio I had as a kid back in the '60's -- very simple and fairly trouble-free. Pretty much the same $ ballpark but considering inflation, the current crop are seriously inexpensive. As I recall, mine didn't have FM, AM only -- different times...

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#272421 - 10/23/14 07:54 PM Re: The lowly battery-operated radio [Re: Arney]
Mark_R Offline
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Registered: 05/29/10
Posts: 853
Loc: Southern California
I've got an Eton Scorpian sitting in my kit. Nothing fancy, but enough rubber armor to ensure it survives getting bounced around. It uses a very low power (3x 2/3AAA)cordless phone battery pack. Building a 3x AA eneloop or other LSD rechargable pack would be a plug and play solution to the low battery capacity.
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#272422 - 10/23/14 08:03 PM Re: The lowly battery-operated radio [Re: Arney]
Glock-A-Roo Offline
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Registered: 04/16/03
Posts: 1076
Oh no! I found this flavor of the GP-5 at Amazon which was the gateway drug to this Yaesu VX-8R for which I must now fight clicking the 'order' button...! Lots of accessories too.

I can't believe you guys are making me buy this equipment. cry

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#272424 - 10/23/14 08:06 PM Re: The lowly battery-operated radio [Re: Arney]
chaosmagnet Offline
Sheriff
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3074
Loc: USA
Glock-A-Roo: At the same price point as the Yaesu VX-8R I would recommend instead the Kenwood TH-F6A. It's dramatically easier to use/operate, and has a wider wideband receive (I believe it's actually the widest wideband receive available in any HT). It's even a touch smaller (in width and height, it is a touch deeper). Mine has been rock solid.

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#272426 - 10/23/14 09:21 PM Re: The lowly battery-operated radio [Re: chaosmagnet]
Glock-A-Roo Offline
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Registered: 04/16/03
Posts: 1076
Originally Posted By: chaosmagnet
Glock-A-Roo: At the same price point as the Yaesu VX-8R I would recommend instead the Kenwood TH-F6A. It's dramatically easier to use/operate, and has a wider wideband receive (I believe it's actually the widest wideband receive available in any HT). It's even a touch smaller (in width and height, it is a touch deeper). Mine has been rock solid.


My application would be for a radio for use at home but that could instantly be dropped into a BOB and used hard in the field. Can the Kenwood stand up to the same punishment? And, can both do scanning work about the same? In a crisis I think being able to scan efficiently is valuable.

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#272439 - 10/24/14 02:28 AM Re: The lowly battery-operated radio [Re: Arney]
chaosmagnet Offline
Sheriff
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3074
Loc: USA
I love the scan functions on my Kenwood. They're both powerful and very easy to use. The unit is very rugged. The Yaesu is rated for limited immersion, which the Kenwood is not.

I use my Kenwood for emergency communications exercises in the field and it's never let me down.

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#272444 - 10/24/14 03:01 AM Re: The lowly battery-operated radio [Re: Arney]
Bingley Offline
Veteran

Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 1384
I hear good things about the Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio from hams. It's very cheap, and apparently you can pull in far away stations. A lot of bang for the buck.

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/7384

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#272446 - 10/24/14 03:31 AM Re: The lowly battery-operated radio [Re: Arney]
Blast Offline
INTERCEPTOR
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3561
Loc: Spring, Texas
Great article about the small radio Sony makes for the US prison system: http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-ipod-of-prison?currentPage=all

The non-prison version of this radio is $15 on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006JQ06/ref=...=I1HFQPSKGTLUNG

It is supposed to be incredibly durable, runs 100-150 hours on a single AA battery, and has amazing reception.
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#272453 - 10/24/14 05:25 AM Re: The lowly battery-operated radio [Re: Blast]
Arney Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 2485
Loc: California
Fascinating. I had no idea that manufacturers make prison-specific models.

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#272459 - 10/24/14 03:45 PM Re: The lowly battery-operated radio [Re: LesSnyder]
Eugene Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2823
Originally Posted By: LesSnyder
for the more mundane use like tornado warning, I have both a Midland W300 and Reecom weather alert (SAME) radio... I really like the Reecom, but I did not choose the more expensive model with the AM/FM capability, but would do so if had been my only radio... it runs on AAs as well as a wall plug... I like the Reecom as the alert is received as voice in addition to the alert tone


Can you control the SAME alerts? I had a radio on my night stand but was woken up too many time to Amber alerts. Not that I'm saying I don't care about someones Amber alert but at home when I'm sleeping I'm not going to be anywhere to spot a getaway vehicle. I'd prefer those to be filtered out in that instance but still get them on the vehicle radios.

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