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#286794 - 10/17/17 11:42 PM Weather radio
Bingley Offline

Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 1384
I was thinking of upgrading my weather radio. I have a ten-year old Radio Shack 12-259, and I thought perhaps technology has advanced in the last decade. After a brief search, I discovered that not much has changed. Am I wrong in thinking this?

If you want S.A.M.E. technology, there aren't that many choices. For a portable weather radio, you basically get the Midland HH54VP2, which actually looks a lot like the Radio Shack -- same appearance, operation, and even problem (short battery life). Desktop radio weathers with S.A.M.E. include the Midland WR-300 and the Sangean CL-100. It looks like there is also a Reecom. So my questions are:

1. Why don't we have more choices?

2. Why are the dekstop radios more expensive than the portable? Are they better?

#286796 - 10/18/17 12:40 AM Re: Weather radio [Re: Bingley]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3098
Loc: USA
My opinion is that 1) is due to the relatively small market for weather radios in general and S.A.M.E. weather radios in particular and 2) desktop radios are expected to last longer and have both AC and battery backup power, and probably have better sensitivity and selectivity. People, I think, expect desktop radios to just work, but are more likely to be willing to fiddle with a portable radio, its location and its antenna.

#286798 - 10/18/17 02:51 AM Re: Weather radio [Re: Bingley]
LesSnyder Offline

Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 1546
Loc: New Port Richey, Fla
Bingley... I have both a Midland 300 and Reecom R1630... the Midland has AM/FM and I opted for the Reecom without AM/FM... FWIW, I like the Reecom a little better as the warning is audible where the warning with the Midland is visual... I live about 35 miles (straight line) from the tower (Florida is pretty flat here on the coast)... I get excellent reception with both receivers... both work on AAs as well as 120v

Edited by LesSnyder (10/18/17 02:56 AM)

#286802 - 10/18/17 09:36 AM Re: Weather radio [Re: Bingley]
jshannon Offline

Registered: 02/02/03
Posts: 585
Loc: North Texas

#286803 - 10/18/17 10:48 AM Re: Weather radio [Re: Bingley]
WB2QGZ Offline

Registered: 03/01/03
Posts: 25
Loc: FN30gq Long Island, NY
Hi Folks,

Just my experience form owning a bunch of weather radios- had trouble with at least 2 Midlands with intermittent decode, had them on different stations and outdoor antennas, pretty much ruled out everything but the radios themselves. Tried a Motorola MWR839, that worked well and bought a second. Drastically better audio, better performance on AM/FM/WX and hasn't missed a decode in about a year. Just my observations and happy to be able to offer some advice back to the group

#286804 - 10/18/17 12:59 PM Re: Weather radio [Re: jshannon]
Bingley Offline

Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 1384
Originally Posted By: jshannon

It looks like they're recommending a radio without SAME?! Can that be true?

I'm averse to do-it-all multi-function emergency radios. A small radio that can also generate some power, serve as a flashlight, etc. doesn't do as well as a dedicated power generator, flashlights, radio, etc. So if I were to upgrade, I would be looking for weather radios (just NOAA stuff, not even AM/FM -- I have a dedicated radio for that).

But I guess this list partly answers the question I have -- if the market reflects demand, then most people aren't looking for a dedicated weather radio with SAME.

#286805 - 10/18/17 01:11 PM Re: Weather radio [Re: WB2QGZ]
Bingley Offline

Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 1384
Originally Posted By: WB2QGZ
Tried a Motorola MWR839

Ha, that is the exact same item as the Sangean CL-100! Again, it looks like there isn't much of a demand for innovation, and so companies just rebrand the same product.

I do have an idea for innovation. Why not a portable weather radio that has GPS so it can change the SAME code automatically wherever you go? Imagine taking a long road trip. You'd want to be kept up to date with all the weather hazards.

#286808 - 10/18/17 06:52 PM Re: Weather radio [Re: Bingley]
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2396
there are also nice weather apps for you phone and computer...

#286815 - 10/19/17 01:48 AM Re: Weather radio [Re: Bingley]
Ratch Offline

Registered: 08/05/17
Posts: 26
Radio jay Allen has a lot of radio reviews, including weather radios. I tend to trust his judgement, given his deep background in the field.


#286817 - 10/19/17 03:57 AM Re: Weather radio [Re: Ratch]
Bingley Offline

Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 1384
Originally Posted By: Ratch
Radio jay Allen has a lot of radio reviews, including weather radios. I tend to trust his judgement, given his deep background in the field.


Where are his weather radio reviews? A keyword search with the word "weather" turns up two radios, but neither is a weather radio. Moreover, neither has SAME.

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