Summary: This is the second basic Coby AM/FM radio I purchased from Amazon.com, and both models were total junk. I returned one, but I had already discarded all packaging from this one, so I feel too guilty to return this one, too. I highly recommend you never buy a Coby product, and Amazon.com should stop selling this junk. Coby appears incapable of building a functioning radio.
Summary: I mean what do you expect in a $10 shortwave radio? Not much. Edited: The radio is now selling for almost $30. This is ludicrous. DO NOT BUY THIS RADIO AT THIS PRICE. I haven't used mine a lot, so it hasn't worn out like those of other reviewers, but it's obviously cheaply made. The outside edge of the off-center tuning knob grates on the case (I guess I could take a knife to the case). The buttons are flimsy. It just screams CHEAP. Performance figures are weak.
Summary: It is exactly what I wanted, a very lightweight radio for hiking. It weighs almost nothing and is a great addition to my hikes. It is not a world class receiver, but it is well worth the $10 I paid for it. It receives everything I want to. FM is great but AM it can only receive close stations. SW so far so good. Just know what you are buying, it is a $10 radio and it is worth every penny. The clock and alarm work fine. Build quality is acceptable considering the price.
Summary: This is a great little radio for setting beside your bed, and listening to international shortwave broadcasts before dozing off. An accidental drop won't hurt you with it's ultra-low price.Before buying, I researched the various "bargain basement" shortwave receivers, and this one was well thought of on [@]. As I am an extra class amateur radio operator, and trust the opinions of other hams, a good review there does wonders.
"POWER OFF" SWITCH STOPPED WORKING 2ND DAY I HAD IT!
29 May 2011
Summary: I purchased this and a couple of other pocket radios. This one was pretty nice and the sound quality was good. AM and FM tuning were very good to excellent. Shortwave was alright, missing some of the more used SW bands. The first night I listened to AM talk radio for a few hours then set the alarm to wake me up and turned it off.
This Radio Was A Good Receiver, But Did Not Last Long
A. Ebel "gccradioscience", Amazon
3 May 2011
Summary: When I first got, I was happy that I got it along time ago. I opened the package and put 2 AA batteries in and started tuning around with it. During the day the frequencies were quite limited and I was lucky to hear some stations on the 19 meter band, the frequency range was the 49 Meter band to the 15 meter band, it did receive alot of shortwave signals on the 49 meter band.