Summary: I bought this radio from small box national chain electronics store. This was a panic purchase due to a sudden unpredicted path change of a hurricane. This combo radio was also my first foray into the hand cranked Weatherband / FM / Shortband radio market. So I had a misperception about hand crank radios that I would like to clear up for anyone that is actually researching this purchase instead of panic buying like I did.
Summary: I needed an emergency radio and actually purchased the wrong one. I was looking at the one with the N.O.A.A. station for weather broadcast and put the number in for this one by mistake. Works good. Has a generater crank incase your batteries die. has a flashing red light to attract attentention and a flashlight and a very loud siren. Nice radio, just wanted one with the national weather station.
Lots of bells and whistles but it needs a digital tuner and more quality.
Cabinetman "Cabinetman", Amazon
17 January 2011
Summary: An emergency radio is a crucial part of anyone's emergency preparedness equipment. Without one you will be blind to what's happening when the power goes out. This radio has virtually all the features you'd want in an emergency radio. Google it and you'll find them all listed. I won't go into them here. But I did a lot of research and found that there simply are not many emergency radios available.....at any price.... that can do the whole job.
Summary: I just opened my new radio and started figuring out how to use it. I was easily able to crank it for 90 seconds (recommended for 60 minutes of radio). As I was trying to tune into a shortwave station, I was adjusting the antenna and it snapped right off. So now my $40 radio is only good for AM and flash light. Bummer.
Summary: We bought this for a trip out of state so my husband could enjoy a shortwave radio while we were away from home as well as some emergency/weather info, if needed. He has been using it to get familiar with it at home and has found it to be easy to use. Only drawback was no adapter came with the unit and finding one to fit has been difficult at several stores. That would save on the batteries when using at home.
Summary: My wife bought this for me as a gift;at first I wasn't too sure that I liked it but now, several months later, I love it. You can power it with the hand-crank or with batteries. This is something I use quite often as we live way out in the boonies and if any of you are like us, we lose our rural electricity often!
Summary: If you are looking for an Emergency Radio and don't want to spend too much but still want a functional tool in an emergency, this is the item for you. Good sound and several ways to power it...including by hand crank.
Summary: I was given this radio as a gift, and had absolutely no expectations. I have owned it for almost two years and have never put a single battery in it, I have never plugged it in (it doesn't come with an A/C adapter) and it still runs well (though I can tell it's days are numbered since I need to crank it more to get the same radio time). It has the best reception of the four radios I have tried in my apartment, and all without any electricity.