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A PORTABLE SURVIVAL RADIO
by New England
New Survival Radio!
Kaito KA-200 Survival Radio.
Excellent reception in a very tiny package.
Excellent reception in a very tiny package. Black.
It will play for over 50 hours with standard AAA batteries
(not included) playing quite loudly, and play for over 100
hours with an ear bug (not included).
on radio at left for more info. Only $12.95.
The most common type of radio receives
the AM broadcast band. At night, a good quality radio
will allow you to hear stations over a thousand miles
||The GE Superadio III,
mentioned elsewhere on this site, gets as many
distant stations as radios costing ten times as
much. It only costs around $60. It has terminals
to connect a long wire antenna.
To improve AM reception, A
Select-A-Tenna unit is available.
||It uses no
power - you place it near the radio, and by
turning them you can hear stations that are on
the same frequency, but in different directions.
Poorer radios show dramatic improvement with this
antenna, but even the GE radio is helped by it.
They start around $50, and both C. Crane Radio and
Radio carry them.
Now is the time to make a list of news
radio stations you can hear, what frequency they are on,
and what city they are in. During both World Trade Center
bombings, I was able to tune in to New York City stations
that had there own reporters on the scene, giving live
coverage. A resource to help you find these stations is
Here in southern New England, I can get stations from
Quebec and Montreal Canada, Boston, NYC, Washington, DC,
Atlanta, and Chicago. During the great northeast blackout
in the 1960's, I was able to get weak local stations in
the Deep South, on a cheap shirt pocket radio because the
local stations on those frequencies were off the air. The
same holds true for SHORTWAVE
radios, without the interference from electrical
power and other transmitters, even a cheap radio will get
far away stations.
digital AM-FM-SW from the Survival Shop is a very
handy, compact, and capable of getting many
stations. You can easily drop this in your shirt
pocket, and everybody should have several of
these tucked away with a fresh pair of AA
batteries. The Grundig E10 digital AM-FM-SW is a
new model at a moderate price around $130. You do
have to program its many features, including a
fairly large memory. The Vector battery pack
supplies 5 amp hours of 12 VDC and can be
recharged from a lighter socket or wall
Features are added to the radios
design, to overcome interference. The lower half of the
price range is dominated by analog models. They can
perform quite well, and draw very little battery power.
You want a separate fine tuning knob, and a signal
strength meter or LED light. The more segments or bands
the shortwave frequencies are divided into the better.
Dual conversion is a desirable feature to overcome
S-350 AM-FM-SW radio. The Grundig FR-200 is a
wind up or battery powered AM-FM-SW radio, It
sells for $40. The Kaito AM-FM-Weather-VHF TV
sound SW radio with Dynamo and Solar panel
built in, is just cheap, but it does work. The
Grundig Satellit 700 AM-FM-SW is no longer in
production. [Lower row] The Toshiba F11 was made
for many, many years, but not recently. The
Grundig 305 AM-FM-SW is out of production too,
but it has been replaced by a similar model. The
MFJ-382 is an amplified speaker designed to
filter out non-voice noises. It has an internal 9
VDC battery, or can be powered by 9-12 VDC
source. It works very well with the GP-4L Miles
sells, as well as any small radio you want to
hear across the room. If powered by a large 9 to
12 VDC battery, the radio volume can be turned
down very low, saving the batteries in the
portable, and the volume on this amplified
speaker turned up louder.
The next step up in performance is to
have a digital readout so you can see exactly what
frequency you are tuned to. Now you can really use
the list. The upper
half of the price range is dominated by radios that are
tuned digitally. They are offered with many convenience
features like timers and clocks, but having a memory of
stations stored right inside, and the ability to tune
them immediately is there real advantage to me. This
group is better if you will be listening not only to
broadcast programs, but people talking back and forth to
each other (Amateur, Military, FEMA etc.). You will want
single side band for that.
a collection of four sizes of Sealed Lead Acid
rechargeable batteries, and alligator clips and
plugs, for making power cords.
When I heard Flight 800 went down in
Long Island Sound, I picked up my Grundig Satellite 700,
and listened to the short wave frequencies used by the
Coast Guard and by commercial aircraft over the Atlantic
Ocean, stored in its memory (That model radio is out of
production). The little computers inside these radios can
make them do many things, but you have to study the
manual, to make that happen. Sort of like programming a
VCR. None of these radios have pleasant room filling
sound. The very small radios become tiresome to listen
to, and the midsize ones will distort, if turned up loud
enough to hear across the room, but you can use
headphones, or a set of computer speakers to overcome
that. - New England Gardener