Jan 28, 2013 at 10:04 pm #1298561
I like to listen to AM or FM radio while backpacking. In the wilderness the signals are very weak so you need the best radio.
I tried Grundig and Countycomm but the reception isn't so good.
I've used Sony SRF-M37W for years and it's good, but iy has no speaker.
I just bought the new CC Pocket radio. It first became available a month ago. $60. 5.7 ounces is sort of heavy. Lasts for 100 hours with 2400 mAH batteries. 2 AA.
When I was on West side of Olympic Peninsula, I could barely get the CBC station from Vancouver. CC Pocket was a little better than the Sony. You can set the AM bandwidth to narrow which makes it work a little better – rejects noise more.
That radio is really well designed with lots of details, like the buttons are recessed so they don't accidentally get pushed.Jan 29, 2013 at 5:11 am #1948354
Nice people work there too. They are 3 blocks away from my house. If anyone wants something looked at, let me know,Jan 29, 2013 at 5:33 am #1948356
For those interested, the C. Crane SW Pocket Radio is 4.75" W x 3" H x 1.2" D and weighs 6.5oz (I assume without the AA's)Jan 29, 2013 at 5:43 am #1948358
That looks like a nicely featuredcradio. Adding a speaker is big weight hit. Remember that most AM radios are using an internal ferrite bar for an antenna, so the position of the radio makes a big difference with weak signals.
I'm a fan of the tiny headphone radios. The Sangean DT-120 has become my go to daily portable. It has digital tuning and presets and shuts off in 90 minutes, saving battery life when I fall asleep listening to it. The on button needs to be held in for a couple seconds, lessening accidental power on and it shuts off if the headphones aren't plugged in. The Sony SRF-84 is my favorite hiking radio, with sensitive analog tuning and it is tiny and light.
I want to try a Sony ICF-S10MK2 pocket radio. It has a speaker and you can buy one go $10-$12.Jan 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm #1948533
@acrosomeLocale: Back in the Front Range
I would be interested in a good-quality AM/FM and WX pocket radio that uses two AAA batteries. Something like this Crane radio or the Sangean DT-400W, but using AAA. Know of any decent ones?
Or, heck, if you can think of a minature like the DT-120 without a speaker (earbuds only) that gets WX and uses AAA that'd work, too.
I really want the WX reception, otherwise what's the point?
I found the Sony SRF-M37W, but it only uses one AAA so the battery life is 40 hours- a little short.
What does the hive mind think of the Sangean DT-300VW?Jan 29, 2013 at 3:44 pm #1948565
You do know you're allowed to carry a spare AAA, don't you?
Seriously though, if you need more than 80hrs of radio for a trip, I'm very jealous.
RodJan 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm #1948578
Dean, I have been using the SRF-M37W for years. As good as reception as anything else, except maybe the new CC Pocket is slightly better.
My only complaint is not speaker, but if just headphones are good, then I would just use it.
Probably 72 hours on one AAA NiMh. You are inviting sarcastic comments like "you know, you could always carry a spare AAA battery which weighs very little". I need to work on my sarcasm…Jan 29, 2013 at 5:43 pm #1948607
Sony made the SRF-M80V AM/FM/TV/Weather Armband style radio that uses two AAA batteries.
I have one— if you are interested send me a PM.Jan 30, 2013 at 7:24 am #1948769
@acrosomeLocale: Back in the Front Range
"You do know you're allowed to carry a spare AAA, don't you?"
Gee, really ?!?! Gosh, I was too dumb to think of that…
Sarcasm back at ya. :)
"Seriously though, if you need more than 80hrs of radio for a trip, I'm very jealous."
Well, it's not about how much operating life I need for one trip, it's more about that it's annoying to change the battery often. I wouldn't after all, ONLY use it for hiking.
BUT if as you all are saying the battery life is more like 75 hours than the listed 40 hours, then that changes things. Especially since, realistically, I might fire it up for only a few hours a day. Plus, it'll be lighter. I'll have to think about how important a speaker is to me.Jan 30, 2013 at 8:35 am #1948797
I agree, carrying spare battery is inconvenient
I would think most people wouldn't think speaker was important – which says that Sony is greatJan 30, 2013 at 9:47 am #1948834
If you have battery operated toys, carrying a spare battery seems to be part of the game. I try to get all my toys on the same battery type to help with that, particularly for mission critical stuff like lighting; if your radio or MP3 player quits, it's hardly life threatening.
40 hours from a AAA sounds good to me; 75 would be fantastic. Using small headphones will save power, even on a radio with a speaker. Get a radio with an auto shutoff or sleep function if you listen to it when you go to bed.
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