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Portable Radios
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I'm looking for a small portable radio to add to my Get Home Bag. It doesn't have to have a ton of features, but it must get good reception and have Weather band as well as AM/FM. A few presets are nice but not required. It can't be bulky or heavy either since I have to lug it around daily.

I was looking at the Sangean DT-400W but I'm not sure I want to plunk down $60 for something that's going to spend the vast majority of it's time sitting in a bag waiting for something bad to happen.

http://www.amazon.com/Sangean-DT-400W-Di...s=DT-200VX

Anyone else have a suggestion or experience with something similar that isn't quite as expensive? If not, I'd be interested in suggestions for similar products for comparison.
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#2
Get this:

http://www.amazon.com/Baofeng-UV5RA-136-...ds=baofeng

It will do UHF, VHF, weather, and FM radio. No AM though. But the advantage is, you can transmit with it.
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#3
I finally got a chance to play with one of those Baofengs a few weeks ago. A friend bought a couple of them and I like them, I just wish they had more than 128 programmable channels.
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#4
I bought this for my ghb

http://www.ccrane.com/AM-FM-Radios/CC-Po...55-Presets

Reception seems to be very good, a wire antenna is shipped with it that would go in the earphone jack. Takes 2 AA's. price is the same as sagean model you were looking at

The controls can be locked. and it's small. From the looks of the sangean they look about the same size.

I bought a sangean mmr-77 I wasn't impressed with the reception, reason I went with c crane with the external ant.
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#5
BTW, the advantage to the Baofeng radios in a GHB is that they may cover the range that your local emergency services use. You'd have to check to see what frequencies are used in your area, I know that they work in my area. In an emergency situation, it would be nice to be able to listen to what the emergency services are doing as well as have the ability to listen to weather reports and communicate on the FRS/GRMS bands and the 2M HAM bands if you're so licensed.

My friend lives in Landenberg, PA, while sitting in his kitchen we were able to hit the repeater in Honeybrook. That's some decent range.
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#6
FYI you are allowed to transmit unlicensed IF there is a life or death emergency and there are no other forms of communication available.

That said, I still recommend getting a HAM license, if nothing else you will learn a heck of a lot about communications, which could someday save your life.
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bac0nfat;150414 Wrote:Get this:

http://www.amazon.com/Baofeng-UV5RA-136-...ds=baofeng

It will do UHF, VHF, weather, and FM radio. No AM though. But the advantage is, you can transmit with it.

Interesting. I wonder why they chose to leave out the AM band. This appears to be designed as an emergency radio, you would think they would want to include it since it's typically the home of news radio. I remember seeing a lot of chatter about these radios in another thread. I think I'll go back and read it more closely.

What's the battery life like? Since it has a proprietary battery it may be a pain to keep it charged all the time.
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#8
This one looks interesting too, can't find how many channels it has though: http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-UV-5R-Dual...ords=uv-r5
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Rik Bitter;150419 Wrote:
bac0nfat;150414 Wrote:Get this:

http://www.amazon.com/Baofeng-UV5RA-136-...ds=baofeng

It will do UHF, VHF, weather, and FM radio. No AM though. But the advantage is, you can transmit with it.

Interesting. I wonder why they chose to leave out the AM band. This appears to be designed as an emergency radio, you would think they would want to include it since it's typically the home of news radio. I remember seeing a lot of chatter about these radios in another thread. I think I'll go back and read it more closely.

What's the battery life like? Since it has a proprietary battery it may be a pain to keep it charged all the time.

It's not an "emergency" radio, it's marketed as a HAM radio (amateur radio). They can only fit so many features into a small, inexpensive radio, and AM radio isn't all that important to a HAM operator.

Despite being inexpensive and small, it's very capable. I sell radios for a living, some of which cost over $5000, and I can tell you that the Baofengs are worth every penny. They have their quirks and are far from perfect, but you can't beat it for the price. I carry one in my backpack daily. I like the fact that I don't have to worry about a $40 radio getting lost or stolen.

The battery life is good because it's lithium ion. The actual run time will depend on how much you are transmitting. On receive only, it will last plenty long to get you through a typical emergency.

streaker69;150420 Wrote:This one looks interesting too, can't find how many channels it has though: http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-UV-5R-Dual...ords=uv-r5

That's actually the one that I have. I know there are a couple versions out there with pretty minor differences between them.
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bac0nfat;150414 Wrote:Get this:

http://www.amazon.com/Baofeng-UV5RA-136-...ds=baofeng

It will do UHF, VHF, weather, and FM radio. No AM though. But the advantage is, you can transmit with it.

^^^This.

You can also program in FRS/GMRS frequencies as well.
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