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Eton Mini Compact AM/FM/Shortwave Radio [Deal of the Day] - $25

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Amazon currently has the Eton Grundig Edition Mini AM/FM/Shortwave Radio for $25 w/ free shipping using Prime.

Note that this is a deal of the day promo and pricing is valid for the next 15 hours or so:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LEFYF4M/

Specs:
  • Digital tuner and display
  • Digital display frequency timer and alarm activation
  • FM telescopic antenna
  • Band selector on left side
  • Powered by 2 AAA batteries or 6V AC adaptor into the DC jack (sold separately)
Lowest price ever per CCC. I bought one for emergencies, etc. Good luck!
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$25 for an FM radio? Not sure this is a slick deal here
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$25 for an FM radio? Not sure this is a slick deal here
It's not. Calling this shortwave is such a lie. No way you will pick up anything with this unless you go out of your way to rig a huge antenna.
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$25 for an FM radio? Not sure this is a slick deal here
Reread the OP. Your comprehension needs help.
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Reread the OP. Your comprehension needs help.
My comprehension is fine. Shortwave is great for emergencies but this thing looks useless and is essentially just an FM radio
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It's not. Calling this shortwave is such a lie. No way you will pick up anything with this unless you go out of your way to rig a huge antenna.
Look at the 4th photo. It includes the biggest antenna of all - "Jesus" antenna!
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Look at the 4th photo. It includes the biggest antenna of all - "Jesus" antenna!
Holy crap i stand corrected lol
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My comprehension is fine. Shortwave is great for emergencies but this thing looks useless and is essentially just an FM radio
That simply isn't true.

Also, of course it's a deal, at $20 off, and at the historical lowest price according to CCC.
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I bought one. When Irma was coming I noticed the only piece of emergency equipment I didn't have was a good FM radio.

That this does shortwave in addition is a nice bonus. Thanks for sharing!
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I bought one. When Irma was coming I noticed the only piece of emergency equipment I didn't have was a good FM radio.

That this does shortwave in addition is a nice bonus. Thanks for sharing!
I'd still rather have FM on my cell phone.
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This Baofeng UV-82 [amazon.com] could be another good radio for emergencies - not only does it include a decent-sounding FM radio mode, but you can program this little radio for local fire, EMT and police frequencies to listen and see what's going on by going to RadioReference.com [radioreference.com] to find your local info. You don't need a ham radio license to listen, but you would definitely need one to transmit.

I've had a ham license for about 3 years now, and this little Baofeng radio is great to listen in. I usually talk on the HF frequencies included on the Eton, which requires higher priced equipment, but this Baofeng picks up all kinds of signals even with its little equipped antenna. Getting a ham license is really pretty easy to get started with minimal studying, and you can find out more of the exam questions and answers somewhere like Hamstudy.org [hamstudy.org].
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good for receiving radio broadcast updates from atop of a high rise apartment complex during a zombie apocalypse, on where the safe zones are (if any) ?


noticed this doesn't have NOAA channels. pass
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This Baofeng UV-82 [amazon.com] could be another good radio for emergencies
Hey, thanks for the info! Added that radio to my wish list. I could probably find this info with minimal searching but I'm gonna be lazy and ask you Wink

Does that radio include standard CB frequencies as well?
How about a scan function for the EMS frequencies?
Also are any of the Tx/Rx frequencies available for unlicensed use? (If I ordered 2 could I use it to communicate with a buddy?)
I'm guessing the battery can't be charged by a USB battery pack.. Know where I could find additional batteries at a decent price?
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Hey, thanks for the info! Added that radio to my wish list. I could probably find this info with minimal searching but I'm gonna be lazy and ask you Wink

Does that radio include standard CB frequencies as well?
How about a scan function for the EMS frequencies?
Also are any of the Tx/Rx frequencies available for unlicensed use? (If I ordered 2 could I use it to communicate with a buddy?)
I'm guessing the battery can't be charged by a USB battery pack.. Know where I could find additional batteries at a decent price?
No problem at all!

1) No, CB frequencies are around 29-30MHz, so you can't get them on this radio.

2) Yes, this radio will scan with the SCAN button when you program it. Programming is easier by computer using a USB cable something like this [amazon.com].

3) Unfortunately you are supposed to have a ham license to use any of the frequencies on this radio. You'd be surprised, though, how easy the Technician ham radio license is to get. It's around 30 multiple choice questions, and all of the questions and answers are given to you at sites like the one in my first post. I printed out the questions and answers and read them over during lunch for a couple of weeks, then I took the test at a local facility and aced it.

Once you have your Technician's license you can talk on these frequencies, and my Baofeng can easily reach one of the local repeaters 30 miles away. A repeater is like a transmission host - when you set your radio to talk on a repeater, it "broadcasts" your signal out through its large antenna many more miles. I can talk to somebody in North Carolina or Georgia from Upstate South Carolina by hitting a local repeater.

4) Amazon has a few different replacement battery packs, but this 6 AAA battery pack [amazon.com] might be the most efficient if you were to use rechargeable batteries for it. My radio can last a day or more of moderate use on one charge, but the AAA batteries would give it versatility.

You are welcome to private message any other questions you have. I'll copy this response and message you with it, too.
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No problem at all!
Awesome, thanks for the detailed reply! I'll look into getting a ham license, I had a CB when I was a kid and a couple of my uncles were ham operators.
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