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13. Emergency Radio, Esky 3W LED Flashlight Hand Crank Radio, Self Powered AM/FM NOAA Weather Radio, Portable Solar Radio 1000mAh Power Bank USB Charger for iPhone/Smart Phone (Red)

  • 【3 Charging Ways】-- No electricity? No worries. Thanks to its 3 charging methods, the self powered radio is always ready to go! The powerful 1000mAh battery can be charged via a USB cable, the solar panel, or the hand crank.
  • 【1000mAh Phone Charger】-- A dead phone can be life threatening. Don't let your phone die when you need it most! Simply plug your phone or other small electronics into the USB port of this hand crank radio for some extra juice.
  • 【Durable Emergency Radio】-- Hurricanes, tornadoes, rainstorms, fires, and more-the Esky Weather Radio will keep your family safe through it all. The rugged design is both durable and water-resistant, and can withstand even the harshest of conditions.
  • 【3 LED Emergency Flashlight】-- Don't let the dark get you down. The 3W built-in flashlight will cut through the blackness and maximize visibility.
  • 【Portable Radio On The Go】-- This lightweight AM/FM/NOAA radio is a hassle-free way to listen to important weather or news updates. Keep it in your trunk, your suitcase, or carry it by hand with the attached lanyard. It's even small enough to fit in your pocket.
Emergency Radio, Esky 3W LED Flashlight Hand Crank Radio, Self Powered AM/FM NOAA Weather Radio, Portable Solar Radio 1000mAh Power Bank USB Charger for iPhone/Smart Phone (Red)
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Release dateNovember 2018
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16. [Upgraded Version] RunningSnail Emergency Hand Crank Self Powered AM/FM NOAA Solar Weather Radio with LED Flashlight, 1000mAh Power Bank for iPhone/Smart Phone

  • 【HOME & OUTDOOR NECESSARY】As reported, we used to experience several times natural disasters per year like hurricanes"Harvey", Wildfire, and so on. The emergency weather Radio will keep your family safe through it all. This Weather Radio can timely report emergency weather alerts in your areas to be well prepared; A 2000mAh Built-in Li-ion battery to charge most of the device until power back; A LED flashlight with rugged cover design could light up your darkness.
  • 【2000mAh PHONE CHARGER】When we are trapped in an emergency,This emergency radio with a 2000mAh emergency power bank may be our life-saving tool. The emergency portable radio works with most USB powered devices, which could provide enough emergency power for important calls to your family, the emergency services, or for contacting assistance in emergency situations.
  • 【3-WAY POWER SOURCES】The solar crank radios with multiple power backup options are the best choice in the emergency package. 3 Power Source including Hand Crank, Solar Panel, Built-in Li-ion Rechargeable Battery, to make it easier to keep the emergency radio running during a prolonged situation where power is off and batteries have been used up. Never Power outage!
  • 【PORTABLE RADIO WITH FLASHLIGHT】This pocket-sized portable emergency radio's dimension is 5*1.8*2.4inch and weight 0.5 LB, which is surprisingly small and light. Also, it comes with 1W LED Flashlight, which will cut through the blackness and maximize visibility. Carrying around a large unit is quite difficult when you have to move around during emergencies, this emergency radio is a smart choice.
  • 【CUSTOMER TECHNICAL SUPPORT】Your voice drives us to be the best. We back our emergency weather radio with an 18-months Warranty! If you are not satisfied with this NOAA weather radio, we will provide the solution for you immediately as you contact us. And our customer service is here for you 24/7 for anything you need! NO RISK FOR YOUR PURCHASE!
[Upgraded Version] RunningSnail Emergency Hand Crank Self Powered AM/FM NOAA Solar Weather Radio with LED Flashlight, 1000mAh Power Bank for iPhone/Smart Phone
Height1.8 inches
Length5 inches
Weight0.49 Pounds
Width2.4 inches
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u/rediKELous · -4 pointsr/politics

I have been posting this in relevant places to people I think might take it into consideration:

You can survival prep very quickly. Buy a water filtration system (I prefer the Platypus brand gravity filter) and at least a couple spare filters. Alternatively, you can purify water with bleach (info here). Buy at least 2 weeks of canned food that you won't touch for at least a week after the event (unless you plan to be moving). Dry beans and rice are better for your calorie/weight ratio. Buy a shotgun or pistol with a decent amount of ammo (I'm thinking 500 rounds for a pistol or at least 100 shotgun shells) and get familiar with using it safely. Cash, if cash isn't working, gold and silver ain't either. Also, a hand crank or solar battery charger, which can be found for around $20 combined with a flashlight and radio. Bam!, you're now better prepped than 95+% of the population.

Some other additional items: MEDICATION RESERVES (if possible to acquire), flashlights, hunting knife, rope, tarp, Bic lighters, padlocks & chains (heavy so wouldn't be great for travel), enough gas to drive to a location you believe would be safe, hiking backpack. US Air Force Survival Manual for reading

I recognize guns are a touchy subject with many people here, but in this day and age, I would encourage you to look at the world around us and maybe see that we could be in a more precarious position in our society than we would like. I would hope that the US would never come to a point in which gear like this might be necessary, but it is better to build dikes than just to pray for sunshine. Anyway, if guns truly aren't your thing, just don't get one.

If you do choose to become a gunowner, and you do not have experience with them, I seriously cannot overstate the importance of taking some sort of class or training with someone experienced that you trust.

This is a simplified, but relatively comprehensive survival prep guide for everything from natural disasters to total societal meltdown. I would encourage everyone to do at least some of it. The Boy Scout motto simply says "Be prepared". It doesn't say what to be prepared for.

Gun people of Reddit: I recognize a .22 rifle is probably the best for hunting small game and ammo expense/weight/availability. I also realize the AR-15 is probably your best jack-of-all-trades gun. I personally feel that a 9mm pistol or shotgun is a better option for a new gunowner to get started. We can argue about it til we're blue in the face, and I respect your opinion, but I'm not changing it.

u/Teerlys · 4 pointsr/preppers

Being in an apartment I can appreciate that space is tight. If you're looking to have enough calories to survive for a while, the all around best option is white rice. Grab 2 50 lb bags of the stuff, find 3 food grade 5 gallon buckets with lids. Dump them, put the lids on, stack them vertically in a closet. Yeah, doing them up in Mylar inside of the buckets and adding O2 absorbers is a much better way of storing them, but they'll still last for a decade or so stored this way. That's 160,000 calories stored for probably less than $50 in US money. May be more or less equivalency for you. So long as you have water and some kind of way to heat, you can enjoy nice, bland, non-nutritious calories for a good long while. Have some multivitamins and spices on hand.

Hopefully you can also have propane tanks. I'm not sure what apartments look like there, but here they frequently come with a patio and a basement storage area. If you can have propane tanks, you can get a propane burner along with a High Pressure Hose so that you can use normal propane tanks. (Note: I didn't dig too deep into direct compatibility of those two items. I just listed them as an example so you could see what I was talking about.)

Water in an apartment is more iffy. Assuming you have a bath tub, get a Water Bob. It's an easy 100 gallons of water if you have time to fill it before/if water lines go out. With more space you could do more, but once that's full also fill every container and glass in the house and cover them with cling wrap to stop evaporation. Normally I'd advise a tarp and an extra 5 gallon bucket to catch rainwater... but I'd imagine there might be the risk of airborne radioactive particles coming down so I don't know how relevant that advice would be here.

The other major thing is that you'll want to have a radio that you know will work. I'm not sure of the range of an EMP from a nuke, but it might be worth looking into that and also how to construct a faraday cage. Then get yourself a hand crank radio along with batteries and store them in there. You'll need to know what's safe and what's not, and realistically you're going to be relying on your government a bit for that. Your job, assuming you're out of the immediate kill radius, is to ensure that you and your family have water, food, shelter, and know what to do to stay safe.

So far as avoiding radiation... surrounding yourself with dirt or water are the best ways to stop it from getting to you. The deeper the better. There probably aren't a lot of options for that in an apartment complex, but knowing that is important so that you can react to whatever the situation is. The other thing is that you'll want to have a supply of Potassium Iodide tablets. If you are exposed to radiation, other than getting the radioactive particles off of you (strip clothes, thoroughly rinse off) those are your primary recourse.

Best of luck. I hope our crazy guy doesn't trigger your crazy guy into doing anything that forces you to need this.

u/EraserGirl · 2 pointsr/preppers

You can do a LOT at your age, but it will be mostly research and learning skills. That's what a lot of us did at your age. Scout groups used to teach a lot more bushcraft and survival skills than they do now. Some really excellent books on wilderness and emergency survivial were written more than 50 years ago. The American Boys Handy Book (1882) is one you can download. Boy's Own Book 1834 is another. they will have information in them on how to snare animals, catch fish, build shelters, with only sticks, ropes and a pocket knife.

You can find a lot of how to videos on Youtube that will teach you outdoor craft and survival skills.

Do all the research for your family: Diagram your house and its exits, and map your neighborhood, try to get your family to agree on a meetup place outside your house in case of emergency if you get split up. ...say a relative or friends house. and then choose one outside your neighborhood, then one outside of your city so you all know where to meet.

Gather all the emergency information and contact numbers you can find. put em in a paper notebook and keep them current. Write in the Rain makes some very nice notebooks that are practically indestructible. Find out where your town's emergency shelter is.

Scan all your family's important documents, birth certificates, vaccinations, health records, insurance policies, and the med records for your pets! and put them on flash drives, keep one, put one on your parents key chain. Paper copies are also worth putting in more than one location.

Monitor all the batteries, flash lights and detectors in your house. use maskng tape and markers and a notebook to keep track of how old the batteries are. usually people change the batteries when the clocks get changed.

Start your bug out backpack, start simply - compass, maps, flash light, Swiss Army pocket knife, sweater, glowsticks, rain poncho, first aid kit, hand warmer, candle, matches. Get an old cell phone that has no service and keep it charged. put IT and its power cord and and whatever cables you need to charge it. This phone will be able to dial 911 even without a service contract. Ask for an Eton Crank Radio/Flashlight Phone Charger for a present or buy one. I like to have a seperate crank flashlight besides the radio.

In case of emergency you will probably end up in a shelter with other people. Collect all the things that will be helpful in that situation....

Shelters will have bottled water, snacks, and maybe sandwiches. You should carry hard candy, power bars and flavor packets for the water. Keep them fresh. basically take them out and eat them and replace them with fresh ones every so often.

Shelters may not have anything cool to keep you and others from being too bored, bring small games, like ones with dice -Yahtzee, card games like UNO, a book of short stories or a classic novel that can be read outloud in pieces, like Tolkien. Basically stuff that everyone knows and takes up a small amount of space in your back pack. This is something everyone forgets but will make you very popular.

Do you have pets? Pets need their own prepping..Research sites like Pets and Disasters at American Veterinary Association etc... and gather the things you need for your pets evacuation bag. Make sure you can gather it all up quickly.

There is a lot more to emergency preparedness than stockpiling food. You are very wise.

u/WaffleTail · 2 pointsr/InternetIsBeautiful

I just remember randomly reading somewhere that 14070hz is pretty much universally PSK31 around the world. I think alot of HAM user's usually use that or RTTY. Plus of course CW or "morse code". I've also seen Hellschreiber used a few times (you know on news channels that show stock prices going across the bottom of the screen? sortof like this It's basically like in the old days, a printer would print out on a thin piece of paper to update stock at remote locations. They use Hellschriber as the transmission method). Though it's been awhile.

Also if you're REALLY lucky you can capture SSTV color images being sent over radio. I haven't caught one yet but i'm probably just not looking around the right frequencies. They have a very specific tone though. You can try it out for fun though if you have the first Portal game. They had an easter egg of some sort using SSTV. Like this

The "closest" i've been able to capture images was just some weather map lol. In black and white but it was something. But! This was off my own radio i got off of Amazon. The Tecsun PL-600 (I wrote a super long but probably boring review on Amazon's page, under the name Mobius there if you want to read it). It was pretty cool though. I saved an image of it.


I sometimes need help seeing it too :p

u/kilogears · 1 pointr/amateurradio

Ok. My short-wave enthusiasts that are also Ham operators recommended this radio for receiving morse code:
Tecsun PL880. Note that many of these inexpensive portable SWL radios are not really designed for what you want to do, but there are a few like this one that do the job very well. This one also falls under $200.

The key feature here is that it has fine tuning and narrow bandwidth (selectable actually) so that it can be operated like a traditional CW receiver. The radio includes a portable long wire antenna which you can plug in and extend out the window to the nearest tree.

You will want to tune in to the CW portion of the 40 meter and 20 meter ham bands, which is approximately 7.000 to 7.125 (40M) and on 20 meters, 14.000 to 14.150.

See here for a nice band chart:
[ARRL Band Chart] (

Again though, work with a local person that can help understand your particular needs. It sounds like you may have made some good contacts in this thread already!

u/TravisGoraczkowski · 2 pointsr/radio

I live out in the middle of absolute nowhere. I look for radios that have what's called a coaxial antenna connector. That way I can hook the big TV antenna that's on my roof to it, or they also work with smaller antennas that screw right on. If you don't have a big TV antenna you can still get decent reception with the right radio.

First of all, are you okay with buying used? I've had a little Tivoli model ONE that I bough used for $70 maybe 3 years ago. I love it. Its the perfect little table radio, and has a coaxial antenna connector. The tuner is really good at grabbing stations even if I have it hooked up to the smaller antenna it comes with. New ones go for close to $150, but here's a few eBay sellers with used ones below $100

[Tivoli 1] (

[Tivoli 2] (

Those are just the first two I found under $100. Do some shopping around and you might find a better deal. Some go for a lot more since some have bluetooth.

Not wanting to buy used? Thats totally fine! I haven't personally used one, but the Amazon reviews for [this Sangean radio] ( seem good. It looks like a nice little unit too.

If there's anything else you'd like to know, just ask!

u/Pyrallis · 2 pointsr/amateurradio

The numbers stations you can pick up depend a lot on your location. I love my little Sony ICF-SW7600GR, and have listened to numbers stations on it. The numbers stations I hear are Cuban ones. A shortwave will let you listen in on pretty much anything. I've heard aircraft navigation beacons, conversations between hams, Morse code chatter, world band international programming, and Coast Guard contacts with distressed boaters. If you do get a shortwave before getting licensed, the book Passport to World Band Radio is well worth getting. It contains guide charts to international broadcasts you can tune in, and includes reviews of various shortwave radios you might consider purchasing.

You do know that in a properly executed numbers station, the code they use is uncrackable? Not uncrackable as in really difficult, but as in mathematically impossible. Don't let that detract from your desire, though. Listening in is still fun, and I think the uncrackable nature makes the code that much more mysterious. It is fun to spend an evening listening to the code, and let your imagination run wild as to what message, if anything, the spies in the field are getting. I've done it.

Have you heard of the Conet Project? It's a 4 CD recording of categorized numbers stations! The publisher has made it freely available for download, and encourages P2P distribution, so you can grab it from The Pirate Bay, or directly from the publisher's site. If you download from the publisher's site, don't forget to grab the PDF booklet, too.

u/NoyzMaker · 5 pointsr/NewOrleans

Never been through a storm here but just some general answers to your questions:

> Other than getting their stuff together, any special advice for pets? Shelters probably won't be open to three cats, two big dogs, and a bunny, most of whom are disabled in one way or another.

Red Cross does provide animal & human shelters. Make sure to get chips and recent pictures of your pets (and you with your pets) for when you pick them up.

> Without regular broadcast television to feed those old battery operated sets, how do you get info once power and cell service are gone?

Emergency radios. Preferably crank radios like this one: Crank Radio

> How long does the power usually stay out?

Varies on where you live but plan for about 3 to 4 days.

> How do you protect your shit if you do gtfo.

How do you protect it when you go on vacation? You secure it the best you can and just have faith people don't go full looting asshole.

> How do you deal with window A/C units?

You take them out if you are boarding up or evacuating and secure the windows. How do you handle them when you go out of town and don't board up your windows?

> At what point do you board up windows, and how?

Most cases it is plywood cut to the size of your window frame and screw them in the frame. Some houses have shutters or bermuda shades you can close to secure the windows.

u/masamunecyrus · 2 pointsr/GoodValue

Look at the used list from the site. Try to ignore 1990's-era design--this is a good site that sells enthusiast and professional-grade radios. Go down and explore your options for radios within your price range.

The Grundig G8 Traveler is good, as well are many other older, tried-and-true Grundig models.

Almost anything from Crane is good. I bought one of these as a gift (actually got a lightly-used one through, and it has reception like you wouldn't believe. FM was perfect, and the AM reception was so good, you wouldn't mind listening to AM music.

Sangean also makes some famous pocketable models.

Oh, and always try and read reviews on radio enthusiast blogs. Check out the comments here for some very useful commentary on pocketable radios.

edit: Here's a nice review of the Sangean DT-400W. I'd go either with it or the DT-200VX if you're looking for something that's pocketable.

u/N9SJA · 1 pointr/amateurradio


I would recommend something like a Tecsun PL-660 if you don't want to spend too much money. Check

The Sony ICF-SW7600GR is also nice.

If you can spend money like in the $300 - $500 range look for a used Kenwood R5000 or Icom IC-71A or Icom R-75. Those are all really good recievers as well and many times you can find them for a bargain under $500. It all depends on your budget. I would recommend reading about them a bit first before you decide so that you can get the features that you want. But those radios are my general recommendation.

Hope that helps! 73! de Nick N9SJA

u/fort_knoxx · 3 pointsr/shortwave

I used to in a reasonably packed area of San Fransisco, and most nights I was able to receive Radio Havana Cuba(6100khz),CHU on 7850KHz, WWV/WWVH(5MHz&10MHz), Radio New Zealand International, and Radio China International with the indoor longwire antenna with a $30 homemade set. More recently I bought the Tesun PL 600 from amazon(~75USD) and I think its a capable receiver. The active antenna of the PL600 allows me to pick up quite a bit of Broadcast Shortwave. In addition the PL600 has SSB(single side band) which allows me to listen to ham traffic(My favorite bands are 40Meters and 80Meters) as well as CW(Morse code). In addition once and a while you can find traffic on HF ATC frequencies which is cool. Outdoor antennas do help a lot, but just going to the park with a portable receiver should reduce any interference. These bands are useable globally and the mountains should not be an issue. Since you are not transmitting, a long strand of wire, or the dipole included on the portable radio itself should be enough! If you have any questions feel free to ask!

if you like computers and software, you should look into wideband SDR, which is like this but using your own equipment and antennas. Its fairly simple to get started nowadays, with a PC/ RTL SDR / HF Upconverter.

This is the Radio I bought, the Tesun PL 600, there are probably better out there but for SSB at the time it was the cheapest.

this is very similar to the circuit I constructed for my first shortwave receiver if you are into DIY.

u/ph00p · 2 pointsr/numberstations

That one is twice the price in Canada! How about this one?

How is this compared to the CC Skywave aside from price?

The Tecson shortwave is the best price and has the best specs to boot with it. It is even better than the old Sony's.

Is that true?

Also I'm in Newfoundland Canada, will that impact the range and fun that can be had with this type of radio? I'm thinking of this as a possible gift for my father. Does this one also do HAM?

u/reddit455 · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

read this dude's site to see what he has to say about anything you're considering.

C Crane's are universally well reviewed. I have several of them.. tabletop and pocket. Build quality is very good.

I thought it was some random brand from China, but they're founded and based in California (stuff made in China, though). There's a lot of interference where I live (especially on AM) and no radio I've ever used could deal with it as well as CCrane's. they use extra long ferrite bar antennas. Sound is really good too.

This one has nice big buttons on the top for band selection and memory presets, so your dad should be able to navigate around easily. It's got heft (especially with 4 DCells in it.. comes with plug too). I even got the carry case for it (mostly because it lacks a handle)

This one is awesome too, but it's pocket sized (and maybe too many buttons for dad)

...ever considered Google Home or an Echo.. your dad could just "ask" but I don't know about shortwave streaming services, but if he's a sports guy, he can listen to any MLB or NBA radio broadcast (all season long) with the appropriate apps.

have you introduced him to podcasts yet?

u/Piltonbadger · 1 pointr/PS4Pro


Just some I found via google and amazon, specifically for the word splitter.


Mileage may vary. It might be a good idea to contact some PS4 Pro streamers on Twitch/Youtube/Whatever platform PS4 Pro streamers use and ask them directly. Seems like something they would be using as apposed to most of the people here.


Edit :good luck with your search, I hope you find what you need :)

u/stoic_buffalo · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

The Sony ICF-S10MK2 pocket radio. It's a cheap $10 Sony radio, but I've been so impressed with it that several of my friends have purchased it. It's loud enough to listen while showering. The battery life has been amazing. Two AA batteries will last a few months of daily use.

This little radio was a lifesaver during Hurricane Sandy due to the incredible battery life. Here is the product on amazon:

u/ThePostItNote · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

The Cliff bars really were the best for on the go, although after three weeks of at least one peanut butter cliff bar a day I got sick of it. Protein is important for energy, not to mention plenty of water. Beans, beef jerky, and camp food sold at walmart (I mostly ate the beef stew ones).

I did not use traditional bike travel gear - I had a camping backpack on my back, with the tent and sleeping bag fastened with bungee cords. The food and water rested on a bike rack in the back, and I had a bottle on a holder that was fastened to my handlebar cap with some tweezers and strong wire. A year after my trip I got one of these. Really wish I had it at that time.

I used a mountain bike instead of a traditional road or hybrid bike - it got me out of several tight spots. Bike gloves saved me from blisters and gave me a unique tan for conversation starters. And there really IS a difference between bike glasses and regular sun glasses. You can get a decent pair at walmart for 20 bucks. Don't forget bike lights, and lots of them. You'll be traveling in some very rural areas that don't have anything but the moon and stars to light your way.

You want to pack as light as you can, though eventually you'll get used to the weight. There are plastic camping sporks, one knife. Walmart sells this really compact set of aluminum cookware, it's really impressive because it doesn't look like much until you unfold it all. An extra aluminum cup for tea won't hurt (oh yeah, no caffeine, dehydrates you like hell). You want water proof matches. Fire starters and wood can be bought in the camp store. Always buy wood at the store, don't gather it yourself. Take a can opener as well (I didn't and ended up just using my axe. It impressed some people though.)

I had my biking clothes (spandex) and a pair of jeans and two shirts, plus socks and underwear. Detergent was bought at camp store (they sell in one-use sizes) and I had quarters for the machines. I had a camp towel (it's amazingly absorbent) and emergency foil blankets for the really cold nights. No pillow.

I concentrated the weight on emergency gear. An axe, flares, walking pole, whistle (which I wore at all times), flashlight that was both solar and battery powered, two first aid kits (one with bandaids and basics, the other more specialized with water sanitation pills, burn ointment, bite and sting kit, needles, lighters), an emergency phone, solar-powered radio (oh yeah did I mention that my trip occurred in 2011 at the same time as all those freak storm and tornado activity up north? That was SUUUPER fun, staying up listening to the radio).

The radio is awesome - I got an American Red Cross eton emergency radio. It's compact, solar powered of course, comes with a USB port so you can plug your phone in for emergency power. There are also compact power banks for extra power.

When I reserved a place, I always got an RV spot (no one says you have to have an RV to rent one). These are guaranteed to have power stations so you can plug in your electronic devices over night, and you can get adapters to connect USB devices to traditional power outlets. They're also not that much more expensive than traditional tent spots. Also depending on age and gender (I was 22 at the time and am female) you have plenty of elderly parents/grandparents who just come over and invite you to supper with them.

Speaking of electronic devices, ditch the smart phone because you don't want that out while you're sleeping, it's a thief magnet, and too expensive to replace. Also it's a power drain. Get a phone compatible with your sim card at walmart. A music player, sketch pad/diary, and one or two small paperback books are a must to keep sane. Don't forget a good camera (and extra camera batteries and storage).

Research animals before you leave - not just for safety, but it's something for you to look forward to. I specifically made a stop at Potato Creek because they had nesting Ospreys. Even though I lost the gorgeous pic I took (phone got rained on two days later) it was worth it.

You know the bottom padding inside your shoe? Rip them out and put the largest bills and a credit card, then put the padding back. You'll have to replace the credit card later as the magnetic strip will wear out, but the numbers are still visible. I didn't encounter any trouble at all besides dangerous drivers and the odd snake, but you never know.

You'll assimilate quickly, but, sleep early - 6 or 7 pm. Get up at 2 -3am, have a bite, some water, and head out by 3-4. Those early cool and quiet hours are crucial, especially in the southern areas and during the summer.

Know your route. There are national bike/hike roads that stretch from coast to coast. Recognize areas where you'll be most isolated and do some google street view research to check out the terrain and gauge risk. Amish places were awesome - the air smelled sweet and beautiful, and no one bothers you (though they may do a double take).

That's all I can think of for now. If I remember more, I'll PM you.

u/parametrek · 11 pointsr/Ultralight

There are some very small radios that use 2xAAA. Hand crank doesn't save you anything.

The FM radio built into your phone is handy in a pinch but can't pick up weatherband and that is what you really want. Coincidentally I have been looking into radios lately.

The Retekess PR15 is the lightest option I could find at 68 grams.

Everything else comes in around 115 grams but there are some more trustworthy big names here:

u/galacticdude7 · 1 pointr/CFB

Get one of those portable radios and listen to the game while enjoying some beer at beer fest. Beer Festivals are a lot of fun, I've gone to the Winter Beer Fest in Michigan and have a ton of fun.

u/jamescholden · 1 pointr/amateurradio

I just got a high end Bluetooth speaker called the Demerbox DB2. It's basically a super rigged indestructible Bluetooth speaker in the form of a real Pelican box. You can use it with Bluetooth or via an aux cable. The Demerbox support suggested that if I wanted to use a radio with it, I should get this small portable Sony radio. The Sony ICF-P26.

I don't know anything about radios. The one issue I think I might have is that I work inside a very large building. I think I might have trouble getting a radio signal inside there.

So I'm wondering if I need some kind of more powerful radio that can pick up radio signals better? Ideally, it would still be small enough to fit inside the Demerbox itself.

u/onesmallstep811 · 1 pointr/preppers

Lots of good points here. Good to check on your preps once in a while to make sure things are charged / ready to go. And like others have mentioned to practice sometimes.

This radio has a handcrank and can charge a phone:

Goal Zero makes little solar panels that can charge a battery backup. Look up their switch 10 mulit tool. Back up battery / flashlight / device!

u/makeyoubutter · 3 pointsr/minnesota

Weather Spotter here!

I have this Midland HH54VP2 model and for the most part love it. The slight problem is Midland's batteries aren't the best, so you'll want to keep it charged and may need to order additional batteries. The thing I love about this model is it has Tone, Voice, and Visual alert modes (or all 3). Whenever it goes off in my house, I get a loud tone, the display flashes, and then it immediately tunes in to the Alert broadcast so I hear what it is. It also has a text read-out display so if I am not right by it, I can see what the alert was.

The other one I like is the Cobra CWR 200 Weather and Emergency Alert radio. Cobra has better battery life. This one is nice as it can charge your phone if you needed it. I had one before our move and left it with a friend who didn't have one at all.

I also recommend a desktop WX radio that can be left at home at all times. This way you have one that is on stand-by at home 24x7 and your portable can go with you in the car, hiking, or to work.

You may also find this Weather Station and Portable Alert Radio useful, although I haven't personally used this model.

Some apps, if you're on Android, I highly recommend are Dark Sky, RadarScope, and MyWarn. I also have the Weather Radio app but lately it's only advantage is Text-to-Speech reading of the warning like a Weather Radio, which can suck when you're in a crowded place and don't want your phone talking.

u/restwonderfame · 3 pointsr/bayarea

Fair enough. I have no issues with air raid sirens. They have those in Berkeley already.

It’s frustrating to see so many messages on this whole post of pessimists complaining, finding reasons why taking precautions won’t work. There is a lot of great info and positive solutions being offered, and some people are just finding ways it won’t work for them. It’s like a sense of entitlement that they want firefighters to literally come to every door and wake them. I’m not sure what people are expecting quite honestly. At some point people need to minimally be somewhat diligent. Can’t rely on everyone else all the time.

On the point about being glued to the radio: get a proper emergency radio which has a screeching alert notification These use the S.A.M.E. Localized alerts which are different than hand-crank radios, which just usually just have weather and AM radio.

u/itsactuallynot · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

No, no, no! There's no debate for BIFL portable shortwave radios: the Sony ICF-7600

In production for 35 years. I've had mine for 15 years and it still works great. Regardless of what you think of Sony's current electronics lineup, Sony's original product was a shortwave radio and there's still a soft spot at the company for them.

Here are a bunch of reviews.

And a fan page.

Edit: Here's a great Amazon review of the radio. Be careful, it'll be hard not to 1-Click it after reading this.

You can definitely get into some good arguments over the best desktop (i.e., non-portable) radios, however.

u/radio-active_man · 7 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I bought a [Sony ICF-SW7600GR AM/FM Shortwave World Band Receiver with Single Side Band Reception] ( about 3 years ago and have been very happy with it. It's probably not the most current model, but I see it's still being sold on Amazon.

C Crane is also a pretty well regarded brand, but I don't have much personal experience with them.

u/jtevangelo · 2 pointsr/shortwave

Why you ask?

Tecsun produces some of the best general coverage portables on the market. If you like FM?--excellent FM reception. You like AM?--unmatched AM and SW reception. Want to learn more about shortwave? There are features in this radio that make the mind start churning and visualizing how it all works, (like repairing a SW signal with synchronous detection.)


--Frigid from

u/Ubermacsimus · 5 pointsr/shortwave

I just picked up the Sony ICF-SW7600GR a couple of weeks ago based on the good reviews, and I've been pretty pleased with it. The Grundig G3 looks to be decent as well.

u/HeegeMcGee · 1 pointr/amateurradio

I have a Grundig G3 Globe Traveler that I like a lot. It's a very simple but versatile multiband receiver. Covers the popular HF frequencies as well as shortwave, am and fm. AND it can rx ssb. Catching a few qsos and psk rag chews with this little guy got me back into radio.

edited to add: Looks like the G3 isn't in production anymore, but this little sony number seems to be about the same:

u/twisted_tele · 2 pointsr/radio

I bought a CC Pocket Radio in 2014 and it's still going strong. I do have one preset button that no longer works, but all I have to do is select the button before it and do a manual seek to get the station that was programmed there.

This thing has not been babied either. It's been in suitcases, lunchboxes, backpacks, pockets and purses. I say purses because I had a friend that went to a funeral and she wanted to hear the Kentucky Derby that year. She swapped out the antenna cable for the earphone cable (which acts as an antenna) and was able to do both with no one the wiser.

It has a sleep timer and gets the weather info for your area too and the battery life is fantastic.

I thought about getting a certain model Sony to replace this, but the button issue is not a deal breaker.

u/MindlessStore · 1 pointr/radio

This one?


Seems to be a very close contender and was one or my original prospects before I bought the DT200X but for some reason it's priced super high in my area. How much did you buy yours for?

u/sageredwood · 1 pointr/preppers

I have had very good luck with this.

So, if you are going to use headphones, like at all I would suggest getting this.

Handy for any headphone application. I carry one in my edc.

u/esteban42 · 6 pointsr/gifs

I mean, it was literally the first option that came up. There are better options with really good reviews for about $20-30, like this guy with a radio, flashlight, solar panel and 2000mAh battery. I'm okay with a little work for a 90-95% cost savings...

u/DrVentureWasRight · 3 pointsr/bayarea

Hey, I'm a SF Neighborhood Emergency response volunteer. Here's what you need:

  • Comfortable shoes at work ( in case you have to walk a long ways)
  • A meet-up plan (how to find everyone again). The recommendation is something like "the backyard if safe, otherwise <landmark>" A nearby park/church/school/hospital are good choices, sutro tower is not.
  • Cash
  • Water ( 1 gal per person per day - 3 days minimum)
  • Non-perishable food that doesn't need a lot of water to cook.
  • Small first aid kit
  • Copies of prescriptions
  • Copies of ID papers
  • A sturdy bin with a tight lid (for a toilet)
  • A fire extinguisher

    Nice to have:

  • Battery/crank/solar powered radio
  • Solar charger for your car
  • Inverter for your car
  • Extra USB cables
  • earphones
  • toys/games
u/exomniac · 1 pointr/Survival

I have one of those Eton radios, and it works just fine. I don't know what reviews you're looking at, but from Amazon, they are mostly positive, as you see. It has everything you requested except short wave. But it does have a USB charger, flashlight, and a small solar panel. It's a solid piece of kit. I've had it for a couple years, camping in the rain, it's been tossed around a bit and its still fully functional.

u/JerkJenkins · 1 pointr/bugout

Eh, I'd spend $10 more and get something like this with a built-in radio and crank/wall charging/solar charging/AA battery charging capabilities. It's a few dollars more for a lot more flexibility and functionality.

Between that, an 18650 headlamp, a solar-chargeable LED lantern, I've got reliable electronic light for months.

Ultimately it's up to what you think you need. Something like that hand-crank flashlight may be a good backup light source for a get home bag ... but I think there are better options for a multi-day bugout, especially if you need to keep on the move as much as possible.

u/catitobandito · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

Me too. And I got one of these things: American Red Cross FRX3 Hand Crank NOAA AM/FM Weather Alert Radio with Smartphone Charger

I'm like totally prepared.

u/ZackMorris78 · 1 pointr/orioles

What radio are you using? I have this one and the reception is amazing I can pull stations from Upper PA/NJ here in VA with this lil thing. The batteries last forever too in this thing. It's the best cheapest gadget I've ever bought.

u/R_B_Kazenzakis · 2 pointsr/news

>Do you understand the functional difference in a broadcast antenna and a receiving antenna?

Yes, one transmits, and one can only receive. You do need ot use different materials for transmitting antennas, because, well, you're pushing a lot more current through it.

Do you seriously think that dedicated radios such as this transmit as well as receive?

In any event, this is about adding/activating a chip in a phone, not building an additional antenna.

u/BoojiMutant · 5 pointsr/shortwave

I'm in NB and have a Tecsun PL-310ET with an external AN-03L antenna.

Reception has always been great when I take it out camping or on hikes. It's also very easy to ground it to further increase reception (see quoted text below). If you're looking for something with SSB so you can also hear ham, the Tecsun PL-660 is quite well regarded, though might be harder to come by now.

> Run a wire from the negative battery terminal to a ground like a cold water pipe or a rod nailed into the ground. It's easy to just crimp it in the spring on the negative terminal. Instant ~20 dB improvement in reception, about 40 dB improvement total with a longwire attached. Just be careful if you come across a very hot signal. I'm in New Brunswick, Canada, relatively inland and at sea level, and with the longwire and grounding I was picking up NHK broadcasting from Issoudun, France at 99 dB and it was overloading and distorting. Detached the longwire and was getting around 80 dB with the whip antenna. This was in my apartment with the longwire half-assedly looped around a curtain rod. Pretty wild signal for a 5000 km shot but it's apparently a 500 kW transmitter so it kind of makes sense.

u/parst · 2 pointsr/baseball

that Sony ICF-S10MK2 is pretty much the best radio i've ever owned.

u/rocketwilco · 7 pointsr/news

I mentioned what I would recommend, i was just vague with 2 of them.

it's more expensive, but it actually works, and can be used for other things.
(i have an all-in-one unit like you listed, its better with a lithium battery, but useless for anything but a low powered radio).

this charges anything usb....

its better to charge a battery so you're not tethered to it.
any powerbank will work;

This is the only one I specifically recommend, the rest "any" will do.

this is a bit pricey.. buts its a 2 way radio, plus FM, weatherband, flashlight, water-resistant. lacks AM though.

but these are very nice, and can use rechargable batteries,, which could be charged with a USB AA battery charger.

if you want to argue price... actually charge your phone with that Eton product, and then if you still want to depend upon it, ill concede.

u/sourdoughbred · 1 pointr/baseball

I've got this radio last season listening to games while I'm working.

It's slightly bigger that most pockets but a great radio.

u/monstersaur · 1 pointr/cripplingalcoholism

I rock out to Vermont Public Radio, however I've never heard of Ask Me Another or Snap Judgement. I highly recommend this radio if you are listening on your phone. Takes up almost no space, looks wicked nice, and is very loud for being so small.

(its expensive for a radio, but I like nice things. Except my liquor, give me that plastic bottle, I'm just chugging anyway)

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/Survival

You can save money and space with a portable Sony radio. Amazing reviews, $12 and runs off of AA batteries for 40 hours or more. Buy 3 and have one at home, at work and one in the car.

u/Ashtonmore · 1 pointr/Survival

I tossed in a bic mini and a clippers lighter. I personally prefer clipper lighters over bics and bought a bulk set online ages ago when I used to smoke. They are really good quality, refillable, and have a removable and replaceable Flint. From experience, they are better with wind too.

I also tossed a set of diamond greenlight matches I had laying around. They aren't waterproof but I know they are decent and last a long time since I just replaced them after buying bulk set 3 years ago.

As for radio, sadly this kit didn't come with one but I plan to find one to toss in. Looking for a quality mechanical light and radio combo. Like this one but wanting one that's an AOE one and not a targeted one.

Yea, there definitely things in this kit I would have never thought about

u/DecentralizedNews_YT · 1 pointr/Bitcoin

LOL, do you think we are stupid?

u/PhoenixLotus · 3 pointsr/SFGiants

Whenever I am at the park, I bring This with me. My gf also has one, its cheap and very good. Only problem with the AtBat app is how delayed the plays are. With the radio I can hear KNBR on every play. Its great.

u/Mj2WNSBb · 1 pointr/shortwave

I have a bunch of them, but my favorite by far is the Sony SW7600GR.

Last time I looked they were amazingly cheap on Amazon.

Failing that, any of the Tecsun or similar are very good, but make sure it has a BFO so it can receive SSB.

u/Lurkndog · 1 pointr/Survival

That's probably pretty solid. It's nice that it has a speaker instead of just headphones. As long as the batteries don't burst in it, or you drop it down the stairs, it should hold up for a long time.

For an emergency radio, I might want the weather band, for things like tornado warnings. I also like digital tuners.

I have a Sangean CL-100 which is a solid piece of kit that can run off an outlet or battery. It has excellent reception.

The Sangean DT-400W is more like your Sony, only with digital tuners and weather band, but it costs $50.

u/reinvented · 1 pointr/randomactsofamazon

I want an NOAA alert radio for a friend in tornado alley. Used is fine. $22.

u/TurnDownYourRadio · 3 pointsr/NewYorkMets

I tried with the At Bat app, but the significant lag was maddening. I went to PC Richards and picked up a portable Sony AM/FM tuner for $20, specifically to bring to solo Citi Field outings.

Edit: This one

It's also available at Amazon for 2 dollars cheaper, but I'd rather try to give some of my money to a local company. Plus, I was buying it the day of a game, and wanted it right then and there, rather than waiting for it to ship.

You can find other options as well, if you just search for portable radio, but I figured the Sony would have a better chance of holding up and performing, over the long term, than some no-name version that I saved $5 on

u/MiataCory · 3 pointsr/18650masterrace

It's a bit special, but uses an 18650 and could be made to run on any 18650 pretty easily.

This guy says he's 18650 but I haven't heard of the company before (they sell them at Sears though):

For a full-featured radio, the Tecsun shortwave runs on 1x18650, no NOAA specifically, but it'll do am/fm.

u/iynque · 2 pointsr/EDC

I’ve had this C Crane radio in an Amazon wishlist for years… I used to listen to one just like it with a now ex-boyfriend. I still want the radio though. The radio I have now just isn’t as good (cheaper though).

u/xtreme777 · 4 pointsr/amazonecho

It does not 'push' notifications or alerts out.

You would be better off with something like this.

Midland WR120/WR120EZ NOAA Weather Alert All Hazard Public Alert Certified Radio with SAME, Trilingual Display and Alarm Clock - Box Packaging

u/MacEnvy · 1 pointr/WTF

Yeah, I'm getting one of these for next time:

Solar/crank flashlight, weather radio, and cell phone charger in one. Awesome.

u/da1hobo · 5 pointsr/houston

A first aid kit and fire extinguisher.

More than just drinkable water you are going to want extra water for flushing the toilet if pressure is lost. Clean your bath tubs with bleach and then plug and fill to the brim. Also works as an emergency water supply. Also you can get some good food grade plastic 30 gallon or 50 gallon bins at wall mart you can fill with water.

An emergency water filter. Can be found at Walmart or Academy in the camping sections. These can filter 100,000 gallons of water no problem and make them safe to drink.

I assume you probably have more than just non-perishable foods so it's good to have a couple full bottles of propane if you have a gas grill or charcoal if you have a coal grill. I have various steaks in my freezer that will be getting grilled if the power goes out for a while.

Get a couple of tarps. If you are not boarding up your house (which you probably don't need to) and have a broken window you can hang the tarp over it to keep the rain out. Can also use it to catch water if you run out.

Lights. Flashlights with batteries and candles.

Emergency radio. Crank powered is preferable but batter powered if you can't find one since they are all sold out probably. This will keep you in the loop with weather updates and PSAs.

A generator is great. After Ike our power was out for a week. Our generator kept us nice and cool running a small AC unit.

Make an emergency evacuation plan. Sit down with your family and figure out if the worst happens where you will meet and where you will go and how you will get there. It's a good idea to make a "go bag" that has all your important documents, cash, medications, a flashlight, map with evacuation route marked, rain poncho, cell phones, and the first aid kit.

Check out this checklist.

Edit: Stick an axe in your attic in case you have to escape to the roof.

Clean out your houses gutters so water will drain properly.

Take pictures of everything in your house for insurance purposes.

Bring in every loose thing from your yard. Everything.

u/burritoace · 3 pointsr/buccos

Not ham, just a regular FM radio like this. You can pocket-sized portable ones for use with headphones or larger ones for at home. Then the broadcast is free!

u/hdpq · 1 pointr/chicago

Look into a weather alert radio like this one

While I can't say it's saved my life or protected any property, it's made me aware of potential storms coming my way.

u/frugal_lothario · 2 pointsr/shortwave

It really depends on your budget. If you only have $50 to spend, Tecsun PL380is tough to beat.


\> Please don’t reply with Web SDRs.


May I politely ask why? Some of the Web SDR's (like KPH) have amazing antenna farms.



u/molo1134 · 3 pointsr/amateurradio

Instead of the R820T, I suggest the R820T2 which has improved sensitivity and noise characteristics.

For DXing (long distance), you can get a shortwave receiver with SSB for under $100 (example). If you want to transmit back to those stations you would require a HF transceiver and a ham license (in the US, General-class is recommended). You can get a 1980s-vintage model used for $250-350. Or a new one like the FT-450 for $650-700. Also required for a transceiver would be a power supply or 12V battery, an antenna, and possibly an antenna tuner.

u/TyrealSan · 1 pointr/preppers

A good portable shortwave radio might be good for news/Emergency broadcasts.

For the flashlights I would go with ones that take 18650 lithium batteries (rechargeable) rather than the AA/AAA kind.

This radio also takes 18650 batteries:

Tecsun PL880 Portable Digital PLL Dual Conversion AM/FM, Longwave & Shortwave Radio with SSB (Single Side Band) Reception

u/vprakhov · 1 pointr/formula1

Your phone might have an FM tuner. If not check this one out. Looks like it belongs to museum, but works good according to the reviews.

u/FL14 · -4 pointsr/TropicalWeather

You'll be fine. In the worst case scenario (it goes around Florida and then comes up to hit you), you'll have ample time to prepare or evacuate.

For now, I'd just grab some extra supplies (Jugs of water, non perishable food) on your next grocery visit.

Edit: I've read a bit more about this storm, I think it's worth taking more seriously (Cat 4 is HUGE). Get all of those supplies you need, but also consider a hand crank radio/flashlight. I bought this item on amazon last year when I lived in Florida before Matthew threatened, it's a hand crank radio/flashlight/phone charger all in one.

u/mmmgawa · 3 pointsr/PostCollapse

I have 3 of these and I think they rock. Seems like the same brand as the one you have posted but it has the solar panel that the review you posted said that it needs. It does not have the personal radio stuff though which I think could be nice.

u/officejoe · 3 pointsr/audio

Can't go wrong with this. Are you in the UK? Here is a nearly identical Sony model on Amazon UK. They are cheap, hopefully not too bulky.

u/dew042 · 4 pointsr/BWCA

Cheap, good sound quality and loud, sensitive, AA powered:

Make a wire 20ft long to throw over a tree branch for an extra antenna length.

I've tried several of the popular hand crank ones, underwhelmed, fiddlely.

My current one is a bit over the top:

Its overkill, but light and two AA batteries last forever.

u/hellomika · 1 pointr/vinyl

Something like that?

There are also micro-system that exists and sound pretty good. Yamaha makes one but they are more expensive. Also, you'll need a phono preamp if your turntable doesn't have one, but that's fairly small.

u/EverybodyBeCalm · 1 pointr/Nationals

Maybe just pick up a cheap radio? Do they still sell those?

But I think the audio-only MLB at-bat is pretty cheap. $20?

u/pliskin42 · 14 pointsr/bugout

Here is the list of gear. It is meant for both myself and my wife, so I doubled up in some places. (Links where I have them)

u/TFiOS · 1 pointr/baseball

I have used [this Sangean pocket Radio] ( for the past two years and over 20 games. It works great and the batteries last forever.

u/Blue387 · 5 pointsr/baseball

I use a Kaito KA200 radio when I'm outside but I mostly use a Sony ICF-S10MK2 at home. The Mets broadcast only through AM radio but in 2013-14, they were broadcast on WFAN's FM simulcast which made the broadcast very clear with less static than AM radio.

u/mexicansamurai · 6 pointsr/Dodgers

I even take a little radio to the games with me to listen to Vin.

I use the dodger promotional earbuds they gave away earlier this year. It's perfect.

u/randomness12 · 2 pointsr/SFGiants

Forgot I had this, but now this is my only stream.

Edit: For anyone interested in this contingency plan, it's only 11 bucks on Amazon.

u/mr___ · 3 pointsr/amateurradio

You will have more luck with a portable shortwave receiver than any typical walkie-talkie type amateur transceiver.

Such as: Tecsun PL-600 AM/FM/LW SSB Shortwave Radio, Black Tecsun

u/Sam5559 · 2 pointsr/TheReportOfTheWeek

This and this are both good options to start with.

u/takeshita_kenji · 1 pointr/Seattle

My parents gave me a Sony ICF-SW7600GR. I'm looking into external antennas as reception can be pretty spotty where I live.

u/Circle_in_a_Spiral · 1 pointr/shortwave

I've got the Sony SW7600GR and am very pleased with it. You'd need an AC adapter to use it on house current.

u/Altamont99 · 5 pointsr/preppers

I have this one made by Esky - it's actually below your price range; but I've used it a fair amount and can vouch for it. Has crank, solar, and battery and can charge USB devices.

u/Dorpz · 11 pointsr/shittykickstarters

This will suck as a spinner.

It will not spin freely as it will have a DC motor instead of a bearing, meaning that the only way for it to spin is if you push it constantly.

A way better alternative is a hand crank emergency device like this these things work (not tried that model but you get me) you convert your energy into electrical energy. simple shit.

You can't convert fidget spinning into electrical energy as fidget spinners are just frictionless bearings with some plastic wrapped round.

u/sgt-pickles · 8 pointsr/Torontobluejays

i find even with MLB subscription, the wifi in the SkyDome is too spotty to use for streaming and why use the data when you can just pick up a small portable radio

listening to the actual AM broadcast has no delay whatsoever.. and if you are far in the outfield, you can hear the crack of the bat on the radio before you hear it in the park - its pretty neat

u/Smartfood_Fo_Lyfe · 1 pointr/phillies

Oh. You didn't say clock radio. That's hilarious. You should get a little transistor. This is the one I use.

u/Master_of_funking · 1 pointr/nvidiashield

HDMI splitter that will support 4K one to the tv one the the receiver.

u/supervin · 2 pointsr/baseball

I haven't brought it to the ballpark but I have one of these. Simple and works well.

u/diamondeath · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

> Tivoli

While searching Amazon I came across this, it's not a Tivoli but seems to be a quality radio. Thoughts?

Sangean WR-11 AM/FM Table Top Radio

u/maddmike · 2 pointsr/aviation

You could get something like this

u/woodsy191 · 4 pointsr/TropicalWeather

Here in Gainesville they recommend at least 1 gallon per person per day for 3 days, so you have that. If you have a bathtub fill it up before the storm hits and use it for cleaning and emergencies. You can cleanse bathwater in an emergency following the instructions here

If you can, get your hands on something like this

u/the_hamsterman · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

The Sangean WR-11 is another option, but I haven't personally listened to this one. SANGEAN WR-11 AM/FM Table Top Radio

u/michaelmalak · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

Old analog dial radios explained it. This new retro radio does as well:

u/apt_get · 3 pointsr/weather

I just bought one of these the other day for the same reason:

It would fit more into the mobile/portable category. It feels kind of cheap but works well. It has LED lights, AM/FM + NOAA + SW radio. You can also charge your phone off it, but the battery capacity isn't great for that. It can be charged via USB though, so if you had one of these plus a couple portable battery packs you'd probably be set for awhile.

A more stationary option would be one of these:

We have several scattered around my office and they can be programmed to only alert for certain counties or at certain thresholds - severe weather warnings only vs watches. That type of thing. They're loud af.

u/sk9592 · 2 pointsr/Chromecast

Honestly, this is something I really wouldn't reinvent the wheel on.

Chromecast just isn't a good solution for this.

Just buy a simple portable FM radio:

You can plug it into the 3.5mm jack on any speakers.

Or just a larger one that has a decent sized speaker:

u/red_rare_reini · 1 pointr/sonos

So the best working device so far is this one:

  • HDMI Switch Techole
  • I think the catch might be that it is 'bidrectional'. I Connected the Sonos Beam to the side with the single port, and the TV + Turntable on the one of the ports on the side with two ports. Now I can switch between the Turntable and the TV by pressing the hardware button.
  • Unfortunately there is no automatic switching with this device. So the next challenge is to find one which either has some automatism or can be used with google assistant (worst case through a raspberry or so)

    Devices that didn't work:

  • Ligawo HDMI Audio Embedder - Connected to the Turntable and Sonos directly - no sound at all
  • Tendak 3x2 HDMI Switch - Was optimistic because of two outputs where one is ARC. Tried various connection combinations, no luck.
  • GANA 3 Port HDMI Switch - Got the sound through when plugging the beam to an input port. But of course no switching as I only have one output
  • CSL - 4k HDMI Switch - No luck at all, but also didn't try the reverse option (as with the GANA one), as it didn't occur to me
u/tubezninja · 0 pointsr/tmobile

Funny thing about that: When hurricane Sandy hit, I tuned in to the local FM radio station (which I usually don't listen to because it's a lot old guys waxing ignorant about politics, and repetitive music).

The first thing I heard when I switched on the radio? "Well, if you're tuning in to us to find out what's going on... we don't know either. Our internet is down, our cable TV is down, and our phones are down. And that's all of the ways we get our information."

So, it was pretty useless.

Also, a cheap battery powered AM/FM radio or even a crank-powered model, is going to be a lot more efficient and reliable in an emergency than a smartphone sucking down battery searching for a cell signal, that also happens to have an FM receiver in it.

u/BannockSlap · 8 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I keep this in my trunk in case of emergency or extremely boredom. Pretty cool listening to Cuban radio and on summer nights I lay on the roof of my office out in the county and just listen to random international stations for hours. Probably one of my favourite things to do in the summer.

u/PandaK00sh · 3 pointsr/PostCollapse

They make crank radios with flashlights and USB charging cables and solar panels on top. Might be slightly more pragmatic than just the USB crank.

u/802bikeguy_com · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

This one is a #1 seller on Amazon and will also charge a phone.

u/Priapulid · 2 pointsr/PostCollapse

Hand crank solar powered AM/FMNOAA radio, $27. Granted it isn't two way but you can listen to music while you eat your instant potatoes and mushroom gravy.

u/jrcii · 3 pointsr/gadgets

I spotify on the go without my phone using this

It's a portable, frequency-adjustable, electromagnetic radiation pulse to mechanical pressure wave converter. It operates several hours a day for months without needing to recharge. It's pretty cutting edge stuff you guys probably don't know about it.

u/gbeaudette · 19 pointsr/baseball

I haven't gotten much of a chance to game test it yet, but I bought one of these.

u/GldRush98 · 1 pointr/SpringfieldIL

I highly recommend getting a NOAA Weather Radio. Program it for your county so it will go off any time there is a watch or warning and tells you what is going on.

u/Nanananatankgirl · 3 pointsr/fortwayne

It’s a super comforting voice—I totally put it on low when I’m falling asleep. I think they’re only selling them for a limited time because we’re heading into severe weather season. They had a few events where local meteorologists were programming them for you in-store, but those are over. They’re easy to program.

This is the same one they sell, and it’s a bit cheaper online:

Also, if there’s severe weather and the power goes out, you’d be screwed with websites and TV but the radio has an automatic battery backup. :)

u/Rocko9999 · 2 pointsr/iphone

40-60mb per hour. I would get a real fm radio if you want to listen for a while. The circuitry in that won't pull in many stations. or

u/JMosak · 2 pointsr/preppers

RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio For Emergency with AM/FM, Flashlight, Reading Lamp And 2000mAh Power Bank

I do not know if this does the alerts automatically or not. Just been in my wish list forever. Flashlight, handcrank, solar and a battery pack to charge external.

u/TheGMan47 · 1 pointr/NewYorkMets

But the MLB app or get this

u/facefirst6 · 2 pointsr/PSVR

This one, I bought it yesterday.
HDMI Splitter, Techole Aluminum...

The IBIS is expensive now

u/tdyo · 2 pointsr/CampingandHiking

One of these will work wonders.

u/zed857 · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Here's an example of what I'd consider to be a "real" component tuner from Yamaha.

There are probably a few other models from different manufacturers available - but AM/FM tuners are kind of a dying breed these days.

Edit: You might also consider a table radio; this one has a headphone output which (probably) will bypass the built-in speaker and send the audio to your amp.

u/mwilliams · 2 pointsr/amateurradio

$110 from Amazon, and it's Prime.

u/annoyingone · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

This one. Small, portable, lasts a long time on one set of betteries.

u/robby86 · 1 pointr/Survival

I mentioned a folding shovel. I was planning to use the Mylar blankets as mini tarps, but I really don't see the use of a tarp in my situation. As for communication I have a red cross radio, a cell phone, a whistle, and I'm planning on getting a personal locator beacon. I was planning on using a Datexx crank generator, in addition to the Mophie powerstaion XL, but I'm thinking of getting a radio that has a built in solar panel/crank generator.

u/BadHumanGoodGnome · 2 pointsr/bugout

I'd maybe upgrade to the FRX3 for your radio.

u/bigfig · 1 pointr/boating

Specs for the Tecsun are here

u/bradmin · 5 pointsr/Survivalist

Get them an emergency battery/solar/hand cranked flashlight/radio/usb charger. Like $30 for something decent.

u/belandil · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Buy a weather radio like this one and you can set it to your county. Then it will go nuts when you have a weather warning and you won't die because you weren't watching Wipeout during the thunderstorm.

u/robertTargaryen · 2 pointsr/mexico

Creo que la app no es la mejor solución, ya que tiene retraso en la propagación de la información. Si bien te va, te llegará la notificación 10 segundos después de las alarmas.

Yo compré un "weather alert radio" en amazon, después del 19S. Este viernes fue la primera ocasión que sonó y me avisó como 1 o 2 segundos antes que las alarmas de la calle.

Si tienen necesidad y les interesa, aqui está la liga:

Lo compre por que no escuchaba la alarma cuando estaba viendo la tele.

u/HNIRobertPaulson · 3 pointsr/kansascity

Try this

No lag, uses easy to find batteries, handy for listening to ball games on the deck. Don't make it more complicated than it needs to be.

u/Gogohax · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Lately I've really been wanting to submerge myself into the hobby of shortwave radio listening. It's very appealing to me because it seems like in resent years it's become sort of a lost art that goes underappreciated in the west except by a tight-knit following. I like the idea of being able to listen to radio signals from around the world. Unfortunately it's a rather expensive hobby to get started on if you want a radio that's worth a damn.

I have this radio on my wishlist that's generally considered to be a good buy and falls under your price requirement. Gimme some Tech Daddi!!

u/PabstyLoudmouth · 3 pointsr/preppers

Having many options is the key. First I would watch the local news till that died, then check internet, and then would move to radio (here is the one I have ) then CB, HAM, Police Scanner and land line telephones. Also I would recommend everyone check out /r/darknetplan to keep the flow of information going on the internet in the event that your ISP shuts down.

u/BallsOutKrunked · 2 pointsr/preppers

I'm in California where our two largest concerns (mine, anyway) are earthquakes and fire.

For earthquakes it's standard preparation stuff because aspects of grid can shut down for short or long periods of time. There's also the "get out of the house now!" type situation which is really just shoes and a flashlight, or just your human body. If your bag is downstairs and you're upstairs you're not going to run to a bugout bag first. It's just get out (depending on the quake, the building, etc).

I do have a bugout bag primarily for fire evacuation, which has:

  • Important docs. Homeowners policy, our will, healthcare directives, passports, social security cards, etc.
  • A printed road map of the state (thin book).
  • A kickass little am/fm radio.
  • A handheld 2m radio programmed with area repeaters, I have a mag antenna in my truck.
  • Geiger counter. Way over the top for people to have but I bought one so where else would I put it.
  • 4 way water key.
  • Spare credit cards, some cash.
  • Medications we need.
  • USB chargers.

    I also have a google spreadsheet printed out that has the items we want to take. The evacuation orders can come at any time and you might be knee deep in some project or sick on the couch, you need to be able to mindlessly grab items that a smarter-you considered bringing. The bag is just the one that we're really screwed if we don't have. This is my list, it's taped under my desk at home.

    Edit: also, there's a column for different family members. My kids have stuff they're supposed to grab (a change of clothes, etc) while mine has the chainsaw and a shovel.

    It's possible you'll have less than 20 seconds to escape your home but chances are you'll have at least a few minutes, maybe even a few hours. Having a list of things to grab from the house thought out in advance seems reasonable to me. And some stuff that's super useful (like dumping everything from the medicine cabinet into a bag) is more of an instruction than an item, per say.

    Dolls (for kids)


    EMT gear

    Backpacking food


    Gasoline tanks

    Wet wipes

    Toilet Paper



    Map (Marked)

    AA/AAA Batteries



    Solar Panel



    Medicine Cabinet


    2m Radio

    10 gallons water

    2m base antenna

    2m pvc ant mast

    I also have a list of things I need to do if I leave the house, again this is tailored to fire evacuation. This is taped to the inside door of our utility closet. Easy to find but house guests aren't staring at it and we can keep our home more "homey" looking versus a forward operating base. These are taken from CalFire's suggestions and my own experience in and around fire.


  • Remove flammable window shades, curtains.
  • Remove flammable objects from walls, windows, doors.
  • Shut off gas (crescent wrench).
  • Turn on all lights.
  • Turn off HVAC.
  • Place flammable items in open area.
  • Connect garden hose, drag to driveway, charge hose, controlled by gun nozzle.
  • Place buckets of water in driveway.
  • Place ladder in driveway, visible.
u/Matchboxx · 2 pointsr/Dallas

We have a weather alert radio in the house that puts our smoke detector to shame.

Understood that you can stream the weather on the news station's sites, I was mostly just commenting that I don't watch TV so I didn't understand the this meteorologist vs. that meteorologist battle.

u/NATOMarksman · 1 pointr/zombies

The [Sawyer Mini water filter] ( is smaller, can be screwed onto standard disposable plastic water bottles, and is capable of filtering far more water since you can reuse it. If you pick up a [stainless steel water bottle] (, you can boil water in it as well.

You should always have a backup when it's a survival situation; [Israeli water purification tablets] ( will both look legit and be legit if she actually needs to use them.

There are always more items you might add to a first aid kit, but [this one is pretty well rounded] ( If you want a cheaper base kit (i.e if you want to add your own items), [this other kit] ( will also do the job.

Battery-free lights can be good, but AA batteries are common enough that a [good tactical light that takes AAs] ( might be a more convenient option.

If she has a tablet (if tablet, go for the 12W) or E-reader (7W), [solar power might be an option] ( With [rechargeable AA batteries] ( and a [USB recharger] (, the flashlight and any other AA device (like a [small, separate radio] ( could work indefinitely, as well as any regular USB-charged device.

[ResQme] ( may not be strictly zombie-related, but if you buckled up as per Rule #4, you may want a way to quickly exit your vehicle if your seatbelt jams and the windows and door won't open normally.

There are a lot of compasses out there, but [this one] ( is simple, reliable, and won't break easily. It's also designed to be laid over maps without getting in the way of reading them.

[Pocket chainsaw] ( Won't be useful against zombies, but if you ever needed to cut a tree or thick branches and don't want to carry an axe...

...You can also carry a [hatchet] ( instead. This one has a short blade, which will cut into their heads and not get stuck like others. It'll also do a fine job cutting smaller branches.

For non-zombie/woodwork related tasks, the [Victorinox Forester] ( has your bases covered.

You should also include World War Z (the book, and the movie if you'd prefer), I Am Legend (both the book and the film), and the Walking Dead series (TV, comics, and both seasons of the Telltale game series on Steam).

u/bobotwf · 4 pointsr/ElectricalEngineering

This is the right way to go, but if you're dead set on an external power source I'd like to see you use one of those hand crank power banks. Can you imagine people having to crank one of those things hundreds of times to get the window up or down when you used to do it in a couple cranks?

u/lil_thirsty · 1 pointr/Dodgers

just picked up one of these.

def wont fit in your pocket but the thing is loud as hell. uses 4 AA batteries or you can plug it in and use it at home. gets the job done.

had this one before but volume really sucked and could barely hear it at dodger stadium.