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Old 10-31-2009, 02:54 PM
 
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While you are right about the 909 not being efficient power-wise, they are actually quite rugged and almost shock-proof. I found this out completely on accident while using it outside (several times). I tend to be clumsy, and I've dropped this thing so many times outside, and it should've broken into a million pieces, but it still works to this day. The thing is almost indestructible. I've even dropped it in a puddle of water, and the radio still worked as if nothing happened. I opened it and cleaned and dried it, of course, but a survival radio needs to be able to take a beating, and I don't think the cheap plastic Eton models are up to task.
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:01 PM
 
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I dont want people to put down their hard earned money for a reciever only to find out that there not much out there in international programming these days. [/font][/color]
On this we agree. BUT this tread is NOT about "international programming" as a focus. It is about a means to receive emergency info. THAT takes a portable AM/FM/SW radio that is easy to operate.

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Old 10-31-2009, 03:08 PM
 
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While you are right about the 909 not being efficient power-wise, they are actually quite rugged and almost shock-proof. I found this out completely on accident while using it outside (several times). I tend to be clumsy, and I've dropped this thing so many times outside, and it should've broken into a million pieces, but it still works to this day. The thing is almost indestructible. I've even dropped it in a puddle of water, and the radio still worked as if nothing happened. I opened it and cleaned and dried it, of course, but a survival radio needs to be able to take a beating, and I don't think the cheap plastic Eton models are up to task.
I don't dispute your experience with the 909 one bit. However, it's to expensive and to complicated (read not a no brainer to use) to be a user friendly radio for the casual newbie to use as a grab an go radio.
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:24 PM
 
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I don't dispute your experience with the 909 one bit. However, it's to expensive and to complicated (read not a no brainer to use) to be a user friendly radio for the casual newbie to use as a grab an go radio.
You can grab the 909 or the Radio Shack clone 398 on ebay all the time for under a $100. The 909 is on sale all the time on Amazon for $150. For a survival situation having a portable transciever like this IC-706MKIIG HF/VHF/UHF All Mode Transceiver - Specifications - Icom America (http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/amateur/hf/706/specifications.aspx - broken link)

and a cheap used laptop running XP to decode the different kinds of packets being sent would be the way to go.
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:53 PM
 
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You can grab the 909 or the Radio Shack clone 398 on ebay all the time for under a $100. The 909 is on sale all the time on Amazon for $150. For a survival situation having a portable transciever like this IC-706MKIIG HF/VHF/UHF All Mode Transceiver - Specifications - Icom America (http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/amateur/hf/706/specifications.aspx - broken link)

and a cheap used laptop running XP to decode the different kinds of packets being sent would be the way to go.
These are simple radio's?

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Old 10-31-2009, 04:18 PM
 
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The Sangean 909 is easy to use. My 80 year old grandmother has no trouble using it.
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:23 PM
 
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Yeah, I agree, the 909 is easy to use.
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Old 10-31-2009, 05:02 PM
 
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This is more the type of radio I was referring to for emergency/survival use only. I'm sure there are other brands.

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http://www.etoncorp.com/upload/conte...DO_MORE_lo.pdf

Sure, I know as pure Shortwave listening goes they are not the best but they are self powered and are designed to be used by anyone in almost any situation.
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Old 10-31-2009, 05:05 PM
 
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The Sangean 909 is easy to use. My 80 year old grandmother has no trouble using it.
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Yeah, I agree, the 909 is easy to use.
This radio is battery dependent not self powered. That alone makes it a questionable candidate as an emergency radio.
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Old 10-31-2009, 05:24 PM
 
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This is more the type of radio I was referring to for emergency/survival use only. I'm sure there are other brands.

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http://www.etoncorp.com/upload/conte...DO_MORE_lo.pdf

Sure, I know as pure Shortwave listening goes they are not the best but they are self powered and are designed to be used by anyone in almost any situation.
The hand crank is nice while it lasts but it breaks easy. That must be the reason why the South African Gov gives new radios every year to each village without power.

I got one those hand crank Baygen radios for free through a promotion. The radio performed great but the windup generator broke within two years time. The speaker had great response with alot of audio range. I now use it to listen to talk radio while cooking in the kitchen.
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