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Old 10-31-2009, 06:26 PM
 
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This radio is battery dependent not self powered. That alone makes it a questionable candidate as an emergency radio.
Rechargeable nicads and a solar panel will take care of the problem.
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Old 10-31-2009, 06:31 PM
 
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Yes, those will solve the problem. Also, the 909 has superior audio quality and also attracts a lot more signals than a cheap radio. You simply cannot hear a lot on a 70 dollar radio. You can hear the world on the 909.
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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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.

Just what do these two statements have do with each other?

The villages in Africa are a whole different world than the USA.
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:12 PM
 
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Rechargeable nicads and a solar panel will take care of the problem.
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Yes, those will solve the problem. Also, the 909 has superior audio quality and also attracts a lot more signals than a cheap radio. You simply cannot hear a lot on a 70 dollar radio. You can hear the world on the 909.
You guys tickle me. I say tomato and you say onions.

Sure, the 909 is way better than any emergency radio but that's not the point. Just how many folks that don't have an emergency radio are willing to spend the bigger bucks a 909 cost do you think when a cheaper radio will do just fine.

Don't look now but you're both stuck in a rut!
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:14 PM
 
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I know many don't like the price, but the cheap radios simply are of poor quality, and I'd rather spend more money so that I have a good radio than save some and not know whether or not it will even work.
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:20 PM
 
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Just what do these two statements have do with each other?

The villages in Africa are a whole different world than the USA.
Because they distribute hand cranked radios to the villages. A hand crank is going to break if itís bad in design no matter the location.
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:29 PM
 
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A $20 handheld radio from Walgreens and $20 worth of 9 volt batteries will work just fine in a survival situation. You don’t need shortwave bands since nobody will be there anyways. If the Red Cross of National Guard want to convey info to you. They will setup a low power AM/FM transmitter in your area.
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:15 PM
 
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Getting a radio from C.Crane called freeplay is a good idea as well.

link provided below.

C. Crane Company - Freeplay Plus Radio - Toll Free (800) 522-8863
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Well I do have a cheapie hand crank radio..but I would like to get a good one..not necessarily "the best" but something good enough.

I also have a solar battery charger. Here in Texas the sun is brutal and that sucker actually did charge the batteries but at a slow rate. I'm building a little stash of rechargeables now so I can cycle a few sets at a time.
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Old 10-31-2009, 10:25 PM
 
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Well I do have a cheapie hand crank radio..but I would like to get a good one..not necessarily "the best" but something good enough.

I also have a solar battery charger. Here in Texas the sun is brutal and that sucker actually did charge the batteries but at a slow rate. I'm building a little stash of rechargeables now so I can cycle a few sets at a time.
Does your "cheapie" work well enough so that you can hear news if need be? If so why spend money on another radios that may not be as good as what you have.

(Tip: older radios may have been made in Taiwan or Japan whereas almost all radios today come from...........China! )
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