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Old 09-05-2009, 05:52 AM
Location: Kansas City
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I'm looking to purchase a shortwave radio but I'm not sure which one. Preferably one that's less than $100.
I've looked at what I could find on shortwave sites and I've read some reviews. But I'm still a bit confused.
I'd like one that will pick up police reports.
Basically I'd like one that I can use to be informed of what's going on in case of some kind of global emergency (if that makes any sense.) And to pick up broadcasts that aren't on the regular airwaves.
Thank you for any help on pointing me in the right direction.
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Old 09-07-2009, 02:19 AM
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I think what you are looking for is a four-band radio. I doubt that you will find a really good one for under 100 dollars. Plus you will need a pretty good tower and antenna if you want to pick up international. Radio Shack knows as much about short wave and bandwidth as any place I ever shopped.
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Old 09-07-2009, 07:40 AM
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If by "police reports" you mean listening to police radio activity, most departments (in the US anyway) are going or have gone digital, you need a digital reciever to listen to them, no way you'll find one in that price range, digital scanners start around $300 or so if that gives you an idea.
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Old 09-07-2009, 01:20 PM
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Yeah, what you're describing is really two different radios.

A shortwave radio will pick up international broadcasts and can be had for under $100. At that price point, you're going to sacrifice features, but there are quite a few models that will give you decent reception. I've found the best place to look for reviews is Amazon.com. One problem with shortwave, though, is that it's kind of a dying medium. There's still some interesting stuff out there, but much of the band is filled with religious broadcasters or propaganda from nations like Cuba.

For police reports, you most likely need a digital scanner as NHDave indicates, and that's going to cost you considerably more.
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Old 09-07-2009, 02:57 PM
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Might want to ask over in the sci & tech forum.

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