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WANTED TO LIKE - PATHETIC AM/FM & SPEAKER
on April 8, 2013
After thoroughly doing all the research on hand crank/emergency radios and reading the reviews I pulled the pin and went with this model. I realized from the start almost all of these hand crank emergency radios are cheaply made and I was not expecting this radio to sound very good or to pull in distant stations. I was however expecting it to easily pull in all or most LOCAL AM/FM stations reasonably clearly & without excess distortion, static & noise. Even when outside with the antenna fully raised this radio fails miserably. On AM it was only able to BARELY receive 1-2 stations and sound was totally unsatisfactory on those it did. FM was about 2-3 local stations and once again the reception pathetic & totally unacceptable.
On NOAA weather it did receive two stations marginally okay, and was slightly better, but still not very impressive. I have worked around radios all my life and am a licensed ham. I was intentionally preparing myself for this radio not to receive very well or sound very good. Even with that it was a significant disappointment. I think my home made toy $5 Crystal set I had as a kid sounded better. If Fisher Price ever built a radio, it probably had a more sensitive AM-FM tuner than this one. The reception & sound on AM which was very important to me as an emergency radio WAS THE ABSOLUTE WORST I'VE SEEN OR HEARD ON ANY RADIO REGARDLESS OF PRICE. THE DISTORTION IS HORRIBLE.
I still love the features and the overall design, but if the AM/FM receiver totally sucks what good is it?
If I can find another model with a better receiver, I will be returning this for a refund or exchange. From the other favorable reviews I'm thinking I may have gotten a lemon, but have no other reason to think so. If others living in SUBURBAN AREAS have had a different experience with the reception on this model please advise.