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Grundig G8 Traveler II Digital AM/FM/Shortwave Radio with Auto Tuning Storage - Black (NG8B)

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  • FM/MW/SW/LW Auto/manual tuning Auto Tuning Storage (ATS) function Digital tuning with digital frequency readout
  • Snooze/light Key lock function Input for earphones DC jack - 6V Dimensions: 6.625? x 4.125? x 1.125? and16.8 x 10.5 x 2.8 cm (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 12.2 oz. and 346 g Accessories: owner?s manual, warranty card Specifications subject to change.
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Technical Details

  • DC in Jack
  • Alarm Clock

Product Description

Product Description

AM/FM/LW/Shortwave Radio with ATS (Auto Tuning Storage)

From the Manufacturer

Grundig Traveler II Digital G8 AM/FM/LW/Shortwave Radio

A radio with old-school durability and new-world technology combined

The Grundig Traveler II G8 combines the best of both worlds: reliability and hi-quality audio. With durable and portable, grip-coated encasing the G8 resists drops, dings and other damage. It also has all the modern features that create high-quality audio.

Auto Tuning Storage makes radio surfing easy

The G8 comes with an Auto Tuning Storage (ATS) function which automatically stores radio frequencies. The ATS button lets you memorize all frequencies of the AM, LW and FM band with good enough signal strength to be memorized. There are 100 memories, which are used for manual and ATS storage.

Tell the time anywhere in the world!

The G8 features an international clock that you can set at the touch of a knob located on the front of the radio. It has domestic and international time zones preset so you can just turn the knob and instantly have the time anywhere in the world.

G8 Traveler II Radio
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Manually enter preset frequencies for added versatility

The radio can memorize 100 FM, 100 AM, 100 LW and 200 SW (shortwave) frequencies. To memorize a frequency, tune your radio to the frequency of your choice, and then follow the below instructions:

  1. Press the MEMORY button once and notice the PRESET number flashing in the upper, right corner of the display.
  2. While it's flashing, press MEMORY again to store it into the PRESET that's flashing or wait for 2 second to store it automatically. If you want to store it into another PRESET just rotate the tuning knob of your choice, and press the MEMORY button to confirm.

Frequencies that you have stored manually will be overwritten. If you've stored frequencies with the ATS button and want to keep them in memory, be sure to store manually into an empty memory.

To listen to your stored frequencies, go to the band that you want to listen to:

  1. Press the VF/VM (view frequency/view memory) button and notice that a PRESET number appears in the upper right of the display.
  2. Then rotate the TUNING knob to go to the PRESET of your choice.
  3. To exit the memory system, press VF/VM again.

Additional Features:

  • Digital tuning with digital frequency readout (LCD)
  • Local timer setting and world timer setting
  • Sleep timer and alarm clock (either radio or buzzer)
  • Snooze/light
  • Key lock function
  • 3.5 mm headphone output
  • DC input (6V)

The Traveler II Includes:

  • Owner’s manual
  • Carrying case
  • Warranty card


Grundig G8

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.3 x 3.4 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B001QTXKF6
  • Item model number: NG8B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,651 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at February 1, 2009

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

227 of 230 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Roscow on June 6, 2009
I wanted a shortwave radio small enough to carry around and not too expensive--somewhere in between the $20 toys and the $100+ serious boys. Well, this is it. It's not perfect, but it's reasonably powerful, has useful features, is fun to use, looks and feels good (with a matte black soft rubber finish), and comes with a handy pouch and earphones. Just what I wanted.

The display is excellent, with an orange backlit screen that's the best I've seen on any radio of this size. One click lights it up for a few seconds and a longer one keeps it on; it switches itself on briefly with a change of frequency. The information in the display is configurable and can include the following: frequency, battery strength, signal strength (in dBmicron and dB S/N), time, alarm, temperature (!), shortwave band, memory locations, and timer.

FM, SW, and AM/LW all sound good to me and are reasonably sensitive. FM pulls in a lot of stations, including the one I wanted most: KING-FM 98.1 in Seattle, which the more expensive Grundig Aviator A6 couldn't get from where I live on Vancouver Island. Ditto KOMO 1000 on AM. SW reception is good, too. Auto search only catches the strongest ones, but manual tuning gets scores more. I've heard Australia, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow, Zagreb, etc. in the short time I've had it. It all depends on time and the atmosphere. At 6.30 a.m. the 31m band is packed with stations. And there's continuous coverage from 3150-21950 kHz, not just the selections that come on many shortwave radios. If only there was a setting to filter out the religious stations that come in so loud and clear. Scanning is by thumbwheel in 1 or 5 kHz steps, or by band, or by auto scanning in 5 kHz steps. Both the tuning and volume knobs move by detents.
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121 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Gary DeBock on June 20, 2009
All reviewers have been unanimous in their praise of this Chinese-made model, but they may be unaware of the primary reason for this radio's breakthrough AM and FM selectivity. The Grundig G8 is a clone of the Tecsun PL-300WT Chinese-market model, and it contains a DSP (digital signal processing) IC chip which controls all of the AM and FM functions. This fact is not mentioned in any of the Grundig advertising, although it is common knowledge among the Ultralight Radio AM-DXing enthusiast group.
The G8's AM selectivity is in a class by itself among pocket radios, as is its FM selectivity. FM sensitivity is also outstanding, providing reception of fringe stations typically only heard on communication receivers. Although my G8 model from Amazon arrived with very good AM sensitivity, there have been variations in the AM sensitivity levels of the identical PL-300WT Chinese-market models, due to the Tecsun company's manufacturing process (specifically, their neglect in matching the inductance of the loopstick coil to the value required by a varactor in the DSP chip). Since Tecsun also manufactures all of the G8's for Grundig, this may also be an issue with these G8 models, although it's too early to tell.
Despite this, the Grundig G8 is a superlative value for both AM and FM DXers, especially with Amazon's free shipping option. This model's DSP-enhanced performance is sure to please those who enjoy fringe-station chasing on either band.

73, Gary DeBock (N7EKX)
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I saw the many fine reviews on this new Grundig G8 analog unit (another Tecsun clone) and took the chance to try it out. This is in fact a modern version of the old and very popular Grundig analog Traveller II from a decade or more ago which I also owned as well. The DSP capabilities (a Digital Signal Processing circuit contained on a very small computer chip that was recently introduced by Silicon Labs in Texas) are really fine for both sensitivity and selectivity on fm. In fact they are outstanding, especially given the low price on Amazon ($50 shipped). The sw reception was ok (fair), but without any rf (radio frequency) gain controls or dual bandwidth capabilities, it is not especially good for routine or lengthy sw listening sessions in my opinion. On am it was absolutely dismal (with some small exceptions), especially for a weak government public service station that I regularly receive on all of my other numerous radios (received readily by either quite large or even by very small units like my Tecsun PL-600, the Sangean DT-400W, the Kaito KA1102, the Grundig G6 Aviator, the Tecsun PL-450, the Sony ICF-SW12, etc.).

The unit is very well made however (but the battery door for the 3 AA batteries needed is NOT attached to the radio) and I like the system that Eton/Grundig has put together for their ATS system (automatic tuning and storage of relatively strong stations on am and fm only). The orange controllable backlighting is nice as is the lock key and the very easy and intuitive time setting and alarm system, etc. The black rubberized surface on the outside of the unit is also very nice too.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By VS on June 17, 2009
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The previous reviewer provided a very comprehensive evaluation, which I completely agree with. This radio exudes quality.
FM band performance is amazing - you can hear less powerful stations loud and clear with no interference from strong stations. AM/SW sensitivity and selectivity are very good, no interference from strong stations on AM.
I didn't have to consult the manual to set up the clock and to figure out the main functionality. Interestingly, this radio also displays room temperature in one of the display modes.

UPDATE (after 2 weeks): Still love this radio, even more so. I live in the clear view of FM transmitter tower, which results in powerful stations jamming the whole band. Previously, I had a good experience with Sangean DT-400W in getting some of the weaker stations but Grundig G8 pulls the FM stations from as far as KKIQ in Pleasanton (40 miles away) and KWMR in Point Reyes (also 40 miles) with no interference whatsoever.

Now, to the AM. I considered my Sangean DT-200 the best among my radios as does have impressive AM capabilities but Grundig G8 is no slacker either - I get exactly the same performance on AM.

I didn't spend much time listening to SW yet but my spot check indicates a very solid performance.

I find myself choosing this radio more often, although, it's not the smallest among the bunch of others. The user-friendliness of its controls, quality and performance make it almost a "grail" radio. I said "almost" as my grail radio would be G8 in the form factor of Sangean DT-400W . :)
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