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Kaito KA1102 AM/FM Shortewave Radio with SSB, Color Silver

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  • Dual Conversion Technology
  • FM - 70.0-108.0 MHz ( Step 10K/50K/100K Hz)
  • MW - 522-1710 MHz ( Step 1K/9K/10K Hz)
  • SW - 3.00-29.99 MHz (Step 1K/5K Hz)
  • 190 MEMORY PRESETS ( Dynamic memory on 19 Pages)
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Technical Details

Color: Silver or Black
  • Brand Name: Kaito
  • Model Number: KA1102
  • Item Height: 1.12 inches
  • Item Length: 5.63 inches
  • Item Weight: 0.75 pounds
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Product Description

Color: Silver or Black

The Kaito KA1102 is a dual conversion portable radio covering AM/FM and Short Wave. The special designed PLL circuit has a very high sensitivity and low noise levels. Thanks to the dual conversion technology, the KA1102 has a super sensitive radio bands. AM coverage is from 522 - 1710 kHz. The AM reception is impressive. It is able to pick up weak signals very well. The FM band covers 70.0 - 108 MHz (including the Japanese FM band and Russian FM band, if traveling in these areas). The FM reception is overall quite good. The SW frequency covers from 3000 to 29990 kHz. However, the short wave is what makes the KA1102 shines. The SW reception is exceptional due to the dual conversion circuitry. It is able to pick up weak signals with just the built-in antenna. It can decode SSB Single Side Band broadcasts with a 1 kHz fine-tuning steps. It is better than most other radios costing much more and in a smaller size. Overall, you get an excellent world receiver and the price is right. Auto scan and memory (ATS), Start page preset Alarm/Sleep Manual Tuning / Scan / Preset / Direct Entry Clock/Sleep/Lock Electronic Volume Control Smart Charger with Count Down Timer SSB Receiver with FINE Tuning Control Meter and Frequency Convert 3 Kinds of Backlight Mode Signal Strength Indication Front and Rear Power Output for Both Speaker and Earphone Super Bass Selection 3 Alarms for ON/OFF Two Alarm Modes - Beeper and Radio Auto Reset Function, Never Dead Locked Extra Long Telescopic Antenna for Reception Exit Button for Wrong Key In DX/Local Select for SHORTWAVE Reception Mono / Stereo Selectable Tone Select - Music and News Battery Power Indicator Battery Charge Auto Backlight Screen Local / DX Switch Line Out Jack External Antenna Jack Radio actual size - 5.6 x 3.5 x 1.1 inches (143 x 88 x 28.50 mm)

Product Information

Color: Silver or Black
Technical Details
Part Number KA1102
Item Weight12 ounces
Product Dimensions5.6 x 3.5 x 1.1 inches
Item model numberKA1102
ColorSilver or Black
Voltage120 volts
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Included?No
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #88,704 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableSeptember 30, 2004
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169 of 170 people found the following review helpful By M. JEFFREY MCMAHON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 13, 2004
Color: Silver or Black
Built in a factory in China famous for its radio electronics, the Kaito 1102 has become a beloved radio among techies and radiophiles alike for many reasons. Open it out of the box and you'll notice it's tiny, smaller than a thin-sliced sandwich. Its silver, modern exterior looks as updated as any new Sony or Sangean or Grundig. Then place it against its competition, the Sangean 505 (about 20 dollars more), the Sony ICF SW35 (about the same price) and you'll notice that the Kaito beats the other two for different reasons. First, the Kaito and the Sony 35 have similar, strong reception, on both AM and FM, but the Kaito wins because it has a vastly far superior speaker, crystal clear and capable of good sound for this type of radio. The Kaito and the Sangean 505 have similar good speakers but the Kaito has better reception, especially on AM. My only complaint about the Kaito is the owner's manual which has five different ways of showing you how to use the presets and the "pages," and only one of those instructions (I found out two hours and much trial and error later) is accurate. You must press the M/Lock key to activate your preset option and for some reason the manual only makes this vaguely clear in one of its instructions. But if you don't mind fiddling with the controls and scouring the manual with a patient eye, you'll find yourself in possession of a gem and discover why so many techies consider the Kaito 1102 a real buried treasure that stands up to the far more expensive Sony 7600 and Sangean 909.

Post Script: In the ensuing months I've bought the lesser priced Kaito 1101, almost identical to the Kaito 1102, and have found that the 1101 gets even better FM sensitivity. Many have expressed the same experience with the Kaito 1101.
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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Breyel on October 14, 2006
Color: Silver or Black
The Kaito KA1102 (Degen DE1102 in Asia) is absolutely fantastic! It certainly lives up to all the positive things reviewers have said about it.

It is as good as my 14 year old Panasonic RF-B45. The Kaito outshines the Panasonic with its 'wide' and 'narrow' bandwidth. The shortwave frequencies match the Panasonic for selectivity, although, perhaps, it's reception is a bit clearer. MW is a bit better overall. In Malaysia however the selection of MW stations is not as numerable as in the US; nevertheless, I was able to pull in a station in Vietnam that I could not get on my Panasonic, plus several Thai, Indonesian and Chinese stations. FM is more selective than the Panasonic as well. Bass and stereo reception may be heard with the earphones on FM.

Some reviewers fault the ergonomics (i.e. paging system), but I find it no more confusing than some 3G cell phones. As for the push button volume control, well, again, it's like so many cell phones; you get used to it. I only find that it's not as loud as the Panasonic, but I suppose after-market speakers could remedy this. The blue backlight and rechargeable batteries are an asset too.

The deciding factor for me over the Kaito KA1103 Worldband Radio/Degen DE1103 was its continuous tuning (3.10-30.00 MHz). The KA1103/DE1103 tunes only international shortwave bands, i.e. 75 meters, 60 meters, 49 meters, 42 meters, 31 meters, 25 meters, 21 meters, 19 meters, 16 meters, 13 meters. With continuous tuning, the KA1102/DE1102 catches stations outside these meter bands.

As for cons, it overloads when an external wire antenna is hooked to the whip aerial, but this may be because it is amplified.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By j eastman on November 27, 2004
Color: Silver or Black
Being a novice at shortwave listener, I really shopped around to find the biggest *bang* for my dollar. Having experienced shortwave first with an old Zenith Transoceanic (which still sits in my livingroom), and then with a mid-80's Unitech, this purchase went above and beyond my expectations...

Despite the cheapness the photo might imply, this is a solid piece of technology...it certainly looks sharper when it's in your hands... Though it's much smaller than I thought it would be, it definately lives up to the hype. Within minutes of installing the batteries, I was receiving Radio Beijing with astounding clarity.

I primarily purchased this radio to listen to at home, but because of it's portability, I take it to work every night...although I work in a pretty high radio interference call center, my AM reception is dimished, but I still get all the major local broadcasters...the FM is absolutely solid (when many of my co-workers can only receive one or two FM signals on their cheap AM/FM/CD players, I can recieve all the channels, and because this unit goes all the way down to 70.0 FM, I get a handful of TV channels also...)

At home, AM/FM reception is stellar...in the evening hours I switch to the shortwave and I can pull in MANY major broadcasters...I've been able to pull in stations as far away as Italy, and India...

Although sound through the speaker is weak, it is acceptible...through the headphones it ROCKS (though not as loud as I would like), and at home, I use the "line-out" jacks to connect to my amplifier..the tuner on this unit is precise...with it's ability to pull in weak channels make it more valuable than my Kenwood receiver...
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