Kaito KA1103 Worldband Radio, Silver
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- Dual conversion technology, wide/narrow AM filter
- Four tuning methods: direct, manual, scan and preset
- Built-in automatic battery charger and hinged battery cover
- Built-in alarm clock and sleep timer, tilt back holder
- 30 Days money back guarantee and one year limited warranty
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- Brand Name: Kaito
- Model Number: KA1103
- Tuner Technology: Analog
- Power Source Type: Corded-Electric, Battery
- Item Height: 1.14 inches
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|Color||Dark and Silver||Black||Black||Black|
|Dimensions||1.14 inches x 6.5 inches x 4.13 inches||3.39 inches x 5.31 inches x 1.02 inches||4.75 inches x 7.5 inches x 1.25 inches||4.49 inches x 7.36 inches x 1.3 inches|
|Item Weight||2 pounds||0.44 pounds||0.98 pounds||1.1 pounds|
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Top Customer Reviews
Here's what I like about the 1103:
1. Powerful, crystal clear FM reception that is superior to radios that cost twice as much.
2. Warm full speaker sound for a radio of this size.
3. The cool factor of a radio that has so many innovations and is changing the radio industry, causing Sangean, Grundig, and Sony to wake up and start making more competitive products at better prices.
4. PLL synthesized tuning with over 250 presets or memories.
Here's what I don't like:
1. You have to press buttons or digitally enter for volume control. There is no spin wheel for quick volume change.
2. The analog display takes up unnecessary space on the radio.
3. AM, like all PLL synthesized radios, is well above average but needs improvement.
However, AM is more than adequate and as a whole the 1103 is my favorite PLL synthesized, dual conversion small radio. If I could only own two radios, a compact and an analog medium sized radio, I'd keep the Kaito 1103 and my Tecsun BLC 2000 (sold for considerably more as the Grundig S350), which gets great AM.
If you don't mind finding an English manual on the internet, you can spend half the money on the Kaito by buying its clone, the Degen 1103. Degen radios, the original Chinese versions, are Kaitos but only come with Chinese manuals and they need AC adaptor converters. The upside is that they are half the price of the American version Kaitos.Read more ›
What weighed most heavily in choosing the Kaito 1103 were the reviews that came from some ham radio operators that I found on a prominent ham website. I was surprised, but happy, to see ham operators reviewing a shortwave radio. There were almost 25 reviews of the 1103. But it wasn't just the fact that all but one gave it a 5-star rating, it was the way they went on and on raving about what a great radio it is in terms of sheer power and performance (not convenience). And I figured if that many ham operators are that impressed with it, then that's good enough for me. Because for me, performance was the determinant factor in making my choice - not convenience.
I've had my KA1103 for a month and it is everything I had read about it. In a word -- it is a POWERHOUSE! I've picked up China, Japan, Cuba, and other countries, and the signal from some of these stations was amazingly strong: as strong and clear as a local station right here in my own area (north Texas).
I've had my 1103 for 5 months now and the radio has performed flawlessly; no malfunctioning at all. It continues to amaze me with its power. Not only have I picked up shortwave radio stations around the world, but also ham radio operators, by using the Single Sideband (SSB) function. I've listened to hams in: Arizona, Nevada, California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Alabama.
I've had my 1103 for 6 years now and it is still working great.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I think this is an excellent radio....its also a very odd radio.
There are 2 things about this that many do not like including myself. Read more
I purchased the radio about two years ago. Having been away from ham radio for over 50 years, I was ready to rekindle my interest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barry
Great little radio. I've been looking at this radio for a few years and have read just about every review on it, both on Amazon and on other several other radio specific sites. Read morePublished 3 months ago by P. Btica
Fm is good, Am good, but SWand SSB is not good even with long wire antenna. The controls are puzzling to say the least.Published 3 months ago by Robert J.
I replaced my former lost Kaito radio with this one and I love it! The reception is exceptional and the build is outstanding! Read morePublished 3 months ago by John B.
I've been listening to shortwave radio since I was a kid, in the seventies, and have had a few Sony's over the years. Read morePublished 3 months ago by radiooneman
Great radio…better than the one with DSP…would buy again…works very well…great little radio for my shackPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Five minutes out of the box I was listening to two ham radio operators talking to each other. One was in Colorado, the other in California. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jim in Texas