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Kaito KA1107 World Band AM/FM Shortwave Radio

by Kaito
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  • Dual conversion analog tuning and sensitivity selectable L/M/H
  • Back-lit alarm clock with 1 minute to 120 minutes sleep timer
  • Built-in AA battery charger with hinged battery cover, external antenna and earphone jacks
  • Volume control with numerical indication
  • 1 year manufacturer's warranty
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Kaito
  • Model Number: KA1107
  • Item Height: 1.25 inches
  • Item Length: 5.75 inches
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
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Product Description

The newly released Kaito KA1107 is a dual conversion world band receiver that will keep you connected to a very comprehensive frequency range with analog tuning and readout. This radio has outstanding selectivity and sensitivity and transmits with a minimal amount of interference and feedback. If you plan on traveling with a radio, the KA1107 is a very good choice. You can either listen to the KA1107 via the built-in D77 mm speaker or with the included earphones. One thing unique about this radio is it comes with a quartz alarm clock and a sleep timer, which you can set from 1 minute to 2 hours. You won't find this feature in any other analog shortwave radios. The KA1107 powers on AC or 4 pieces of AA batteries, it also features a built-in battery charger, just plugs it into any wall outlet with the included AC adpator and switch to CHARGE. Frequency Coverage: FM:76.0-108.0MHz;MW:520-1710 MHz; SW:3.75-21.90 MHz; Package includes Stereo earphones, 120 V/AC adaptor, external antenna, carrying pouch and a copy of user manual.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 3.5 x 1.2 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000668BKY
  • Item model number: KA1107
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,796 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at October 1, 2004

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Niederfringer on October 10, 2009
I love the Kaito KA1107 analog portable radio. This is the best paperback-size radio I have ever owned.

This radio is most stellar on the FM band. I get stations loud and clear 65 miles away using the internal whip antenna. The reception exceeds any of my radios. Sensitivity and selectivity rival that of a good FM receiver. The antenna rotates and angles down for optimum reception of vertically, horizontally and mixed polarized FM antennas, allowing more stations to be heard clearly. This radio is rated at less than 5 MV FM sensitivity, and i do believe it.

SW and MW sensitivity and selectivity rival that of larger radios on the market. MW stations during the day come in loud and clear. Nighttime reception is sensitive across the band, though AM suffers from selective fading and man-made interference. I cannot honestly rate reception on the individual SW bands. I rarely use SW any more, due to man-made interference, selective fading and the low sunspot count.

The sound quality of the Kaito 1107 is a big surprise, with the two-step tone control offering room-filling audio. The two-step tone control logically selects between music and voice reception.

The side-mounted knob provides velvet tuning which a joy to turn, unlike many of the cheap Chinese-made radios on the market today.The three-step sensitivity control is useless except on SW. The large band-switch knob on the side of the radio is a joy. The volume control is recessed, protecting the radio in case of a fall, and is a good feature.

The clock, power, tone, and sensitivity buttons are poorly laid out and not suited for the less dexterous. The buttons are small and the labels are hard see for anybody with a visual impairment. I've placed masking tape with large-print writing to remedy reading some of the controls on the face of the radio.

You may buy this radio with confidence. The price is right for the value.- Arthur.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Hal9000 on March 16, 2010
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For the price you can't do better than this nice little portable radio. I was initially looking for a portable to fulfill an interest I had for a "ultralight DX" radio, but felt the current crop of highly-rated high performance ultralights wouldn't be a very good choice since most were never intended to be exported out of China (i.e. 240V power supplies, Chinese instructions, hard-to-decipher controls, etc.). I was about to give up & wait for awhile, when I stumbled across this little gem. For the price it can't be beat. AM mediumwave sensitivity is phenomenal, which is exactly what I was looking for. Tuning is very sharp, with no overload problems detected, and even though I occasionally hear a strong local 50kw AM station over my telephone lines it doesn't seem to bother this radio. FM sensitivity is equally good, although the FM band is somewhat compressed since the scale covers both US and foreign FM bandplans. Shortwave seems very good as well, with amazingly good audio received from some AM amateur radio operators on both 80m and 40m with the built-in whip antenna (note though that these are the only two ham bands this radio covers, since they lie near two commercial shortwave bands). The bass response from the small speaker is exceptional when the appropriate switch is placed in the "bass" mode. And finally, a dial light that will stay on until you turn it off! (You can even turn in on while the radio is off). Battery life also seems to be very long even when using the light all the time (it imparts a very nice warm glow to the dial). Are there any shortcomings? Sure - after all, it is analog, so frequency determination will just be a guesstimate, but after all isn't that what makes it fun?Read more ›
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Susan Cromby on December 6, 2010
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I've been meaning to replace my old shortwave since the tuner broke, but it took me several years to get around to it. I checked out the available products and decided for the use I would give it, I didn't want to spend a fortune. I found this little radio on Amazon and thought the reviews looked promising and investigated other online review sources and overall thought it was worth the risk of buying something with audio completely unheard. Glad I bought it. I'm pleased with the sound. The radio is about the size of a paperback book with a dial tuner. The controls are quite small as some of the other reviewers have noted, but this isn't really a serious problem for most users. I have been able to pick up a few shortwave stations and lots of decent FM and MW channels with good reception. The radio has some nice features--the battery recharger, the clock and backlight, and the dial tuner, as I very definitely did not want digital only. I found the function buttons easy to use and figure out--honestly, it's a pretty straight-forward radio, not brain surgery or anything. Sound quality was good, price was good. It was shipped right away and I got it three days later. I'm very satisfied.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pip Irvin on December 22, 2012
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The Kaito KA1107 is an outstanding radio for the outstanding radio PERIOD!

This radio is very attractive. I like lights and meters, and this radio has a nice amber backlight you can leave on, plus LED lights for power, tuned signal, and FM stereo. Sound is rich and warm from the speaker and with headphones. I keep mine on the music setting and it works for my tastes. As for performance...this radio outperforms other radios in its class. AM, FM, and SW are ALL very strong, with excellent sensitivity and selectivity! I truly can't say enough about it's performance. I am very impressed. I also own a Tecsun PL600, Realistic DX-440, Realistic DX-390, GE Superradio II, Grundig S450DLX, Grundig S350DL, and an Eton E-100. This radio keeps up with all the others and outperforms the Tecsun on AM.

The dial is off between 600 and 800 on the AM band. I am assuming it is as simple as where they put "700" on the dial plate. The rest of the band seems to align ok. FM and SW seem more accurate, but it is analog. Also, for a dual conversion radio, I still get strong heterodyne signals from a local powerful station 1570. One shows up around 670 and another near 1500 for some reason. I expect the Grundig 350 to do this because it only has single conversion but not a dual conversion model.

Overall, I can't knock even one star off for the cons listed, it is that enjoyable a radio. At $40? Tremendous buy. If you don't need SSB, get this one!
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