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5.0 out of 5 stars wow, this is a winner, November 10, 2010
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This review is from: Sangean CL-100 Table-Top Weather Hazard Alert with AM/FM-RBDS Alarm Clock Radio (Electronics)
So I've been trying to find a decent weather radio. One that you can disable certain alerts, one that pays attention to EOM (end of message) and one that doesn't look like junk sitting on the kitchen counter.

So far I've been blown away with the quality of this radio. Everything from the button feel to the LCD display is excellent. Surprisingly the quality of the internal speaker is good as well, the sound is nice.

Feature wise...

The radio does allow you to disable alerts! And it's easy to disable them as well. This is very useful when you don't care to be woken up for a thunderstorm *watch*.

The radio pays attention to EOM! At then end of each voice alert broadcast they play a tone to signify EOM (end of message). When the radio hears this tone it mutes itself. This is great if your in bed, laying down, in the other room or just don't want to go over to the radio. The radio will play the alert message then mute itself once the message is over. Some units like the midland (nearly every model they make) doesn't pay attention to this, and you get to keep hearing the same alert message repeating over and over until the 15 minute timer runs out.

The time and date will automatically set itself if you point it to a FM radio station that broadcasts the time/date via RDS. (I had to try a few different stations that broadcast RDS until I found one that did this; seems not all of them do in my area)

FM radio reception is excellent. To boot you get to see song name/Artist and radio station information scrolling on the screen.

I did find some of the instructions to be a bit not well translated. Like you have to have the weather radio set to "ON" or the "weather" button doesn't work. But really this is minor stuff, and you'll forget about it once you use it.

This radio is really a home run: great features, high quality and good aesthetics.
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Initial post: Mar 22, 2011 5:55:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 22, 2011 6:30:40 PM PDT
J. Hannah says:
Re. your comment about being able to disable alerts, can you elaborate? As I stated in my review I can disable any alert I want if it is set to SIREN Alert mode. However in VOICE Alert mode the alert will still sound. For example I set it to disable the Required Weekly Test, in Sirene Mode it is indeed silent but in VOICE Alert mode it still goes off.

I've just re-examined the menu's of my radio and the one to disable an alert is labeled as "Defeat Siren". It is obvious that the engineers only intended for you to disable the Siren but have no effect on the VOICE alert. Therefore there is no way to Defeat a voice alert. There is no option to Defeat Voice alerts on my radio.

What version of firmware does your radio have? I'm curious if we have the same version.....

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 8:08:31 PM PDT
E.W. says:
If you contact Sangean they may be able to help you with this.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 8:11:43 PM PDT
J. Hannah says:
I did contact them and they upgraded my radio with one that has the newest firmware. Problem solved.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 11:50:34 AM PDT
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Posted on Nov 21, 2012 11:18:00 AM PST
S. Emert says:
Thank you for highlighting the EOM functionality in your review! That is the most important to me and I was dreading having to buy and try a bunch of radios to find one that did what my 14 year old radio shack model did... I love the shutoff at the end of the message!

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 12:26:15 PM PDT
santiago2274 says:
Just out of curiosity, is the volume of the alert tone adjustable. If so, can it be set extremely quiet? I'm considering purchasing one for the office, but I'd like to avoid a radio with a super loud alarm, especially since I'll be sitting next to it the entire time.

Thank you for your detailed review.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2013 2:28:37 PM PDT
J. Hannah says:
Yes the volume of the alert is adjustable however if it's a serious alert such as a tornado it will go to full volume to get your attention.
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