C Crane Co CC2B Radio-2 AM FM/Weather and 2-Meter Ham Band (Black Mica)
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- Exceptional AM reception and FM/Weather/2-Meter Ham Band
- Built in Twin-Coil Ferrite antenna
- Get government issued alerts on the Weather band
- Life saving information in emergencies like Katrinas come through on the 2-Meter Ham band
- Clock alarm sleep timer headphone jack display light
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The CC Radio-2 is our newest model of CC Radios. It is designed for long range receptiona and emergencies. The AM reception has been boosted with our built in Twin-Coil FerriteAM Antenna. The FM reception is excellent. The weather band on the CC Radio-2will keep you informed of any government issued alerts. The 2- Meter Ham band can be a life saver in emergencies like Katrina. Other radio features include: 5 memories per band, bass and treble, clock alarm, sleep timer, headphone jack, line-in/line-output jack. Runs on included AC power cord or 4 "D" batteries.
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The CC Radio 2, like it's predecessors is an excellent radio, actually there is little to distinguish it from them. The TV audio is gone, and the 2 Meter Ham band is in, but as far as performance is concerned, there is very little difference. AM and FM sensitivity is excellent, audio is clean and crisp, especially well suited for speech, but because of limited audio bandwidth not well suited for the audiophiles, who want 20 to 20,000 Hz.-but don't get me wrong-it's still clean, crisp, low distortion audio.
The WX and 2 Meter Ham bands are also very good, but how well they perform in your area, depends primarily on availability of these stations in your area. These stations use much lower power than regular commercial stations, especially the 2 Meter Ham stations. If you don't receive these well or at all, don't jump to the conclusion that it's the radio, there just might not be any of these stations close enough to receive. The other features, such as the clock ,alarm and timers are easy to set up and use The display is bright and easy to read. The manual is well written and easy to follow.
Some comments for the AM Dxer.
The CC Radio 2 is an excellent Radio. But those who are familiar with the earlier versions of this Radio AND ARE INTERESTED IN AM DXING. may be disappointed..
I compared performance on the AM band of the CC radio 2 with the earlier CC Radio Plus. On a very very weak signal from a station about 200 miles away, during daylight hours. I could understand the station on the older "Plus" radio but not on the newer "2" version. The reason- the dual Coil Ferrite antenna searches for, and adjusts the tuning to the strongest signal-which, when the signal is very very weak happens to be noise. I can hear the station for just an instant then the Radio locks on to the noise. When the signal is very weak (not very very weak) this does not happen- then the Radio locks on to the signal, not the noise, and the signal is noisy but understandable. For the vast majority of people this should not present a problem. But for those who wish to get all, even the weakest DX stations, this auto-tuning Dual Coil ferrite Antenna "improvement" may be a disappointment. When the signal is strong,and there is another strong signal near the station you are tuned to, the Auto-tuning Dual Coil Ferrite Antenna may actually help by suppressing the unwanted signal. So most people will like the AM performance on the newer CC Radio 2 as it is, but it would be nice to be able to defeat the Auto-tune function when desired. This would please the many DX Hunters, who buy this radio for DX hunting.
If you buy a CC Radio 2, you probably will not be disappointed..
FM reception is equally good. I'm able to get many, many more stations with this than the Grundig. The sound from the one speaker is good enough for its purpose, which is music or talk radio during the work day.
The weather bands are a nice extra, and one of the reasons I decided to drop $100+ to replace my old radio. We get storms during the day, especially last winter, and I like to know when bad weather is on the way so I can decide whether to let my employees leave early or not. The alert system works well, I get a flashing red LED and the music pauses whenever there is an alert from NOAA.
The HAM radio is not a useful item for me, but it's nice to know that it's there. It does work well, and I can usually find some folks chatting on the HAM band if I use the scan function, which works well.
The controls are simple and easy to use and understand. I read the manual once or twice and off I went. The big presets at the top are a nice feature, no hunting for the preset buttons or scrolling through my saved stations.
Solid, well made radio. A keeper. The Grundig is labelled a "field radio", and that's where it's headed: outside for when I do yard work.
I gave it only 4 stars because the first one I owned eventually lost the LED display and I could not find a replacement part (I like to fix things rather than throw them away), so I eventually had to buy a new radio. But that was after 8 years of use . Even at that, I liked it enough to buy a second CC radio. I guess I got my money's worth out of the first one.
Not the flashiest radio, but probably the best at what it does.