- Brand Name: Eton
- Model Number: M300BL
- Item Height: 6.7 inches
- Item Length: 2.5 inches
- Item Width: 1 inches
Grundig M300BL Mini300PE Handheld Shortwave Radio (Metallic Blue)
- Compact, highly portable way to bring AM/FM and shortwave reception with you
- Long-range antenna for receiving distant broadcasts; radio tunes 7 shortwave bands
- LCD display shows frequency, time, sleep time, and symbols for sleep timer and alarm activation
- External headphone jack
- Includes handsome carrying case
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Design and Controls
The Mini 300 is designed for simplicity and ease of use. The antenna housing extends above the device, and it contains a long-range antenna for receiving distant broadcasts. Four buttons below the large, easy-to-read LCD control time, alarm, sleep timer, and power on/off functions. The LCD display shows frequency, time, sleep time, and symbols for sleep timer and alarm activation. Meanwhile, tuning, volume, and band selection are handled by controls on the side of the device. A small speaker below the control buttons produces pleasing sound, or you can hook up a pair of stereo earbuds (included).
Tuning and Bands
Thanks to the Mini 300's reception of AM, FM, and seven shortwave bands, you can use the analog tuner to tune into your favorite local stations, as well as far-flung international broadcasts from around the world. The shortwave receiver operates on the following bands: 49, 41, 31, 25, 22, 19 and 16 meters. In addition to the telescoping FM and shortwave antenna, the unit contains an internal ferrite bar antenna for AM reception.
Connections and Power
The Mini 300 operates on two "AA" batteries. A 3.5 millimeter headset jack is provided.
In addition to a digital clock, the Mini 300 also boasts an alarm clock and a sleep timer. It ships with a handsome protective carrying case, batteries, and a pair of earbud headphones.
What's in the Box
Mini 300 radio, earphones, 2 AA batteries, and carrying case.
Top Customer Reviews
Initially, I questioned the performance in the AM mediumwave band. Since most of my radio time is spent DXing distant AM channels, I was concerned that while the stronger stations came in loud and clear, bringing in those distant signals at night "seemed" to be a problem. Not so! Most nights I can pick up stations like WHAS in Louisville, or WBBM in Chicago which is about 800 miles away! It's all a matter of getting a feel for that small tuning knob.
Overall, in my opinion, this is an outstanding radio. If you're looking for something pocket-size that's strong in the seven supplied shortwave bands, as well as great FM and AM signals, this is an excellent choice.
AM-Much better than average reception for a radio this tiny.
FM-better than any pocket-portable I've used.
SW-I believe it might have an amplified antenna or an additional RF stage. It picks up more SW stations with it's built in antenna than any portable using a built-in antenna.
No RF images experienced on any band but FM. I live in the city so I leave the antenna down all the way for FM, & it performs fine. The AM isn't connected to the whip antenna, extending it for AM resulted only in increasing static on weak stations. I tried to clip a long wire antenna to it for SW. Some RF images & signal overloads occurred on SW with strong signals, but it did pick up a lot more stations that way.
The speaker sounds great & can go much louder than expected for such a tiny speaker in a tiny radio. Headphones sound great on FM, but are quite usable on other bands when you don't want to disturb others at night... Nightime is the best time to explore far away stations on the lower SW bands & AM.
A pair of 2000mah Lenmar AA rechargeable NiMi batteries lasted over 40 hours at about 10 - 4 hour intervals at a normal volume. They last longer at a lower volume or with headphones. Continuous use will be lower too. When testing battery life they last longer if given a break like in normal use. Continuous use will make the playing time as much as 1/3 less. If you play it real loud, the batteries will drain faster.
With a pair of cheap batteries lasting that long, who needs a bulky wind-up or solar radio?
Keep a set of alkalines handy if you want this as your emergency radio. NiMi rechargeables lose about 1/3 of their power per month just setting around.Read more ›
Reception is very good on all bands - AM, SW and FM. Audio fidelity is also very good, a surprise given the tiny speaker. I have no problem listening to Radio Havana, BBC, Deutche Welle (sp?) or numerous other stations, including my favorite AM & FM station. There is a small amount of frequency drift over time on AM and SW. Stations are easy to tune with the digital display although a light touch is required, especially on the higher bands. It is important to note that although the read-out is digital, tuning is analog - not DDS or PLL controlled; thus the small amount of drift I mentioned.
But for the money, a very good radio/clock/alarm which also has a "sleep function".
As one would expect of a radio in this price range, the SW filter is rather broad and shallow. The upshot of that is you can get a lot of bleed-over from strong stations that are close by on the dial.
For MW reception there is an internal ferrite antenna that allows directional reception, but the whip is also active. For weak stations where you don't need directional reception, you can extend the whip and often greatly improve the signal. I do this all the time for a fringe station I enjoy listening to.
For the reviewer who complained about this radio being not much different than analog, that was a very astute observation. It actually IS an analog radio, it just has a digital frequency display. The radio being analog is the reason for the drift problem.
I've had my Mini300 for a year and a half. Despite the tuning issues, I still use it fairly often. It's definitely not a serious SW radio, but it's not terrible for the price. I think of it as my "don't really care if I lose it" radio. There's a certain value in that.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The power button broke, you have to remove the batteries to turn it off. The outside is sticky, the finish degrades over time. The tunign is very sensitive on AM, hard to adjust. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Velliquette
I have this radio in its black rubberised version. I did find that it became a gooey sticky mess as others have mentioned, but acetone was able to remove that, leaving a hard shiny... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Diego
An old fashioned pocket radio with good sound and reception.Published on August 11, 2014 by WECoyote
great portable radio, great for walking the dog to the lake, great for taking into the garage. Fits easily into a pocket. Nice alternative than headphones in the ears.Published on November 17, 2012 by Starfish
This radio might be little, but it's mighty when it comes to convenience, sound, and all-around playability. Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by G. Toffolo
I bought this unit a couple years ago as a travel radio and to use around the house, expecting high quality from Grundig. However, the On/Off switch is very problematic. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by Lee C.