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Alan Georges:

--- Quote from: Archer on September 30, 2013, 06:07:18 PM ---What I have been looking at:
-Ambient Weather WR-090 Emergency Pocket AM/FM/WB Weather Alert Radio with Digital Tuner and Flashlight

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My review of the essentially the same radio:

It's a bare-bones unit, doesn't have SAME but the weather alert feature works well.  It's very limited, mainly by its 3xAAA power.  If it's just for occasional use, it may be enough.

thanks Alan and 4bull

Jerry D Young:
I can highly recommend the Oregon Scientific line of weather radios.

I have a WR-108 that has been running 24/7 since late 2007 without a single problem.

I think the WR-601N is the newer model

And for emergency use, one of the few crank ups that actually has all the SAME/All Hazards alert features I intend to get a couple of the WR-203 radio/lights

Just my opinion.

We purchased a Midland HH54VP2 Portable Emergency Weather Radio last year.

In north Texas, a reliable weather radio comes in real handy.  I wanted something portable for camping or in case we had to bug out.  I have been very happy with this one.  It doesn't have many bells and whistles, but it does have SAME.  There are apparently issues with battery life for some people, but we have not encountered any thus far. 

Mr. Bill:

--- Quote from: Mr. Bill on September 30, 2013, 08:06:32 PM ---Sangean CL-100.

I can't honestly remember why I chose this one after our ancient Midland quit working, but I read a bunch of online comments and specs and stuff before buying.  We've had it for a couple of years, and I'm satisfied with it.  Programming it is a bit annoying, and the buttons and user interface are not intuitive, but once it's set up, it does what it's supposed to do. ...

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Followup review, after owning it for 8 years:

The biggest issue has been that it occasionally locks up, and will ignore all alerts.  Sometimes you'll notice that the clock has also locked up, but usually it just silently fails, and the only clue is that the test alerts don't show up.  Rebooting (removing the AC power adapter AND the backup batteries) fixes the problem (and doesn't delete all your settings).

It saves a list of the most recent alerts, but with no timestamp, so you can't tell if the latest test alert was received this week or last year.

The LCD display was hard to read even when the unit was new, and now you can barely see it unless the room is quite dim.

Anyway, I'm sure that better weather alert radios have come out in the past 8 years.  But it does look like the Sangean CL-100 is still available for purchase, and I would recommend against buying one today.


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