AM/FM Radio for "Get home bag"

AM/FM Radio for "Get home bag"

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    AM/FM Radio for "Get home bag"

    Can anyone recommend a very small AM/FM radio? I have a battery powered/hand crank one already in mind for my bugout bag bit I''d like something super tiny for EDC/Get home bag. Any suggestions?
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    I have this one in my BOB from County Comm. It's not AM but it's a 4 band short wave radio. FM, MW, SW1 & SW2.

    Very tiny and lightweight with a LED flashlight on it. Also has a clock feature and an alarm. Runs on two AA bat.



    I also got the external 16 ft. antenna on a reel which clips on the telescoping antenna of the radio for extended reception on the short wave bands. You can get the reel antenna here.


    For strictly an AM/FM radio which is a little larger than the GP-4L, they also have this one.

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    Amazon is your friend. if you are willing to use earbuds you could use this one Amazon.com: Coby CX70BLK Mini Pocket AM/FM Radio, Black: Electronics I'd give up a little size and go for a multitasker.
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    I've actually been looking on both amazon and e-bay both. The issue is that it's really hard to see how big something is from some of the pictures they post. Thanks for the link. I'll take a look!

    Quote Originally Posted by babarock View Post
    Amazon is your friend. if you are willing to use earbuds you could use this one Amazon.com: Coby CX70BLK Mini Pocket AM/FM Radio, Black: Electronics I'd give up a little size and go for a multitasker.
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    Second to Barkn's post. I have 2 of the County Comm ones. One in the trunk bag and one in the bag at home.
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    The cheapo hand crank units are fine, never need a battery and last as long as your cranking... What would you do if you lost battery power? Besides, I think its a long shot before we ever need a BOB... But I still have one...
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    I PM'd Bark'n about this but figured I'd post it as more opinions are a good thing. Do you think that AM is a requirement for a survival radio?
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    The AM option will help if you are looking for local information as the signal will carry much farther than FM.

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    Get a crank radio that will charge your cell phone...via USB port..or universal charger...

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    I have a little AM/FM Flashlight combo that's solar powered. I don't remember the name of it but, it was not expensive. I bought it at my local hardware store on a whim a few years ago.
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    I have a small crank AM/FM but got it long ago. I figure crank never needs batteries so I can forget about replacing batteries.
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    I have a Ka-007 by Kaito...It's AM, FM, World Receiver with TV, Weather, VHF (Public Service Band, Taxi and Business) radio. It's self-powered, solar, electric, or batteries. Size is 6 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 2 1/4..... Dynamo Solar Powered AM/FM/SW/TV/WX Radio - Kaito KA007

    I have three of em! Home, and BOB's...JMO

    Otherwise, this one looks like what you would want... World Receiver with MP3 Player and recorder, DSP Radio DE1123

    Or maybe this one... http://www.kaitousa.com/KA200.htm

    Here's the full page... http://www.kaitousa.com/radios.htm
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    Be careful with the "Crank" power generator radios, flashlights etc. Many of these are chemically based and require a charge to maintain the chemical reaction, and they slowly drain over time. If you put these up and never crank to charge them, their capacity to hold a charge is diminished, to the point of making them worthless. It is advised to "charge" or crank them once a month to prevent this from happening.

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    Thanks for the tip! I'm ordering a crank one for my BoB.

    Quote Originally Posted by DMan View Post
    Be careful with the "Crank" power generator radios, flashlights etc. Many of these are chemically based and require a charge to maintain the chemical reaction, and they slowly drain over time. If you put these up and never crank to charge them, their capacity to hold a charge is diminished, to the point of making them worthless. It is advised to "charge" or crank them once a month to prevent this from happening.

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    This one is pretty small which is a plus for the "get home bag" in my car:

    Eton Microlink FR160 Radio (Black) : Shortwave & multiband radios | RadioShack.com

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