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Old 03-20-06, 12:56 AM   #1
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Shortwave Radio for weather

I've been looking for a small handheld radio that picks up AM/FM and NOAA weather alerts.

The NOAA website says that NWR requires a special radio receiver or scanner capable of picking up the signal. Broadcasts are found in the VHF public service band at these seven frequencies (MHz): 162.400 / 162.425 / 162.450 / 162.475 / 162.500 / 162.525 / 162.550.

If a radio is a "shortwave radio", does that mean it can pick up the NOAA's NWR frequencies or are "shortwave" and the seven NWR frequencies totally different?
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Old 03-20-06, 04:02 AM   #2
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(snip) If a radio is a "shortwave radio", does that mean it can pick up the NOAA's NWR frequencies or are "shortwave" and the seven NWR frequencies totally different?
No, generally speaking it does not. The "shortwave" refers to frequencies between 2 MHz and 30 MHz. Most shortwave radios offer a continuous coverage of frequencies from 100 kHz to 30 MHz, so you can use them for the 'long wave' and 'medium wave' AM broadcast reception as well. Many of them also cover the FM broadcast band, 87 to 108 MHz. *Some* shortwave radios include a coverage of the VHF and UHF bands as well, but they are in a minority.
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I've been looking for a small handheld radio that picks up AM/FM and NOAA weather alerts.

The NOAA website says that NWR requires a special radio receiver or scanner capable of picking up the signal. Broadcasts are found in the VHF public service band at these seven frequencies (MHz): 162.400 / 162.425 / 162.450 / 162.475 / 162.500 / 162.525 / 162.550.

If a radio is a "shortwave radio", does that mean it can pick up the NOAA's NWR frequencies or are "shortwave" and the seven NWR frequencies totally different?
You probably want something like this:

http://www.buyreliant.com/coby/cx17.htm

I did a google search on "AM FM weather handheld" and this popped up. Don't know anything about the seller, but the item is the sort of thing you need.
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This works for me. It's not too big. It only has three weather channels though.

http://www.universal-radio.com/catal...alty/0440.html
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C. Crane co., self powered no battery models available as well! Internet keyword, Crane Radio http://www.ccrane.com/radios/wind-up...ncy-radio.aspx
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Old 03-20-06, 01:03 PM   #6
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Sangean makes one of the most reliable yet small AM/FM/WX/TV radios-the DT-300VW with a $70 price. A friend used one at my recommendation on his PCT hike with good results for weather and entertainment during long boring stretches.

http://www.universal-radio.com/catal...alty/3262.html
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This works for me. It's not too big. It only has three weather channels though.

http://www.universal-radio.com/catal...alty/0440.html
I purchased this radio and you really can't hear anything in the city. I returned it back.
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Thanks all for the replies. I guess I need to look for something that specifically mentions "Weather Band". Now that I understand what it is I'm looking for, I'll check out those links and figure something out. Thanks.
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- for small receivers w/good coverage and battery life i like the ICOM R-5 and the Yaesu VR-120D (dirtbags from Florida Van Lines stole my 120D, a wonderful handheld wideband receiver, on my last household move)...

- now i use a Yaesu VX-2r and a Comet SMA-24 w/a Nashbar frame pump strap on the stem, or an ICOM IC-t90a clipped to the apex of cabling on the bars...
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Sangean radios are great. I have been using a modified ATS-909 for a couple of years now, and it gets great reception and has been very reliable. As an alternative, there is a weather component on iCom's IC-M88 VHF handheld compact transciever. That would give you a two-way with a weather receiver, but not SW.
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See:

http://www.radionetherlands.nl/featu...x_current.html

This is a review page on various SW sets sponsored by Radio Netherlands.
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I'm going to go with arctos' recommendation of the Sangean DT300VW. I searched for reviews and they were mostly favorable. Plus it's compact and lightweight.
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Radio Shack has some very inexpensive 3 band weather radios.
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I took a Yaesu VX7R along on a tour and was dissapointed with the FM broadcast reception and very limited AA battery life. I got to a WalMart and bought a Sony AM FM WX TV Walkman for about $35 and was a happy camper but it's head phones only.
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