Battery operated Radio (music/news type)

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Looking to buy a new radio (music/news type) to take 4x4 ing, any suggestions on which one that is going to get a signal in all but the most remote areas?

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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 18:04

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 18:04
Hello David
You might like to look at one of these.
Have had ours for over six years.
Gives us news etc in isolated areas with the accessory loop antenna and it listens to Ray Hadley every day at home.
Paid $79
Stan


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Follow Up By: David16 - Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 18:43

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 18:43
Hi Stan, thanks for the link. Have you used this in OB?

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Follow Up By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 19:39

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 19:39
This is the main reason we bought this radio.
Traveling isolated areas in the outback you get out of touch with news etc.
I bought this loop antenna and it is excellent in pulling in weak stations.
Nothing worse than sitting around a camp fire knowing the footie is on and cannot listen to it.
See link:
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Follow Up By: David16 - Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 21:07

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 21:07
You hit the nail on the head!
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 06:32

Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 06:32
David, Pinko is on the money. I have a Tecsun PL660 ( also recieves airband), and the AN200 loop antenna.

Regardless of which radio you buy, the antenna for $30 or so on ebay is the best investment. Even on a cheap $10 radio, it will turn a signal that you can barely distinguish from noise into a good quality signal. I just sit the radio in the loop and tune it. The thing is truely astounding, especially as it doesn't use batteries.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 18:11

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 18:11
Would you be better to fit a good radio with external antenna to you vehicle rather than use a battery operated radio David?

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Follow Up By: David16 - Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 18:39

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 18:39
Thought of that, but i think something that can be a little mobile would be better, use in camp at night, fishing etc.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 18:31

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 18:31
There are a lot or realy good choices arround....a lot of it comes down to what you want to pay and how you want it packaged.

If you want something serious, you could cough up for a Full blown communications reciever from the likes of Yesu Or Icom...but ya better have deep pockets.
Serious bits of radio gear.

There are quite a number of decent AM FM short wave radios that come in below that sort of bracket...in a wide range of prices..from just under $1000 down to about $20
If ya interested in those googe up the short wave or amareur radio sites

One little box that might be of interest is GMEs little GR200, which is a 12 volt marine radio reciever which will get you up on AM, FM short wave and VHF marine, with inbuilt single speaker a pretty solid stereo power amp and a proper aerial input.

http://www.gme.net.au/products/entertainment-systems/stereo-radio-marine/GR200

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Follow Up By: David16 - Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 18:41

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 18:41
Thanks Bantom, dont mind paying for quality within reason. Thanks for the links.

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Reply By: passionfruit - Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 19:00

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 19:00
You don't need to spend a lot on a radio as long as it has a tuning nob.At night the AM signal will bounce of the ionosphere and can be picked through out the country.
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Reply By: 08crd - Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 19:21

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 19:21
I bought the Ryobi 1 radio, then I can use the battery for the drill, recipricating saw etc.
Also it has a jack for mp3 or ipod ect, I also plug the t.v into it as it has a better sound than the t.v speaker.
Basicaly I wanted something versatile, hate having batteries for this batteries for that, drives me mad.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 19:47

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 19:47
Hi David,

We have been using a Degen World band radio for a few years now and it has performed well in remote areas. link here. It requires a bit of effort to get the hang of using it, but if you were using it all the time (and not just on trips as we do) then it would be easier.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 21:48

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 21:48
We also have the Degen multi-band radio. Has worked well for us and pulls in many good programmes in remote areas.
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Reply By: carnaby - Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 21:43

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 21:43
Hi David ,
I have been using a Digitor Long Distance Radio( $94 from dick Smiths )
had it for about 10 years and used it in some of the most remote spots in oz and always had the news and weather AM only in the outback
uses "d" batterys and lasts for ages
has to be the best outback radio i have seen and had service when others with more expensive radios have not
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Reply By: David16 - Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 08:09

Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 08:09
Thanks all, plenty of good info. Looks like I'll be able to get the footy with any of these! :)

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Follow Up By: pickle - Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 18:58

Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 at 18:58
Also have the Tecson, great radio!
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