Home radios?

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 21:20
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Having recently made our bush relocation, I'm after a tad of help on standard home type AM/FM radios with decent reception range. I know we could stuff around with external aerials, but I'd rather buy a fit for purpose unit. Hence my Q. Can anyone suggest a unit they're happy with. Thanks
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Reply By: TomH - Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 22:41

Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 22:41
Perhaps if you say where exactly you are replies may be better as to what may be suitable for your location.

EG I have a DAB+ radio at home which is exceptionally clear but probably wont be any good further out of town
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 22:50

Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 22:50
Hence my exclusion of digital.
We are not in the boonies, car radios work fine. Merely looking for similar performance out of a bench job.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 22:56

Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 22:56
We've got a "long range" AM/FM battery, 240/12v unit, Rosco, can't recall the brand(it's down the shed) that picks up the ABC & commercial station in Longreach, 175km away, without any additional aerials. Jaycar has a number of these, some with SW, in their catalogue too.

The best by far though are a car radio, either hooked up to battery, or 240/12 power supply, 'cause then you can also have CD, or iPod input as well. The Fujitsu units fitted to Toyota's are particularly sensitive, and you only need a car aerial stuck up outside. Even inside if you have a wood framed house.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 10:08

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 10:08
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Hi Rosco,

You say "car radios work fine" so why not follow Bob's suggestion above and simply set up a car radio maybe mounted in a small wooden or plastic enclosure. That is exactly what I have in my workshop powered from the mains by a 12v plugpak. The antenna is just outside a window.
A conventional desktop radio with built-in telescopic antenna was useless on FM as it went off-tune as I moved around...... and I live in suburbia on an elevated location!
Car radios and antennas can be had very cheaply from auto wreckers.

The average 'kitchen' or 'bedside' radios being marketed today are aimed at suburban users and are barely capable of pulling in local stations. World Band radios are available at higher prices (Jaycar have some) but can be less user friendly to select stations.

As Peter D has said, the general noise floor is getting progressively worse so an external antenna is possibly required for AM reception. A car radio will provide this.

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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 09:22

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 09:22
You answered a previous reply but did not answer his question. Where are you? Large country town, small country town, how far from the transmitters and their power, near industrial and what type?

If you ar after AM radio not only are the sets that are now beig sold getting worse in quality, industrial and domestic electrical noise gettin worse. This noise is not just stuff you can identify easily, it is the general noise floor is being raised
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 10:57

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 10:57
Out from Imbil which is about 40Km from Gympie, about 180Km North from Brisbane
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Reply By: uncle arthur - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 10:05

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 10:05
Know the problem you have, in the middle of nowhere and no radio entertainment. We bought a Sony two band radio model ICF 304. Works a dream on either band. Has an external aerial and a red sensory light that indicates when you are on the station's frequency. Can not remember where we bought it but would have been in a regular retail outlet. Good luck Rosco.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 10:56

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 10:56
Rosco! We are retiring to west of the Great Dividing Ranges, NSW at the end of the year, that also has crossed my mind. We think with the low cost of data these days, an Internet Radio might be the go or stream through a smart phone or computer. I hope you are enjoying your move. Regards, Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 11:04

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 11:04
Thanks Michael

So far, bloody marvellous. We only have a 3 Ac block, but the rear boundary is a crystal clear little creek (a tad muddy at the mo due to a storm few days ago which topped our tank nicely)
Should have made the move years ago.

The only problem with internet is we are 4G Wireless broadband with limited download before becoming expensive so we have to watch this aspect.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 16:12

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 16:12
For a portable with good reception and reasonable audio quality (for the size) take a look at the Sangean PR-D7-II. Pair it with a loop antenna to pull in distant stations. I use them for ABC RN (AM band) and get adequate quality of speech reception well outside the advertised coverage area.

More guff here: http://www.amradioantennas.com/index.htm

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Reply By: Stu & "Bob" - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 18:50

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 18:50
G'day Rosco,

Coming in from left field a bit, but for a shed radio, I am using a Codan 8528 with a 9350 autotune on the roof of the shed. It doesn't do FM, but AM is a no brainer with the added bonus of normal HF operations.
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 19:06

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 19:06
Hi Rosco
we have a Tecsun PL-600 multiband radio used when we travel and at home.
Runs very economically on AA rechargables that came with it and also a 240v charger that plugs to the radio.$84.59 ebay
Bought separately a Tecsun AN 200 AM ring external antenna that pulls in the AM distant stations.$37.50 ebay. The antenna does not require batteries.
Never go away without it.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 19:46

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Very stylish indeed. Post-renaissance perhaps or maybe late Retro?

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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 22:14

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 22:14
Certainly is Allan
I was going to follow your suggestion and plonk the old radio i ripped out of the dash of my last Landy on the kitchen bench with a plethora of wires running hither and yon (regardless of any protestations from herself),however after spotting this little number I'm sold .... :o)
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Reply By: gerard m2 - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016 at 23:00

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016 at 23:00
Hi,

I have a Sangean long rang AM/FM portable radio which is superb - bought from Dick Smith about a year ago and picks up stations from hundreds of k's away.

It looks like this is the updated version of it http://www.dicksmith.com.au/radios/digitor-long-range-am-fm-radio-dsau-c1844
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