Started by majorhavoc, September 12, 2022, 06:33:33 PM
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Quote from: majorhavoc on September 12, 2022, 06:33:33 PMSince I recently posted about a radio deal (sadly, now expired), I came across this comparative review.A couple of caveats:1) I seriously doubt Bob Villa personally had anything to do with this comparo, and2) Even if he did, I bet he knows jack sh*t about radios (he used to host an early home renovation show called "This Old House").But, it's a useful read if you're in the market because it does highlight the different feature sets of these models.
Quote from: Optimist on September 13, 2022, 04:08:28 PMI've got three different emergency crank radios. Theoretically one for my car, one for my house and one that's supposed to be an EMP-shielded backup. Been in the process of a long and confusing move so other they're never where they're supposed to be. I've used all three but haven't done any sort of hard-use testing other than they've all been stored in my car at sub-zero temps at different points.I've never had anything come in on the NOAA bands on any radio that I can remember.
Quote from: majorhavoc on September 14, 2022, 02:37:36 PMYou know when you're reached peak male hardware syndrome when you know you have a certain piece of hardware or obscure tool somewhere but it's easier to just buy a new one than find it in the garage/basement/shop.
Quote from: NapalmMan67 on September 14, 2022, 04:44:45 PMVery cool. Not only do I have multiple metal wire hangers, they actually hold most of my long sleeve shirts in my closet. .
Quote from: Optimist on September 18, 2022, 11:50:47 PMI sometimes watch todderbert's radio videos on youtube. He used to do comparison videos between different emergency radios, but it looks like he hasn't done one in a while.My mother has an Eton Grundig FR-200 that she got at a garage sale three years ago. She has a real hard time with technology, but she figured out how to use it and it's big enough that she doesn't lose it so she's been using in day-to-day life for the past three years (she replaces batteries rather than using the crank). So I'd say it's a pretty durable radio. Looks like it's been discontinued, but if you see one used for a good price it might be a good thing to pick up.I'm testing out my Kaito KA900. I've been using the hand crank and a stop watch. I've cranked it for three hours so far and I have not been able to get battery indicator to go up by one bar (it has four bars IIRC).
Quote from: majorhavoc on September 19, 2022, 07:45:22 AMGood God, man - three hours of hand cranking? You have far more patience than I do!
Quote from: Optimist on September 19, 2022, 02:54:00 PMQuote from: majorhavoc on September 19, 2022, 07:45:22 AMGood God, man - three hours of hand cranking? You have far more patience than I do!I was sick yesterday, so I just sat in my chair and watched youtube while cranking the radio. I'm vulnerable to the sunk cost fallacy, so the longer I cranked the more I was determined to make it go up by one bar. Today my shoulders and elbows hurt. If it's someone's job to crank this radio during the zombie apocalypse they are definitely going to end up with a repetitive motion injury.As far as charging cell phones, I've been wondering how hard it would be to charge a dead phone just enough to get out a single text message? That seems like it could be useful in an emergency.
Quote from: NT2C on September 19, 2022, 04:04:33 PMUmmm... It was my understanding that the crank is just to charge a small internal battery for short-term use (about an hour) or to charge a phone or similar device that was plugged in, and that the indicator was only to show the state of the disposable batteries.Or maybe they changed that or I understood it wrong?