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Although I agree that it's a PITA to have to charge every night, and a non replaceable battery is a major issue, you have to remember who the targeted customers are. You have to be an iPhone person to want one of these, mainly because I believe it requires an Iphone to do most of it's fancy things. These are people that are already charging their iPhone every night. Also, iPhone users are used to a non-removable battery, and even though it is possible to replace it, a VERY small percentage of iPhone users actually get it done. Why? They buy a new iPhone every 2 years. I think as long as it can survive for a whole day on a charge, and at least 2 years before the battery failing they'll sell plenty.
What's really sad to me is that this comes at a time when they are just starting to get back into do-it-yourself. Here's a scenario: I wonder if Amazon made every Prime customer that lived within 10 or 15 miles of a Radio Shack (maybe less distance in urban areas, more in rural) pick up their free-shipping items at a RS, if it would save enough dollars to cover the cost of buying and running some of the stores. Then they could use the space as showcases, with some stock on hand. Just wondering....
From a frugal point of view, if it's cycling over and over, and has a mechanical timer dial, then you just need a new timer mechanism. Probably a lot less than $200, and not that hard to change yourself. If it's a fully digital one, then no. Time to get a new one. After 12 years I can see the attraction to going with a new one.
I also agree after picking one of these up on the cheap recently, I am quite impressed. After figuring out how to switch the tuning steps I am using it to check activity on the Ham bands, and monitor a bit. It's pleasant to listen to, and does SSB quite well considering price and sophistication level. Not bad for $26.99 !!
When I was 10 or 11, my mother had presented me with a pile of clothing that I was told had come from my cousins. I think I sorted through the pile and kept a couple of items, considering it mostly rather odd looking. I seem to remember being light on jeans one morning and settling on a pair from that pile that looked tan (khaki? green? grey?) to my colorblind eyes. I was immediately chastised and teased in school that day (mostly by girls) for wearing PINK PANTS. I made it through the day, and when I got home threw the pair of evil jeans in the donation basket my mother kept in the basement. When I asked my mother why in god's name, she let me walk out of the house in pink pants, she replied (much funnier if you knew mom) : "They're not pink! They're SALMON" I love and miss her, but I think from that day forward I never went clothes shopping without a friend, or one of my brothers around. Incidentally, when I told the story to my brothers, they laughed and told me to NEVER wear any of the cousin's hand-me-downs. Colorblindness can be dangerous.
I went looking for the company's corporate web page again. The Redsun radios used to be listed under Kasung (which I've reported a couple of years ago here). They seem to have split the Redsun products into their own web site. The page on the 3100 is here: Google translate does a pretty good job with it. I've posted a translation of the page on my blog here: I also see that the 2100 is still listed, as well as the RP007, and the RP300. There is also what looks like a cheaper version of the RP300, the RP200. I don't see the memory-less version of the 2100 anymore (the 2000). What I'm hoping is that we see versions from Kaito, CCrane, and or Gundig again. Cheers! Neil W2NDG
Seiko, Longines, Bulova, Elgin, many of the watch companies tried to get in on the transistor radio craze, I guess considering the small (by 1960's standards) devices to be a precision devices, like a watch. Many of the examples were quite nice, with some exceptions. I have a Bulova 880-series AM/SW radio from the early 1960's that I'm having re-capped, and tuned up. Very nice example. I'll send some pictures when I get it back.
..and, because the new M8 is available, the M7 is now $30, with free shipping for Prime members.
Jeff, Check out this thread. I Was VERY curious about this, since I'm always trying to protect my 100% rating.
Wow! It's been three years since I emailed them about this radio. Jeff, you posted the reply I got from them that it was coming "soon". Still looks interesting. Maybe we'll see a CCrane version, or Grundig.
Very interesting radio. Like it came out of a time machine. I went searching on eBay and didn't find it, but this interesting little gem keeps popping up: Anyone know anything about this radio?
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2013 on Vimal Curious About the Sony ICF-J40 at Herculodge
I don't think terrestrial radio will die off anytime soon. It's just discouraging to remember what it was like 30 years ago. Shortwave broadcasting is just one way that radio is not what it used to be. Local AM and FM programming is dwindling. How many of your local station are owned by Clear Channel, or one of the other big media outlets? I know of a building near my old hometown where 5 local stations are run out of the same studios, with the same newscasts, and local content, in between the dull programming that large corporate ownership has brought. The little AM stations where I grew up still have a "morning show" that originates locally, but the rest of the day is canned music, with recorded newscasts dropped in on the hour. I don't even want to talk about the FM stations. They're such a disappointment. Playing whatever is popular in their chosen genre, and never exploring new music until it has already been selling well. No, not ALL stations are like this, but most are. New York City lost another AAA format station recently, leaving me with stations that only come in on my best radios. Shortwave utility listening has dwindled also. So many services that used to use HF frequencies have gone to the internet or satellite. I remember once reading in the Monitoring Times utility log an entry for Air Force One ordering pizza. Catches like that are a thing of the past. None of this is disappearing for good, but I miss the good ol' days.
I definitely agree with Val. I have a few great, newer radios that have features and performance that I didn't have with some of the older ones. One recent discovery, is the Meloson M7. Such an amazing sounding radio for the size. Is it perfect? No. But, for the money, and size, it is one of my favorites these days. I keep it loaded with a mix of music, and it is my first choice for listening to WCBS-AM in the morning, and NPR on the weekends. Except when I'm in the kitchen. My Sangean K-200 kitchen radio is on duty on top of my fridge. It gets every station I need it to receive, including a couple that are not all that easy, and with very pleasant audio. It plays the local NPR station on Sunday mornings every week while I cook breakfast for everyone, and stays on for the duration of Sunday Baroque. The rest of the time it serves as out kitchen timer and night light. My Tecsun PL-390 is the travel and portable radio of choice for me. Decent audio, and good performance, along with awesome battery life make it great for travel, and the automatic search and scan features are great for exploring the bands. In a pinch I can tether my old Sansa C-series mp3 to it for some music, and the Sansa fits in the zippered accessory pouch in the case, along with the audio cable, and an extra set of AAs. My Degen De-321 is a marvel of cheap engineering. It's not a top-notch performer, but for the money, and size, is just an amazing piece of modern technology. SDR receivers are the future of radio. I have both HF and VHF/UHF models at the moment, and once you get used to the waterfall and spectrum displays, it's hard to work without them. The ability to visually notch out interference, and adjust bandwidth, IF shift, and other filters makes pulling stations out of the noise easy as point-click-drag-drop. Radio is getting more interesting every year. DSP, SDR, and other newer technologies will keep it interesting for awhile. Unfortunately the media itself is withering, giving us less to listen to. Such a shame that now that we have all of this wonderful technology, the content is thinning out.
Just for the record, I only got my license a year and a half ago, and have been an SWL for about 40 years. Having said that, yes, Bill is correct. There are a lot of Hams that look at SWLing as an elementary stepping stone to their world. And, I agree that is not the way to attract people. My own uncle Win (W1PVC - SK) was always trying to get me to take the steps to get licensed. Hams DO talk a lot about antennas and the weather. But, then hunters talk a lot about guns, and Fishermen talk a lot about their poles. This is not strange. There is more to hear, though not always riveting. I heard a guy on 10 meters 2 weeks ago talk about his cats for an hour, and then repeat the whole story with the next contact. There is a lot more to what we do than "antenna talk". During Irene we had an operator at each Red Cross station here, so that they could communicate with each other, and their HQ. We had a local net in my town where people who still had phone service could relay calls to loved ones, the authorities, employers, and whatever was needed. We had a constant stream of useful information running on our local repeater for anyone who needed shelter, supplies, or assistance. When I chat on the air, I find myself talking about food, hiking, cars, and almost anything not directly radio-related. We even have a weekly SWL net in this area, run by Hams. I'm not sure who you listen to, but I'm sorry if you have gotten the wrong idea. As far as propaganda, I always found the old Radio Moscow hilariously entertaining, only second to Radio Tirana, which was so over-the-top strange that it defied explanation. I miss the BBC WS broadcasts that were beamed to North America, and the old Radio Canada, and so many more that are gone. There's still plenty to hear though. GIve us crazy hams another listen, at least those of us born in the last 50 years. You might be surprised. --Neil W2NDG
Amateur radio licensing is at an all time high. More and more people have been attracted to the hobby for several reasons. -There is a huge resurgence in kit building and do-it-yourself electronics. Even Radio Shack has a large kit section in their stores again and is considering getting back into Ham Radio. -Ham Radio has reached the computer age, with software-defined-radio, rig control, and digital modes. -During the hurricane here on the East Coast, many people learned that when their land lines, and cell phones failed, if they had a neighbor with Ham Radio equipment, they were able to communicate in an emergency. Shortwave listening is far from dead, but not what it used to be. It's the challenge that people enjoy. Anyone can turn on an internet radio or google a station somewhere in the world, but it's fun to try to "catch" the rare stations. Comparing the two activities though is like telling a bicyclist that his form of transportation is antiquated and he should just drive. My articles on Ham Radio kit building, and my Shortwave primer have had more hits than anything else I've ever written. We are here to stay. Oh, and we don't brag about the size of out antennas, but the distance of our contacts. I think New York to Alaska with 5 Watts was pretty impressive.
Don't be too alarmed by the first paycheck of the new year. What many employers have done (mine included) is to compute the first pay period based on NOTHING passing in congress since many of them had to have the numbers in to payroll before we would know the outcome. The second pay period will have the retro-active adjustments applied to correct the first, so I won't see an accurate representation until my third pay period. Luckily for me, the standard COLA-raise cancels out the SSI increase.
We moved mom back east last spring after he passed, and she's in an Alzheimer's-specific facility in NY now. She's still capable enough to use a radio, so I gave her my Superadio III marked with little yellow strips cut from a post-it for her stations. We had toyed with the idea of a net radio so she could still listen to her San Diego NPR stations, but I think that might be too much for her to handle. A really simple one, that can be pre-programed for 4-5 station, with NO OTHER BUTTONS except on-off and a volume control would be perfect.
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