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    Looking at radios/lights etc. I have seen plenty of cheapo stuff that honestly looks like it would last 5 minutes or so...

    So have you guys had any luck with this stuff? Recommend any specific models? I really can't afford $100+ gadgets (unless it was a REAL no-brainer).

  • #2
    Originally posted by hubste5 View Post
    Looking at radios/lights etc. I have seen plenty of cheapo stuff that honestly looks like it would last 5 minutes or so...

    So have you guys had any luck with this stuff? Recommend any specific models? I really can't afford $100+ gadgets (unless it was a REAL no-brainer).
    Mags has some pretty cool solar stuff. Maybe he'll catch this thread and show you some.
    Your opponet got stronger today, did you?
    {{unswydd-Of One Purpose}}

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    • #3
      Costco had two solar flashlights per pack, don't remember the cost.

      American Red Cross Solarlink Hand Crank AM/FM/SW Radio with NOAA and S.A.M.E - Red at http://www.weatherradiostore.com/sub...&subcat=240399 for $80.00.
      As Zombie Axe would say...
      "Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty."

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      • #4
        Emergency Essentials has a couple of radios that are priced pretty well. The main radio has 4 ways to run it- hand cranking, solar, battery, or plug in. Here is a link to it and others.
        http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_...®%20Voyagerâ„¢

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        • #5
          Just checking out this thread, finally.

          I have a Grundig Porshe Design, AM/FM/SW/NOAA radio that I used while on military deployments. It's not too big, pretty loud, has an alarm and survived several extended trips. (Nothing like trying to find out what's going on outside your direct sphere of influence without any luck. Picked up a lot of intel during Desert Storm from the BBC via SW.)



          I have been wanting to upgrade to a solar/crank model for a while now. Just never got around to it. I have looked though and I think a +1 to Skyowl's choice. The Eton FR600, only in tacticool black.:cool: http://www.etoncorp.com/product_card...uctDbId=915890

          I think that even with the crank/solar and rechargable batteries the GMRS/FRS ability uses too much power. I have other radio's for that. I want this one for pulling in information, maybe even a lil' entertainment. The Eton FR600 looks like a packable sturdy radio. I like the NOAA and SAME features. You won't be getting alarms from all over just the area you want. Lets you sleep and saves battery life by limiting alarms. I also like that it uses AA batteries. That makes it compatable with my other electronic Items keeping my battery stores to AA, AAA, and CR123. Link to spec sheet, http://www.etoncorp.com/upload/conte..._FR600spec.pdf

          It has a lot of features I'm looking for in an emergency radio. It's not the cheapest but I try not to buy "emergency gear" based on cheap.

          IMHO, YMMV........
          Last edited by Mags; 06-09-2009, 12:26 AM.
          Well, for me, the action is the juice.....I'm in.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mags View Post
            I have looked though and I think a +1 to Skyowl's choice. The Eton FR600, only in tacticool black.:cool: http://www.etoncorp.com/product_card...uctDbId=915890
            I figured that if they were close enough to see the color of my radio I had other problems.:p

            I also choose to keep the FRS/GMRS radios as separate items. The same for the scanner.
            As Zombie Axe would say...
            "Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty."

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            • #7
              Mags. This is very very tacticool!!!!! I am likeing this a lot. I see it on Amazon for anywhere from $50 bucks to $80. I don't think I should buy any used emergency equip. so new it will be. I thank you for this !
              Your opponet got stronger today, did you?
              {{unswydd-Of One Purpose}}

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              • #8
                Ah, Skyowl posted a link first. I just agreed cause it's the one I was looking at. Seems pretty sweet to me. At least for my needs currently and the forseeable future.:)
                Well, for me, the action is the juice.....I'm in.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Lil Bear View Post
                  Emergency Essentials has a couple of radios that are priced pretty well. The main radio has 4 ways to run it- hand cranking, solar, battery, or plug in. Here is a link to it and others.
                  http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_...®%20Voyagerâ„¢
                  I like this one too. Thanks
                  Your opponet got stronger today, did you?
                  {{unswydd-Of One Purpose}}

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                  • #10
                    Well, to who ever posted it It's very kewl!!!!! Thanks Owl!
                    Your opponet got stronger today, did you?
                    {{unswydd-Of One Purpose}}

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                    • #11
                      Well, sumbitch, I did it again, and it's all your fault.:rolleyes: I just pulled the trigger on a combo deal off amazon. I got both the Eton FR600B and Micro Link FR160B radio's. Both of these radio's have similar features, like solar/hand crank capabilities.

                      Guess I'll have to drag them along on my next outings so I can put up some type of review................. ;) Just kidding, I've been meaning to upgrade my emergency radio. I can't wait to get them out there and put them through there paces.

                      Spec sheet links;

                      FR600
                      http://www.etoncorp.com/upload/conte..._FR600spec.pdf

                      MicroLink FR160
                      http://www.etoncorp.com/upload/conte..._FR160spec.pdf


                      If they suck I promise I'll let you know, ASAP. I think they'll work just fine though.
                      Last edited by Mags; 06-09-2009, 04:20 PM.
                      Well, for me, the action is the juice.....I'm in.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mags View Post
                        Well, sumbitch, I did it again, and it's all your fault.:rolleyes: I just pulled the trigger on a combo deal off amazon. I got both the Eton FR600B and Micro Link FR160B radio's. Both of these radio's have similar features, like solar/hand crank capabilities.

                        Guess I'll have to drag them along on my next outings so I can put up some type of review................. ;) Just kidding, I've been meaning to upgrade my emergency radio. I can't wait to get them out there and put them through there paces.

                        Spec sheet links;

                        FR600
                        http://www.etoncorp.com/upload/conte..._FR600spec.pdf

                        MicroLink FR160
                        http://www.etoncorp.com/upload/conte..._FR160spec.pdf


                        If they suck I promise I'll let you know, ASAP. I think they'll work just fine though.
                        Thanks Mags! We all know how you hate to suffer, but thanks for volunteering. :D

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mags View Post
                          Well, sumbitch, I did it again, and it's all your fault.:rolleyes: I just pulled the trigger on a combo deal off amazon. I got both the Eton FR600B and Micro Link FR160B radio's. Both of these radio's have similar features, like solar/hand crank capabilities.

                          Guess I'll have to drag them along on my next outings so I can put up some type of review................. ;) Just kidding, I've been meaning to upgrade my emergency radio. I can't wait to get them out there and put them through there paces.

                          Spec sheet links;

                          FR600
                          http://www.etoncorp.com/upload/conte..._FR600spec.pdf

                          MicroLink FR160
                          http://www.etoncorp.com/upload/conte..._FR160spec.pdf


                          If they suck I promise I'll let you know, ASAP. I think they'll work just fine though.
                          Glad I could help. LOL
                          Your opponet got stronger today, did you?
                          {{unswydd-Of One Purpose}}

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mags View Post
                            Well, sumbitch, I did it again, and it's all your fault.:rolleyes:
                            You can't blame me cause you don't have video of me doing anything...

                            No video, No proof:D

                            I haven't tried mine yet but will attempt to this weekend. I will be interested in your report on the radio.
                            As Zombie Axe would say...
                            "Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty."

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                            • #15
                              Scanner

                              I went with the GRE PSR-300 Scanner from http://www.scannermaster.com/GRE_PSR.../01-721204.htm

                              For the FRS/GMRS I went with the Midland GTX400 at https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_?...ra-channels%2F

                              They look like they will serve my purposes and will try a test this weekend of these also. Will let you folks know what I find.
                              As Zombie Axe would say...
                              "Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty."

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