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Does anyone know of a good, small survival radio?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by runcible68, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. runcible68


    Aug 23, 2006
    I’m looking for a very small radio to add to my Bug Out bag. Shortwave capability would be nice, but I can live with just AM/FM. You also have to be able to listen to it without headphones. (I can just see my earbuds getting lost.)

    Ideally I’d like to spend no more than 20 bucks. If someone knows of an awesome product that costs more, I might still consider it, but I’m trying to go cheap! Thanks in advance.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2012
  2. waawaaweenie


    Feb 6, 2012
    middle of PRK
    I apologize in advance for showing you this link

    you will end up buying lots of BOB items from them

    all their stuff is high quality and well thought out

  3. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    waawaaweenie - that looks very good; thanks for the link. I like the fact that it has a speaker and earphone jack both.

    I've bought things from countycomm before (including the tsar watch I'm wearing), but never seen that radio there. Thanks for the pic.

    In my ghb and in my toolbox (for occasional use on jobsites) I carry a little sony radio that has am/fm/tv and noaa weather bands. The TV channels are only 2-13 vhf, but still handy for getting local broadcasts. It's small and light and runs 30-40 hours on a single AAA. Downside is that it ONLY works with headphones/earphones; it would be nice if it had at least a small speaker but it doesn't. To me, having the added weather and TV bands for getting weather & news info, plus the size & weight and the battery life offset the earphone requirement; for some it might not.

    I've seen them as high as $109 at amazon (which is stupid), but iirc I only paid $39 at walmart for the last one I bought, a year or so ago. This pic is a little misleading; it is small enough to ride in a shirt pocket - about the size of a deck of cards - but not quite as small as this pic makes it look:
  4. MMII


    Jan 30, 2006
    I have the same Kaito radio.

    One alternative is this: GPX Portable FM Scan Radio (Google it)

    It's FM only and you need headphones. But, it's only $5 and works well. I've got one of these too and carry it in my EDC mini bag.

    Recommend both.
  5. Akita

    Akita gone

    Jul 22, 2002
  6. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

    May 1, 2008
    I have a Grundig with a hand crank. Mine is older, but it's similar to this one. I keep it in the pistol pocket section of my GHB...since I almost always have my pistol on me. My GHB is Jumbo Versapak (Maxpedition).
    [ame=""] Grundig FR200 Emergency Radio: Electronics@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame]
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012
  7. RED64CJ5


    Jul 7, 2003
    Supposedly an AR-851 (Packard Bell) worked for the Professor (GI.)
  8. "The TV channels are only 2-13 vhf, but still handy for getting local broadcasts"

    Does this still work with the switch to digital transmissions on the TV bands. I know there are some exceptions for small lower powered stations but do you still receive tanything on 2 -13.

    Last edited: Feb 12, 2012
  9. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    Holy carp; do I have an embarrassing confession to make. (Two, actually.) The new one I bought a year or so ago is different and I didn't realize it until your question. The new one is an SRF-M37W; where the old one is an -M37V. The new "W" version is post-digital TV production, and doesn't even have the TV band on it.

    I don't use the TV band on a regular basis and so didn't realize the new one didn't have it (the old one lives in my ghb for the last several years now). Since I hadn't tried to use it on the new one and hadn't dug out the old one in two or three years, I didn't even realize it was non-functional now since the FCC-mandated change. Stoopid, stoopid oaf; just never thought about it... :dunno:

    Glad you brought that up and I learned it now. Short answer is "no"; no TV reception on them now. Still have the am, fm and NOAA weather channel functions, which is still good; but no, no tv.
  10. runcible68


    Aug 23, 2006
    Thanks for the advice gentlemen!
  11. Turbo810


    Sep 3, 2011
    Willowick, Ohio
    I have a red cross radio. It has am, FM as well as the emergency bands. It is crank powered and has USB. That I can charge my iPod or cell phone.
  12. crunchless


    Sep 22, 2008
    I bought 2 KG-UV2D radios from Couldn't be happier. They are very wide receive/transmit, and you can use them as FRS/GMRS radios. Pretty simple too. I have several other much more expensive Yaesus, Kenwoods and the Wouxuns are actually my favorite. You won't be unhappy with this purchase. Good value. There is free software to use to program these too, so definitely get the programming cable, and I also got the AA battery pack.