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Hand cranked radio question

Discussion in 'GATE Survival & Preparedness' started by Sniperfox, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Sniperfox

    Sniperfox Kopfjaeger

    Mar 20, 2006
    Wilmington NC
    I've been reading some of the threads concerning hand crankable AM/FM/weather radios. Civil Defence used to recommend short wave radios for emergency situations back in the cold war era. Are they still useful and if so, does anyone make a quality hand crankable weather/AM/FM/SW radio?
  2. JC Refuge

    JC Refuge

    Oct 8, 2007
    Shortwave radios are certainly still a viable and important means of communication throughout the world and especially in times of crisis. I'm guessing there are a number of ham radio operators on this forum that can jump in here and offer some advice.

    I know there are all kinds of hand-crank SW receivers out there. As an example, a quick search found this one:

    As to whether there are decent hand-crank SW transceivers, that might be more challenging.

    Anyone else aware of some good hand-crank receivers or transceivers?

    Oh, and for a good hand-crank two-way GMRS radio/AM-FM/NOAA radio--I'm pleased with this affordable Midland XT511 Base Camp.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2011