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RadioShack® 7-Channel Handheld Weather Radio with SAME

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1200993

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Product Summary

Keep yourself informed in bad weather.

Receive current conditions, severe weather warnings and more with this 7-channel radio from RadioShack. This portable handheld radio keeps you prepared during emergencies, travel advisories, Amber Alerts and more. Plus, the SAME feature provides weather and other emergency alerts for the areas you program into your unit. For a list of SAME codes, click here.

  • Receives all 7 NOAA weather channels (162.400MHz to 162.550MHz)
  • 12-character backlit LCD screen is easy to read and can act as an emergency light source
  • Built-in charger for "AA" rechargeable Ni-MH batteries (battery and AC adapter not included)
  • Selectable trilingual (English, Spanish and French) system message display
  • Notifies you of warnings and alerts by voice, tone and text
  • Indicates whether it's a warning, watch or advisory
  • Alert reminder lets you know if you've missed an incoming transmission

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  • "AA" batteries (3)
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  • Parts: 12 month
  • Labor: 12 month
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June 05, 2013 RadioShack 7-Channel Handheld Weather Radio with SAME (GuŪa Del Usuario)
June 05, 2013 RadioShack 7-Channel Handheld Weather Radio with SAME (User's Guide)

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RadioShack® 7-Channel Handheld Weather Radio with SAME
 
4.2

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good sound quality (10)
  • Great reception (10)
  • Durable (8)
  • Lightweight (8)

Cons

  • Short battery life (4)

Best Uses

  • Home use (6)
  • Travel (6)
  • Daily use (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Gearhead (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12)

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5.0

AWESOME!

By RadioGuy

from Tampa,FL

About Me Gearhead

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Sound Quality
  • Great Reception
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Home Use
    • Travel

    Comments about RadioShack® 7-Channel Handheld Weather Radio with SAME:

    This is a perfect little radio. I love it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    AWESOME!

    By RadioGuy

    from Tampa,FL

    About Me Gearhead

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Sound Quality
    • Great Reception
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Confusing Menu Setup

    Best Uses

    • Just About Anything

    Comments about RadioShack® 7-Channel Handheld Weather Radio with SAME:

    This radio is almost flawless except for the confusing menu. I really like how quiet it can be. I think everyone should have one.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Great Radio and very useful

    By Carl the Radio nut

    from Southeastern Connecticut

    About Me Gearhead

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Sound Quality
    • Great Reception

    Cons

    • Little Expensive
    • No Headphone Jack
    • Short Battery Life
    • Speaker Can Be Too Loud

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Daily Use
    • Home Use
    • Travel

    Comments about RadioShack® 7-Channel Handheld Weather Radio with SAME:

    I think it works well. I can carry it around and always have the weather. Reception is generally good but it doesn't blow me away. Midland Wr 120 and Wr 100 get better reception. Speaker is too loud and doesn't have an earphone jack. Battery life is a little bit short but it lasts a good while and it takes double A's so they're easy to find. Overall, nice radio.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    1.0

    Good radio, BUT has one major flaw!

    By Me

    from FL

    About Me Electronics Tech, Gearhead

    Pros

    • Backlit display
    • Good Sound Quality
    • Loud Speaker

    Cons

    • Power Cord Fits Loosely
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Home Use
    • Travel

    Comments about RadioShack® 7-Channel Handheld Weather Radio with SAME:

    I bought this to replace an older model from Radio Shack that had given me several years of service. I liked my previous model, and when I got this new one home I was happy to see that it operated the same way and had all the good features my last one did. This new model even got rid of the annoying beep whenever a button is pressed! But, here's the problem (and the reason my last one died too)... when you buy this radio, it doesn't come with a power cord. Radio Shack will gladly sell you the correct wall power adapter and cord, which is fine... except for the fact that the end of the cord fits real loose and sloppy in the radio. So loose that just the slightest tension on the cord (think shaking the radio around) will cause the plug to fall out of the jack on the radio's side. If you have batteries in the radio it will continue to operate, and gives NO warning that external power has been removed. Not good because then your batteries die without you knowing. I would have thought Radio Shack would have taken care of this by now... my last radio failed because after plugging/unplugging so many times, the power cord became so loose that it wouldn't even stay powered up anymore.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    a must for outdoors use

    By Gio the Hobbiest

    from Chicago,IL

    About Me Hobbiest

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy Set Up
    • Good Sound Quality
    • Great Reception
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Travel

    Comments about RadioShack® 7-Channel Handheld Weather Radio with SAME:

    I'm impressed with this radio I especially like the fact that it's water resistant but the battery life is less than I expected. But other than that it really impressed me. I use it everyday to get weather forecasts.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Outstanding Weather Radio

    By TedK

    from Springfield, VA

    About Me Practical

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Sound Quality
    • Great Reception
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Hurricanes
    • Storm Power Outages

    Comments about RadioShack® 7-Channel Handheld Weather Radio with SAME:

    An outstanding weather radio. I would rate it with 4 1/2 stars.

    Note this is only a weather radio without AM/FM/Shortwave broadcasts.

    I will buy one for other family members. I did not give this a five star rating for only one reason -- relatively short battery life "when set to receive alerts."

    This radio can be manually set to provide the user with alerts (audible warning tone, followed by broadcast reports). Based you your requirements/location, you may customize the radio to provide over 50 different types of warnings, e.g., Tornado Watch, High Wind Warning, Wild Fire Watch, Severe Weather Statement, Hurricane Watch, Avalanche Warning, etc. You can turn off the National Weather Service broadcast like any other radio, but leave the power on so alerts can be received/sounded. It is here where the battery power is limited. You can use alkaline or rechargeable NIMH AA's. I have used 2700 mAH (large capacity) NIMH's, but these fully charged batteries will only last 48 hours with the power on. This radio has the option of using an AC power cord to keep the batteries charged, but I cannot find the power cord offered here on the Radio Shack sight!!??

    Otherwise, the radio is invaluable during power outages. It served me particularly well during Hurricane Sandy informing me of the latest changes with the weather. When my laptop, iPhone, etc. lose their power, this weather radio is invaluable. (Just need to supplement it with an AM/FM transistor radio and have an extra supply of AA batteries.)

    The radio can be programmed with FIPS codes (Federal Information Processing Standards), i.e., codes that identify your state and county location. Thereafter, the radio provides weather reports applicable only to your specific geographic location via the SAME system (Specific Area Message Encoding).

    I like the bright red color; facilitates locating it quickly when it's not on. It has a smooth feel to it similar to rubberized cell phone cases. Solid construction; well made!

    I read one of the other reviews that stated the volume is very loud. It can be turned down to reasonable volume, but you cannot turn it down to a very low volume if you may be trying not to bother someone else, e.g. when sleeping.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great product for preparing for weather

    By Stormchaser

    from Spokane, WA

    About Me Frequent Traveler

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Great Reception
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Volume Control

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Home Use
    • Travel

    Comments about RadioShack® 7-Channel Handheld Weather Radio with SAME:

    I have had mine for two years and can say it prepped me for atleast three big storms. We vacation in Northern Idaho where weather and reception can be problematic. I had excellent reception and I can credit this radio for lead time to button down our travel trailer(awning)many times not to mention severe thunderstorms in my area. Totally suggest this radio for RV'ers!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    this is a very awesome wx radio

    By mr maypearl junior

    from Maypearl Texas

    About Me Gearhead

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Sound Quality
    • Great Reception
    • Lightweight
    • Long Battery Life

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use

      Comments about RadioShack® 7-Channel Handheld Weather Radio with SAME:

      i love this weather radio

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good but with annoying cons

      By Camper

      from St. Paul, MN

      About Me Gearhead

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Functions well

      Cons

      • Loud beep each keypress

      Best Uses

      • Camping

      Comments about RadioShack® 7-Channel Handheld Weather Radio with SAME:

      My first SAME alert radio. Functions well but is it really necessary to have such a loud beep with each keypress? Drives my wife crazy, easily heard in nearby campsites. Also lowest volume setting is still too loud. The model I purchased in the store looks similar but has different button setup, with one 4-way in middle flanked by two more for menu and WX radio; what's up with that?

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Radio

      By Weather Watcher

      from Arlington Heights, IL.

      About Me Weather observer

      Pros

      • Good Sound Quality
      • Great Reception
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Use

        Comments about RadioShack® 7-Channel Handheld Weather Radio with SAME:

        I was looking to replace my ancient Radio Shack pocket weather radio that finally broke after years of dependable service and this one fit the bill. I really like the ability to shut the radio completely off when there's nothing going on to save battery power.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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