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RadioShack® SAME Weather Radio W/ AM/FM Radio and Dual Alarm

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Product Summary

Know what's coming.

Use this SAME weather radio from RadioShack to stay informed about the weather. It features a large LCD display with a touch panel and a built-in alarm clock. 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.

  • Dynamic SoftKey by touchscreen panel
  • SAME weather radio compatible, CEA2009B compliance
  • 7-channel weather operation (162.400MHz to 162.550MHz)
  • Digital AM/FM radio
  • 128x64 full dot-matrix LCD display with touch panel
  • Intuitive interface design through touchscreen (graphic of screen to be fine tune)
  • Pre-loaded FIPS codes by state and county (TRS patented features)
  • Flipped telescopic antenna with 50 miles operational range
  • Selectable trilingual (English/Spanish/French) system messages display
  • Signal loss and missed alert reminder
  • 16 levels of digital volume and dual alarm clock (loud alarm up to 85dB)
  • White LCD backlight and low battery indicator
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June 05, 2013 RadioShack SAME Weather Radio W/ AM/FM Radio and Dual Alarm (Guía Del Usuario)
June 05, 2013 RadioShack SAME Weather Radio W/ AM/FM Radio and Dual Alarm (User's Guide)

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RadioShack® SAME Weather Radio W/ AM/FM Radio and Dual Alarm
 
4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good sound quality (13)
  • Great reception (12)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Durable (6)
  • Long battery life (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home use (12)
    • Daily use (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (7), Gearhead (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Reviewed by 17 customers

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    4.0

    Good Radio, Alert Out Has Problems

    By Bob

    from Dayton, Ohio

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Use

        Comments about RadioShack® SAME Weather Radio W/ AM/FM Radio and Dual Alarm:

        I found this weather radio to be the easiest to use of the many I have owned.

        However, I cannot figure out how to connect an external alerting device to this radio. Previous RadioShack weather radios produced a 7-volt signal at the external alarm jack/terminals. This allowed you to us a X-10 device to control external alarms. This weather radio has 7 volts at the Alert Out jack when there is NO alert being transmitted. The manual also gives the following instructions on how to use the Alert Out:

        Connect to a compatible external alerting device (can be up to 200 mA with a 3.5 mm plug (not included).

        These instructions can be interpreted two ways. The weather radio can provide 200 mA to drive an external alarm, or it can allow 200 mA to be passed through the radio with the external alarm providing the power. I cannot get either way to work.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Depends on what you want it for

        By hogges

        from Burlington, VT

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Backlight Brightness
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

          Comments about RadioShack® SAME Weather Radio W/ AM/FM Radio and Dual Alarm:

          If you are really into the Alert System function, and are getting it for this purpose, it works well. So well in fact, that it will likely make you and anybody else in the room jump off your seats when it goes off without warning and ear-blasting loudness.
          As a portable and general use radio, it is not a good choice in my opinion. The backlight has four brightness levels, but even at the lowest setting it will illuminate your room at night. No way to switch it off. Even in battery mode the backlight is always on, therefore it will run the batteries down even when you don't use it to listen to the radio. This is a major oversight of the engineers creating this device.
          Regulating the sound level is cumbersome due to the touch screen interface. You need at least a few touches to lower or increase the audio level.
          I returned mine for a stereo radio without the weather alert feature.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          It was a dud!

          By Eyes of Blue

          from Belwood, NC

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Returned To Local Retail
            • Touchscreen Did Not Work

            Best Uses

              Comments about RadioShack® SAME Weather Radio W/ AM/FM Radio and Dual Alarm:

              Unable to program because of faulty touchscreen.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Good reception in the mountains!

              By Merry

              from Preston County, WV

              About Me Practical

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Great Reception
              • Lightweight
              • Long Battery Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Home Use

                Comments about RadioShack® SAME Weather Radio W/ AM/FM Radio and Dual Alarm:

                This radio is the first radio I've owned to receive good FM stations in the northeast mountains of WV. It was frustrating to not have home reception of the stations I listened to in my car.
                This morning the weather radio alarm went off for the first time - very loud, but it got the message across!
                I just gave another one as a gift.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Depends on what you want it for.

                By James P

                from Sterling Va

                About Me Techno - Geek

                Pros

                • Good Sound Quality
                • Great Reception
                • Loud Weather Warning Aler

                Cons

                • Not Impressed With Alarm

                Best Uses

                • As Weather Alert System
                • Home Use

                Comments about RadioShack® SAME Weather Radio W/ AM/FM Radio and Dual Alarm:

                I got this to replace my clock radio that died. as an alarm clock, I am not impressed. the alarm clock alarm is a bit "wimpy" and you do not have the option to have the radio to come on as an alarm. where this Radio SHINES is as a weather alert system. the radio is dual powered which is nice, but during a weather emergency, it sets of a VERY LOUD sirein alarm and then plays the weather information AS LOUD AS IT CAN. after the alert has played, it turns off but a red light flashes to let you know there is a weather emergency. I am quite impressed and please with this function, which is the ONLY reason that I am giving this radio 4 stars. if it would give an option to play the radio as an alarm, and if the supplied alarm was as loud as the weather alarm I would give this 5 stars. if you live in a High weather risk area, THIS is the radio you want to have to let you know that bad things are coming. I just wish the alarm clock functionality was as good as the alert function.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing Weather Radio!!!

                By RadioGuy

                from Tampa, FL

                About Me Gearhead

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Light Doesn't Turn Off

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Home Use

                Comments about RadioShack® SAME Weather Radio W/ AM/FM Radio and Dual Alarm:

                I got this radio for christmas 2013, and I liked it the second I turned it on. It has unbelievable reception, and it has great sound quality. My only complaint is that the backlight DOES NOT TURN OFF. I mainly use it as a weather radio. The touch screen works very good. Thank you RadioShack!!!!!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Too much monkey, not enough business

                By Former Radioshack custmor

                from Hubert NC

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good Sound Quality
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Travel

                  Comments about RadioShack® SAME Weather Radio W/ AM/FM Radio and Dual Alarm:

                  I live in a "hurricane prone" area on the east coast. This receiver will not retain settings and has to be reprogramed regularly.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Was hesitant but it turned out 2B a Gem

                  By M. Capp

                  from Newbury Park, CA

                  About Me Practical

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Use

                    Comments about RadioShack® SAME Weather Radio W/ AM/FM Radio and Dual Alarm:

                    I listen to AM radio and also like
                    the point of it having NOAA emergency radio plus enjoy the onscreen controls. I am impressed with the
                    sound quality.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Read the User's Guide first...

                    By HAL 9000

                    from Dix Hills, L.I., NY

                    About Me Comparison Shopper, Frequent Traveler, Gearhead, Practical, Value-conscious

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Features
                    • Good Sound Quality
                    • Great Reception
                    • Reliable Operation
                    • Unique design

                    Cons

                    • Ease Of Use
                    • Functionality

                    Best Uses

                    • Commercial-institutional
                    • Daily Use
                    • Home Use
                    • Office Use

                    Comments about RadioShack® SAME Weather Radio W/ AM/FM Radio and Dual Alarm:

                    ...as the touch screen interface adds an extra measure of complexity to its use, with some features "hidden" from view.

                    The display's backlight level CAN be adjusted - to a least FIVE different levels of brightness! "From the main screen, you can adjust the backlight brightness by pressing and holding any where on the screen" until the desired level of brightness is reached (this is CLEARLY stated at the top of PAGE 10 of the User's Guide).

                    To those who write negative reviews: before slamming a product as being "inferior" or "defective", FIRST READ about ALL of the features and UNDERSTAND how they ALL operate... that's what the User's Guide is for!

                    Many of us make rely on these "real-world" reviews when making purchasing decisions... so to others submitting comments: please THINK BEFORE YOU WRITE.

                    As a recent purchaser myself, I do personally have two LEGITIMATE gripes about this product's display:

                    - In AM or FM radio mode, the "buttons" are too small and too close together on the display - unless you have child-sized fingers, it is way too easy to tap on and select an adjacent mode or function that you DON'T want - this can be quite frustrating.

                    - No display lock - when transporting in a travel bag, the touch display is too easily activated causing the radio to power on, thereby draining the batteries (the backlight should also have an "off" mode when operating on battery power, but doesn't - a feature offered on many competing models). A display lock would also be useful in households with small children, as many would consider ANY touch screen device simply too difficult to resist.

                    For these reasons, I can not give this otherwise commendable and likable product a perfect rating (sorry for being a spoil-sport to all of those five-star reviewers out there).

                    P.S. I also own (for three years now) the popular but, sadly, discontinued Cat. No. 12-519, and often use it as a point of comparison (also not perfect, but still regarded as one of the most desirable examples of this product type).

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Display too bright...

                    By Dan

                    from Pennsylvania

                    About Me Practical

                    Pros

                    • Good Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about RadioShack® SAME Weather Radio W/ AM/FM Radio and Dual Alarm:

                        Nice design and volume. Touchscreen a bit cumbersome in my opinion. The biggest problem I see is that the display is entirely too bright...don't plan on putting this in a bedroom unless you like bright lights while you sleep. Unable to locate any method of dimming the display. Most likely will return this product due to this flaw.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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