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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 (GuŪa 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
 
4.3

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good sound quality (13)
  • Great reception (11)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Durable (5)
  • Long battery life (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home use (10)
    • Daily use (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Gearhead (6), Practical (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Reviewed by 13 customers

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    (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

    (4 of 5 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 5 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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            this is a excellent radio .

            By r jackson

            from queens village ny

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Good Sound Quality
            • Great Reception
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Use

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

              I not just brought one but I brought two for my house this is a great radio to have in your home it works excellent great radio.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The best weather alert radio!

              By KA2EEV

              from New Jersey

              Pros

              • Easy Touchscreen Set Up
              • Good Sound Quality
              • Lightweight
              • User friendly
              • Very good reception

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use

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

                This is by far, the most well designed weather alert radio yet! RS has made programming this unit both fun and easy with the latest "touchscreen" technology. Even the SAME codes are a breeze to program. I actually like the sound quality on this radio too, compared to all other WX radios with AM & FM bands, they all sound tinny and cheap. This one actually sounds very pleasant with much better audio. Signal reception is not so bad on AM & FM either, being able to pick up distant AM stations after dark is a plus! I also like the nice display on this model, very clear and easy on eyes with a selectable brightness control. Overall, I really cannot find any fault with this unit. If I were forced to criticize anything, I would only say that the touchscreen might be tricky for someone who has very big clumsy fingers. Egor, this radio is not for you! For everyone else though, I highly recommend this weather alert radio over any other on the market.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Easiest presets EVER

                By Robert Mayn

                from Midwest, USA

                About Me Gearhead, Practical

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good Sound Quality
                • Great Reception
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Home Use

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

                  Love my new radio. It's amazing what a good radio can do. Volume control could be better implemented, but the rest is amazing. It's so easy to set presets. The touch screen on this thing is not a gimmick; it works nicely.

                  I haven't had a chance to test the weather alert portion of this -- I'm a little worried about getting woken up by stuff that I don't want to know about (the only warning I want to be woken by is tornado, the rest are nice to know). But I think most units on the market require certian warnings (e.g. volcano) to be required. I.e. you can't turn them off.

                  But this has reignited my love of radio. I love this thing. The biggest problem I have now is organizing my presets. I bought this for $80 and now it's 50 or 60 on sale, but I don't mind too much. I love this thing.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A MUST HAVE!!

                  By SCANNER JUNKIE

                  from RENO, CALIFORNIA

                  About Me Frequent Traveler, Gearhead, Practical

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Home Use
                    • Travel

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

                    I BOUGHT ONE FOR MY DAUGHTER AND MYSELF. NOTHING COMPARES TO THIS RADIO!! I EVEN KEEP THE BOX AND CONTENTS TO KEEP IT LOOKING NEW. IT DOESNT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS. HIGH FIVES RADIO SHACK!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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