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Compact Portable AM/FM/Shortwave Radio

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20-125

 | Catalog #: 20-125
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Valid until: 05/03/14
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Product Summary

You want the world and you want it now.

Compact and portable, this radio tunes in AM and FM bands, as well as international shortwave, too. Includes an alarm clock, so it's the perfect travel companion. Features 30 stations presets.

  • Compact AM/FM/SW with travel alarm
  • Includes 30 station presets with last-station memory
  • Digital clock with dual time setting and single alarm
  • Digital LCD display with green LED backlighting for easy viewing
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  • Portable radio
  • Hand strap
 

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Manufacturer Warranty

  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
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Date added Document
May 17, 2007 Compact Portable PLL Radio with AM/FM/Shortwave (User Guide)
January 19, 2007 Compact Portable PLL Radio with AM/FM/Shortwave (Guia Del Usuario Espanol)

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Customer Reviews

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RadioShackCompact Portable AM/FM/Shortwave Radio
 
3.0

(based on 62 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (21)

58%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (43)
  • Good sound quality (30)
  • Durable (29)
  • Great reception (23)
  • Long battery life (19)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (13)
  • Flimsy (8)
  • Short battery life (6)
  • Bad reception / weak antenna (5)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Home use (41)
  • Daily use (27)
  • Travel (24)
  • Commuting (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (46), Gearhead (14), Traveler (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (23)

Reviewed by 62 customers

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

poor

By wsh

from West Virginia

About Me Practical

Pros

    Cons

    • Flimsy
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about RadioShack Compact Portable AM/FM/Shortwave Radio:

      Very poor construction , for the price I knew not to expect much , but this was not worth the money .

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Don't leave it in your car in summer

      By kid

      from WV

      About Me Practical

      Pros

      • Good Sound Quality
      • Lightweight
      • Long Battery Life
      • Stays On Station

      Cons

      • Heat Killed It

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about RadioShack Compact Portable AM/FM/Shortwave Radio:

      Had it in the cab of my PU behind seat. Something melted and oozed out of it. Would not work after that. This was in WV not AZ so I'd rate it as not very durable.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      An alarm that actually wakes me up!

      By Bigfoot

      from Det. MI.

      About Me Gearhead, Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Sound Quality
      • Great Reception
      • Long Battery Life
      • Nice Loud Alarm

      Cons

      • Can Lose Presets Batt Low

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Daily Use
      • Home Use
      • Travel

      Comments about RadioShack Compact Portable AM/FM/Shortwave Radio:

      Don't let batteries completly die, or be slow changing them... you can lose your station presets! Write down which is which, then you can re-set them if needed. A minor gkich for me.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good, but not a universal radio

      By Charlie

      from Mackay, Queensland, Australia

      About Me Practical

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Short Wave

      Cons

      • Am Tuning 10khz

      Best Uses

      • Home Use
      • Travel

      Comments about RadioShack Compact Portable AM/FM/Shortwave Radio:

      Dual time suggests it is "universal", but it is not usable in Australia on the AM band where stations are separated by 9 KHz whereas the radio frequency tunes in 10 KHz steps. Needs to have a selector for 9 KHz or 10 KHz steps as have seen in universal radios. FM and Shortwave bands are Ok; dual-time is excellent; other features are Ok after learning how to set the time and storing stations.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Pitiful Radio

      By Joe Average

      from Small Town, TN

      About Me Electrician, Engineer, Gearhead

      Pros

      • Dial A Station Tuning
      • Good Looks
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Size

      Cons

      • Lighted Dial Is Too Dark
      • Non-existent Am
      • Non-existent Shortwave
      • Poor Fm
      • Poor Reception

      Best Uses

      • Home Use
      • Travel

      Comments about RadioShack Compact Portable AM/FM/Shortwave Radio:

      Pitiful radio. We live in a small town where we have 5-6 stations but for more choice, we listen to channels in the big city ~60 miles away. Every radio I've owned as far back the 1940s (portable, personal, car radios, home stereos) will deliver dozens of stations - except this one and a $5 discount store radio once took a chance on.

      Took it back and bought a Grundig G8. MUCH better radio although that radio as a big necessary world time feature with a big dial to choose the time zone. Sound and reception is outstanding though.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      It doesn´t work!

      By JMSimone

      from Itanhaem,SP,Brazil

      About Me Practical

      Pros

      • Good Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Home Use

      Comments about RadioShack Compact Portable AM/FM/Shortwave Radio:

      I live in Brazil. I bought this in NY last March. Simply it "eats" new batteries. What can I do?

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      diminishing quality with this radio

      By Robert

      from Gilbert, AZ

      About Me Frequent Traveler, Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor Reception
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Home Use
      • Travel

      Comments about RadioShack Compact Portable AM/FM/Shortwave Radio:

      I have two of these--one in the shop I have had for several years which I love. Then THIS one I just bought--sound quality is terrible and the volume adjustment is bascially non existant--not a good buy, not at all. I HOPE to be able to return it and try something else.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I own four of these!

      By Cynthia

      from NJ

      About Me I Have One In Every Room, Practical

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Great Reception
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bedroom
        • Daily Use
        • Home Use
        • Office

        Comments about RadioShack Compact Portable AM/FM/Shortwave Radio:

        Great little radio. Don't stop making these!!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Bad radio/Good paperweight

        By C5 Dave

        from Ray, Michigan

        Pros

        • Inexpensive Portable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Doesn't work
        • Poor Reception
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Paper Weight

        Comments about RadioShack Compact Portable AM/FM/Shortwave Radio:

        Radio was difficult from the start. Presets wouldn't stay preset. Finally got it to work and it lasted less than 3 months. Just stopped working. Won't turn on and is completely unresponsive. If I can't return it, it's headed for the junk pile.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        I love this radio. It works for me.

        By NPR and sports talk radio fan

        from Cleveland Heights OH

        About Me Lifelong Radio Listener, Practical

        Pros

        • Good reception
        • Good Sound Quality
        • Lightweight
        • Sleep timer

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Home Use

          Comments about RadioShack Compact Portable AM/FM/Shortwave Radio:

          I love radio and I love -this- radio. I've been using it on a daily basis for a couple of years. No problems with reliability. My expectations of this radio were pretty simple: I wanted to tune into local AM/FM stations to listen to sports, talk, news & sometimes music. Reception is good. I have no problems with it. I live in a ring suburb close to a large city I'm not experiencing the problems others have documented here. I don't use the shortwave band and had no expectation of using it when I bought the radio. This radio doesn't leave my nightstand so I expect it to last quite a while.
          History:
          I owned four of the previous generation of this radio for listening in the bathroom. One is still in use there every day during my morning routine. I attribute the failure of the previous three to corrosion of circuits or switches due to the high moisture environment in the bathroom. For the price point, I didn't mind replacing them. They lasted 3-4 years each. The extended warranty offered is only 2 years in length and would have expired by the time I needed it.
          Likes:
          -Digital tuning
          -Station presets for AM & FM
          -Sleep timer (Press the button once for each 10 minutes of play desired. Excellent option.)
          -Uses less batteries than the previous model.
          Dislikes:
          -None. This radio meets my basic expectations.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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