Small Portable Radio's?

JACKN

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I bought this mini G-01 FM radio that seems like an improved version of Retekess PR12. I'm posting the taobao URL for the product (in chinese) below instead of my own photo as this has a video. Will remove the URL if it's not appropriate here. I'm not related to the product or site in any way.

https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=628546768186

Compared to PR12, this has a volume dial, separate set of up/down buttons :) and numeric keypad for freq and saved stations. Sound is just a tad less bright than the PR12 but the volume dial allows minor adjustment that sort of make up for it. A little disappointed bcos the speaker on the PR12 is truly excellent for the size. FM reception seems a little noisier than the PR12 for weak stations, and for some reason I can't receive 95.8 which is a strong local signal. MP3 sounds similar; the numeric keypad allows direct song selection. The G-01 looks superficially like the PR12, slightly bigger in size but the material seems inferior. I'm not entirely sure if it came from the same factory as the PR12. My G-01 has no logo and there's only couple of Taobao stores that carry this, so might be an early batch of the product (engineering samples ?) from the factory that is still looking for a buyer. It's a keeper for me as it has a fresh sealed battery, compared to my PR12 which I have to recharge far too often.
 

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I bought this mini G-01 FM radio that seems like an improved version of Retekess PR12. I'm posting the taobao URL for the product (in chinese) below instead of my own photo as this has a video. Will remove the URL if it's not appropriate here. I'm not related to the product or site in any way.

https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=628546768186

Compared to PR12, this has a volume dial, separate set of up/down buttons :) and numeric keypad for freq and saved stations. Sound is just a tad less bright than the PR12 but the volume dial allows minor adjustment that sort of make up for it. A little disappointed bcos the speaker on the PR12 is truly excellent for the size. FM reception seems a little noisier than the PR12 for weak stations, and for some reason I can't receive 95.8 which is a strong local signal. MP3 sounds similar; the numeric keypad allows direct song selection. The G-01 looks superficially like the PR12, slightly bigger in size but the material seems inferior. I'm not entirely sure if it came from the same factory as the PR12. My G-01 has no logo and there's only couple of Taobao stores that carry this, so might be an early batch of the product (engineering samples ?) from the factory that is still looking for a buyer. It's a keeper for me as it has a fresh sealed battery, compared to my PR12 which I have to recharge far too often.

Thanks for the review Jackn, the G-01 looks interesting.

My Retekess PR12 is still holding up after two years but I really do not listen to often. When I am home I have moved to the dark side of the radio world and listen to my Amazon Echo Studio when I am in the mood for music or international broadcast. I’m still impressed with the sound quality especially given the price and size of the PR12.
 

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Yeah thanks for that JACKN and welcome to this madness!

Funny how that ad in your link shows two different radios in the pictures. 🤪 I still really like my PR12 but I use it mainly to listen to MP3’s and it’s a fine little radio. Amazing sound for something so tiny.

My one regret with these tiny radios, and I’m a big fan, was purchasing the HRD-737 multi-band radio. To me it was worthless. Didn’t do anything exceptional or even average. I even read several reviews on Youtube after purchasing it that it was a dud. Live and learn!
 

JACKN

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> Funny how that ad in your link shows two different radios in the pictures. 🤪

Oh, that is common on Taobao (China equiavalence of Amazon). The seller can offer options such as colour variation for a product, but often put up related items instead i.e. Option 1 - mini radio with numeric pad, Option 2 - mini radio without numeric pad, etc. Consequently, the buyer reviews and quantity sold are mix together for two different items on the same product page which is a plus to the seller if a new unknown item is put up alongside a bestseller item. Caveat emptor !

I did more MP3 tests on the G-01. MP3 on PR12 sounds slightly better using the same volume on both devices. I'm not sure how PR12 does its magic 😍, whether it's the casing/chamber design or some digital sound processing, but beats on the PR1 sounds more distinct, with more oomph. G-01 is also pretty good by itself. PR12 needs that volume knob !

When i extend the G-01 antenna with a length of wire, it can receive FM95.8 just fine. So perhaps some internal interference within the radio ? Not impressive for a FM radio ☹️
 

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I asked this in another thread here and hope it’s applicable here but is a dedicated Internet Radio worth getting? I have apps downloaded into my iPad Mini 4 but the commercials are over the top! Can an Internet Radio play without commercials?
 

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I asked this in another thread here and hope it’s applicable here but is a dedicated Internet Radio worth getting? I have apps downloaded into my iPad Mini 4 but the commercials are over the top! Can an Internet Radio play without commercials?

Whether there are commercials depends on the feed you use, not on the software or hardware you use.

Alas, it costs money to stream audio (licensing fees, bandwidth costs, data centre costs).

There are commercial-free Internet stations out there (e.g. CBC in Canada) but few with music will be free.
 

JACKN

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Hi all,

While this thread is in low ebb, would like to introduce this Tecsun-hosted forum I came across while researching fm radios in chinese. Google Translate did a pretty good job in translating the posts though there are the inevitable hit and miss:

https://bbs-tecsun-com-cn.translate...x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=ajax,nv,elem

The forum is naturally focus on Tecsun radio but with fair bit of side topics from China radio hobbyists like mundane radio manufacturing details (casing, soldering details, etc) and parts (radio knobs, capacitors) from the ground of the world factory, and miscellaneous musings on china radios, countryside photography etc.

Usual disclaimer: I'm not related to Tecsun nor the forum. Being chinese but not from China, just thought I would share radio info here from another community that I have access to, in return for that drawer full of small radio receivers that I inexplicably owned after encountering this thread many years ago :)
 
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Recently purchased a CCrane am/fm radio because it’s advertised as being able to bring in distant am and fm stations, and my sangeans weren’t doing so well lately.
Glad to say the reception is much improved. Build quality and sound are not as good but that may be my choice of a cheaper model.
 

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I am occasionally using a Tecsun pl-660 with a Sangean brand wire reel antenna to listen to SW. Usually listening with Sennheiser HD600s, not the inbuilt speaker. But in Germany I mostly just receive the big stations, mostly China radio international. Much more interesting SW game in the USA. One can always use a WebSDR.

For info regarding short wave see: https://www.short-wave.info/

Dont even get me started on subspace radio...
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I may have already posted this but if I did it was ten years ago, if you can spend $500 for a flashlight you can spend $500 for a lifeline to the world. It is small, will run on AA batteries or 12v DC, Is handheld and completely self contained. You get AM, FM, Shortwave, all modes, all bands and if you have a license you can transmit. It will even do 4 watts on CB with a slight modification. It will do VHF and UHF, an amazing radio. It is the Yaesu FT-817 and has recently been upgraded to the new FT-818. Everyone should have one. Used they are $300-$500, you can get the new FT-818 on sale now for $569.69, almost $100 off the regular price.

I know it sounds crazy but just take a minute and look at what it can do, as a matter of fact I defy you to find something it doesn't do. Any questions feel free to PM me, I would love to help you decide, you may even end up getting your ham license so you can transmit. I know it's only 6 watts but that is what you want in an emergency. It can listen almost anywhere and thats what you will want in a SHTF situation. An all in one wonder box, small, light and runs on AA batteries.
i know its been awhile but i have the 817 original and aside from lack of a dtmf keypad and direct entry, it is a fantastic radio for the price. used ones go for about $400 nowadays and the 818 for about $639. The icom 705 is also another good radio that has digital and a waterfall display as well as ssb on 2m and 70cm. i dont have this as i have a elecraft kx 3 fully loaded and a kx2 fully loaded. If youre loaded with money id recommend the kx 3 fully loaded if you can find it for about $1400 or so used. Also for something portal and somewhat resistant to light water sprays, the Kenwood th-f6a for about $210-300 used would be a good investment for a tribander portable 2m 1.25 and 70cm with wide band barn doors open rx. it can also do ssb as well. The newer kenwood th d74a is a beast that can do ssb as well but now theyre going for $650 plus used when they used to sell new at 450. These are not budget friendly radios so not for everyone obviously nor do some of their speakers sound great. The value is having a radio with in some cases precise controls and the ability to transmit. Ive posted last year about ham radio and its a fun hobby and swling is the perfect bridge and definitely shares a good amount of interests. Some other models of radios that can be okay for strictly outdoor use in rainy weather are the vx 7r and maybe the vx6r. Those dont do ssb but the usual am fm sw frequencies plus vhf and uhf as well and have preprogrammed memories for wx marine and sw stations. i plan on making another video review of some of my ham radio stuff and comparing the sw listening experiences.
 
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