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.
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.
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?
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.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.
Thanks. I'm working on a few more and will do comparison videos on the radios. Based on experience Id recommend the following,Nice professional video!