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    Quote Originally Posted by 5S8Zh5 View Post
    Great game btw, right SH?
    Yeah, very good time to be listening to the Dodgers; you don't normally say a team is having a good season this early, but they're having a good season..

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    Get yourself a TV-tray sized table/space somewhere outdoors away from the house where you can lay it all out, then on an evening when the weather's comfortable right after sunset, prepare for some serious tuning..

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    As much as you guys like the pocket portables, I'm surprised you don't go for the Sony SRF-T615; mine can almost match my 7600GR move for move, pretty amazing for a radio that would fit inside the case of most other pocket units. 5S8 has got me listening to these Dodgers games now, they're on quite a roll..
    I remember when you recommended the SRF-T615 several years back. I researched it back then and everyone, like you, raved about it and it is a classic. The cheapest I could find one was well over $100.00. I debated about pulling the trigger for weeks and decided against it. It was too rich for my blood. Itís unattainable now.

    As Iíve grown older, Iím more careful about opening my wallet, (read, ďcheapĒ ). These tiny Chinese radios for $6.00 to $25.00 today are superior in sensitivity and even sound to anything that are as small and handy as these are that was available back when the SRF-T615 ruled the roost around 2012 and still does I take it.

    Again, Iím loving this tiny PR12 as it has good sensitivity in both AM/FM bands and decent sound and as a bonus plays my playlists. A bargain at $20.00!

    Seems like the sold in the Japanese market but available here, SRF-T355 PLL is the successor to the SRF-T615 but doesnít look to be as quality built.
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    Yeah, I'd still love a Tecsun A6, that one was a good call..

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    A6 still available at anon-co.com!

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    Yeah, I'd still love a Tecsun A6, that one was a good call..
    I would also consider looking at the Tecsun ICR-100 as well. It's smaller than the A6 and sound is equivalent. I just spent about a week camping in the desert in Big Bend TX and at night when I was ready to listen to some music I have on a SD card I would swap between the Tecsun ICR-100 and the Tecsun IRC-110. Between the 100 and the 110 if I could only use one I would choose the 110 mainly because the radio uses a single 16650 battery so I'm sure it has a much longer runtime. Both have a passive radiator speaker.

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    ^ I have two ICR-100s, and many BL-5C batteries, which work well. I use them as mp3 players mostly, but the FM is also very good with the lanyard acting as the antennae. Recently stocked up on microSDs also. I listen to recorded programs and songs burned from cds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    Yeah, I'd still love a Tecsun A6, that one was a good call..
    Actually, this was a kind of a weird post. Who were you responding to? 😄

    Quote Originally Posted by Lebkuecher View Post
    I would also consider looking at the Tecsun ICR-100 as well. It's smaller than the A6 and sound is equivalent. I just spent about a week camping in the desert in Big Bend TX and at night when I was ready to listen to some music I have on a SD card I would swap between the Tecsun ICR-100 and the Tecsun IRC-110. Between the 100 and the 110 if I could only use one I would choose the 110 mainly because the radio uses a single 16650 battery so I'm sure it has a much longer runtime. Both have a passive radiator speaker.
    Interesting Steve and the ICR-100 is a nice, small radio and no big deal but the 110 uses a 18650 cell and itís a great radio on itís own.

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    ^ I have two ICR-100s, and many BL-5C batteries, which work well. I use them as mp3 players mostly, but the FM is also very good with the lanyard acting as the antennae. Recently stocked up on microSDs also. I listen to recorded programs and songs burned from cds.
    Iím not a big fan of BL-5C cells but theyíre flat and make these radios so slim and small. Even though these radios donít have shuffle or random play, Iíve been saying for awhile that the micro SD cards they accept are still very nice as you can tailor them with your personal playlists or whatever you want.

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    Jay Allen updated his website with a review of the Radiwow R-108. While the radio reviewed OK given the radio is an early production sample I will not buy a counterfeit Skywave even if it saves a few bucks.

    Intellectual property has to be protected if advancements are to continue. The manufacture has put C.Crane in a tough position.

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    I totally agree Steve! Man, China has so many imitation products nowadays, you may get an acceptable product or total junk. Of course the draw is unbelievable prices that are sometimes too hard to pass up.

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    I totally agree Steve! Man, China has so many imitation products nowadays, you may get an acceptable product or total junk. Of course the draw is unbelievable prices that are sometimes too hard to pass up.
    China is the greatest nation on the planet..... When it comes to reverse engineering anything made by others.
    "The World is insane. With tiny spots of sanity, here and there... Not the other way around!" - John Cleese.

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    I got a RADIWOW R-108. It's made in China. So is the CC Skywave. So China is copying China. Who would have thunk? Both are great radios - but are not the same. The R-108 uses BL-5C batteries - Skywave: 2 AA. The R-108 has great sound - a tad better than the Skywave. To access memory, you hit the number buttons - the R-108 has VM / VF and you turn the knob on the top right hand side. Skywave has an AM/FM button - to get from AM to FM, you have to hit the band button past SW and Air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monocrom View Post
    China is the greatest nation on the planet..... When it comes to reverse engineering anything made by others.
    I agree but so was Japan back in the day long before before China took over!

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    I've been tuning in (after midnight - they might start around 1 or 2 hours prior) on AM 680 KNBR San Francisco early in the morning to catch Dodger and Giants game rebroadcasts. Straight line distance: 429.26 miles away. Recorded with a Tecsun ICR-110. Best reception (from indoors) is where the cat sleeps - so she heard those home run commentaries lol.

    4-9-2019 dodgers giants

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5S8Zh5 View Post
    I got a RADIWOW R-108. It's made in China. So is the CC Skywave. So China is copying China. Who would have thunk? Both are great radios - but are not the same. The R-108 uses BL-5C batteries - Skywave: 2 AA. The R-108 has great sound - a tad better than the Skywave. To access memory, you hit the number buttons - the R-108 has VM / VF and you turn the knob on the top right hand side. Skywave has an AM/FM button - to get from AM to FM, you have to hit the band button past SW and Air.
    Which do you think performs best on AM?

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    Which do you think performs best on AM?
    CC Skywave. The RADIWOW R-108 has a bug that was / is ID'd in one of todderberts videos - when the signal strength display is shown and you're tuning MW, reception suffers. The fix being turning off / changing said display, turning off unit, then turning it back on, and all should be right with the world. My Skywave and CC Pocket (and PL-606, PL-310ET) are used as station verifiers - especially when DX'ng with an analog dial portable, or any new radio for that matter.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5S8Zh5 View Post

    Going to record a game using the
    Twin Coil Ferrite next.
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    Just to say that Iíve been searching for a smaller, inexpensive but decent quality radio that has random/shuffle play. Since the Retekess radios have been mentioned already and are of good quality especially with their reasonable prices, I came across the Retekess V115.

    Itís a medium/small radio with many outstanding features! Itís AM/FM and shortwave and can record and accepts a 32GB micro SD card. It really is a feature filled little radio with an LCD screen.

    It doesnít advertise so but a gent on another forum found an undiscovered mode where if you press the menu button down while the MP3 function is playing, itíll shift to repeat song, repeat all songs, repeat folder AND RANDOM/SHUFFLE play! Cool!

    On top of all this, itís only $17.86 with free shipping over on the Retekess Store at AliExpress. Seems like quite a bargain for so many features. The only thing I donít care for, (itís just me!), is that it uses the BL-5C cell which really isnít much of a negative.

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    I got a dedicated mp3 (with FM) player the other day because with my ICR-100 and ICR-110, they would not remember where I left off when listening to ball games that I recorded. I used the ICR-110 to record rebroadcast Giants and Dodger games on AM 680 out of San Francisco, and they record into :59 mp3 files. So a 3 hour and change game may have 4 files. When I replay them on either of the Tecsuns, they don't remember where you left when you stop, turn off, then start again. This Maozua is the ticket. ( and it has shuffle ).


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    Went to see the Las Vegas Aviators play the Fresno Grizzlies at their new Triple A stadium (new team name also, formerly known in the Pacific Coast League as the Las Vegas 51s). If you're familiar with Vegas, that's the Red Rock Casino hotel tower in the first pic's background(left). Took along the Sony ICF-P26 and ipod buds. It's great to hear what's going on when the catcher was thrown out and the third base coach walks over to the plate umpire to discuss (no dirt kicks lol). Then, when the Aviators' catcher is thrown out of the game and the head coach has a long meeting at the plate with the ump, and they call over the first base ump - you can hear what's going on. Great baseball radio.





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    Quote Originally Posted by 5S8Zh5 View Post
    I got a dedicated mp3 (with FM) player the other day because with my ICR-100 and ICR-110, they would not remember where I left off when listening to ball games that I recorded. I used the ICR-110 to record rebroadcast Giants and Dodger games on AM 680 out of San Francisco, and they record into :59 mp3 files. So a 3 hour and change game may have 4 files. When I replay them on either of the Tecsuns, they don't remember where you left when you stop, turn off, then start again. This Maozua is the ticket. ( and it has shuffle ).

    I just received my 16mb Maozua mp3 player tonight and so far I like it. Build quality is really good and the player sounds great with my Apple Airpods.

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    When you get a chance, I would appreciate it if you could give some feedback on the Bluetooth range of your Maozua. Today I went on a walk with mine connected to the Airpods and found when carrying the Maozua in my hands with my arms straight down I would lose connection. I also lost connection if I put the Maozua in my front pant pocket. I have to say I am a little disappointed. The workaround would be to hang the Maozua around my neck but I would think that shouldnít be necessary. Anyone else have this issue with a Bluetooth MP3 player?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lebkuecher View Post
    Don

    When you get a chance, I would appreciate it if you could give some feedback on the Bluetooth range of your Maozua. Today I went on a walk with mine connected to the Airpods and found when carrying the Maozua in my hands with my arms straight down I would lose connection. I also lost connection if I put the Maozua in my front pant pocket. I have to say I am a little disappointed. The workaround would be to hang the Maozua around my neck but I would think that shouldnít be necessary. Anyone else have this issue with a Bluetooth MP3 player?
    Sorry..., I don't use bluetooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lebkuecher View Post
    Don

    When you get a chance, I would appreciate it if you could give some feedback on the Bluetooth range of your Maozua. Today I went on a walk with mine connected to the Airpods and found when carrying the Maozua in my hands with my arms straight down I would lose connection. I also lost connection if I put the Maozua in my front pant pocket. I have to say I am a little disappointed. The workaround would be to hang the Maozua around my neck but I would think that shouldnít be necessary. Anyone else have this issue with a Bluetooth MP3 player?
    Sounds defective; even old school stay-nearby Bluetooth was good for ~30 feet, and through walls. You can get around it by putting a Bluetooth transmitter on the headphone jack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    Sounds defective; even old school stay-nearby Bluetooth was good for ~30 feet, and through walls. You can get around it by putting a Bluetooth transmitter on the headphone jack.
    Hey, youíre back! 😄

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene View Post
    Hey, youíre back! 
    I'm around, just been finding ways to spend my tax refund..

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    Easy, just donate your refund to radioaholics.com!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene View Post
    Easy, just donate your refund to radioaholics.com!
    Ha, i'm actually pretty set for my radio needs, my wife will at some point restore our online access to SiriusXM so we'll be able to listen to that on our devices, that's about it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    Sounds defective; even old school stay-nearby Bluetooth was good for ~30 feet, and through walls. You can get around it by putting a Bluetooth transmitter on the headphone jack.
    Yeah could be defective but what is odd is that I get decent range using a UE Megaboom and Ncredible N1 headphones but not a lot of range using a UE Role and Airpods. Itís a mystery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5S8Zh5 View Post
    Just got me a Retekess PR15 for $8.77 shipped.



    I just received mine today. This thing is really nice! Great sensitivity and the sound is incredible for such a tiny thing. The FM antenna on this is very stout unlike the PR12. Really 😃 with it! Thanks Don!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene View Post
    I just received mine today. This thing is really nice! Great sensitivity and the sound is incredible for such a tiny thing. The FM antenna on this is very stout unlike the PR12. Really  with it! Thanks Don!
    Awesome! All three of the Retekess radios that I've have exceptional and noteworthy sound; Retekess TIVDIO V-115, and the PR12 & PR15.

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    Don and Gene

    I live on the out skirts of Nashville and the AM station I listen to has some challenges when I use the PR12 when I walk. How would you guys compare the AM sensitivity between the PR12 and PR15? Iím trying to decide if it I would gain any additional performance. Also how would you compare the audio quality between the two.

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