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August 29, 2011

Etón American Red Cross Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio

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During weather emergencies it is easy to feel cut off from the world due to power outages. Stay connected with this Etón American Red Cross ARCFR160R Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with flashlight, solar power and cell phone charger.

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This ultra portable unit is perfect for your car or home and a necessity for any weather emergency.

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When you buy an American Red Cross by Etón product, a portion of your purchase goes to help rebuild communities that have been hit by natural disasters.


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May 4, 2011

Voyager KA500GRN Solar/Dynamo Emergency Radio

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This next generation Voyager KA500GRN Solar/Dynamo Emergency Radio has all the features that you'll need in an emergency weather situation. It multi-functions as an emergency radio, a super-bright lantern, a reading lamp, an emergency beacon and a cell phone charger.

The radio picks up 7 NOAA weather channels and is designed to operate from a myriad of power sources, including handcrank, solar, batteries, electrical outlet and USB. It has a compact, portable design making it perfect not only for emergency weather use, but for travel and outdoor activities too.

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The Voyager Solar/Dynamo Emergency Radio is available at Amazon and Wind and Weather.

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April 8, 2011

Oregon Scientific WR602 Weather Radio with Charge Cradle -- Emergency Alerts

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Keep your family safe and receive weather and civil warnings specific to your area 24 hours a day, even when the electricity is out. The compact and portable Oregon Scientific WR602 Weather Radio with Charge Cradle is programmed to receive NOAA broadcasts from all available emergency advisories on tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods, evacuations, plus civil danger warnings including Amber Alert child abductions, nuclear accidents and other hazards.

The radio alerts via both audio and visual signals, with manual or automatic channel select modes. The message levels--statement, watch, warning, and test--can be set to English, French, or Spanish. When on the road, this rechargeable radio has a travel mode that searches for the strongest signal, and its digital clock includes an alarm.

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March 21, 2011

Sony AM/FM/Weather Band Digital Tuner Shower Radio

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Stay up to date on the latest news and weather as you prepare for your day, or night as the case may be. Hang this easy-grip Sony AM/FM/Weather Band Digital Tuner Shower Radio from your shower head to get the weather at the press of a button.

The radio also provides easy tuning of all available AM and FM radio stations and has 20 station presets. A high-quality speaker produces robust sound easily heard over the din of running water. Naturally it's splash-resistant and includes a built-in digital clock, an automatic off-timer, and a countdown timer.

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November 10, 2008

Oregon Scientific WR606 NOAA Desktop Weather Station

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This is a really cool weather station and emergency alert radio from Oregon Scientific. We love the fact it combines the two features into one smart unit, and has a bright easy to read display.

  • Monitors all US Hazards and Emergency Alert System (EAS) bulletins, warnings and watches.
  • Receives all NOAA reports, which include advisories on severe weather conditions, civil emergencies, hazards, and evacuation details.
  • SAME technology alerts users to emergencies in their area, and describes the type and duration of the event.
  • Audible and visual alert signals notify you of all levels of messages (Advisories, Watches, Warnings).
  • Large dot-matrix LCD display with backlight displays weather forecast 12 to 24 hour in advance, barometric pressure and ice warnings.
At Oregon Scientific WR606 NOAA Desktop Weather Station
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September 24, 2008

Oregon Scientific Desktop Emergency Radio Weather Station - Stay Informed and Prepared

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Given the recent and ongoing hurricane season, and the amazing number of tornados this past year in the US, needing an emergency radio is like having running water. Just get one. We like the new weather radio from Oregon Scientific, as the WR606 can continuously monitor emergency broadcasts related to weather or civil incidents in your area. It also features SAME alert programming capabilities, and you can specify which counties you want to hear information for, and be alerted when severe weather or other alerts occur in up to 9 different local counties. You’ll also get temperature, humidity, weather forecast and barometric pressure data, each illuminated by a LED backlight with an included AC adapter.

Product Features

  • Monitors all US Hazards and Emergency Alert System (EAS) bulletins, warnings and watches
  • Receives all NOAA reports, which include advisories on severe weather conditions, civil emergencies, hazards, and evacuation details
  • SAME technology alerts users to emergencies in their area, and describes the type and duration of the event
  • Audible and visual alert signals notify you of all levels of messages (Advisories, Watches, Warnings)
  • 7 user-selectable channels or auto channel selection
  • Large dot-matrix LCD display with backlight
  • Displays indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity
  • Forecasts the weather 12 to 24 hours in advance
  • Measures barometric pressure with altitude adjustment
  • Ice Warning function: icon flashes when outdoor conditions near freezing temperatures
  • Features 12/24 hour time, day/month calendar and 2 daily alarms with snooze function

At Oregon Scientific

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September 8, 2008

GPX Weatherband Digital NOAA Radio

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With hurricane season upon us, it's good to have a rechargeable weather alert radio like the GPX. It features a built in flashlight, am/fm/tv tuning, and also has the NOAA weatherband. No matter what the circumstances are with power supply, you'll be able to tune in because this unit is DC-powered by rechargeable batteries (included), and has two ways to recharge the batteries. You can use the heavy duty dynamo motor for power generation or you can use an AC charge using the built-in retractable AC plug. There's even an over-charge protection circuit built in. Stereo headphone jack included.

At GPX Weather X RWB6806DT NOAA Weatherband, Digital Tune AM/FM/TV Radio, Built-In Flashlight with Recharge Circuit and Batteries

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July 14, 2008

Review: WeatherTime NOAA Weather Alert Radios with SAME Technology

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Honeywell was generous enough to send us both the PCR507W and RN507W NOAA alert weather radios to test. Both feature the NOAA weather alert radio functionality, and both have an atomically set clock. We found both models really easy to use, but in the end liked having the ability to project the time and clock in our bedroom. Since you can use the weather radio plugged in or on battery power, both models can replace your radio in the garage, camp, or in the kitchen with ease. We actually brought the non-projection model with us bass fishing and got a weather alert concerning thunderstorms that made the day a little less wet.

We really like the ability to have it scan the weather band, and then with the touch of a button we can listen to the forecast anytime we want. The size of both models is also dead on, and we didn't find carrying them around or having them in any of the locations we tested - kitchen, boat, and bedroom for them to be too large or too small.

We also liked the feature of what weather alerts we want to be alerted to. You can easily cycle through various alert types and turn them on and off.

Key features of both models include:

  • Automatically sets to US Atomic clock
  • Day displays in English, Spanish and French
  • 12 hour time format
  • Light sensor detects low light conditions and lights up LCD display
  • NOAA with SAME technology
  • Public Alert Certified device
  • Indoor temperature display
  • User-selectable C° or F°
  • FM Radio
  • Enhanced blue backlight
  • AC/DC adapter included
  • Batteries not included:6 AA (main unit)

At PCR507W and RN507W and Amazon

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June 9, 2008

Sony Weather Band Shower Radio - Get Your Weather Wet

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Imagine singing in the shower and being able to get the weather after you finish a verse or two.This ideal water resistant band shower radio for bathroom, shower, spa or sauna features a unique Easy-Grip design that will not easily slip from your hand and can be set down on the tub edge or other flat surface. Easy Weather Button allows one-touch access to weather information, and you can use it's FM/AM and TV Bands for entertainment.

At Sony ICF-S79V Weather Band Shower Radio

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January 23, 2008

American Red Cross FR400 Emergency Radio - Be Prepared

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Last night at our house could have been a disaster. Sure we have emergency candles and some lights, but not emergency entertainment with two small kids. The American Red Cross FR400 Emergency Radio saved the day at dinner time. The power cycled - then cycled again - and then never came back on for over two+ hours. I entertained my daughter and son by finding radio stations, using the light to get around the house and get stuff set up, and then using the light again to help them take a bath and get to bed. The best part is the self-powered hand crank - we never used the batteries once and had a pretty good time powering up the American Red Cross FR400 Emergency Radio. It was also really nice to be able to check whether or not it was a real emergency and not just a power blip by using the alert channels.

Here are the details of this radio which I think you should get if you don't have one for any emergency:

  • Two turns per second for 90 seconds will provide 40 to 60 minutes of operation.
  • The controls are easy to use.
  • There is also a built-in triple LED light with emergency light source built into the side of the radio.
  • There is even a loud siren function in this device. The battery compartment allows access to the built-in NiMH pack or for the three optional AA cells.
  • The FR400 comes with a 4.5 VDC 120 VAC adapter. There are jacks on the rear panel for: earphone output, 4.5 VDC input and phone charger output. These jacks are protected under a water resistant rubber flap.
  • The FR400 has the additional capability of recharging certain cell phones. Several common cellular power adapters are included with your FR-400.
  • Eton is also including a very nice black canvas carry case and an AC adapter. This radio comes with an Owner's Manual, Eton Catalog and mini Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Guide. 8.7 x 4.5 x 2 inches 1.3 Lbs.

At American Red Cross FR400 Emergency Radio

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January 7, 2008

Grundig Eton FR1000 Voicelink Survival Radio Hands On


Gizmodo has a hands on sneak peak at the Grundig Eton FR1000 Voicelink Survival Radio. We love the way it looks an the amount of stuff it can do for you in an emergency is staggering. It has AM/FM/NOAA Weather/2-Way GMRS Radio, a Flashlight, siren, and Cellphone charger. It runs off of 4AAs, but has a hand crank as well to power it.

Awesome: The Eton FR1000 Voicelink is maybe one of the most pornograpic survival radios I've ever seen, but functionally so. It has AM/FM/NOAA Weather/2-Way GMRS Radio. And a Flashlight, siren, and Cellphone charger. It runs off of 4AAs, but has a hand crank. The design seems superfluous, but those cutouts actually protect the knobs. There's a large handle on the back. If I were to die stranded in the wilderness, I might be slightly less upset clutching one of these beautiful machines. $150.
The Catch: No word on water resistance, and the recessed knobs seem hard to turn with gloves on.

Via Gizmodo

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December 11, 2007

Eton Voice Link Radio - Stay In Touch When Stranded

Compact voice link AM/FM radio provides invaluable two-way communication, and offers two-way talk via any Family Radio Service-enabled device. The Eton Voice Link receives General Mobile Radio Service transmissions, handy when stranded in extreme weather conditions, and receives weather advisories from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Features also include a super-bright 7-LED flashlight, cell phone charger, siren, hand-crank charger and digital clock It can also be powered by four AA batteries (not included).

Via acquire at Restoration Hardware

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October 3, 2007

First Alert WX-17 Portable NOAA Emergency Alert Radio

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With the recent recall of over 66,000 Oregon Scientific Portable NOAA Emergency Alert Radios, you might want to check out some other brands until they get fixed. The First Alert NOAA weather radio receives emergency alert warnings from the National Weather Service 24 hours a day, and receives all 7 NOAA weather and hazard channels, as well as AM/FM band radio for casual daily use.

  • Features an emergency alert siren, a handle, and an earphone jack for noisy and quiet environments
  • Powered by included AC adapter for desktop use, with 4 AA battery backup during power outages
  • Backed by a manufacturer's 90-day warranty

At First Alert WX-17 Portable NOAA Emergency Alert Radio

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September 27, 2007

Oregon Scientific Recalls 66,000 Weather Radios

21Ya40DmgalThanks to Brett for writing in to remind us, but it looks like Oregon Scientific is recalling its Scientific Weather Radios because they may fail to receive National Weather Service Alert signals in certain regions of the U.S. — a failure that could jeopardize users' safety.

The recall, announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission applies to the following radios:

  • All Hazards Portable Weather Alert Radio, model .
  • Portable Public Alert Radio, model WR108.
  • Public Alert Weather Station, WRB308.
  • John Deere Public Alert Weather Station, WRB308J.

No incidents or injuries have been reported to the company.

The radios were sold in stores in the U.S., through online retailers and in catalogues from December 2005 through June 2007 for between $30 and $150 US. Consumers should not rely on the radios for emergency weather information and should contact Oregon Scientific for a replacement.

At Recalls and Advisories: Oregon Scientific recalls 66,000 weather radios and Oregon Scientfic

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