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04-19-2006, 06:09 PM
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I'm planning on purchasing a weather radio in the next month or so. I've done a little research, but wanted to know if anyone had any recommendations on which brand/kind to buy. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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04-19-2006, 08:52 PM
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imissnola,
Just my 2 cents, but I recently replaced my old scanner with a new Radio Shack Pro-97. I love it. It obviously has all the weather frequencies pre-programmed, but you have the ability to enter SAME codes for your county or any others surrounding you (possibly to you west) and it will alert you if any watches or warnings are issued for those counties. It has essentially a SAME silent mode that you can put it into to take it to bed and it will only make a sound if a watch/warning is issued. You don't have to go to bed worrying about missing a warning.

Added bonus is that it's a full fledged scanner also so you can program in local law enforcement and storm spotter frequencies (along with a multitude of other frequencies). Pretty nice really.

It is regularly $199, but when I purchased it in late March it was on sale for $149. I have seen it at least once since then for $149.

One thing to be aware of, it does not come with an AC adapter....it's another $18 or so. It does have a nice feature, it comes with 2 battery "carriers". You use one if you're using alkaline batteries in the scanner and a different one if you use rechargeable. If you use the rechargeable carrier and have the AC adapter, it will charge the batteries while they're in the scanner.

Another option I chose to purchase was the PC cable for it. You can then connect it to your PC and program it that way. Doing it by hand is honestly very time consuming. There is a program called Win97 designed to work with this model. It will download from your scanner (if you've entered something manually) and you can program frequencies within the program and then upload them to the scanner....much easier to use a PC keyboard vs. the scanner's keypad.

Just my opinion. Hope this helps.

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04-20-2006, 05:59 AM
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Thank you so much, that information helps tremendously!
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