Test done today at 10:30AM in a park away from power lines and RFI.
0= no hint of a signal 5= local
560..very weak 570..moderately weak 610..very week with strong interference from 620 690..very weak with moderate interference from 680 870..extremely weak 1040..moderately weak 1250..moderately weak with VERY strong interference from 1230 1400..moderately weak with EXTREMELY strong station on 1430 1590..moderately weak 1640..very weak (TIS station)
Sony SRF-21W 560-0..570-2..610-0..690-1..870-0..1040-3..1250-3..1400-1..1590-3..1640-* Sony SRF-59 560-0..570-2..610-0..690-1..870-0..1040-3..1250-3..1400-1..1590-3..1640-2 Tecson R102 560-0..570-1..610-0..690-0..870-0..1040-2..1250-0..1400-0..1590-2..1640-* Tecson PL-398mp 560-0..570-2..610-1..690-1..870-0..1040-3..1250-3..1400-2..1590-3..1640-3 GE SR2 560-2..570-3..610-2..690-2..870-1..1040-4..1250-4..1400-4..1590-4..1640-4
Sound quality wise (though headphones, of course) the older Sony (SRF-21W) wins hands down. Crisp, clean, and clear on AM. Other than that (and of course x-band coverage), I could tell no difference between the old SRF-21W and newer SRF-59 reception wise at all. That being said the SRF-59 is a real wimp when it comes to power output. It works, but you can forget about getting any kind of real volume out of it. Same with the Tecson R102. One battery for a power supply just doesn't cut it. What headphones am I using? The same ones I have for about 30 years now: Koss PortaPro.
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I can barely endure the drama of my life. First, I switch from Mach 3s to a Merkur double-edge blade format. And now I get my first smartphone. My wife may teach me to text soon. Welcome to the 21st Century, young man.
In any event, my wife and I went to Costco where I paid $200 for the Galaxy Note 3 and $100 for my wife's Samsung Galaxy S5. The monthly rate for unlimited data on one line is $130 plus tax. In two years, the contract will be out during which time I may switch to T Mobile but we shall see. First things first. I need how to learn to do basic functions on my smartphone.
It's ironic that my top 3, the ones I would keep if I could only keep 3 and had to sell the rest, are all quartz, one a 5-year battery for the Seiko Tuna and the other two Eco-Drive solar quartz batteries for my EcoZilla on Suppa bracelet and my Citizen Promaster Aqualand BN2029. I wore the EcoZilla to my brother's house in Berkeley for a few days and was constantly in love with the thing. That's my number one watch.
So where's the irony? For the last few years I've been saying I feel more connected to automatic watches, but I guess that's no longer the case.
Will I sell my other watches? I doubt it. I have a history of watch loss regret and then rebuying the watch and feeling like a fool afterwards. I'm in no rush to slim down the collection, but I am determined to not get any watches for a long, long time.
That price includes insurance and the phone, which is $717, one for me and one for my wife. Once the phone is paid, of course, the price will go down, but I have to confess some sticker shock. I told the saleslady I'd think about it.
The slightly cheaper S5, which costs $660 per phone, would get my monthly payment down to $180.
I think I'll go to Best Buy and see what kind of plan I can get.