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It's confusing reading reviews. Some say brand X is great while others will say brand X doesn't fit. I'm flummoxed. If anyone has definitive recommendations, please let us (me, in this case) know.
Thirty dollars or so sounds reasonable.
Posted at 08:47 PM in Web/Tech | Permalink
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The CL-100 is configurable, so you can effectively turn off alerts by, for example, by marking a county that is outside Southern Califonia. But that defeats the purpose -- the raison d'etre of this radio is as a weather/SAME radio. The amazing thing about this radio is that unlike most weather/SAME radios (which are pretty crappy) this one actually has halfway decent sound and is a nice clock radio. However, its primary purpose is as a weather/SAME radio.
Here is a fair review of the radio: http://weatherradioguide.com/sangean-cl-100-review
Here is the owner's manual: http://www.weatherconnection.com/manuals/CL-100.pdf
Here is the NOAA page on the SAME radio system:http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/nwrsame.htm
(Notice the emergency codes at the back of the radio manual for the types of messages you can filter.)
This is basically a radio for weather-hobbyists (e.g., those who are storm chasers or amateur meteorologists), those who need instant weather information for work, emergency responders, and anyone else who needs a weather/SAME radio. But it sounds like in your case you may not need this. I suspect that for your needs, the Internet would be sufficient.
(One justification for keeping this radio is dealing with fires/tsunamis etc. -- I know you have had some scares in recent years. You could keep it as an emergency radio and program it to respond only to those alerts. Notice that it divides up based on counties, though, so you'll get all the fire warnings for LA county -- even those in San Gabriel, Pomona, San Fernando Valleys and the LA county portions of Conejo, Antelope, and Santa Clarita Valleys.)
The weekly test message is sent Wednesday mornings between 10AM and noon, and you'll be getting that too. You can configure it not to turn on a siren, though.
If you are looking for a weather radio, this is definitely the one to get. It is also a rather decent clock radio (reasonable reception, OK sound, human waking system, RDS, battery backup). But if you are just looking for a generic clock radio (and it sounds like you are), there are better options -- even from Sangean.
Posted at 08:33 AM in Radio Lovers Can't Be Cured | Permalink