Addressing Val's critique of the Sony SRF-18, J Maffuccio writes:
I really am enjoying mine, it was a Fathers Day present from the boys. It's perfect for the garage, yard work, and we'll use it for camping and fishing. Emergencies too.
Yes, speakers are small but it's very compact. Selectivity is great and it doesnt seem to drift at all, even when in the heat (90s).
No complaints about tuning wheel. I plug in my iPhone sometimes and listen to pandora, which is kinda nice. So for me, it fits the bill perfectly of a portable radio/receiver. It may permanently replace my ICF-38, and at $29 shipped the price isn't much greater.