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July 03, 2009



Now that the dust on the quest to find the best AM portable radio has settled, Why don´t we begin a new quest to find what´s the best FM radio ?

Jeffrey McMahon

Very difficult because as you move with the radio, FM fades in and out. The antenna on these types is the actual earbud wire.

Karl Dahlquist

I have a Sony SRFM37W for use while walking around in Burbank....the AM is great (I think I first saw it on CCRANE, but bought it at Frys)

Anyway, the FM is lacking, and have been wondering about the latest Sangean.

As for KPCC....they have a 600 watt signal...less than the lights in my apartment...KCRW is 10x's the strength.


So it's not just distance; it's a weak signal. Thanks for the info. No wonder KPCC requires an A grade FM performer.

Mark Roberts

The new generation of DSP radios have excellent FM performance. For something similar in size to the Sangean pocket portables, try the Degen DE1123 (available from Amazon). The AM performance is mediocre, but the FM performance is awesome. It also comes with rechargeable batteries *and* has 1 GB of storage if you like to record broadcasts. Costs around $80.


I use this radio on walks too. Try wrapping the antenna around your belt loops. It makes for a degree of stability of reception.


The Sangean DT-400W is an excellent radio for ultralight DXing of the AM band (see dxer.ca for info on ultralight DXing if you're not familiar with ultralight DXing). My DT-400W is one of my main ultralight recievers now.

Michael Brent

Isnt the DT-400W EXACTLY the same as a DT-200VX with weather instead of TV?

Jeffrey McMahon

My guess is they're similar in performance. You can save $15 by getting the 200 version.

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