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November 04, 2009

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Moogbass

Great review!! I wonder if you extended the PAL's antenna to the length of the Milwaukee's rubber antenna (about 6") and NOW compared FM reception... would that be fair??

I still want to try the Milwaukee with a proper metal sectioned antenna (30"-36"), but here it rests at work. I keep forgetting to take it home to try.

herculodge

It seems a shame to handicap it with such a short antenna and those presets . . . ouch.

Val

With extended telescopic antenna some frequency could be overloaded .I had try this witch Electrohome lunchbox 

herculodge

Moogbass, I forgot to ask you this: Does the 12 V lithium battery recharge automatically in the radio when the radio is plugged in?

Kevin S

Excellent review! I think that the noise on 640 might be KFI's IBOC rumble. I hear it on 1530 out of Sacramento and others as well, even all the way up here near Seattle. It seems to be an unwelcome artifact of IBOC encoding which some stations have figured out but others have not. Remarkably, I think the sharper DSP filtering on the newer sets actually accentuates the rumble.

As for the FM performance on the little whip antenna, the newer Tecsun DSP sets are also like that - incredibly sensitive even if you don't extend the whip antenna out all the way.

I am a bit troubled at your self-imposed limit on the number of radios, though... :-)

Jeffrey McMahon

Kevin, I think you're right about the IBOC because even my PR-D5 gets that rumble on KFI.

I didn't know my radio acquisitions seemed so limited. Oh well.

Moogbass

Jeff--No, the Milwaukee radio does not charge the battery. Black and Decker/Dewalt owns the patent on such a device and defends it vigorously. I don't know when the patent expires. BTW the Dewalt jobsite radio is horrendous...

I didn't purchase mine for portable use, so not having the battery doesn't bother me. I have the big "classic" boomboxes for portable use, ...and to make the iPod crowd nervous!

For those that don't own any Milwaukee 12V lithium tools, but still want the radio with battery, I recommend the following: buy the 2492-22 drill/radio combo kit and sell the drill and one battery (two are included) on eBay. They usually bring about $80. Everyone wins here, some tool user gets a new drill and battery for cheap, and radio fanatics (I mean that in a good way!) get the radio, charger, and one battery for cheap.

Regarding the sound: those little speaker surrounds are stiff when new. I ran mine for a few hours at a loud volume (using a station with known good sound quality), and then adjusted the bass and treble to my liking. The sound improved quite a bit after a few hours. Really, it sounds so much better than my PAL, but as you said this is subjective and varies person to person. I think my PAL is going on eBay...

Moogbass

Also...

I agree with your radio preset comments. I much prefer the 1-9 keypad approach. I usually tune into 91.7 WMSE (Milwaukee's (the city) School of Engineering station) and leave it there. I don't find the MANY "classic rock" stations around here particularly uplifting and don't tend to channel surf...

I find the Milwaukee's wall adapter and ultra, ultra stiff cord odious (love that word!). It seems the internal wires are solid copper instead of stranded!

Sorry for the long winded posts...

Jeffrey McMahon

Moogbass, thanks. I should add the cost of the charger to my review.

John

I have one of these that works as a portable but I would not think of it something you would want on a job site. Just not rugged enough. http://cgi.ebay.com/TEAC-R-2W-PREMIUM-EDITION-AM-FM-CLOCK-RADIO-ALARM_W0QQitemZ160367013781QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item25569e6f95
It has so many built in feature that the PAL lacks and the price is hard to beat. I do not listen to AM but seems to be about equal to my Model one for FM. Does not have as good as sound as the Model one. I like these little radio a lot and have bought 2. They are becoming a little hard to find. BTW as a bedside clock radio it is not so good as the display is VERY bright. It is a very good blackout radio.

Tom Welch

I would not have an issue with this radio's presets since I only listen to NPR on the FM dial all day. I'm sure the design decision to use software rather than buttons for presets has to do with reducing production costs.

About 40% of the costs of manufacturing a radio is in the controls portion. That's why you'll never see a Sony ICF 2010 produced again, this radio had a ton of buttons to push.

BTW, I've recently got into listening to airband radio and AM dxing in the evenings.

Gary

Jeff - Do you get the noise on KFI at night, during the day, or both?

Jeffrey McMahon

Gary, for KFI the day is the issue on my PR-D5 and the Milwaukee. My Panny RF-888 has no noise no matter what time I test it.

Gary

I get IBOC hiss on KFI and KNX during the day on some of my radios. (It seems most prominent on my CCR-SW.)

At night, when fading occurs, I sometimes get noise that reminds me of factory machines running. It's very annoying. Other times, it sounds like a rushing sound. I wish IBOC on AM would just go away.

Jeffrey McMahon

No hiss on my CCR-2. I also turn up the bass and treble all the way to maximize the speaker fidelity. Very nice.

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