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May 16, 2010


Tom Welch

Jeff, on weather band, it is not usual for several channels to broadcast the same info while one channel greatly differs in strength is loud and clear.


Any news on the dt-800?

Jeffrey McMahon

Chris, I don't know a lot about it. Here's the PDF manual: www.ibiquity.com/i/pdfs/CES%202010%20Releases/HDRadio_SangeanDT-800HD.pdf


Search for Sangean DT-600HD. Amazon is expecting it and price is under $100.


I wonder how its performance compares to the highly-regarded Sony SRF-S84.

I've totally gone analog.

Mike S.

Tom, do you mean not unusual? In my area I receive the local weather station strongly on my Icom RC-2, and get a completely different forecast (and computer voice) on two other not-so-local (weaker, but still decent) channels.

Most older portables I've had will pick up the closest station, if that at all, with no hint of the others in the area. So the DT-400W is somewhere in the middle between a portable scanner with an improved after-market rubber duck and a run-of the mill "public service band" portable with whip. So, not bad at all really.

Mike Brent

Is there any difference between the DT-400 and the DT-200VX other than the weather band instead of the TV tuner?

Jeffrey McMahon

Mike, I've never tested the 200. My guess is they're very similar.

Ken K.

I have both the DT200VX and the DT400, and I find the performance to be the same, although my DT200VX has developed a bad case of tuner scratchiness. The features are the same too, except, as you said, the weather band has replaced the TV band. The method of retrieving preset stations is a little different too.

I also have the 1st one in this series, (I forget what the model # is, and I have had mine for so long that the model # has rubbed off). Again, the performance is similar, but it lacks a dial light. It also seems to be more rugged than the 2 subsequent models. For about 10 years it was my everyday commute-on-the-train radio, and I dropped it on hard surfaces more than once. I'm not sure my DT400W or 200 would survive that.

Mark Roberts

Regarding weather radio stations and coverage, here's the listing of stations:


Coverage maps are also available, but I find them hard to use. The maps are useful for giving you an idea which stations you might pick up in your area.

By the way, I have a DT-400W on order and, shortly upon receipt, will see about comparing it to my DT-200VX. I have dubbed my DT-200VX the "hotel bathroom" radio because it seems to pick up AM stations reasonably well even in that noisiest of environments, a hotel bathroom.

Radio Russ

I have the original DT200V and it has been a really solid radio. I use it with headphones to wander around the house listening to audio books broadcast from my CCrane FM XMTR (transmitter). Other than the TV band being replaced with weather, the other main difference with the DT400 seems to be the auto-shutoff timer has been increased to 90 minutes from the 60 minutes of the DT200V. If my DT200V ever breaks, I'll get the DT400.

lucas gray

My dt-400w was put in a drawer for the rainy season and when the sun came out the display was dead. Replacing the batteries hasn't resolved this and i've been unable to discover if there is a lithium ion battery that powers the display separately. Highly disappointing for so expensive a radio. Do you have any knowledge re: the display?


Lucas: My "new digitals" take a back seat to my "classic analogs." Quality-wise, there is no comparison. It doesn't matter how much you spend----digital read-out exposes you to problems. That's just the way it is.


Same thing happened to my DT-200VX tried it again months later and it started working again. Have you tried cleaning the battery contacts, Lucas?


Today I've kept my Sangean DT-400w on standby, to receive Emergency Alert System warnings from the National Weather Service in Oxnard. So far, this afternoon has brought three such alerts. The DT-400w alert siren is piercingly loud; and comes seconds before the NWS broadcast with specific information. Two so far today have been marine warnings, and the third was a burn-area alert for Azusa.

It is possible to receive EAS alerts via cell phone but (a) those are narrowly defined to the specific area where you are and (b) when real trouble occurs, the cell system may be overwhelmed.

On a related note, I'm simultanously monitoring Marine Channel 16.

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