Who doesn’t want a viable pocket radio that delivers a decent signal on the AM band?, add to it a long battery life and you’ve got a tiny piece of radio kit that you can take anywhere.
Getting it right in this busy sector of the hobby radio market can make a huge difference to any manufacturers bottom line and all the usual suspects have an every growing range of small AM/FM radios for us to scoop up.
While some are happy to let loose a new radio ‘now and then’, others like Sangean (and Tecsun) seem to be on a mission to get as many models out there as possible.
This constant stream of pocket shortwave radios gives a nice range of radios with different specifications to choose from and some of Sangean’s models are listed below.
Sangean DT-400W AM/FM Digital Weather Alert Pocket Radio
Digital AM/FM tuning – 19 Station Presets – Switchable Power Saving Shut Down – Incorporated Clock
Sangean DT-200X FM AM Digital Pocket Radio
PLL Tuning – 19 memory Presets – Auto Station Scanning – Antenna and Earbuds Included
Sangean DT-210 FM-Stereo/AM PLL Synthesized Pocket Receiver
25 Memories (FM 15, AM 10) – Auto Shut Off – Bass Boost – Auto Seek Scanning
Sangean SR-35 AM/FM Analog Pocket Radio
Simple Rotary Tuning – Large Speaker – Neck Strap Included
Even though much of the front panel on these radios is taken up by fitting the biggest speaker possible, you’ve got to acknowledge that the general small size is going to limit the audio output.
Things will be OK If your using the radio inside with a low level of ambient noise, but get a nice pair of lightweight headphones (or earbuds) for outside use. This will mean you don’t miss a thing but also extend the battery life as its not being drained trying to run the power hungry front speaker.
Sangean have also taken on board the art of recording audio straight to memory card and currently have some promising portable radios up for grabs.