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Old 11-10-2007, 15:02   #1
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I'm looking for a good weather radio to use in the Bahamas. A friend who has three, likes his inexpensive Radio Shack radio better than his more expensive ones: RadioShack.com - Phones & Radio Communications: Weather radios: 7-Channel Handheld Weatheradio® with SAME Operation

But it isn't shortwave.


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Old 11-10-2007, 15:23   #2
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You're wasting your money on this. You won't get anything on it in the Bahamas, well maybe in Bimini you'll be ok. Get a SW radio with SSB, that's all you need and you'll get all the weather you want. Last couple of years I've used a Sony ICF-SW7600GR. I get weather with this and the reception is as good as what my friends get with their SSB rigs. Before that I had an earlier model Sony, around 1990 but it gave up the ghost a couple of years ago. I forget what I paid for the latest Sony but a search on the web will get you the best price. I think I got mine from Amazon. If you have a good vhf you can sometimes get NOAA just south of Norman Cay but the SW receiver is your best bet. Just checked Amazon, $147, free shipping.
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[quote=Vasco;105103]Get a SW radio with SSB, quote]

Rick

Yea, I figured that the R/S radio wouldn't work. I've seen that some SW Weather radios advertise that they have SSB and others don't mention SSB. How much difference will that make?
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Don't get one without SSB as most of the weather and especially Chris Parker (Bel Ami) which most cruisers listen to are on SSB.Carib WX - Caribbean Weather Information
The little Sony gets excellent reception with just the pull out antenna.
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Thanks Rick....that tells me what I need.

If anyone else has suggestions on specific radios, I would love to hear them.
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