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‘Tecsun PL118’ Pocket, FM-Radio — The BEST $13 Dollar Radio, Actually BEST $13 You Can Spend On Anything.

by Anura Guruge


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Link to Amazon’s product page for this amazing, inexpensive radio.


Click to ENLARGE and read. My review. Use above link to see the original at Amazon.


As I explained in this post, last week, for the last 10-months I have started listening to the radio during my 2-hours a day of walking/light jogging. Helps me deal with the time. I just listen to local FM stations — NHPR/NPR (on 89.1 or 90.1) and music. Nothing too esoteric. Now that the BBC doesn’t transmit on SW, I have no use, whatsoever, for SW.

I had bought a fake ‘Grundig’ from ‘Eton Corp.’ to meet my needs. It was a decent radio. Good reception. Good sound. But, it was big, heavy and bulky. I could carry it around but it felt like lugging a brick. Then I found this on Amazon. $13? I pay that much for exotic drinks at Chinese restaurants. I could afford $13. So, I got one.

Well, you can see my review. I was blown away and I am not the only one raving. It is not fancy. Just FM and basically manual tuning — albeit with the radio auto-locating all the available stations. The stereo sound with earbuds is beyond amazing.

If you are in the market for a great FM radio, check this out. You will not be dissapointed.


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by Anura Guruge

I Bought A ‘Grundig’ Radio Which Is ‘Fake’ & I Am V. Happy That It Is NOT A ‘Grundig’.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the U.S. ‘Eton Corp.’ Website.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grundig


No, this is not gobbledygook. It makes eminent sense. I wanted a radio whose quality was akin to that of a legendary ‘Grundig’, but I was happy if it wasn’t German! I do my best to avoid German products — especially bloody German cars. Why? Very simple. Others may have, BUT I have yet to forgive them for BOMBING my beloved England. Yep. Yes, the Japanese bombed Ceylon once — but, as far as I am concerned, WE the Allies exacted our retribution on them. Anywho … I am just glad that I was able to get an American designed, Chinese built radio that is purpoted to be as good as a Grundig — without it actually being a Grundig.

Growing up in Ceylon, before I witnessed, with my own two-eyes the damage that the bloody Germans had wreaked on Liverpool, I was into Grundig radios — both desktop and portable. We didn’t have TV. Just radio. Though there was a paucity of imported goods we did have a smattering of Grundigs. Grundigs were good.

I had NO idea that Grundig had gone ‘kaput’ in 2003. I didn’t realize that German companies went kaput. Well they did. ‘Grundig’ is now just a brand name used by others.

Eton has bought the U.S. rights for the name. The radio is not German. It is not bad. I have only used it for less than 30-minutes, but so far, so good.

For the last 10-months I have started listening to the radio during my 2-hours a day of walking/light jogging. Helps me deal with the time.

Learnt a lot about portable radios in the last few days. Suffice to say the Chinese are BIG. Yes, Sony has presence and products but the Chinese are eating their lunch.


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by Anura Guruge

BBC Shortwave Service Is No Longer Available In the U.S. (& Has Not Been Since 2001).

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access original article from 2001.


I had absolutely no idea that this was indeed the case — and, moreover, has been since July 2001. 18-years ago. WOW.

Another casualty of the Internet.

Yes, in from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s I had fancy (i.e., expensive) Sony SW receivers so I could listen to the BBC on SW — primarily to get cricket scores.

Yes, it is also true that once I could get cricket score on the Interweb (via. say ‘cricinfo‘) I lost interest in fiddling around with SW.

Wow.

I just go myself a small radio from Amazon today so that I can EASILY listen to NPR during my walks. [I am off-crutches after 6-weeks and intend to do a fair amount of walking.] It had SW has a bonus. So, I was looking forward to listening to BBC on SW. Well, I guess that is not going to happen.

P.S., It was cheaper to get this $24 radio than messing around trying to get FM on my Google Pixel 2.


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by Anura Guruge