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My dad was a Radioman in the Navy and as a boy he rebuilt me a Hallicrafter Radio.  It had shortwave and all kinds of bands and side bands.   I would stay up late at night listening and trying to guess what languages I was picking up.  And as a boy would I was hoping to hear him on the radio when he was out to sea.  I was getting good a Morse also.

So a few years ago I decided to try and find one.  Oh my, the money they want for them and the issues with finding tubes.   So I decided to get a simple Emergency radio until I could get a better set up.   I consider a means of finding out what the hell is going on an essential need for any emergency plan.

I picked the Kaito Voyager Pro.   A light portable with AM FM SW and NOAA weather and Alert.  It has batteries, a plug in power source and also a solar panel charger and a hand crank.   It has a pull up antenna and I purchased an external antenna.

It has a flash light and a reading lamp so this one is good for simple emergencies like power going out or for long term outages   With right cables you can even charge your cell phone.  It give the Temperature and Humidity which is cool for a weather geek like me. 

This radio would be great in a bug out bag as it is very light.   Also a great radio for back packing and camping as the reading lamp and flash light would come in handy.

Kaito makes an entire line of these and prices very with features.  Amazon and Walmart had the best selection.

I will get my Radio set I want one day as in a long term scenario there will not be much to do so scanning the air waves will help fill some of that void.   Here are some pictures.
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JD,

Good idea.  I, too, have something similar in my bag.  

My Father bought an old Hallicrafters radio too.  I did much the same as you, roaming the bands and listening to foreign broadcast stations and ham radio operators.  I even remember finding some of the "number stations".  I eventually go my ham radio license in the early 80s.  

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Hams were a big service to us in South Florida after Hurricane Andrew.  Ham Operators are the true "Voice of People" when the spit hits the fan.  Hats off to you.
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They're plenty of high quality general coverage SW radios available. There is no way that I would go back to tubes, specially for a go bag, too energy thirsty, and too heavy.

Take a look at Ham Radio Outlook in the portible general coverage receiver section. Oh, and don't forget a wire antenna!
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Oh no, I am not getting a SW for that.  It will be for my house as just about any emergency that should come along is where I will ride it out.   Being able to scan the airwaves at night will go a long way in keeping one sane.   In a prolonged event it can get very boring having nothing to do.  I have a supply of books that were purchased just for that.  I also have board games never even opened for that along with unopened decks of cards.

I would never get a tube set as they are just to pricy.  The radio of my youth is simply not possible now but I still have the memories of it and building it with Dad.

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I too had a very old Halicrafters back in the day! I would listen to HCJB, "The Voice of the Andes," Voice of America, Radio Moscow, BBC and even the comically mean and crude Radio Hanoi. I remember hearing E03 the "Lincolnshire Poacher",which is thought to have been run by the British MI6!

This lead to a Ham radio ticket and pair of co-phased 14' Cubical Quads over my parent's home! I had a pretty good time of it as a kid, and later as an adult. It is still a lot of fun!

While radio remains a part of my "Worst Case" plan, it is in the form of a set of VHF mobiles and handhelds, plus a base. My wife got her ticket and we have a pretty good chance of being able to communicate under bad conditions.

When I was working down in Florida and the VI during the past hurricanes I listened and watched as people tried to use apps like Zello for this, the results were quite subpar. The cellular system is quite fragile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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