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    Arrow Travel Radio 5.0

    Recently, the GP4L radio has been getting a lot of
    visibility on various travel and radio forums b/c of
    its small size and ability to run for 150 hours on
    two AA batteries.

    The state department issues the GP4L radio to
    its employees worldwide. I plan to order and
    test this radio next month. My every day carry
    radio is a Sangean DT-400W pocket radio.
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    Tom Welch > Mesa, Arizona, USA
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    I love the Gov. Issue packed model.
    Looks like an M.R.E. but probably tastes better than some.

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    I own one, and am not that excited about it. The reception is not fantastic, and I find that it turns itself on sometimes when packed. Still, pretty small and cheap and runs on AA batteries.

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    Bltkmt is correct, this radio is not a great performer and is designed to be a kick around radio at best...like they say, you get what you pay for.

    Frankly, if I was traveling overseas, I woud take a Tecsun R-911 or 912 radio b/c of small size, battery life, and build quality. Tecsun radios are available on eBay. Analog radios ALWAYS get better battery life than digital radios, this important since batteries are expensive overseas.
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    Tom Welch > Mesa, Arizona, USA
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    Quote Originally Posted by PM4HIRE View Post
    My every day carry radio is a Sangean DT-400W pocket radio.
    Hi PM4HIRE, how do you like the Sangean DT-400W?
    Bags: Super Ego (Black/indigo w/cork seatbelt); Aeronaut (Crimson/Steel); 2 Medium Cafe Bags (Navy/Cayenne, Linen/Olive), w/an Ultrasuede Shoulder Strap Wrap; Large Cafe Bag (Cocoa/Wasabi) w/Absolute Strap; Imago (sadly lost to hazmat); a Brain Cell w/ another Strap Wrap; and a Shop Bag (Steel). Accessories: Bunches and bunches.
    Wanted: Zephyr or Empire Builder.
    " ...all [that] you have to depend on is yourself and your luggage." - The Luggage Salesman (Joe Versus the Volcano)

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    Thumbs up Sangean DT-400W

    I take my Sangean DT-400W to dialysis three times a week b/c it is the only pocket radio I have that gets decent reception in a very high RF environment.

    This radio is an update of the Sangean DT-200VX, so the basic design has been refined and on the FM band, the DT-400W gets about 40+ hours of play on 2 AA batteries, not bad for a digital radio. On the AM band, the battery life is about 50+ hours.

    The weather band is handy too, but I rarely listen to the weather band b/c here in the greater Phoenix area the temps are hot and hotter. Of course, if you use headphones, you greatly extend the battery life on all radio bands.

    I love the color of this radio b/c it is easy to see in my small TB Cafe bag.

    Among radio geeks like me, the Sangean DT-400W is considered a must have pocket radio.
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    Tom Welch > Mesa, Arizona, USA
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    Tnx PM4HIRE, I think I'll take a gander at that rig.
    Bags: Super Ego (Black/indigo w/cork seatbelt); Aeronaut (Crimson/Steel); 2 Medium Cafe Bags (Navy/Cayenne, Linen/Olive), w/an Ultrasuede Shoulder Strap Wrap; Large Cafe Bag (Cocoa/Wasabi) w/Absolute Strap; Imago (sadly lost to hazmat); a Brain Cell w/ another Strap Wrap; and a Shop Bag (Steel). Accessories: Bunches and bunches.
    Wanted: Zephyr or Empire Builder.
    " ...all [that] you have to depend on is yourself and your luggage." - The Luggage Salesman (Joe Versus the Volcano)


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