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I need a replacement for my old broken weather radio. Any suggestions?
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I can get the weather reports on my Ham Baofeng UV5R+ 2 M hand held. They are about $25 now. I think you can use it on low power GRMS/FRS freqs without a license.

I have china crank,solar, internal + 3AAA multiband + flashlight and cell charger. Running Snail that works ok for $20

I really like the tracking barometer in my Casio Pathfinder - storms do not sneak up on me. Has a low pressure alarm setting too. On my 4 or 5th set of batteries now. When it dies I'm getting the solar one.
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reviews of 15 radios here:

https://weatherstationexpert.com/bes...radio-reviews/

I have a pocket Midland HH50 in my Get Home Bag and a desktop WR300 in the kitchen at home.
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When money allows, I will going after the radio from Eton:

https://etoncorp.com/collections/infotainment

I'm surprised the review linked above doesn't mention an Eton radio.
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I can get the weather reports on my Ham Baofeng UV5R+ 2 M hand held. They are about $25 now. I think you can use it on low power GRMS/FRS freqs without a license.

I have china crank,solar, internal + 3AAA multiband + flashlight and cell charger. Running Snail that works ok for $20

I really like the tracking barometer in my Casio Pathfinder - storms do not sneak up on me. Has a low pressure alarm setting too. On my 4 or 5th set of batteries now. When it dies I'm getting the solar one.
For listening to NOAA you don't need a license on those radios.

Also, you could program those radios to work on 'walkie-talkie' GMRS frequencies. You should check on the FCC rules and max-power to operate.

Of course under duress/emergency situations, you would be granted a 'pass' to operate on GMRS/2M/70cm frequencies without a license.
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For listening to NOAA you don't need a license on those radios.

Also, you could program those radios to work on 'walkie-talkie' GMRS frequencies. You should check on the FCC rules and max-power to operate.

Of course under duress/emergency situations, you would be granted a 'pass' to operate on GMRS/2M/70cm frequencies without a license.
What was said above is true - if you get an amateur radio like a Baofeng or a Yaesu, it can be tuned to listen to NOAA weather channels. However, it won't receive the automatic alerts. You could go this route if you wanted comms + weather alerts:

https://www.buytwowayradios.com/moto...580r-same.html

But, they need to be powered on in order to receive the SAME alert, so you are probably better off with a countertop style radio with SAME alerts that stays plugged in all the time to alert you, then have a Baofeng to carry with you to continue monitoring if needed.
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When money allows, I will going after the radio from Eton:

https://etoncorp.com/collections/infotainment

I'm surprised the review linked above doesn't mention an Eton radio.
There is a Red Cross branded version of that radio that goes on sale from time to time for $39.
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There is a Red Cross branded version of that radio that goes on sale from time to time for $39.
The Red Cross radio is similar in appearance but not the same model:

https://www.redcross.org/store/frx3-...d=preparedness
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I can get the weather reports on my Ham Baofeng UV5R+ 2 M hand held.
Yes you can BUT, can it sit silently monitoring NOAA weather radio and activate when the SAME code for your area is sent?
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I have had good luck with the Reecom R-1630C ( http://www.reecominc.com/ ). You can buy them on Amazon for about $60.
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By the way... here is a list of NOAA radios https://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/info/nwrrcvr.html
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I have the FRX3 Rechargeable Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Weather ALERT Radio
and a beofeng BF-F8HP.

Both do more than what you need it is really just a matter of what features you want.
Both are excellent choices, though I would say the Beofeng is probably more durable.
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weather radio _ or what?
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I have had Midland WR100 for years, it went of 2 times today.

I see no need for expensive weather radios, since cell phones can do the job.

Have FOX5 Weather App on cell phone set for audible alerts.

Also WEA alerts are available.

https://www.weather.gov/wrn/wea
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Midland (desktop) weather radios that usually go for $32 - $39 sometimes go on sale for $10 at the end of the season . Mine has worked flawlessly for a couple of years.

Eton multi power w flashlight and ability to charge cell phone, blue tooth, rechargeable batteries, etc. in BOB.
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I've never had luck with the hand cranked/solar/etc ones. Tiny, crappy battery and if you put your own batteries in, it drains them fast. I had about 4 of them and they all were crap. Couple little red rectangular ones with a solar thing on top, and a couple that looked like a small table radio. Maybe they are better these days, but I'm done with them.

The table top ones from Midland are the best for the house to receive alerts.
For mobile use, there are many little radios that work. I have an old yellow radio shack sports one that works well. Boat VHS radios have excellent weather radio functions. Some GMRS radios have them, and of course scanners and small HAM radios that can be had from China for 30-40 bucks.
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