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PM4HIRE
09-30-2008, 11:46 AM
OK! So you're traveling to Europe, Asia or Africa,
chances are you will not be able to access English
news programs on the local AM and FM bands.

Do you spring for a decent shortwave radio perhaps
costing $100 or more? Or do you look for a shortwave
radio that's cheap, cheerful, and light?

Cheap, cheerful and light criteria wins! In this case,
the Kaito WRX911 (http://www.tjtdesign.com/radios/radio9.htm)fills the bill, giving you an inexpensive
alternative that's frugal on 2 AA batteries yet is easy to
pack while offering reasonable performance.

And if this radio is stolen, so what? You're not out a
small fortune.

BTW, the Kaito WRX911 is sold on eBay as the Tecsun R911 (http://cgi.ebay.com/TECSUN-AM-FM-SW-Shortwave-11-Band-Radio-Receiver-R911_W0QQitemZ370091594861QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item 370091594861&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C39%3A1%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C 240%3A1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14),
perhaps a better buy if you have time to wait for a shipment
from China.

While I'm now retired, I packed the Kaito WRX911 on my
consulting trips for the last 3 years.

BTW, many of my friends often pack several of these Kaito
radios give them away while traveling overseas. If you're
traveling to Cuba, the Kaito makes a really nice gift and
is appreciated by the locals. Also, if you have friends in
the Peace Corp or military personel going overseas, the
small Kaito or Tecsun R-911 radios again make thoughtful
gifts.