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Old 02-08-2021, 11:47 AM   #1
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Sangean U4 radio use

Is anyone using the job site radio Sangean U4? I am thinking this might be a reasonable radio to use for weather alerts. I have researched MANY other radios and other than Midland WR400 can't find anything that is fairly sturdy and has a decent speaker; I don't like the smaller hand crank radios or the ones with flashlights, too gimmicky and not durable. I have an older Midland that I don't like, but my go with the WR400 if the U4 is not workable for my needs. My intention is to use it only for weather and possibly news while traveling and in the trailer.

Does this seem like a reasonable use of the Sangean U4? Any thoughts will be appreciated.
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They sell CB radios with weather channels.
The family radio hand held also have weather channels.
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Old 02-08-2021, 02:52 PM   #3
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I have an older Midland that I don't like, but my go with the WR400 if the U4 is not workable for my needs.
It's a midland and has held up fine for three years. I am not a family and keep it in an ammo case when not set up. It is much cheaper and IT EVEN HAS A DOG WHISTLE!

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My Uniden walky-talkies have weather.
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Does it have SAME alerting? If I were getting a weather radio for safety that would be a requirement.

https://www.weather.gov/nwr/nwrsame
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Does it have SAME alerting? If I were getting a weather radio for safety that would be a requirement.

https://www.weather.gov/nwr/nwrsame

Beats me. I've never concerned myself about the weather. It just is, but I don't live in SE U.S. or Oklahoma.

I expect it gets the same transmissions as any other radio with weather band.
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Beats me..
Actually I was asking the OP about the Sangean U4.
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Old 02-08-2021, 03:28 PM   #8
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Actually I was asking the OP about the Sangean U4.

No problem.
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Reminds me of the time we were "camping" at a state park across the river from downtown New Orleans. Got a knock on the door and it was a park employee warning us of predicted tornado activity in the area and giving us the location of the tornado shelter (building) in the park.
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I'd settle for something that has a decent speaker and weather bands. I hadn't really considered a CB. I had one some years ago and the language got a bit coarse for my wife so I gave it away. I have a couple of hand held walkie talkies,
Midland - LXT630VP3, but the range is miserable. I also have a Midland 74-109W that has VERY poor sound and cannot be turned off once the alerts sounds. Just not much luck with Midland radios. I have had other weather radios, some with the wind up handle, which all failed. I had an Eaton Which I kept in a drawer for a long time, and the rubber "armor" degenerated to a sticky substance that was so bad I threw it away.
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Gordon, as far as I can tell the Sangean U4 does not have SAME. It is a Public Alert Certified Weather Radio and receives all 7 NOAA Weather Channels.
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Does it have SAME alerting? If I were getting a weather radio for safety that would be a requirement.

https://www.weather.gov/nwr/nwrsame
Most of the time I'm not sure what county I am in. If you forget to reprogram a same radio when you relocate you will miss the warnings.
I leave it wide open and let it alarm for all alerts. I want to know ALL area WX.
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It's a midland and has held up fine for three years.
Remember that refectix (the insulation in many fiber glass RVs) attenuates radio signals. Be sure the radio is working well wherever you sit it for the night. That includes Phone and WIFI signals as well.
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Thanks for the reminder Kenneth.
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Most of the time I'm not sure what county I am in. If you forget to reprogram a same radio when you relocate you will miss the warnings.
I leave it wide open and let it alarm for all alerts. I want to know ALL area WX.
Yes, moving makes SAME harder. But I gave up of using WX Alert radio when it kept waking me multiple times a night for flood warnings. I was well out of the way of any flooding on high ground. I only wanted to know if a tornado alert came, but no way to filter the alerts.
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yes Gordon, you have expressed exactly the problem we have had with the Midland 74109W. And no way to turn it off.
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