eHam.net - Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Community

Call Search
     

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Community
Articles
Forums
News
Reviews
Friends Remembered
Strays
Survey Question

Operating
Contesting
DX Cluster Spots
Propagation

Resources
Calendar
Classifieds
Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement
About eHam.net


Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | CCrane CCradio 2e Help


Reviews Summary for CCrane CCradio 2e
Reviews: 2 Average rating: 4.5/5 MSRP: $$169 U.S.
Description: AM/FM/WX/2M high sensitivity radio
Product is in production.
More info: http://
Email Subscription
You are not subscribed to this review.

Subscribe!
My Subscriptions
Subscriptions Help

You can write your own review of the CCrane CCradio 2e.

KC0EKQ Rating: 4/5 Feb 14, 2017 02:10 Send this review to a friend
It works well...  Time owned: more than 12 months
... but...

Actually, this is a damned good radio and even on MW alone, it is about as good as it gets among all other portables made today. I dare say (as a MW DX nut) it is almost on par with my Panasonic RF2200 (which is always rightly aligned and in perfect condition and therefore is my reference MW radio). It still has some slight hiss or white noise underneath weaker signals, a bit more than any such noise in the RF2200, and it takes juuust a bit longer to really get full quieting even on FM.

But it performs beautifully on FM as well, and is a good, competent receiver for the WX and 2mtr bands. Sensitive and selective across the board, this radio is.

Talking now like Yoda, I am. :)

It betters its predecessor especially in the audio department, bringing warm, rich sound on MW and FM that is lacking on the regular 2 radio. Other improvements are more subtle but no less effective and welcome -- better AGC action and better FM selectivity than the original 2, among them.

But I cannot give this radio a 5, and in fact almost couldn't give it a 4... because unit to unit quality control is severely lacking.

I've been lucky with my personal 2E receiver, but I've witnessed numerous flaws and failures in many other 2E radios belonging to friends and family. It seems the display is a particularly weak point, from backlighting to fading characters to simply being d.o.a. one day after being perfect the night before.

Another common failure has to do with the key press response, or utter lack of response. I've seen two radios (one a 2E and the other a 2) which power on, and there is the backlight on and the time in the display... but nothing you do, push, click, tune, turn, anything, does a damned thing.

Right here on eHam.net there are reviews which go into more detail and more problems about the quality control issues.

But when it is all working right, this really should be a solid 5 performer, on every band, with every feature.

I hope they can take care of those problems and up the quality in the next CC Radio iteration (3? 2E.2? ) :)

It is a good radio and I hope they keep improving and enhancing it.
 
MARC1178 Rating: 5/5 Jun 30, 2015 10:23 Send this review to a friend
High Sensitivity and Selectivity with improved sound  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The am band has a better signal to noise ratio on very weak radio signals than both the GE Superadio 3 and the Grundig YB400PE. In fact it is better than most of whats out there. On FM the performance is also very high on this model. Even the weather band works great.

The sound is good with the 5 inch speaker, but some radios with two way speakers sound better. One significant omission is the fact that on FM, weather, and the 2 meter band there is no external antenna input.
 


If you have any questions, problems, or suggestions about Reviews, please email your Reviews Manager.