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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | GE Superadio III Help


Reviews Summary for GE Superadio III
GE Superadio III Reviews: 23 Average rating: 4.1/5 MSRP: $44.99
Description: High Performance AM/FM Portable Radio
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.home-electronics.net/Products/ViewDetail/0,7333,SI5-CNUS-LNUE-LI25-CI100827-PI100022-PGMTAwMDAw-LC-PC100814,00.html
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K2ROK Rating: 4/5 Aug 28, 2005 10:26 Send this review to a friend
Hi-Fi AM  Time owned: more than 12 months
I wanted a radio that had decent AM reception and good audio reproduction, and the GE Super Radio III, which I have had over ten years, does the job well. It is hard to find anything that really does a decent job, off-the-shelf, for AM reception. Using the inside, long ferrite bar to peak stations by swinging the lightweight yet sturdy radio around yields nice groundwave reception locally. Strong stations sound even better when you widen the AM filter -- allowing close-to-FM sound on the AM band, which gets a bad rap from misinformed listeners who think AM always sounds bad. When AM stations that are properly processed (not over-modulated and have a clean audio-chain) are combined with a quality receiver, AM shines. (Can you tell I worked for several AM stations over the years)

If manufacturers simply built better receivers, like the GE Super Radio, more would know AM can sound close to FM in quality.

Aside from that, this radio took a tumble down some stairs, and still works fine. Only the front grill was slightly dented and part of the FM whip broke off. So it is quite rugged. The dial has always been not accurate in terms of frequency, but not a major problem. FM is nice and the AFC seems to do it's job, but sometimes the radio will still hunt for a stronger signal even with AFC on. FM reception with the stock whip is fantastic and audio from the nice speaker is clear and clean.

Overall, a quality rig that can be run for weeks and weeks of D cells, which adds some more weight, but stability to the radio.

There are not a lot of reasonbly-priced options out there for those wanting more than a digital-clock radio for real radio reception in this price range, but the GE SuperRadio fits the bill nicely.

I would have given it a 5 if not for the FM drift.

 
K9WD Rating: 5/5 Jul 31, 2005 12:27 Send this review to a friend
great unit  Time owned: more than 12 months
This radio is top notch and a bargin. It's a great DX radio. Rugged and great for trips
 
WA2CLP Rating: 5/5 Jul 31, 2005 10:29 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio for the price!!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
You won't find this radio in many stores. After all it's nothing more than a 70's style am/fm portable radio with the old vernier tuning that's big and clunky. You buy the Superadio for one purpose and that's the am receiver and antenna. I'd heard about this radio from a fellow "Ham" who recommended it.

The first night I tried this radio we were staying in a motel near Brookfield, Pa. on our way back from Wisconsin. It was brand new so I cracked open the box, plugged it in and immediately heard KCNZ "The Fan" from Cedar Falls Iowa on 1650 KHz. Also heard Radio Disney from Milwaukee on 1640. When was the last time you heard any am station from Milwaukee on the east coast? Right next to KDKA was CFRB on 1010 KHz from Toronto. This radio really works!

Using the FCC website, http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/amq.html you can look-up and search for any of these am or fm radio stations. In addition to general information you will be able to see day and night am antenna patterns on graphs. I didn't realize that there were so many "omni directional" low power stations above 1610 kHz. On 1670, for example, there�s only 4 stations listed in the U.S. and 2 are in California. I listened there and heard WMWR from Dry Branch, Ga. If you go lower down the band the frequencies are more crowded.

At home in NJ I've heard 950 WPEN every night and its loud: Real loud from "Philly," about 90 miles to the south. Of course you have to do some guessing as to what frequency you're on but you get used to that in short order. Also there are external antenna terminals on the back which are perfect for connecting a long wire, fm antenna and ground. I've had great luck with my 125' "snake antenna," which lies on the ground. Missing, however, is a dial light but for the price, you get a basic radio that sounds decent and should run for a long time on those 6 "D" batteries. The sound works best at low to mid range so don't try to blast the volume. And one more thing I just noticed: Strong, local am signals seem to overload the receiver so if you tune about 20 KHZ or so below one of the locals, you hear a 2nd signal from the same station, that's not supposed to be there. As far as FM is concerned, I'd say the receiver is above average with good sound.

Getting back to that vernier dial: It's about six inches from one end of the dial to the other and you can tune "in-between" stations: That's where the European am broadcast stations are located. With the sunspot cycle at a low point this might be the perfect time to listen for one of those "trans-Atlantics" this winter when it's nice and quiet on the am band. Happy listening!

P.S. Ingredients for success: A clear frequency, an omni transmit antenna, some patience and the GE Superadio, of course.
 
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