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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | Eton FR160 Emergency Preparedness Radio Help

Reviews Summary for Eton FR160 Emergency Preparedness Radio
Eton FR160 Emergency Preparedness Radio Reviews: 2 Average rating: 3.5/5 MSRP: $30
Description: The Etón MICROLINK FR160 does more than keep you connected. This new spin on an Etón classic incorporates our award winning design and standard feature sets into a sleek easy to use package. It is a multifunctional, ultra-compact companion ready for any adventure.

When emergencies or outdoor adventures take you off the grid, you need a device that can fill multiple needs. The Etón MICROLINK FR160 is so compact that you can easily store in a safety kit or toss in your rucksack and take anywhere. It has a high-quality AM/FM tuner, providing you with news, entertainment and public service announcements. Not only that, but it also integrates a NOAA Weather Band receiver that brings you weather forecasts, alerts and other emergency messages--information vital to backpackers and travelers.

At only 5.25 inches, the MICROLINK FR160 literally fits in the palm of your hand. It also includes a powerful solar panel, which gives you the freedom to explore without the hassle of batteries or adapters. If that wasn’t enough, we also added a full sized USB port to easily charge any small electrical device such as an mp3 player or cell phone. You’ll always know what’s going on, thanks to the AM, FM and NOAA Weather Band tuners. With the additional flashlight and cell phone charger, you can’t go wrong with the MICROLINK as it is one versatile little device.
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N3UFJ Rating: 4/5 Jul 10, 2012 18:26 Send this review to a friend
Fair Rig  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Semi "Impulse buy" at the local "Rat shack" for $25, XYL wanted to copy NOAA when things get nasty here in the Eastern shore of Maryland.
Fit/Finish are good for the price point, cranked for a couple of minutes and had plenty of juice, LED light handy, AM/FM/NOAA bands all worked ok, for a 25 buck radio it does whats expected and will work in a pinch just remember its NOT a $150 unit and you will be pleased. I would buy it again and would recommend it as well for what it is and what it was designed for. T.French N3UFJ
KE8WO Rating: 3/5 May 30, 2009 09:58 Send this review to a friend
Basic Radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought a new FR160 from Ebay for about $22. For that price it provides ok performance.

The AM and FM tuners tuning dial is compressed in a space about 1 inch long .. so tuning is touchy and with some backlash in the tuning process. It is sensitive enough to easily pick up the local stations. But it is far fram a DX machine!

The NOAA weather band frequency is select by a seven position slide switch. It is reasonably sensitive in that my local NOAA channel was loud and clear without extending the short whip antenna. But the NOAA channels are not very selective ... I picked up my NOAA station on two channels.

The 3 LED flashlight is bright and should be useful.

The crank powered dynamo is easy to turn. The manual cautions that extended fast turning is required to even minimally charge a cell phone. So I would not count on using that feature except in the worst of emergencies.

The radio it very small and seems to have ok fit and finish. The tuning and volume knobs are both a little hard to turn, but workable. The speaker provided acceptable audio for such a small radio.

So, overall, an ok radio for the price. It can be put on the self and expected to provide basic performance should some major calamity happen at your location and all of your better radios are not available, out of batteries, etc. ,... that's how I intend to use the FR160.

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