For several months, Matt and I have been looking for a weatherband radio for use in our home and when we do outdoor activities. Over the last few years, he has been collecting survival gear. A radio was one of the items we both felt would be a good idea to own. We tried out some radios in stores but found that we were not satisfied with the radio quality, as many of them did not sound clear. We live in a rural area surrounded by mountains. If a radio had problems coming in clearly at a store located in Charlottesville, it was highly likely that it wouldn’t work well enough at our home.
We decided to order an Etón American Red Cross Axis Weatherband Radio. The radio is compact, fitting nicely into small storage spaces. It has a USB cell phone charger and operates on both regular batteries or the option to crank an arm to charge batteries. It has a digital screen with both AM and FM stations and includes a weather alert option.
In an emergency setting, you can also use the flashlight which has a setting that flashes red. In this video, Matt demonstrates a few of the features of the Etón radio.
During a very bad thunderstorm a few nights ago, we used it while the storm moved throughout our area. We had no problems listening to the weather alert.