Saturday, September 16, 2017

C Crane, Skywave Portable Radio

Two weeks ago I purchased this radio and used it for the first time during Hurricane IRMA. It is a very good, very small radio that does just about everything you could ask of a small pocket radio. Naturally, it has AM/FM, Weather, important to me at that time and Shortwave.

The most impressive feature of this radio is the battery life of 60-70 hours on two “AA” batteries and its simple intuitive controls. Don’t need a manual every time you want to use it!

During the Hurricane, I used the radio because the power went out at the motel shortly after we arrived. All the hallway emergency lights came on as they should and apparently the Wi-Fi system ran on a backup battery also. The Wi-Fi connection became weaker and weaker until there was no signal available, so the radio was our connection to the outside events. This also meant no internet, no way to charge the laptops, i-pads or phones.

Link and more information:

 Small Lightweight Portable AM/FM/Shortwave/Weather/Airband Travel Clock Radio With Alarm
  • Lighted LCD Display, Rotary Volume Knob, Stereo Headphone Jack, Sleep Timer
  • 400 Memory Presets, Direct Entry Keypad, Autoscan Tuning, Signal Meter
  • Runs approx. 60-70 hrs. at moderate volume on (2) AA batteries (not included) or can be powered by an optional AC adapter
  • Includes Earbuds, Carry Case and Fold-out Backstand.
  • 1 Year Warranty.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Irma, last update 9-11-17

Well it’s over, goodbye Irma. We were very lucky, again!

The motel lost its power about 8:00pm last night and didn’t come back on until we were checking out Monday about 10:30am, it was windy but no rain. At home, I had one big tree 20-inch diameter down and one next to it about 16-inch diameter leaning and ready to go. None hit the house just a bunch of branches all over the yard and there was no flooding.

Also no power at home, the power company says maybe a week or more before power is restored. So the Honda gets to earn its keep.

My front yard before clean-up.

Neighbors yard, lost two trees.

My front yard tree. Lucky all trees down fell into the street!

Neighbors cutting it up so not to block the road.

Another view of it.

My side yard.

The other side yard.

My winters firewood stack blown over.

A house a couple yards away. Could have been bad if it fell on the house.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Irma 9-10 Update #3, Sunday 7:30pm

Starting to get gusty, maybe 50mph at times.
The power at the motel went out several times, once for an hour. No motel coffee, A/C, TV or lights, hope it stays on because the room gets warm quickly and no windows that open. The downside of evacuation is you can get trapped in an uncomfortable bug out location.
Nothing special going on today, actually been kind of nice out. Just similar to one of our typical thunderstorms. We will be heading home Monday afternoon just 30+mph expected in the morning fading to normal winds. A neighbor said, no trees down or high winds at home. Good!