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Thanko Raremono USB Shortwave Radio

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By Evan Ackerman

I don’t know how they do it, but somehow, Thanko manages to keep coming up with gadgets that are silly and borderline useless for most people and yet are potentially just perfect for just enough people that I don’t quite feel comfortable making fun of them. And even then, this USB radio is a more useful than most, considering that it receives AM, FM, and shortwave.

There’s an external antenna jack, and the actual tuning is done via software. You can record anything you’re listening to directly to MP3, and you can even schedule different recordings on different frequencies, sort of like a really cumbersome and old-school Podcast. But I guess if you don’t have internet, then it could be a great solution for you.

‘Course, if you don’t have internet, then you’re not reading this, so what do I care?

$45 at Thanko.

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  • mcman

    Short wave can keep you busy for hours. Actually I am fascinated listening to other countries. Of course I'm just one person…..or am I?

  • http://zotel.livejournal.com/ Zotel

    I'd love to see this in a ham radio form…

  • http://twitter.com/AB9RF Kelly Martin

    @Zotel – if you want a ham radio version, get a SoftRock. USB interface, RX and TX, PAs available, many bands supported. All you just have to provide is the antenna. http://www.kb9yig.com/

  • Jessicat

    wow I didn't know others did ham radio. I took the tests and passed but I left the near by club when they showed their racist side. I don't mind a bit of non-pc talk, but when your talking about a group of people and how they need to work on getting more of that kind of people in the club, I had to leave. I'm sorry there are only a bunch of old white men in your club and you want younger Asians… (got off track didn't I?)

    I listen to the radio in the car, and that's where my FM and AM will stay.

  • Jessicat

    wow I didn't know others did ham radio. I took the tests and passed but I left the near by club when they showed their racist side. I don't mind a bit of non-pc talk, but when your talking about a group of people and how they need to work on getting more of that kind of people in the club, I had to leave. I'm sorry there are only a bunch of old white men in your club and you want younger Asians… (got off track didn't I?)

    I listen to the radio in the car, and that's where my FM and AM will stay.