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Old 05-07-2004, 12:32 PM   #15
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The alarm clock I have next to my bed is history! I didn't know they had such a thing available that you can program to your exact vicinity. I've liked having the 2 way/weather radio handy when kayaking in case a storm blew in. But the 74-200 would be perfect for the bedside. Here in FLA back around 1998 there were some tornadoes that hit during the night in the Kissimmee area when most people were asleep. In that event ANY warning--if only a last second wake up call--would have been have helpful if not lifesaving. Thankfully night tornadoes are pretty rare but they most certainly do happen. Thanks for the post Moe!
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Here in FLA back around 1998 there were some tornadoes that hit during the night in the Kissimmee area when most people were asleep. In that event ANY warning--if only a last second wake up call--would have been have helpful if not lifesaving. Thankfully night tornadoes are pretty rare but they most certainly do happen.
Right after that night we purchased a weather radio with the SAME feature. We live due west of Kissimmee. I remember that evening like it was yesterday. The house was open and there was a strong wind out of the west. In an instant the wind direction changed and was blowing just as hard out of the east. Scared the devil out of me. And we're a good 50 miles from where the tornadoes were reported.

And then there was the FL State Rally with the tornado touching down less than 1/4 mile away. I think that was 1998, too.
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Old 05-07-2004, 02:38 PM   #17
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blew in. But the 74-200 would be perfect for the bedside.
One last note. Many of these units operate on 110 volt power only. Although they may have battery backup's in them, the battery may only preserve the settings. In the case of bad weather, you lose the electric you lose your warning capability of the radio. That's one other reason why I have stuck by my Oregon Scientific unit. The warning fuction operates on battery power. Check this out before you buy any weather radio for home or travel.

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Old 05-07-2004, 07:59 PM   #18
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For you gadget hounds take a look at the radio on the top:

http://www.leeselect.com/oregon/weather-radios.htm

Only $132 shipped. Doesn't appear to have an alarm clock.
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