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The Eton FR500 Solarlink is an AM/FMNOAA/SW/WX all-in-one radio that is considered perfect for any outdoor adventurer.

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Pros

rugged build can handle being tossed in the trunk with other equipment

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reliable operation for years at a time, won't develop defects

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has a long battery life, doesn't take much cranking to get the thing powered up again

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controls are easy to work with, everything is straight forward

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reasonably light, don't really notice much weight carrying it around

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covers a wide range of radio frequencies

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Cons

need to ensure that the multi-function knob isn't on Alert or the radio reception will be poor

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need to test it right away, some quality control issues result in units that just don't work

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The Eton FR500 Solarlink is an AM/FMNOAA/SW/WX all-in-one radio that is considered perfect for any outdoor adventurer. Essentially an upgrade from the FR150, the FR500 shares the AM/FMNOA/WX and solar capability of its counterpart, but also adds SX frequency reception, a flashing beacon, an emergency siren, and an alarm clock. Unlike the FR 250, 300, 350 and 400, the FR500, which are restricted to crank, battery, and AC power, the Solarlink can also obtain power directly from the sunlight as well. In addition, the Eton Solarlink features a built-in cell phone charger, headphone connector, and a telescopic antenna designed for maximum range and reception. Priced at $79.99 and weighing slightly under 2 pounds, the Eton FR500 Solarlink is described a being the most reliable and powerful lightweight, portable radio receiver available on the market.

Features
  • AM (520-1700 KHz), FM (88-108 MHz), Shortwave (6000-12100 KHz)
  • NOAA weather – all 7 channels plus “Alert”
  • Rechargeable Ni-MH battery and cell phone batteries
  • Solar power capability
  • Emergency/SOS siren
  • Built-in cell phone charger
  • Rotary all band selector knob
  • Analog frequency dial with digital display
  • Digital clock function
  • Connectors for headphones, DC-in, USB phone charger, USB iPod charger
  • Telescopic antenna provided for maximum range and reception
  • Dimensions: 7-3/4”W X 8-1/2”H X 2-1/2”D (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs. and 0.86 kg
     
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