ETOW Selects a Radio: the Grundig FR200
If you have been following our progress in testing radios for ETOW use, you'll know that the choice of radio for our project has not been straightforward. Over the past two months, we have considered and thoroughly tested an array of radios from various manufacturers, searching for an appropriate quality product. It was important to us that the radio we selected be particularly durable and of excellent quality in every respect, able to readily withstand constant classroom use, as it will ultimately represent ETOW where we work.
We have at last made a choice: Grundig's FR200. The compact and sturdy FR200 has several requisite features, including:
- Shortwave coverage down to 3.2 MHz, to cover local HF stations in Africa and the tropics
- FM and AM (medium wave) coverage
- Self-powered by hand crank: two minutes of hand operation delivers approximately 30-40 minutes of radio listening
- LED reading lamp
- Sturdy chassis and rugged black canvas carry case with adjustable shoulder strap
- Volume and sound fidelity suitable for classroom use
- Superior sensitivity and selectivity for a radio in its class
One of the most significant deciding factors has been the FR200's indication of longevity. We were impressed, moreover, with all of the Grundig (also known as Etón) radios which we tested in this respect. Being able to supply not only a quality but also lasting product to our classrooms and teachers is consistent with our mission, in that we will endeavor to maintain the relationships we build with our schools.
We are also encouraged by the fact that Grundig/Etón's mission coincides with our own. Here is an excerpt from their website:
Radio is a medium that transcends borders. The airwaves know no boundaries. From the veldts of Africa to the jungles of Southeast Asia to the suburbs of America, the airwaves, and the valuable information they carry, are available to anyone with a radio. As a company with a global presence, Etón is committed to helping the world communicate across borders and without boundaries.
Congratulations, Grundig/Etón, for crafting an exceptional product!
ETOW would also like to thank Universal Radio once again for helping us narrow our search and donating all of our test radios.