Category Archives: Deals

Radio Deal: Talking House AM transmitters $25 each

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mario Filippi (N2HUN), who shares a find in the online swapmeet: Talking House Broadcasters.

If you’re not aware, Talking House Broadcasters are AM transmitters that were designed to be used by real estate agents so that potential customers could drive by a house on the market, tune their car’s AM radio to a specific frequency, and listen to a pre-recorded message.

I’ve also been to ARRL Field Day sites where a Talking House Broadcaster was used to relay information about the Field Day activities to visitors.

Of course, I would use one of these to broadcast my own music and Internet radio streams throughout my house. If I didn’t already have an SSTRAN AMT3000, I would snap one of these up in a heartbeat!

The AM output power is FCC Part 15 compliant, but with a good antenna/ground, you might be surprised at the signal’s footprint!

The seller currently has three working units he’s priced at $25/each or $50 for all three.  Even as used units, this is a fantastic deal!

Click here to check out the ad on

Assume if the link above is broken or missing, the items are all sold. Thanks again for the tip, Mario!

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Radio Deal: 5 Pack BaoFeng UV-5R HTs $94.99 via Woot

The daily deals site, Woot, is selling a five pack of BaoFeng UV-5R HTs, each with charging cradle, earpiece and programming cable for $94.99 US. Not a bad deal as you can outfit you whole ham family for a mere $19 per radio!

Woot clearance deals like this one last only one day. At time of posting, this deal will only be available for 17 more hours or when supplies run out.

Amazon Prime members get free standard shipping.

The BaoFeng UV-5R is a super cheap radio, but is quite durable and has a massive ham radio user base.

Click here to check out this deal at Woot.

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Radio Deal: C.Crane Orphans sale

I just received a newsletter from C.Crane noting that they’re having an “Orphan” sale today (17 January 2020).

“Orphans” are C.Crane returns and open box items that have been tested and evaluated by C.Crane. Orphans are sold at a discount and carry a full 60 day warranty. I’ve purchased a number of Orphan items in the past and have never received a dud.

One of the best deals I see in their list of Orphans is the CC Skywave SSB for $119.99–the lowest price I’ve seen for this particular unit.

Click here to check out other C.Crane items.

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Radio Deal: Refurb Panasonic RF-2400 AM/FM radio $13.99

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Alan Fahrner, who writes:

Didn’t know if any of your readers would be interested in the Woot deal on refurb Panasonic RF-2400s:

Thank you, Alan! Click here to read our previous post about this radio.

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2019 “Cyber Monday” Radio Deals

Original Image by Annie Spratt

This morning, I’ve been searching for Cyber Monday specials that might appeal to radio enthusiasts.

The following are the radios and station accessories I found in Amazon’s Cyber Monday sales section. Sadly, there are no Tecsun or Sangean radios in this category, but Eton still has excellent pricing on the Elite Executive and Mini.  I did purchase another WD 4TB hard drive–the price is excellent and I have at least five of these for making and preserving spectrum recordings.

The following Amazon links are affiliate links, meaning if you purchase through them it will support the SWLing Post. If you do your Christmas shopping through any of our affiliate links, it’s a fantastic way to support the SWLing Post at no cost to you. Of course, if you’d rather not use affiliate links, simply go to Amazon and search for each model name:

The Eton Elite Executive $100 shipped

The Eton Elite Mini $19.99 shipped

Uniden BearTracker Scanner (BCT15X) $119 Shipped

madesmart 10″ Basic Turntable $7.99 shipped (Lazy Susan for small AM radios)

WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive $54.99 shipped

WD 4TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive $79.99 shipped

C. Crane is also offering 10% off site wide. While not exactly a “door-buster,” this is one of the rare times C. Crane gives a broad discount on their items. There is a shipping charge, so keep this in mind and compare the overall price with those on Amazon that might include free shipping. I think the original CC Skywave is the best deal in their catalog via C. Crane this radio would cost $81.81 plus shipping, via Amazon it would be $89.99 shipped.

In addition, some ham radio retailers have been running promotions since last week: Ham Radio Outlet, DX Engineering, and Universal Radio to name a few.

If you’ve found a great Cyber Monday deal, please let us know in the comments section! Thank you in advance!

Check out all of our holiday sales tips by bookmarking the tag  Black Friday Radios 2019

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