Kaito KA 500 or Degen DE 500 Self-Powered Radio

The Kaito KA500 or Degen DE500 Self-Powered Shortwave Radio

The Kaito KA500 (a.k.a. Degen DE500) has all the features that you need in an emergency situation in North America. There are six ways to power the KA500: dynamo cranking, solar panel power, three AA cells, built-in Ni-MH battery pack, optional AC adaptor or from a computer via the USB port. It has a 5 LED reading lamp on the rear panel, and a LED flashlight on the side. The KA500 tunes AM, FM and shortwave in two bands:  3.2-8 and 9-22 MHz


  • Manufacturer’s Product Page – Kaito KA500
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  • Retailers:
    • Universal Radio
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