The Reviews Are In

We thought you might like to see what others are saying about the CC Skywave. It’s one thing when we tell you what we think, but it’s a whole different story when customers and media give you their feedback. Below are a few highlights.

Customer Reviews:

The Ultimate Travel Radio

After putting this radio through all the paces, I am convinced that its quite possibly the ultimate travel radio! I am particularly impressed with the performance of the AM and SW bands. And I really appreciate the precision offered with the thumbwheel volume control, as well. Thanks for another great product, my 6th purchase from CCrane. I have yet to be disappointed!

By H Alexander, Franklin, TN

Love my new CC Skywave!

I absolutely love my new CC Skywave radio. I own several CC radios including the CC Radio2, Observer and SW Pocket. Although l really have enjoyed my SWP, the Skywave has made several improvements on the SWP design. The rotary volume knob and adding Airband frequencies to name a few. I work in aviation so I really love being able to scan the Airband and save them to memory. I was able to pull in a couple of nearby airports in my area right from my house. The ATS function is also handy as well especially for shortwave. Speaking of shortwave, what a great performer for such a little radio. Just sitting in my living room, downstairs…. I was able to pull in at least 10 SW stations. CC Radio has made another outstanding product and it is perfect for travel. I take my SWP on all my hikes and campouts and I will now be taking along my Skywave. A lot of radio and versatility in one great little package. Great job CC RADIO!!!!
By MB
PLEASANTON, CA

You can view more reviews on our website or on Amazon.com

Media Reviews:
about-techCC Skywave Radio – Portable and Powerful
The CC Skywave Radio continues the quality I have seen from C. Crane and when you’re buying a radio like this, for outdoor or emergency use, it’s important to know that your investment is appropriate. I already have a crank-radio for emergencies but, I’m adding the CC Skywave to my readiness supplies because it makes sense to have this more powerful, yet lightweight resource.
By Corey Deitz
Radio Expert
About Tech

Review of the CC Skywave Portable Radio
…all in all, the CC Skywave is a excellent little radio. Indeed, in terms of the ultra-compact portable market (models like I included in a recent shoot-out), I think it’s one of the best surprise performers I’ve seen in the past couple of years.
The SWLing Post

C. Crane CC Skywave
radio-jay-allen

The CC Skywave Radio is a fun radio to own and use. Its combination of great performance, ease of use, small size plus the inclusion of Weather and Air bands in addition to AM/FM/SW make it an unusually useful traveling companion. Highly recommended!
RadioJayAllen

Tell us your favorite feature on the CC Skywave.

What is Airband (Aviation Band) on a Radio?

© Frankljunior | Dreamstime.com - Air Traffic Control Tower And An Airplane Photo

© Frankljunior | Dreamstime.com – Air Traffic Control Tower And An Airplane Photo

This has become a popular question with our new CC Skywave™.

According to Wikipedia, Airband, also referred to as Aircraft or Aviation band, is a group of frequencies in the VHF radio spectrum that are allocated to civil aviation radio communications. VHF is a short range, line of site transmission. Our radio covers 118 – 137MHz for Airband. In most countries a license is required to operate airband equipment but that appears to apply only to transceivers, not receivers. In some countries it is illegal to listen to or monitor the Airband without authorization (even in the UK).

The language that is used to communicate on this band can be a challenge to follow. Ken Hoke’s article on Stuff Pilots Say, gives some great insight into the meaning of the seemingly cryptic language used on Airband.

The primary purpose of Air traffic control worldwide is to prevent collisions, organize and expedite the flow of traffic, and provide information and other support for pilots. It was difficult to find any “history” of airband but it appears that it was first used extensively after World War I and after 1921 at Croydon airport in London. Navigation and air traffic control have changed over time and many areas use higher frequencies and RADAR and other more sophisticated systems. The Airband radio frequencies still continue to play a part though, especially in ground communication with pilots. It is used almost exclusively in small airports that don’t have control towers. We have one customer who plans to use the CC Skywave for monitoring the ground to pilot communication at the local air races.

As to why we decided to include Airband in our radio? Here is Bob’s answer:

“When you are in a big airport you are sometimes subject to the whims of security and circumstance. TSA does a great job but when the process gets a little tense I yearn for more information. I want to know everything that will affect my tiny domain. When you listen to aviation band you can usually figure out more by reading between the lines on what pilots and the control tower are talking about. Sometimes you gain a sense of power and wisdom as you do with any knowledge.”

For more information on what you might hear or how to listen, visit the links below.

http://radio-scanner-guide.com/radioscannerguidepart3c-civilaircraft.htm

http://www.wikihow.com/Listen-to-Your-Local-Air-Traffic-Control

Tell us your best airline story to be entered to win a CC Skywave. One entry per person. Winner will be drawn on February 27th.

Insider Insights on the CC Skywave

CC-SKYWAVE_frontWhen traveling I find radio infinitely more satisfying than watching hotel room TV. Hotel radios rarely work at all on AM and figuring out how to run them could be entertaining but I am usually much too tired to find humor in it. Placing the Skywave near or on a window sill always produces acceptable results.

Discovering a good small travel radio can be difficult. Reception and audio are sometimes sub-par because of the small size. The keys and knob can also be difficult to operate (especially at night) for the same reason. We made the Skywave with usability in mind rather than features for “features” sake. Performance is good enough to gain my vote over a $300.00 radio I once traveled with. The only accessory you might want is a Portable Shortwave antenna depending on where you are traveling.

The Skywave is small enough for a trip anywhere in the world. It is easily switched to another country’s format. Two AA batteries last an amazing 70 hours. I love the Skywave for how easy it is to use at night.

All travelers eventually get delayed at an airport. The air band can be a real informer when traveling. The cryptic language used by pilots and air traffic control is very interesting. The word “heavy” is used for an aircraft on approach that is over 300,000 pounds and generates substantial wake turbulence. One time I heard our latest gate number change over the air and my wife and I got to sit in real chairs for the first time in four hours.

When traveling you need a radio to fit into a crevice of a carry on. Having one with top performance makes it wonderful.

The Importance of Radio When the Weather Turns

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Fortuna Blvd. Flooding February 6th 2015

As we were all sitting around at lunch chatting, listening to the scanners go off and occasionally tuning into the weather channel on a radio, we realized again how important radio is. Facebook is great for seeing the pictures, but the scanner told us ahead of time which roads to avoid today because they were closed due to flooding, accidents, downed power lines and more. The local radio has been great about keeping people updated as well. And when push comes to shove, it’s consistently local radio that is there to help organize relief efforts. There is no question that the internet can be a powerful vehicle for community support, action and fundraising but when everything is down the one thing that continues to work is radio. We’d love to sell you a radio, especially one with the weather band, but even if you don’t buy one from us, make sure you have a radio and batteries. If you have an emergency radio, especially one with rechargeable batteries, make sure you charge it up at least every 6 months to keep everything in proper working order. If you have one that only works with alkaline batteries, be sure to change those batteries at least once per year. Also necessary are LED flashlights. We’ve written quite a few blog posts about preparedness but with all the recent storms, snow, flooding and don’t forget fires and earthquakes – we’re continually reminded to make this a priority.

Here’s our lovely town today

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153617999356982

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2015/feb/6/chaos-roadways-slippery-friday-morning-roundup/

Nearby in Ferndale where some of our employees live

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Super Bowl Game – How and Where You Can Listen

If television iSuper Bowl XLIXs not on your agenda for Sunday, you can still find a way to listen to Super Bowl XLIX.

Ideally, your local AM and FM stations should have the game available. Your favorite local personality may even have commentary on the big game with highlights and play by plays that differ from what’s broadcast on television. For your convenience, Westwood One (a radio syndication company) put together a station finder that will be offering the broadcast.

Local radio will not be the only ones hosting the game. Internet radio will also have a plethora of Super Bowl commentary available. For example ESPN Radio will have broadcasts all week, Super Week Live. These will include greats like Mike & Mike, The Herd and Dan Le Batard (link for each host). These will be commentary and not actual game broadcasts, due to licensing rights. It will be difficult to find a streaming version of the game outside of Westwood One.

You may also be able to find a stream here at Freefootballradio.com

Additional radio coverage that will likely include a variety of pre-game and post-game shows can be found for the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

Here are some great game day recipes (we know you must be hungry now :)

Fire on Main Street in Fortuna, California

Early this morning a fire broke out on Main st. resulting in several businesses losing their buildings. Fortunately it was early, so no one was injured. We are a small community of about 10,000 and something like this affects everyone. It is truly devastating and heartbreaking. These are our friends that own these businesses and they employ other friends and even family members. One of our own staff is a volunteer firefighter and another’s husband is as well so this really hits home. Our shipping parking lot is blocked off to allow access for the fire trucks and we sent our shipping department home just because the air quality isn’t that great. Below are some pictures from nearby.

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Photo by Sean Sullivan

Main St Fire 6AM

Photo Jessyca Martinez

Main Street Fire 6AM

Photo Jessyca Martinez

Smoke from the highway

Smoke from the Highway – Photo by Lisa Wilson

More images in this article http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2015/jan/28/major-fire-downtown-fortuna-departments-all-over-h/

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Consumer Electronics Show 2015

Forces2015 the past several days, you’ve probably been reading, watching and hearing about all the latest, greatest stuff at CES. For the first time in at least 20 years, C. Crane was not in attendance as an attendee or an exhibitor. When you’re a small company like ours it’s tough to justify the expense of a trip like that unless you have something really groundbreaking – and although we continue to find radio groundbreaking, the super tech at CES don’t necessarily concur.

These days it seems you’re better off reaching out directly to the folks you want to meet up and work with rather than trying to carve out a space in that crazy overcrowded place (not to mention nursing the blisters on your feet and trying to get the cigarette smell out of your clothes). Apparently, we weren’t alone in our decision as we’ve learned Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and several others that have been keystone exhibitors in the past were not in attendance this year.

So what was really at CES? Well, it appears to depend on who you ask. Some folks that we know in the media, said that there was a lot of the same old stuff, or anything that was new had a competitor with a duplicate right down the lane.

CNet has their take here.

Jonathan Takiff at Philadelphia News gives a quick rundown on their favorite 10.

Gizmag always pulls out some unique ones. I can’t lie the LG dual washer is intriguing for a mom who does A LOT of laundry.

PopSci found the Huh? list.

It sounds like all in all, change is coming to the way you watch TV (if you watch it) and maybe you’ll be “wearing” some tech” besides your pocket radio in the near future. So let us know are you going to wear tech gear or do you already? Would you let your car drive you? What’s your favorite “new” technology? What might make radio groundbreaking or new enough for CES?

Tips for Improving Your WiFi Reception

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Relocate your  wireless router to the middle of your house. This is the most effective way to maximize your home WiFi coverage. If you have DSL or cable internet then it is likely that you have several other cable or telephone jacks in your house. Any one of these jacks can be used to connect your modem/router. It is not necessary to move your computer; just add a WiFi adapter to it for wireless communication.

 

 

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Position the antennas on your router vertically. Although they can be positioned at various angles, your best results for covering larger areas will be vertical positioning. The reason for this is because the signal pattern is not a bubble but is flat like a pancake.  If the antenna is placed at a 45 degree angle then most of the beam pattern will be pointed at the ground and roof.

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Elevate your WiFi router off the floor or a metal surface. For best reception, place the router on a wood table or desk. For even better reception, place two or three of those old encyclopedias under your router. WiFi can usually pass through soft materials like books and wood without too much trouble.

 

WIFI 4Reposition dense obstructions in your home so that your routers WiFi signal path can reach your WiFi device. Some common household obstructions include mirrors, metal filing cabinets, kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, and furniture. Basically anything metal, brick, stucco, porcelain, tile, or hardwood will hinder or stop WiFi. Foil covered insulation will also stop WiFi.

 

 

Move or shield interfering devices that use the same frequency as WiFi. Most people don’t realize that they are experiencing interference on their WiFi network because it is still operational. Interference can reduce the speed or momentarily pause WiFi network communications. Some common causes of interference are microwave ovens, baby monitors, laptop-pic2_001cord less handsets, Bluetooth devices, garage door openers, fluorescent lights, and bad electrical connections.

One possible solution is to change your router channel. It is better to remove the interfering device completely but this is not always a practical solution. In this case try moving the interfering device as far away from your WiFi equipment as possible. You can also try shielding the device using aluminum foil or a metal sheet.

For more information to Improve WiFi or if you have any other questions, please contact us.

Happy New Year from C. Crane

C. Crane employee’s pets wishing everyone a Happy New Year! We’re sure you’ll all be tuned into a radio somewhere (hopefully one of ours!) counting down to 2015! We wish you and yours the very best in the upcoming year.

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25 Days Of Christmas

Congratulations to Steve, winner of the CC Pocket Radio, Tom, winner of the CC Radio-2 E and Ed, winner of the C. Crane Gift Certificate worth $200.00.

Thank you all who participated in C. Crane’s 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

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