A Message from Bob Crane Thank you for your interest in radio! Your support is the only reason C. Crane has prospered for 35 years. Your comments and suggestions make us strive to produce better radios for clearer audio and magical entertainment. We hope you have a fabulous New Year, and we look forward to […]
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Every year we talk to hundreds of customers looking for the right gift, often they’re curious about our own personal preference or what we might recommend. Below are some recommendations that we’ve gathered to help you in your journey to picking out not only a great gift but something that will actually be used!
C. Crane loves radio and are here to make sure you’re informed when something might impact radio in a negative way. The NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) has proposed cutting their radio stations (WWV, WWVH, and WWVB) from their budget next year. This is the only reliable source of shortwave to see how band conditions are. This would equate to all three stations being closed down. We’ve heard from our friends in the field that shortwave radio listeners are gutted by the idea of losing WWV and WWVH–both stations are staple references for listeners and hams alike. The loss of WWVB would mean that all of the atomic clock-synchronized time pieces out there in North America (clocks, watches, weather stations, etc.) would stop synchronizing and automatically changing from DST to standard time. We’ve heard conflicting reports as to whether WWVB would be impacted or not.
Our good friend and radio advocate Thomas Witherspoon was recently interviewed by NPR as to what impact this would have and why it matters. You can listen to the full interview here: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/25/641835302/what-closing-a-government-radio-station-would-mean-for-your-clocks. Continue Reading
When logging into PG&E’s (Pacific Gas and Electric) website, the following message appears. WILDFIRE SAFETY – ACTION REQUIRED.
A quick Google search leads to the following information.
Customers were told to be “prepared” for when the alerts go into effect and the power could be abruptly cut off….
PG&E is talking about using these pre-emptive power outages specifically during the threat of wildfires like the ones that destroyed nearly a quarter of a million acres in the north bay last October.
PG&E has now been blamed for some of those fires. 90,000 people were evacuated and more than 40 people died.
Southern California Edison has a similar program in place…. Continue Reading
If you listen to AM radio stations at night that are just impossible to pick up during the day, chances are you’re benefiting from sky-wave propagation. Propagation is just the technical word for how radio signals travel through the air. Sky-wave propagation is the specific name given to radio waves that travel through the sky. Sky-wave propagation takes place between sunset and sunrise. It’s the flip side to the ground wave propagation used to transmit during the day. Continue Reading
C. Crane started in 1983 selling AM antennas. After starting to gain momentum selling mostly antennas and radio accessories, we received our first real technological challenge when customers starting asking for recommendations on the best radio. It was pretty easy to select the Sangean 803A as the first radio we offered to our customers. Tuning was precise and voice audio was sharper and more legible than most other radios on the market. With the Select-A-Tenna that we sold, it turned into one of the best radios made for reception. It was a little complex to use as a regular daily radio but it met many customer’s needs. We also carried the GE Super Radio which was much easier to use but lacked some of the functionality customer’s wanted and supply was erratic. It seemed that there wasn’t a good blend of features, performance and ease of use. Continue Reading
From all of us at C.Crane, we wish you and your families a fun, safe and enjoyable Independence Day!
While I’m sure those wild socks and ties get the biggest eyes upon opening them, we know at C.Crane you can’t go wrong with the one pastime most Dads enjoy: Listening to the Radio. The creative minds at C. Crane have created a radio for all enthusiasts whether they prefer a basic, simple radio to one that has it all, we’ve lined up some “Dad Approved Gifts”. If you are looking for special Father’s Day gifts, look no further! Continue Reading