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Do Weather Radios Work In The Bwca

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Daniel Brown
• Tuesday, 08 December, 2020
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Forecast is showing storms the week we're there. Yes they do, I was able to pull the forecast out of Fly from Omega lake.

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I've used mine from about as far NW as you can get in the park to about as far SE and anywhere along the border and it's worked. I would suggest you get one before you go, so you can listen and sort out how the weather is presented.

Most walkie-talkies have a weather radio function. It really helps to plan the next day or two knowing what weather to expect.

Just be sure you don’t choose the weather station from Lake Superior area, totally different weather than in Fly. Speaking of Fly, tune in to Well AM on a radio and get Weather forecasts too.

Our pair of Midlands radios has the weather function. We do have the pair in case we think we're going to split up and still want a chance to communicate for some reason.

What brand of weather radio do you guys use, if any? Either used as walkie-talkies or switched over to weather and scroll through those stations.

Environment Canada has many weather stations. The reports go on forever as they have to do them in both English and FrenchAtikokan is good for Q, weather permitting.

I have never depended on a weather radio but carry one because it can be useful if there is a station in range. My US weather radio works in Canada.

Minnmike: SinglePortage: “CC Pocket by CC Crane pulls in stations better than any portable radio that I have ever used.” Mine's worked perfectly everywhere I've been in Quantico.

Mine's worked perfectly everywhere I've been in Quantico. There is something about the old-fashioned collapsible directional antenna, it has never let me down.

Mine's worked perfectly everywhere I've been in Quantico. There is something about the old-fashioned collapsible directional antenna, it has never let me down.”+4.

Anyone has experience with the combo solar / hand crank version? Seems intriguing, but odd that the solar version is the least cost and wondering if it sacrifices some performance.

It pulled in weather reports and National Public Radio when I was on McAfee June 5 through 11, 2019. Nice to have weather forecasts when you’re in the wild.

I don't know how it compares as far as receiving stations; all I want it to do is give me a forecast once or twice a day, and wake me up at night if things turn bad. Not sure of the benefit of solar or crank except for extended trips, like +30 days.

Anyone has experience with the combo solar / hand crank version? Seems intriguing, but odd that the solar version is the least cost and wondering if it sacrifices some performance.

I used my CC on my 27-day solo and only used one set of AA batteries. Great radio can't think of one thing I don't like about it.

I have a cheap one but it is fine... You just might have to walk around a bit to find a signal. If we aren't actively working to protect our planet, we are acquiescing to those who don't recognize, or care about, their part in it.

C Crane CC We Pocket Radio works great. Gets great AM/FM reception in addition to weather stations. Listening to Cardinal baseball on Knox after 9:00 PM in the Quantico is a great way to end your day.

Does anyone know if replacing the flexible wire antenna on my CC Crane pocket radio with a different antenna would help pull in stations better? I was able to get Well out of Fly at Trails End Campground but not on Sea Gull or Signage Lakes.

Boundary Waters Quantico Frumpier Forum Weather radio... what to get? I did a search of past posts on radios, but I would like some current info. Here is my story first, then my question.

I solo canoe with my dog, and last June/2014 I was camped on Finger Lake, I had a small AM/FM Radio with NOAA stations with me. This radio has no factory made antenna and only comes with headphones.

I knew the weather was not supposed to be great that day, but packed up and headed out of camp anyway instead of sitting it out. If no sooner got to Thumb Lake when the wind and rain hit me.

(Gusts to 40 MPH, this was the day that the Boy Scouts had to be rescued from Basswood Lake). To make a long story short I paddled and portaged, (without swamping) and lined my canoe, while my dog walked on shore, about 6 miles total that day and managed to set up a fairly dry camp. (It was not safe to be canoeing that day, and I was on small Lakes)Because of this limited radio, I was not paying the proper amount of attention to the forecast that I normally would.

Question, What kind of radios do you used to get updates on weather in the YWCA. Here is what I want.4 – 8 ounces AM/FM radio with NOAA stations, and an extendable antenna, battery powered.

May the rivers be crooked and winding, and your portages lonesome, leading to the most amazing view. I was planning on taking a small handheld weather radio on my next trip.

I feel it's a mistake to trust a generic forecast Having it along doesn't mean we won't pay attention to the sky and wind.

For the first time ever, we took 2 weather radios which were also a combo walkie-talkie. I don't think we ever used the walkie-talkie part, but it was good we had the NOAA weather station because our only watch on the trip broke so the fake radio voice was our only way to tell time every run through the weather :)We haven't and don't plan on taking anything AM/FM as their forecasts are normally not the best and never repeated.

Get one that scans for NOAA stations, and we never had an issue getting signal on our loop to the Canadian border and back. You can get a waterproof pelican case that it fits in exactly to protect it.

Quote LindenTree3: “I did a search of past posts on radios, but I would like some current info. I solo canoe with my dog, and last June/2014 I was camped on Finger Lake, I had a small AM/FM Radio with NOAA stations with me.

This radio has no factory made antenna and only comes with headphones. I knew the weather was not supposed to be great that day, but packed up and headed out of camp anyway instead of sitting it out.

If no sooner got to Thumb Lake when the wind and rain hit me. (Gusts to 40 MPH, this was the day that the Boy Scouts had to be rescued from Basswood Lake). To make a long story short I paddled and portaged, (without swamping) and lined my canoe, while my dog walked on shore, about 6 miles total that day and managed to set up a fairly dry camp.

(It was not safe to be canoeing that day, and I was on small Lakes)Because of this limited radio, I was not paying the proper amount of attention to the forecast that I normally would. Question, What kind of radios do you used to get updates on weather in the YWCA.

Here is what I want.4 – 8 ounces AM/FM radio with NOAA stations, and an extendable antenna, battery powered. We simply did not have a sufficient forecast heading in and got caught up in the weather.

Quote yellow canoe: “I've taken a weather radio that gets NOAA on Lake Superior. It's a good investment of time to learn to “read” clouds and wind shifts and temp trends.

+1- In the BWF- you will either get a “West” forecast out of Fly or an “east” forecast from Gun flint Lake or Grand Marie. I know there is at least one signal boost antenna at Bogus Lake for the E. Side.

They stations cover huge areas--- link-- click on a station to see coverage areas -- and the forecasts are not very specific for that very reason-- however-- anything severe will be talked about in much finer detail. The good radios have an alarm you can set just for that function. The forecasts 90% of the time will be updated between 4:00-6:00 both AM/PM.

Really no difference as long as the antenna is quality and has an alarm function. It can save your life- not only in the YWCA but even at home at night when you're sleeping.

The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang. Eaton G8 Great reception AM FM Shortwave, no NOAA stations.

Quote boogie: “You may have found this in an old thread, but here's the one I take. Yep, that is the same exact one I have been bringing in the last couple trips.

May the rivers be crooked and winding, and your portages lonesome, leading to the most amazing view. “Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it...” Harry Middleton.

I'm not saying don't bring a we radio but do know its limitations and never trust it above your gut feelings. Chances are on a better day you can cover a mile in just a few minutes rather than a hours battle.

With fighting forest/grass fires for those years, I have taken or taught ~20 fire fighting classes, many of which have some portion of weather forecasting in them. When on and off the job I use many weather forecast's and then usually come up with my own interpretation using all available sources.

(these include Local forecasts from Radio, TV, Internet and also NOAA). In the future I will use that days slide in my memory and hopefully it will tell me to stay put.

It was a brutal day of Solo paddling with an 85 pound dog as first mate and none of it included a tailwind. (I nearly got dashed against some rocks coming out of the Eastern Bay of Little Bear track where I took the full force of the wind when I hit the whole lake, that's where I kicked/coaxed my dog out of the canoe and started lining it) The cloud deck was about 150 feet and continuous, and It gave me little visual indicators of the wind I would be up against.

I am also a private pilot, so I try not to get surprised by the weather but I sure was on that day. May the rivers be crooked and winding, and your portages lonesome, leading to the most amazing view.

Quote LindenTree3: “I am a new member and this web-site continues to amaze me with its helpfulness. Good on ya. And, we had a radio along once but the wind direction and cloud formations told us more.

But I need a better weather radio. I kind of like the idea of getting this Aegean CL-100 since it is not super heavy, and it has jacks for some kind of external mega antennas. But, a little too big, not really rugged, and I'd worry about my antenna being some kind of lightning rod.

Others are correct that the weather forecast you get from Grand Marie on Lake Superior may not be exactly the weather you'll get deeper in the By. I decided early on that I didn't want AM/FM radio to listen to, just weather.

If you are only going to use it to get a forecast once a day, battery life is not an issue, so I didn't need a larger heavier one with a crank. Used for a few minutes a day, 3 AAA batteries will last a long time.

The Midland one is about the size of a deck of cards and probably weighs just a few ounces with batteries. Quote boogie: “You may have found this in an old thread, but here's the one I take.

I've used it all over the YWCA already and never have trouble getting a clear signal. The big windstorm that came through last July was predicted by the forecast on this radio starting 2+ days out (although we left the afternoon before), so you would definitely know if something big was coming.

We never had trouble getting NOAA stations on our little Midlands walkie-talkies. In Duluth, it's 50 and sunny, in Grand Marie, it's 45 and foggy, in Fly it's 63 and partly cloudy.

Quote cyclones30: “We never had trouble getting NOAA stations on our little Midlands walkie-talkies. In Duluth, it's 50 and sunny, in Grand Marie, it's 45 and foggy, in Fly it's 63 and partly cloudy.

The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang. The antenna is easily damaged, I bought extras from the company.It's an Eton FR150/160.

I have a Midland similar to this one, if not a bit smaller that I've been using for two years now. I also received the weather report in the afternoon out of Fort Frances for that nasty late-July storm.

I was in the Pickerel Narrows on a small island site. Huge wind gusts, loud and bright lightning strikes all over, sideways rain, pine cones raining down all over.

So I find these simple small radios well worth their weight. There are great stories on this thread as to why some people, including me want to travel with a weather radio, the 2014 July windstorm reports being one of them.

I'm not sure why I was caught off guard last June, but it may be partly because the weather was not supposed to be an (Oh Sh-t Day) just a tough day all in all so the NOAA stations did not make a big deal out of it. Since I am a solo paddler things get another degree tougher for me on marginal days, besides that, you have no one to bounce information off of to give you a reality check as to, or not stay in camp/lay over.

After 5 days out you only have the voices in your head and your imaginary friend to talk to :-) May the rivers be crooked and winding, and your portages lonesome, leading to the most amazing view.

Quote Tom: “I use a Aegean like this one It's very light and gets excellent reception. You can get a waterproof pelican case that it fits in exactly to protect it.

Also use it to listen to ball games when sitting around the fire... I take a Sony AM/FM/ Weather radio along, looks like this It has worked great except for last year on Lower Panels, couldn't get a weather radio signal.

No matter direction or how I held the cable, couldn't get a signal. Quote gsfisher13: “I take a Sony AM/FM/ Weather radio along, looks like this It has worked great except for last year on Lower Panels, couldn't get a weather radio signal.

No matter direction or how I held the cable, couldn't get a signal.” It was not cutting the mustard for me hence the reason for this post in the first place.

I did find out that if I put the receiver/electronic part in my jet boil pot or on some funny angle on the fire grate, or hang it on a tree branch, I could change (hopefully increase) its ability to pick up stations. I've had similar issues with it picking up stations in other places in the By.

Even on Insula I had to play around a lot with it to get Well. May the rivers be crooked and winding, and your portages lonesome, leading to the most amazing view.

I have a crank up Eton scorpion that works ok but you have to be winding it up all the time. Weather function is good, but you need to point it just right in some spots to get a station.

Good over all in finding AM/FM and weather stations. I just bought a Crane pocket. I scored an Eton radio on clearance and it works great as a weather radio and little crank flashlight.

FM has worked while close to Fly but once you get out of range no music. I have thought about bringing a piece of copper wire as an extension (it is nice to listen to some classic rock while you lounge at camp on a hot summer's day, having fished and swam in the morning, just eaten lunch, are playing a game of cribbage and anticipating a nap to stay out of the hot sun for an hour or so...), but haven't gotten around to it yet.

The circumstances where I actually want FM radio come about pretty rarely, so it's not been a priority for me yet. Quote LindenTree3: quote gsfisher13: “I take a Sony AM/FM/ Weather radio along, looks like this It has worked great except for last year on Lower Panels, couldn't get a weather radio signal.

No matter direction or how I held the cable, couldn't get a signal.” It was not cutting the mustard for me hence the reason for this post in the first place.

I did find out that if I put the receiver/electronic part in my jet boil pot or on some funny angle on the fire grate, or hang it on a tree branch, I could change (hopefully increase) its ability to pick up stations. I've had similar issues with it picking up stations in other places in the By.

Even on Insula I had to play around a lot with it to get Well. You can sometimes boost the FM performance by attaching about a 1meter wire to the “ground” of the headphones (picture below).

I have the same Sony SFRM-37W and it will pick up Well with the longer antenna. It has a built-in weather radio that did work where we camped.

We bring them anyway while camping with more than one canoe (fish updates mostly, and to track younger party members) so the weather is a bonus. I have a crank up Eton scorpion that works ok but you have to be winding it up all the time.

Weather function is good, but you need to point it just right in some spots to get a station. Good over all in finding AM/FM and weather stations. I just bought a Crane pocket.

Crane Radio Looks very similar to the Aegean on this thread. So my concern would be its ability to pick up stations out in the boonies.

May the rivers be crooked and winding, and your portages lonesome, leading to the most amazing view. I have a crank up Eton scorpion that works ok but you have to be winding it up all the time.

Weather function is good, but you need to point it just right in some spots to get a station. Good over all in finding AM/FM and weather stations. I just bought a Crane pocket.

Crane Radio Looks very similar to the Aegean on this thread. So my concern would be its ability to pick up stations out in the boonies.

Two options included with this radio for an external antenna. I also like the idea that not light posted with the wire antenna.

I had it set for weather alerts on trip and it went off giving me a warning of an approaching storm. We bring two-way radios some trips to communicate between fishing spots/canoes or when searching for campsites.

3-year-old thread, but I was researching radios and I bought the Midland HH50, received it today. Alert beeps but not picking up any transmission :(I contacted the seller and will await for response.

382 positive reviews on the product, I asked for an exchange because I believe in it. I was staying away from the am/FM types and enjoy the sounds of nature.

When I hear back from them will update you.PS, thank you to everyone for sharing all their opinions on gear, keeping me up a many nights. It is small, lightweight, AM-FM-WB, even has a flashlight.

The lithium batteries have a really long shelf life. Go outside, clear view of sky, extend antenna, turn volume up, you should at least get static ;).

It is small, lightweight, AM-FM-WB, even has a flashlight. I just got this one to replace the old beat up one that always gave me spotty reception...

Reception on the new one is heck of a lot better... Plus it runs off of battery, crank, and solar... I have not played with it yet to see how well it actually works as a charging unit for other electronics.

It is small, lightweight, AM-FM-WB, even has a flashlight. I just bought the C Crane CC Pocket Radio and I really like it.

I compared it against all the radio's that I have today and it received distant stations better than all of them. It weighs 3 1/2 ounces w/o batteries and has an external antenna.

I just wired up an extra long external antenna that I will try tomorrow. I put off buying it for years, because I thought it was “too expensive” for what it was.

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