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CCRadio 2E Enhanced AM/FM/WX/2-Meter Ham Band Radio (Black Mica)Item # CC2BE

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AM FM Portable Radio Designed for Long-Range Reception and Audio Clarity

The purpose of the CCRadio-2E is to make weak signals strong and also to produce crisp, accurate audio for the spoken word. AM performance comes from our patented Twin-Coil Ferrite® AM Antenna and traditional FM reception is exceptional in its ability to bring in a weak station clearly. Audio can be adjusted for accurate and warm voice rendition and good musical performance. This radio also has the weather band and alert along with the 2-meter Ham band. More information about the 2-Meter Ham Band can be found at CCRadio.com/2-meter.

Since the CCRadio’s original debut the external design has remained the same but there have been countless revisions inside to improve performance, durability and audio. It is one of the most popular portables manufactured and many experts feel it is the best AM radio made. It has evolved into C. Crane’s flagship radio.

Features:
  • Exceptional AM reception with the Twin-Coil® Ferrite Antenna
  • Audio tuned for the spoken word
  • AM, FM, Weather Band with NOAA Weather Alert and the 2-Meter Ham Band
  • Clock, Alarm, Sleep timer, Headphone Jack and adjustable Display Light
  • 5 Memory Presets Per Band
  • Available in Black Mica or Titanium Color
  • Rotary Bass and Treble controls
  • Line-input and line-output jacks
  • External Antenna jacks

Weight: 4 lbs (without optional batteries) Size: 11" W x 6.5" H x 4" D.

Review of the C.Crane CC Radio-2E Enhanced by Jay Allen of RADIOJAYALLEN.COM

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By WRogers
Northern Michigan
9/13/2014
Confirmed User
My new favorite
The Good: Superior AM reception. In my remote small town, during daylight hours this radio picks up about twice the stations of my others. FM reception as good as any other. Quality sound. Decent battery life. A built in AC power supply. Not only is it convenient, it is electrically quiet I dont notice any more electrical noise using the AC cord than I do on batteries. This is unusual. Solid, sturdy. It has a deep finger slot in the back which serves as a reasonably secure handle. Superior sound quality, which is also adjustable using bass and treble controls which have significant effect on the sound. Weather radio works very well. It uses D cells, which (if youre using alkaline disposable batteries) last longer than AA cells. (If youre using NiMH many of them dont contain any more fuel than a NiMH AA cell, or may only BE an AA cell in a larger casing, so depending on brand the rechargeable D cells wont have much more power than AAs. They may not have any more power at all.) The Bad: About 3/4 of a second of muting as you tune from one AM frequency to the next. This prevents rapid band scanning for weak stations, since you have to pause and wait on each frequency to see if there is anything there. Unlike many radios now on the market, this set has no built-in Ni-MH battery charger. According to the manual you can use NiMH batteries, but they dont charge internally. The shape of the radio is not-quite-square curved and sloped in several odd ways for no particular reason. The result is not especially attractive. The digital display insists on going to clock after a few seconds. It would be good if you could choose whether you wanted it to be a clock or to stay as a radio frequency display, but this feature is not provided. The Indifferent: This is a big radio, which you may like or may not. It picks up the 10 meter ham band. The old model picked up analog TV audio. Thats gone now, so they had to give you something to take its place, I suppose. If you like listening to hams natter endlessly about antennas and the weather this feature is for you!
By JLingaton
Nebraska
8/22/2014
Confirmed User
CCrane You Did it again
You have made an older CCRadio even better. I believe there are alot of people who do not understand AM Radio. There is so much more to listen to on AM Radio and your people have blessed this listening pleasure with your CC Radio and other AM radios. Keep up the good work
By FAdkins
West-Central Ohio
6/17/2014
Confirmed User
I Love This
I attempted to buy the earlier version two years ago at Universal Radio in Reynoldsburg Ohio. It didnt work out as the power button on the demo stuck. This time it worked out. It is all promised and all owners say it is. Its sensitive and selective. Might be my imagination but it seems more sensitive at the lower end of the AM band than at about the X band (maybe due to that giant ferrite bar). The sound is pleasing. The display is bright. The ergonomics are good. It is heavy and stable. I dare say it is 808r more as good as my Drake R8A in the AM band, and easier to carry on DXpeditions.(I havent done that yet.)The FM band is decent but I dont dwell on that band so I am not sure. The 2M band is promising but I found nothing tuning up and down. Im not sure if you can scan that. The weather band is useful but at first try it seemed to get only one station whereas the Bearcat scanner got five or more. Maybe I had a bad location. It works well with a wire antenna coupled to it via another coil. It tunes to 520 kHz and I think I heard NAVTEX at 518 kHz beating against a NDB at about 515 kHz., sort of a pseudo BFO. Its the best portable I have ever bought. It has an interesting habit of pausing on each new station and fine-adjusting the gain up and down to a suitable level. I have never seen that before and it makes it seem sophisticated. I recommend this radio. One oddity- the local 1340 kHz shows up ( as an image I think) at 1430 kHz, and even at night no other signal is found at 1430 kHz. Ill need to cross-check this with the Drake to verify the slight malfunction.
By VFerris
5/24/2014
Confirmed User
This one does not pick up the signals like the older model I had that had the television channels.
My other radio with the AM/FM/WX/VHF-TV seemed to pick up AM signals better than this model does. However, I am happy I got this radio since I had enjoyed using the other one for over 20 years.This one should last the rest of my life. : )
By DClark
Seattle Wa
2/28/2014
Confirmed User
Great Radio
My only complaint is the on off button has an irregular shape that wears out after around 10 years use.
By KMower
SEDRO WOOLLEY, WA
2/15/2014
Confirmed Buyer
This item is all is advertised to be! I enjoy this radio indeed! I particularly like the various timed automatic shutoffs, so I can listen at night without worrying about is using up batteries while I sleep. I live in the fringes areas of radio broadcast footprints, and this radio picks up several stations with decent to great reception.
By CSass
OCEANSIDE, CA
1/25/2014
Confirmed Buyer
If you are looking for the very best radio, then you,ve found it. Five very easy to set station presets. Uses only one tenth of the current of my previous ' go to ' Grundig radio. Just a very fine radio, you'll love it.
By JTurkette
LAKE CITY, MI
11/24/2013
Confirmed Buyer
I ordered a CCRadio 2E and received a radio that was not marked as the new "enhanced" version. After a call to CCrane, I was told that my radio was the enhanced version but CCrane ran out of the new 2E speaker badging so put on the old badging. That said, I find it disturbing that any company would do such practice and that I should take the word of someone on the phone. Furthermore, I find the FM reception not discernibly better than my 18 year old Panasonic portable radio, which was very expensive at the time, but FM reception was noticeably better than the cheap hunting camp GE radio that it replaced. AM reception was only slightly better than my old Panasonic radio.I recently returned from my father's upper peninsula hunt camp where I did have the opportunity to listen to some AM sportscasts and the reception was good with minimal fading. I was glad for that since receiving distant AM stations was my primary reason for this purchase. The enhanced radio has good sound quality for a portable radio but nothing more. The overall build seems solid...well, as solid as a plastic box can feel. The tuning dial has a somewhat precision feel, the volume control is silky smooth, and the front panel buttons work as you would expect. The optional carrying case fits well, looks well, and is a good idea for a radio that will not just sit on a shelf. It does, however, seems odd that anyone should need to by a case for a portable radio. It should come free with a "portable" radio or at least build a real handle into the chassis. This radio equipped with batteries is not light and a rear indent for gripping gives the radio an unbalanced feeling and is not adequate for transporting.Considering the price and hype on this radio, I would give this radio a 3.5-star rating. Overall, the radio is good and should be around for many years to come. But in my opinion, unless you need very good AM reception, you can find a suitable portable radio for far less money especially when you add the cost of a $30 case that is needed to make it truly portable.
By GMatter
GALVESTON, TX
10/18/2013
Confirmed Buyer
Received this radio in a timely manner, well packed and in good condition. I love everything about it from the simplicity of use to the fact that it has a lot of power to bring in weak stations, both am and fm. I live on an island on the Texas coast and have had problems receiving some stations even with my large stereo/cd combination, but this little gem pulls them right in, and the sound is very realistic. I have not tried the 2 meter ham band yet, but I know already that the weather and is fabulous, clear as a bell. I could not be more pleased with my purchase.
By JGambrell
SPRINGFIELD, MA
9/1/2013
Confirmed Buyer
I'm not sure how I gone this far in life without it. I just love it. The best sound ever from an AM radio.
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General Specifications
Input Power: Power Cord: AC 120 Volts 60Hz
Batteries: (4) D size (not included)
Power Consumption: AC Power: 8 Watts
Battery Power: 40-50 mA DC
Audio Output: 10% THD at output power @ 1.8 Watt AC typical
10% THD at output power @ 0.9 Watt Battery
Speaker: 5", 4 Ohm, 6 Watts
Frequency Coverage: AM 520 - 1710 kHz
FM 87.5 - 108 MHz
Ham (VHF) 144 - 148 MHz
WX 1-7 CH
Weather Band: Channel 1: 162.400 MHz
Channel 2: 162.425 MHz
Channel 3: 162.450 MHz
Channel 4: 162.475 MHz
Channel 5: 162.500 MHz
Channel 6: 162.525 MHz
Channel 7: 162.550 MHz
Rotary Tuning Knob Resolution: AM - 1 kHz
FM - 50 kHz
Ham (VHF) - 5 kHz
WX - 1 Channel
AM Tuning: 10 kHz
FM Tuning: 100 kHz
AM Antenna: Internal Ferrite Bar - 12mm x 203mm (8") long with Twin Coil Ferrite® technology
FM, Ham (VHF) and WX Antenna: Telescopic whip antenna
External Antenna Terminals: External AM antenna directly wired through filter network into RF front end.
Headphone Jack: 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo
Aux in Jack: 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo, 300 - 1000mV RMS (line level) input from external audio source. Do not overload.
Line Out Jack: 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo, 300 - 1000mV RMS (line output)
Timer Activation Switch: Low impedance, transistor driven switch. Used for operation of external recording devices.
Presets: 5 per band
Lock Switch: Yes
Sleep Timer: 15-120 minutes
Alarm: Yes
Clock: 12-hour system
Dimensions: 11" W x 6.5" H x 4" D (at the base)
Weight: Approximately 3.8 pounds without batteries.
Warranty: 1 year parts & labor
Included Accessories: Power Cord
Manual
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
AM Specifications
AM   Temp: 25° C R.H.: 75%      
Test Item   Condition   Nominal Limit Unit
  Input Output Freq.      
Tuning Range     Min
Max
520
1710
  kHz
Intermediate Freq.   S/N=6dB Min     kHz
Max. Sensitivity   S/N=6dB 600kHz
1000kHz
1400kHz
30
29
29
36
35
35
dBu/m
Usable Sensitivity   S/N=20dB 600kHz
1000kHz
1400kHz
41
40
40
46
45
45
dBu/m
Image Rejection   S/N=6dB 1400kHz 50 40 dB
I.F. Rejection   S/N=6dB 600kHz 70 64 dB
Selectivity (+/-10KHz)   S/N=6dB 1000Hz 60 54 dB
Bandwith (-6dB)   S/N=6dB 1000Hz   4-9 KHz
T. H. D. 74dBu/m   1000Hz 1 2 %
Lowest Batt. Volt. 74dBu/m   1000Hz 3.8 4.0 V
Hum Modulation 100dBu/m   1000Hz     dB
Line Out Level 74dBu/m   1000Hz 180 ±50 mV
Auto.Scan. Sens.     1000Hz 42 48 dBu/m
Current Consumption 80%MOD 50mW 1000Hz 130 150 mA
Freq. Response(-6dB) 74dBu/m   1000Hz 80
2K
150
1.8K
Hz
Output Power 74dBu/m
(80%Mod.)
AC
DC
1000Hz 2
0.8
1.8
0.7
W
Overload Capacity 80%mod. 10%T.H.D. 1000Hz 120 100 dBu/m
A. G. C. F. O. M. 100dBu/m   1000Hz 70 64 dB
S/N Ratio 74dBu/m   1000Hz 42 36 dB
Whistle Modulation 74dBu/m   2IF / 3IF 1 15 %
Supply Voltage:
DC 6 v
Adapter 120v 60Hz
Rated Output:
Speaker 50mW
Earphone: 1.25mW
Load:
Spkr 4 Ohm
Ear 32 Ohm
Line 10 kOhm
Modulation:
1kHz 30% Mod.
FM Specifications
FM   Temp: 25° C R.H.: 75%      
Test Item   Condition   Nominal Limit Unit
  Input Output Freq.      
Tuning Range   S/N=6dB Min
Max
87.5
108
  MHz
Intermediate Freq.   S/N=6dB       MHz
Max. Sensitivity   S/N=6dB 90MHZ
98MHz
106MHz
8
8
8
14
14
14
dBu
Usable Sensitivity   S/N=30dB 90MHZ
98MHz
106MHz
14
14
14
20
20
20
dBu
Image Rejection   S/N=6dB 106MHz 32 26 dB
I.F. Rejection   S/N=6dB 90MHz   60 dB
3dB Limiting (10mV) 80dBu   98MHz 14 20 dBu
Min. Output VOL=0   98MHz 0.5 2 mV
Auto Scan Stop Sens. 60dBu R.O. 98MHz 20 26 dBu
S/N (22.5KHz dev. 1mv) 60dBu R.O. 98MHz 50 44 dB
Spurious Rejection 60dBu R.O. 98MHz 60 55 dB
Current Consumption 60dBu R.O. 98MHz 140 160 mA
Am. Suppression (1mV) 60dBu R.O. 98MHz 44 30 dB
Audio Fidelity (-3dB) 60dBu R.O. 98MHz 75
15K
100
12K
Hz
Output Power
(75KHz dev.)
AC
AC
DC
10%T.H.D. 98MHz 2
5
0.8
1.8
3
0.7
W
mW
W
T. H. D. (75KHz dev.)     98MHz 1 2 %
Overload Capacity   10%T.H.D. 98MHz 132 106 dBu
STEREO Indicator Sens.     98MHz 22 28 dBu
STEREO Separation   Line Out 98MHz 26 20 dB
Line Out Level 22.5k
dev
Line Out 98MHz 180 ±50 mV
Lowest Batt. Volt. 60dBu R.O. 98MHz 3.8 4.0 V
Supply Voltage:
DC 6 v
Adapter 120v 60Hz
Rated Output:
Speaker 50mW
Earphone: 1.25mW
Load:
Spkr 4 Ohm
Ear 32 Ohm
Line 10 kOhm
Modulation:
1kHz/22.5KHz Dev.
De-emphasis: 75uS
2-meter VHF Specifications
2-Meter VHF   Temp: 25° C R.H.: 75%      
Test Item   Condition   Nominal Limit Unit
  Input Output Freq.      
Tuning Range   S/N=6dB Min
Max
144
148
±0.01
±0.01
MHz
Intermediate Freq.-1   S/N=6dB   10.7 ±0.01 MHz
Intermediate Freq.-2       455 ±0.005 kHz
Max. Sensitivity   S/N=6dB 146MHz 3 8 dBu
Usable Sensitivity   S/N=20dB 146MHz 8 14 dBu
Image Rejection   S/N=6dB 146MHz 36 30 dB
I.F. Rejection 10.7MHz   S/N=6dB 146MHz   60 dB
Min. Output   Vol.=Min. 146MHz 1.5 3 mV
Auto Scan Stop Sens. 60dBu   146MHz 9 15 dBu
S/N (1.5KHz dev. 1mv) 60dBu   146MHz 36 30 dB
Power Consumption 60dBu R. O. 146MHz 140 160 mA
Am. Suppression (1mV) 60dBu   146MHz 32 26 dB
Squelch Range   0-BAR *1
1-BAR
Full BAR
146MHz
146MHz
146MHz
-4
0
30
-6
±6
±8
dBu
Audio Fidelity (-6dB) 60dBu   146MHz 80
2K
150
1.8K
Hz
Output Power
(5KHz dev.)
AC
DC
10%T.H.D. 146MHz 2
0.8
1.8
0.7
W
T. H. D. (5KHz dev.) 60dBu   146MHz 1.5 3 %
Overload Capacity 60dBu 10%T.H.D. 146MHz 120 106 dBu
Line Out Level 60dBu   146MHz 180 ±50 mV
Lowest Batt. Volt. 60dBu   146MHz 3.8 4.0 V
Supply Voltage:
DC 6 v
Adapter 120v 60Hz
Rated Output:
Speaker 50mW
Earphone: 1.25mW
Load:
Spkr 4 Ohm
Ear 32 Ohm
Line 10 kOhm
Modulation:
1kHz/1.5KHz Dev.
WX Specifications
WX   Temp: 25° C R.H.: 75%      
Test Item   Condition   Nominal Limit Unit
  Input Output Freq.      
Tuning Range     Min
Max
162.4
162.55
  MHz
Intermediate Freq.     IF     MHz
Max. Sensitivity   S/N=6dB CH4 0 6 dBµ
Usable Sensitivity   S/N=20dB CH4 8 14 dBµ
Image Rejection     CH4 40 30 dB
I.F. Rejection     CH4   60 dB
Min. Output     CH4 1.5 3 mV
T. H. D. (5KHz Dev.)     CH4 1.5 3 %
Lowest Batt. Volt.     CH4 3.8 4.0 V
S/N (1.5KHz dev.) 1mV   CH4 32 26 dB
Audio Fidelity   (-6dB) CH4 75
2K
150
1.8K
Hz
Am. Suppression (1mV) 1mV CH4 30 24 dB
Overload Capacity   10%T.H.D. CH4 126 106 dBµ
Output Power (5KHz Dev.) AC CH4 2 1.8 W
Selectivity (±25KHz)     CH4   60 dB
Line Out Level 1.5KHz   CH4 180 ±50 mV
Alert Sens.
(3KHz Dev. 5sec.)
MOD. 1050Hz ±0.3% CH4 0 6 dB
Supply Voltage:
DC 6 v
Adapter 120v 60Hz
Rated Output:
Speaker 50mW
Earphone: 1.25mW
Load:
Spkr 4 Ohm
Ear 32 Ohm
Line 10 kOhm
Modulation:
1kHz/3KHz Dev.
  • How long will a fresh set of D-size Alkaline batteries power the radio?

    A set of D Alkaline batteries rated at 21000 mAh would provide roughly 250 hours of runtime. This is based on AM band usage and if the radio is played at a moderate volume level with the display light off.
  • How long is the power cord on the CCRadio-2E Enhanced?

    The power cord is 6 feet long.
  • How do I use the "AUX IN" jack on the CCRadio-2E Enhanced?

    Plug a device, such as a portable CD player or mp3 player, into the "AUX IN " jack, located on the back of the radio. Then hold down the "Band" button for three seconds. The radio will beep and you will see the word "AUX" in the display.
  • How long do I have to change the batteries before I lose the clock and memory information programmed in the radio?

    The battery indicator will display the battery level for approximately two seconds when the radio is switched off. After removing dead batteries for replacement, you have approximately three minutes to replace the batteries before your clock and memory information will be lost (if the radio is not plugged in).
Manual Size Download Time
Instructions (PDF) CCRadio 2E Enhanced AM/FM/WX/2-Meter Ham Band Radio Instruction Manual 1.06 MB 2:38 @ 56KBps
Manual Size Download Time
Instructions (PDF) How to Replace the CCRadio/CCRadioPlus/CCRadio-2 Whip Antenna 29.2 KB 4 seconds @ 56KBps
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  • AC Power Cord
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