Skip Main Navigation
Highly Trained Advisors – Se Habla Español

Receive Exclusive Deals, News & Offers
Articles 1 - 32 of 32
Page: 1
Sort by:
And now for something completely different. At C. Crane we love radio and radio history. So we thought, what better way to share that with you, our readers, than to seek out some of the most interesting people in the history of radio, talk with them, and share with you their experiences and insights. And today we've decided to begin with one of the most compelling, energetic - some might even say frantic - personalities in t... Read more.
12/20/2013
Below is an interview that was conducted on May 28, 2003 with the late Gene Burns when he was on KGO Radio out of San Francisco. From food and wine to politics and prose, Gene was a master of his medium, and C. Crane feels privileged to share with you the following interview. Recently, I had a chance to chat with legendary KGO talk show host Gene Burns. KGO has been the #1 station in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last ... Read more.
12/20/2013
Some people say "Noah" and some people say "N, O double AA". Either way, they're all talking about the same organization, the "National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration"; perhaps the best-kept secret in government. Take a quick trip to the NOAA Web site and you'll immediately be struck by two things. They're about a lot more than the weather and they have one of the most beautiful websites on the Internet. You can find... Read more.
12/28/2013
While listening to the 2-meter ham band you can expect to hear normal conversations or "rag chew" as the hams call it. You may also hear a ham operator on his way home from work asking his wife if she needs anything from the store. You may hear a ham operator reporting a traffic accident and requesting emergency services. You may also hear ham radio operators providing on the scene emergency communications during times of d... Read more.
12/28/2013
One of the toughest places to get radio reception is inside an office building. Construction materials like bricks and metal, and noise from computers and other electronics can all combine to make radio reception almost impossible. Besides the construction of the building, you sometimes have to account for your location in a building as well. I used to work at a corner desk in a windowless room on the 14th floor of a Manha... Read more.
11/14/2013
The number of cables you need to keep things connected in your home can be overwhelming. It's not just a matter of plugging things in and turning them on anymore. These days you'll find yourself looking for an RCA jack, or a 1/8" jack, or a USB cable, or even a newfangled thing called a Firewire. Keeping all these wires and cables straight can boggle the mind and leave you feeling frustrated. Here's a primer to the different... Read more.
11/12/2013
First you must "get connected" to the Internet. The five primary connection types are Dial-up, DSL, Cable, Satellite and Wireless. The following chart lists the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you decide which option best suits your needs. ... Read more.
12/19/2013
English-Language Shortwave Frequencies Audible In North America By Glenn Hauser Exclusively For C. Crane Company, Inc. This is a quick-reference list of frequencies from each country which carry some English and which may be heard in North America. Many are easily heard; some are difficult and rarely audible. Shortwave Listening Tips: Listen to Asia and Australia in the morning and listen to Eur... Read more.
12/4/2013
It's been over 50 years since the transistor was invented and we rely on it for more of today's technology than you might expect. You could say that the transistor made the wonders of the twentieth century possible. Without it, computers would never have made it into people's homes,handheld computers would be the stuff of science fiction, and we wouldn't have such things as cell phones or satellites. More importantly; howeve... Read more.
12/30/2013
If you listen to AM radio stations by night that are just impossible to pick up by 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 groundwave propagat... Read more.
12/30/2013
If you want a top-notch performing portable radio–and by top notch I mean powerful audio, great RF sensitivity on all bands, two well-chosen bandwidths for AM and SW, a convenient handle, many power options, a feel of solidity and quality and fairly simple operation–then this is it. If you are looking to purchase another portable and you already have a Grundig, or similar brand, you may want to give the CC Radio-SW a try. Mo... Read more.
12/31/2013
The Vacuum Tube that Changed the World When thinking about the future of the Internet a lot of people make comparisons to radio. The consensus seems to be that currently the Internet is about equal to what radio was in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Back then everyone seemed to know that radio would take off and change things, but few people had an idea of it's full potential. Interestingly enough, radio and computers actu... Read more.
12/30/2013
These days, preparing for an emergency doesn't just mean being ready for a storm or an earthquake. Forces of nature aren't the only things we need to account for, we also need to account for the unexpected, intentional attack on our sense of peace. Still, whatever the source of an emergency, you'll always be in better shape if you've done something to prepare for the unexpected. Knowing your environment will help you determi... Read more.
12/28/2013
On this page, we want to give you the essential information to help you get started with downloading and listening to the podcasts you choose. The first thing we would like to mention is that in order to listen to podcasts the only thing you need is a computer with Internet access. That's right, despite the name of a popular MP3 player being included in the word "podcast", listening to podcasts doesn't require the use of tha... Read more.
12/28/2013
There are a lot of reasons to have a scanner nearby. You can use a scanner to follow local police and fire activity, often times hearing about things well before they're reported on the news. You can also use a scanner to listen to ham radio, and get the benefits of traffic reports ham operators share with one another. You can even use a scanner for a good, if unfortunate, laugh every now and then. Before buying a scanner y... Read more.
12/30/2013
Have you ever experienced the feeling of hearing a car drive past and, not by recognizing the engine or thinking someone needs new brakes or muffler work, but by feeling the bass before you even see the car. A loud bass can make you feel like your heart beats more than you'd want it to, and can puncture the silence you might be enjoying during a quiet evening or morning in your yard. Perhaps, without even realizing it, you'v... Read more.
12/30/2013
You've been there. Listening to the radio in your car, taking in interesting news, excited to hear what the radio host might say to the next caller, or feeling the tension of a close baseball game. And then you get home, or arrive at work. You know it will take just a couple minutes to get inside and turn on the radio, so you wait for the station break or the end of an inning to make your move. Finally, you're inside and out... Read more.
11/5/2013
Radios come in all shapes and sizes and with so many different features and configurations available it can be tough finding the one built to satisfy your needs. Whether you want a pocket radio for your daily jog, a portable radio for your next camping trip or one that will be the focal piece of your home entertainment center, we’re going to lay out the details on what to look for in your perfect match. Size Matters If you... Read more.
11/4/2013
If it hadn't been for Alessandro Volta, you might have frogs in your radios and flashlights instead of batteries. Back in 1771, Luigi Galvani, one of Volta's friends and fellow-Italians, noticed a strange reaction when a frog's leg came into contact with a spark from a machine – it twitched. Believing that the twitch originated in the frogs leg itself, Galvani devised an "animal electricity" experiment by setting a frogs... Read more.
11/8/2013
In the "Car Radio Reception Article 1 of 2", we discussed the two most common problems with radio reception. The first problem we noted had to do with radio reception interference. We discussed the different causes for this frustrating problem, and we promised to provide possible solutions in this article. The second problem we discussed was simply a weak AM signal. If you're not happy with the performance of your radio, rea... Read more.
11/7/2013
Turn on the radio and you won't hear much about IBOC. Why is that? I've asked around over the last few weeks, and talked with lots of different experts interested in the impact of digital radio in the US, and most people agree that IBOC is not reported on by the general media because it's just too technical. Well, when I look over the pages and pages of notes I have in front of me, it seems that it is a pretty technical issu... Read more.
10/30/2013
C. Crane has narrowed AM Reception issues down to two basic ideas: A good AM Antenna is of the essence: an inexpensive radio with a good antenna will outperform an expensive radio with a poor antenna. A good antenna where there's no signal won't make a difference: the antenna has to be in the path of the radio signal. Starting with these two simple principles, you can go a long way toward improving your AM reception... Read more.
10/23/2013
People around the world, from Shenzhen, China to Los Angeles, California, have used beers cans to improve their radio reception. Even so, most people I talked to about them hadn't ever heard of them. Once I described them as a few dozen beer cans stacked one on top of the other, with a cable or a radio antenna through the center they usually remember seeing them, somewhere, sometime. Myself, I've never made or used a beer ca... Read more.
10/31/2013
The first thing to consider if you're getting poor AM reception is the building around you. Brick, cement and metal-framed structures can impede AM reception indoors. This includes signals you might easily be able to pick up in your car. If you're listening in a building that blocks reception or causes a lot of interference, don't despair. There are some things you can do - particularly if you have access to the area outs... Read more.
10/31/2013
Today, it's with great pleasure that we share with you a conversation I had with Art Bell, the inimitable host of "Coast-to-Coast AM." Just a few minutes on the phone with Art, and you know that you're in the unmistakable presence of a man who lives a full, contemplative life. We arranged the interview to talk with Art about a Giant Loop Antenna he installed on his property. The conversation, not surprisingly, spanned the ... Read more.
11/11/2013
In the midst of an on-going debate about how to make the best use of a national emergency alert system, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at one of the original alert systems dating back to the former Soviet Threat. In 1951, fearful of a Soviet attack, and determined to keep U.S. citizens alert, President Truman signed into existence the Control of Electromagnetic Radiation system, or CONELRAD. Back then, cont... Read more.
11/8/2013
As you know, tuning in an FM signal isn't the same as tuning in an AM station. For one thing, FM transmissions are line-of-sight. That means that obstacles between you and the transmission that you're trying to receive can block the signal and leave you with poor reception. A hill, a coliseum, big buildings - all these things could get in the way of your FM reception and could even leave you hearing the effects of multipa... Read more.
11/11/2013
© 2005, Douglas T. Smith Editorial Services This material originally appeared in WorldRadio, May 2006 Historical accounts of discovery and invention sometimes sidestep the truth. The development of radio provides a case in point. It's nothing short of uncanny how history attributes certain inventions or discoveries to the wrong person. Many myths propagate indefinitely because unwitting teachers reprogram each new cl... Read more.
11/11/2013
Though not everyone agrees on what the first radio station in the US was, most people agree that Westinghouse helped fund the first commercial radio broadcast on KDKA Pittsburgh back in 1920. KDKA grew out of the hobby of Frank Conrad, an assistant chief engineer at Westinghouse. Conrad was a modest man with a modest education; he didn't have a high school diploma or even a degree from a prestigious university. In fact... Read more.
11/8/2013
A lot of radio aficionados and scientists have heard of Nikola Tesla, but he's still far from a household name. In my own informal survey about Tesla, I found that a lot of people are more familiar with the band Tesla, than with the man himself (the band does have a brief bio of Nikola Tesla on their Web site, teslatheband.com). Of course, this article is about the man, not the band, and I think after learning more about Nik... Read more.
11/8/2013
I wrote a brief article on my attempt to build a beer can antenna. In response to that article, I received several suggestions about other homebrew antennas I might want to try. Among them, the famous (or infamous, as the case may be) slinky antenna. Since I have a son, it was a bit tough finding the time to throw together this antenna without having to explain why I was stretching his toys (I used three) to the limit,... Read more.
11/8/2013
For the most part, it can be fun to read and writev about the history of radio and some of the interestingvfacts about how radio works. Sometimes, however, the darker side of radio's past looms large. Such is the case of the story of Edwin Howard Armstrong. Armstrong's innovative mind led him to three of the most significant inventions in the history of radio and electronics. It also led him into a fight he just couldnt wi... Read more.
11/8/2013
Articles 1 - 32 of 32
Page: 1
Sort by:
  • This WiFi Antenna is hands down the best. It allows me to connect to a business almost a half mile away. Two months time and this baby paid for itself. I am a very happy with my purchase.
    — John A., Mill Valley, CA
  • This radio deserves five stars because it sounds great, the ease of use and preset stations. This radio will become your favorite radio, also backed by great customer service if ever needed, thank you very much.
    — Pete P., Santa Rosa, CA
  • This is an excellent internet radio. I have had the unit playing constantly from the time I received it. Excellent sound for such a small unit and the remote works wonderfully.
    — James H., Richmond, BC
  • Good sound, lightweight and comfortable; not too tight on the head. I like one feature; it doesn't tell you where to place the speakers, left side or right side.
    — Harry W., Manassas, VA
  • I purchase this product specifically for AM recordings and it has worked superbly. I wanted to wait awhile before I gave my opinion on the product. It has worded exactly as advertised and more.
    — Jack L., San Pedro, CA
  • Very nice, economical home lighting. If you're used to the white light of fluorescent bulb replacements, these will offer the same type with no toxic ingredients or damaging UV radiation.
    — Gary B., San Francisco, CA
  • This antenna does work well; however placement and the shape you have it bent into is very important. I live about 70 miles away from Toronto and receive a lot of Toronto FM stations static free with the FM reflect.
    — Thomas S., Buffalo, NY
  • 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.
    — James G., Springfield, MA
  • This device is awesome. As a contractor, I can not access my customer's network for security reasons. Now, with my office on the second floor, I can connect to a WiFi hotspot 1.5 miles away and my signal strength is strong!
    — Robert S., Tabernacle, NJ
  • I just received my EP radio yesterday. I'm totally impressed with the old school simplicity and the modern day sound quality. Thank you, C.Crane!
    — David C., Raleigh, NC
  • I have had only one, thank the lord, occasion to use this in and emergency situation and it worked flawlessly. Only one in the area with radio for two days of power loss... Thank you CCrane!!
    — Vernon P., Dufur, OR
  • This radio is totally fantastic!!! It will provide service in any condition and works as engineered and advertised. I am going to order more units for all family members.
    — Glen B., Bethlehem, PA
  • This radio is wonderful. Small but powerful. Several years of service and no problems.
    — William B., Litchfield, IL
  • Just received this little jewel... did not open the manual and I was listening to NPR within minutes... no kidding. I'm a radio guy and the audio is great and look forward to a lot of great listening.
    — Lin F., Inman, SC