Weather Wednesday – HH54 And W-R100

Welcome to another Weather Wednesday. This week I’m going to continue my series of discussions on individual WX radios. I have a few and they are all quite unique in their own ways including: the menu layouts, the designs and their features.
This week I will actually talk about three models: the W-R100 desktop, the HH54VP and HH54VP2 handheld models. These units are very much the same, as far as the menu layouts. However, there are one or two differences with these models.
Their features include a clock and the Weather Alert radio itself. It and just about every model I will be discussing here has SAME or Specific Area Message Encoding. This allows you to program the radio to alert you of weather watches and warnings for your area. You do not have to worry about getting alerts from outside your local area with this feature.
These radios have the same menu layout and it is very easy to learn where each option is. For the sake of those who don’t have either of them I will provide it here. You can access all the options after pressing the menu button and there are 7 of them. They in clude: setting the clock, setting the alarm clock, setting the channel, setting the location of your Specific Area Message Encoding code or Canadian Location Code, setting the alert type (voice, tone or display), testing the alert and setting the backlight.
Note: this order of the options is when you arrow up from setting the clock and is the same on all 3 models.
The HH54VP and HH54VP2 have a Home/Travel button which has the same function as the W-R602 discussed here last week. The difference here is that these units scan for the strongest signal, rather than finding it right away.
The HH54VP2 comes with a rechargeable battery pack and a charging cradle to put it in, when charging the pack. However, you can charge the radio with the AC adapter and you can also charge the same pack with the HH54VP model. By the way, the HH54VP does not come with anything else, except the AC adapter and the user manual but it is the same as the HH54VP2.
There are plenty of Youtube videos with these radios and they will tell you different things from what I have said here because they were generally new radios for the people making them and they may not have had or have both models.
As for the W-R100 the menu layout is exactly the same as the HH54VP models but it is a desktop and the buttons are situated as such. The Weather-Snooze button is the bar just above the speaker and there is an on off switch on the unit.
Sadly, it has been replaced by the W-R120 and I will discuss it next week.
Well, I hope I have given you an idea of which one of these models would be right for you. If you would like more information, just google one of them.


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