Handheld weather radios with SAME technology aren't abundant, but the Oregon Scientific WR601N is one that draws decent reviews. Several of the company's units have been recalled for firmware issues, but the WR601N is reportedly unaffected. While users can program up to six locations for which they prefer to receive alerts, specific types of alerts can't be disabled. Other features include visual and audible alerts in the form of a flashing light and siren.
The WR601N is too new to have attracted much in the way of reviews, but its predecessor, the WR601, garners user feedback as well as a professional video review at RunAroundTech.com. The two radios are very similar; besides a new, canary yellow case, the only functional difference is a blue backlight that makes the WR601N's display easier to read in the dark. If SAME capability and Public Alert certification aren't must-have features for you, the portable Sangean DT-400W (*Est. $55) gets much more feedback and somewhat better ratings.
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About 30 owners comment on the Oregon Scientific WR601, now discontinued but very similar to the current WR601N. Happy owners outweigh displeased ones, although not by a wide margin. Most do say the WR601 works well and is a good value, but others complain that it's difficult to set up and not as durable as others in its price range.
Review: Oregon Scientific WR601 Portable Weather Radio, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2012
The Oregon Scientific WR601 draws two user reviews here, including one that's detailed and comparative. Neither owner gives the unit more than 2 stars out of 5.
Review: Oregon Scientific WR601 Weather Radio, Contributors to Epinions.com, As of March 2012
Larry Greenberg, editor-in-chief at RunAroundTech.com, doesn't address long-term reliability or comparative performance in his video review of the Oregon Scientific WR601; most of his analysis centers on features and usability. Still, he says he tested this radio himself and has a favorable opinion overall.
Review: Oregon Scientific WR601 Emergency Weather Radio, Larry Greenberg, June 16, 2011