Many might say that AM radio is a remnant of the past, but I would disagree. It’s maybe not as important than it was in the past, but it is a part of culture that’s still vital. AM radio is even useful. In the days of everything digital, AM radio gear is not discussed much at all. Yet, I can remember when it was the technology of the day. But what gear do I get that will receive AM radio?

I found a good beginner radio with this unit: DURABRAND AM-FM Radio CT-995. The FM is very good and the AM is also very good. The only flaw is the AM-FM toggle switch. It tends to short out sometimes. I solve this by keeping it on AM only because that’s primarily why I got it.

For a receive antenna I chose this one: Kaito AN-100 Tunable Passive AM Radio Loop Antenna. This AM receive antenna looks nice and does work; it just takes some patience and time. It does pull the stations in better, especially if you live in a rural area.

The external antenna isn’t necessary mind you; it enhances the signal when needed. The antenna on the DURABRAND AM-FM Radio CT-995 is sufficient. The Kaito AN-100 Tunable Passive AM Radio Loop Antenna makes for a nice addition. It’s another toy to play with.

A future purchase will be the Sangean PR-D4W AM/FM Radio. The PR-D4W garnered great reviews and is known for its AM sensitivity.