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CCRadio 2E Enhanced AM/FM, NOAA Weather, 2-Meter Ham Band Portable Radio

C. Crane

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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, warm voice rendition and good musical performance.

This radio also has the NOAA 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.

Weight: 4 lbs (without optional batteries) Size: 11" W x 6.5" H x 4" D.
Battery Operated (4) D sized batteries or use the included AC power cord.

Features:
  • Exceptional AM reception with the Twin-Coil® Ferrite Antenna
  • Audio tuned for the spoken word
  • AM, FM, NOAA Weather Band with Weather Alert and the 2-Meter Ham Band
  • Clock, alarm, sleep timer, Headphone jack
  • Display features a full backlight with three levels of brightness including an off feature
  • 5 one touch memory presets per band
  • Available in Black Mica or Titanium Color
  • Rotary Bass and Treble controls
  • Line-input and line-output jacks
  • External AM Antenna jack
  • Runs approx. 250 hours at a moderate volume level with the display light off.

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

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Instructions (PDF) Audio tutorial of the CCRadio 2E by Tim Hendel - Part 1
(right-click to save file)
9 MB 22:28 minutes @ 56Kbps
Instructions (PDF) Audio tutorial of the CCRadio 2E by Tim Hendel - Part 2
(right-click to save file)
8 MB 19:58 minutes @ 56Kbps

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).

The CCRadio2E will not turn on and none of the buttons work

The Lock Switch, located on the right side of the radio between the tuning and the volume knobs, is in the up position. Push the switch down to release the lock and resume normal operation of the radio.

The CCRadio2E comes on by itself or changes to a different station while I'm listening

The Timer has been set. The word TIMER will appear in the display if the Timer is set. To cancel the Timer setting, press and hold the Timer/Set button until you hear a short beep and the word TIMER disappears from the display.

My radio shuts off after a few seconds or shows the letter 'E" in the display

Low batteries can cause this situation. Replace them with a new set of batteries. If the radio is operating on the power cord, check for solid connections at the wall outlet and the back of the radio. Also make sure there is power at the wall outlet.

Stations won't hold in memory

The memory button settings are being overwritten. When recalling a station from memory, if you hold the memory button down too long it will program the current station over your previously stored station. To recall a station that has been stored in memory, always press and release the button quickly. To program a new station into memory, tune to the desired station and then press and hold the memory button for two seconds until you hear a beep.

The AM reception is poor inside of my building

Many building materials have adverse effects on AM band listening. Brick, concrete, stucco, and aluminum siding all have a tendency to absorb or reflect the AM signal. Spanish tiles or metal roofs are also culprits. To test your AM reception, put batteries in your radio and take it outside of the building, especially at night. If your reception is notably stronger outside than inside the building, an external AM antenna may be necessary to bring the signal into the building. Click here for our selection of AM Antennas.

Poor reception on FM, Ham (VHF), or Weather band

The CCRadio2E uses its telescopic, or "whip" antenna for FM, Ham (VHF), and the weather bands. To improve reception of these bands, fully extend the telescopic antenna. Reception of FM and weather broadcasts is normally improved with the antenna extended straight up. Note: The antenna must be fully extended to allow it to rotate. You can also try a piece of any type of insulated wire about 36" long. Remove about 1" of the insulation from one end of the wire. Wrap the bare wire around the telescopic antenna or use an alligator clip. Try various orientations of the wire and different heights of the telescopic antenna to obtain the strongest signal. If you want an antenna that is pre-made, we recommend the FM Reflect-2 Antenna by C. Crane.

Battery Power Level Indicator doesn't show full charge when using rechargeable batteries

Rechargeable batteries will never show a full charge on your radio's display. The CCRadio2E is calibrated to read the charge of your Alkaline batteries, which is 1.5 volts at full charge. Rechargeable batteries, however, are fully charged at just 1.25 volts, and so your radio will show a partial charge even if the rechargeable batteries have been fully charged.

Drop in volume or poor reception when tuning in an AM station/ AM Alignment Procedure

The CC Radio-2E has a remarkable (but hidden) AM Calibration Feature. You can "re-tune" the radio for the best possible reception on each AM station. When you calibrate the radio, you will lose any stations you memorized, the time and alarms set. To maintain the best AM reception, you may want to perform this procedure when the radio has been moved to a new location. You can also do it every year or two to compensate for the normal aging of components. All components age with time in all electronics. The calibration only affects the AM band.

  1. Turn the power On and switch to "AM" band
  2. Press and Hold the "Clock" button for 6 seconds until the radio beeps and the red indicator light comes on. Release.
  3. Briefly tap the "Clock" button once.
  4. You will see the display begin the calibration at 1700 and move to 520 at 100 KHz steps. Do not turn the power off during this procedure or you will have to start over.
  5. When done calibrating you need to "Reset" the radio by using a paper clip in the hole on the bottom of the radio marked RESET. Press once gently and release. Done!
What's in the Box
  • CCRadio-2E Black Mica
  • AC Power Cord
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 Ω, 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 - 22.5"
External Antenna
Terminals:
External AM antenna directly wired through filter network into RF front end.
Headphone Jack: ⅛" (3.5mm) Stereo
Aux in Jack: ⅛" (3.5 mm) stereo, 300 - 1000mV RMS (line level) input from external audio source. Do not overload.
Line Out Jack: ⅛" (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 dBµ/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 Ω
Ear 32 Ω
Line 10 kΩ
Modulation:
1kHz 30% Mod.
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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) 60dBuu 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
ated Output:
Speaker 50mW
Earphone: 1.25mW
Load:
Spkr 4 Ω
Ear 32 Ω
Line 10 kΩ
Modulation:
1kHz/22.5KHz Dev.
De-emphasis: 75uS
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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 Ω
Ear 32 Ω
Line 10 kΩ
Modulation:
1kHz/1.5KHz Dev.
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
 
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 dBu
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 dBu
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 Ω
Ear 32 Ω
Line 10 kΩ
Modulation:
1kHz/3KHz Dev.
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Width:
9.00 (in)
Height:
6.00 (in)
Depth:
14.75 (in)
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