http://www.eagle.ca/~anacapa/bayradio.html The award winning Baygen wind-up radio has grabbed quite a few headlines around the world in the last few months and has also been the talking point in many Internet and shortwave circles. Powered by a generator driven by a replaceable spring that's good for over 6,500 hours (that's 6 years at 3 hours of listening a day), the radio NEVER NEEDS BATTERIES. With a black robust case and both an internal ferrite and an external extendable antennas, the radio covers AM, FM (in mono) and Shortwave frequencies. Technical performance is to a high standard and the radio produces plenty of volume. When you switch the set off the clockwork mechanism slows down but doesn't stop completely. Radio Netherlands reviews the Baygen Freeplay Radio "The verdict: Baygen has lived up to the hype." With financial backing from the British Overseas Development Administration, Liberty Life Foundation, the Kagiso Trust, 60% of the staff at the Montague Gardens plant have been drawn from six organisations for the disabled. Every BayGen Radio sold by Anacapa Inc. subsidises free radios to charities in Canada and overseas, e.g. War Child for projects they run in developing countries for distance learning, health information etc. The BayGen Radio has received enthusiastic support from NELSON MANDELA. To operate the radio you first wind the spring. A handle unclips on the side of the set, you turn the handle about 60 times (that's less than 20 seconds) and you'll get approximately 30 minutes playing time of your favourite AM/FM/Shortwave station before a rewind is needed. The BayGen FreePlay Wind-Up Radio is ideal for emergency use, cottages, boats, camping, teenagers, hunters, remote areas or anywhere disposing of the old scrap batteries is an environmental or handling problem. The Baygen Radio will pay for itself in just over a year with the savings on batteries. BAYGEN FREEPLAY RADIO The Freeplayr radio is manufactured in South Africa by BayGen PowerCompany (Pty) Ltd., and is available for sale in Canada through Anacapa Inc. DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT PACKAGED (Each Radio IndividuallyBoxed): Length 15 3/4" Height 12 1/2" Depth 8" Weight 6 3/4 lbs PRICE: Subject to confirmation of price and availability at time of order. Price: Cdn $139.00 per unit + S&H and appropriate taxes including jack to receive AC adapter. FOUR EASY WAYS TO ORDER: 1.Phone: (905) 885-9624 Fax: (905)885-0040 2.Mail: Anacapa Inc. 107 Dorset St. W. Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. L1A 1G4 3.Email : anacapa@ eagle.ca or use our easy to submit form : 4. Go to the Webpage http://www.eagle.ca/~anacapa/bayradio.html SPECIAL PRICING: Available for volumes call Anacapa Inc.:(905) 885-9624.
FROM URL: http://www.mallard.org/bay01.html who also supply low power radio transmitters Baygen clockwork radio British inventor Trevor Baylis has set up production of his innovative clockwork radio in South Africa. This is the basic specification: Wavebands: AM, FM and SW. Playing time on one full wind: 40 minutes. Winding up: 60 turns (approximately 20 seconds) Dimensions: 40 x 32 x 18cm. Weight (boxed): 3Kg. This really looks to be a good radio for developing countries, particularly in the more remote regions where batteries are hard to come by. Technical performance is to a high standard and the radio produces plenty of volume. The trouble is the price. When the product was first announced at the end of 1995 the manufacturers confidently predicted a price of $20 US for this radio. They have been selling them in Europe and America for a higher price on the basis that they were subsidizing sales to development projects in poorer countries. However when I asked for a quotation for 500 radios to be sent to an international aid project in Haiti the US agents quoted a price of more than $60 each. I do not suggest for one moment that they are trying to make an excess profit out of development agencies; I think this is a sincere company with good motives. The fact remains that they have burnt their fingers by quoting lower prices than they could actually sustain. It is an easy mistake to make. They wanted to produce a good quality, well-engineered radio. They could not do it at the price. Perhaps they should make a smaller model at a lower cost. For further information contact: Baygen Power Company (PTY) Ltd. 89 St. Patrick Road Houghton, Johannesburg 2198 South Africa The European distributors of the FREEPLAY Radio are: BayGen Power Europe Ltd. Claverton House Longwood Court Love Lane Cirencester Gloucestershire GI7 1YG 01285-659559 tel 01285-659550 fax firstname.lastname@example.org