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View Quest Blighty Portable DAB Radio

by View Quest
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Comes with DAB and FM radio reception for crystal clear reception
  • There are 10 presets for DAB/FM stations so you can store your favourite stations
  • 10 hours of battery life for use on the go so you can listen to the radio anywhere from the kitchen or your garage to the park or the beach!
  • The LCD screen is backlit to provide easy viewing
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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: VQ-PDR-UJ
  • ASIN: B008EH6B18
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 11 May 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,017 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Whether it's the Olympics, the Queen's Jubilee or Euro Football championships, you won't miss a thing with this handy portable DAB/FM radio. Dressed up in a union jack design to show you're proud and with up to 10 hours playback, you can keep up to date with the latest news, scores and draws. It comes with a LCD backlit display and 10 station presets so you'll never lose that favourite station. And a 3.5mm jack keeps all that sound personal too.

Product Description

This handy portable DAB/FM radio comes in a funky Union Jack design. With up to 10 hours playback, you can keep up to date with music, news and your favourite programmes. The backlit LCD display is easy to read, and 10 station presets mean you need never lose your favourite stations. The 3.5mm jack means you can listen on headphones, and the mini-USB socket lets you recharge easily.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Packed up! 10 July 2012
By RobP
Verified Purchase
I've updated this review because after around 1 year it packed up. I'm not sure if it was the battery or something in the electronics but it just gave up completely - it had a few days before started to deteriorate (sound quality).So I've downgraded to 2 stars! I'm now using a Roberts product (Sports DAB 2) which is a bit bigger but has a speaker which is occasionally useful.

Old review...
I bought this product because I was fed up with poor FM reception listening to radio on my mobile phone while walking the dog. This looked like the best value FM/DAB pocket sized radio and it really lives up to my expectations.

FM reception is much better than any of my previous mobile phones. DAB is really good - I seem to get better quality than on the FM stations. I was impressed with how fast the DAB scanned and assembled the station list. Listening to DAB on headphones is quite amazing.

I've only given the radio 4 stars because this is my first day with this new product. I want to see how long the battery lasts, especially running DAB which is probably more power hungry.

It would have been better if the radio came with a protective sleeve - an iphone type should be fine - it's just a little shorter. USB charging took just a couple of hours for first charge.

I'll update this report in a month or so when I have more experience of using the product.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little radio 15 Oct 2012
I have had this now for just over one month and it's great FM quality is not so good but what do you expect at this size! The DAB is super, Classic FM clear as a bell and even more importantly I can listen to the Test Match whilst gardening. A carrying belt pouch would be a nice extra. At this price you can't beat it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little DAB radio - watch headphone socket! 18 April 2013
By JohnA
I was very impressed with little radio.
Looks great with the union jack on it and battery charge lasts a good time.
Found all the stations and allows 10 to be saved and recalled.
Only one problem. Having used it quite a bit over the last couple of months with either headphones or small mini speaker the jack plug connection inside has 'gone' now i cannot use it - scrap effectively.
As i don't have the purchase details i cannot return it and cannot open it to try and repair the soldering as its not designed to be opened - BE WARNED!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good clear sound 18 Jun 2013
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I bought this to listen to talkSPORT on DAB when I'm out walking my dog. The included headphones are too short for a tall person to put the radio in a waist pocket and are quite flimsy, whilst I experienced dropout and signal errors when using DAB. Having bought some cheap JVC HAFX1X Xtreme Xplosives In Ear Canal Headphones for my MP3 player, I now use them with the Blighty, and it seems to have cured the problem as they have quite a thick cable in comparison, which also acts as the antenna. Now the signal is clear and dropout free, even when it rains or is cloudy. The unit itself seems well made, the sound is clear and the menu is easy to navigate. Despite the signal info on DAB saying it's only 16%, the signal strength on the main screen shows as full, so I don't know if this a software fault? I use the radio for about an hour a day and after charging to full it seemed to last around 9 or 10 days before recharging, which only took a couple of hours to recharge to full. Overall it's well worth the money, despite the included headphones being flimsy.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Radio That doesn't Pick Up Radio 15 Aug 2012
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The View Quest Blighty Portable DAB Radio looks great and is competitively priced. But that is where the plaudits end. It struggled to find any DAB stations in the middle of Leeds. When it did find a couple the reception was at best patchy and the FM coverage wasn't any better. I tried it elsewhere with much the same result.

This is the first item I've returned to Amazon and I'm really disappointed that I've had to do so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent portable DAB radio 25 April 2013
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This is an excellent little DAB radio. I bought this so that I could listen to Radio 5 Live when walking the dog at the weekend. The sound quality is very good in my opinion and the unit is small enough to be genuinely portable. I never looked at the manual - it seemed totally intuitive. It took less than 2 minutes to set up. Make sure you wear the headphones (as they act as the aerial) when trying to tune the DAB channels for the first time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Richard
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When I first tried the DAB autotune it didn't pick up any DAB channels - a couple more attempts also didn't work.
I was planning to return it but tried once more as I was about to pack it away. It then picked up 32 channels, which seemed to be mostly local. The only BBC channel it picked up was a local radio station, and given that I bought this to get hold of Radio 6, it's a key disappointment.
Once you choose a channel, reception is very patchy and I've already flicked away from a couple of channels as the reception was just too poor.
I've just tried the FM scan for the purposes of this review and it picked up 1 channel in the whole FM range.
I wouldn't choose this if you have a viable alternative with good reviews.

Updated after I persisted:
A scan outdoors picked up 70+ channels, including radio 6. Much happier now. Very pleased with the sound quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Fine and Clear 6 Mar 2013
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Living in south london and working in central london, I've found this DAB pocket player perfect. I walk home listening to it and have not had any reception issues so far listening to it. The only time it went pear shaped reception wise was when I walked into a Sainsburys main supermarket. Other than that, it gets full 5 stars from me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Gave this 5 star because I cant find fault with it. It looks good and sounds good. I worried about the lack of a keylock button, but there was no need, it's never once changed... Read more
Published 5 months ago by jsully
4.0 out of 5 stars A DABS RADIO THAT WORKS!
Before buying this little radio mainly for sports etc ,I was and still am disappointed in DABS . We live in a poor reception area and normal portable desktop radios just do not... Read more
Published 6 months ago by alan p
5.0 out of 5 stars Porrtable DAB
Excellent product - superb battery life and functionality - if I had to have a moan it would be the headphones (always the low point for portable audio), but seeing as I don't use... Read more
Published 7 months ago by tron255
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted for walks with my dog... so far.
Solid construction. Very clear reception. So far it's just what I wanted, so hopefully it will have a longer life than other, more expensive, radios of this kind, which have all... Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reception and battery life. Good value
Used a lot on dog walks and walking to work. Mostly good reception, only drops out in reception black spots. Buttons a bit fiddly. Not struck on the Union Jack design. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr R J Onion
5.0 out of 5 stars Does everything I want
It's early days yet but so far I am very impressed.
The radio seems solidly built and though it has very little in the way of frills, it does everything I want. Read more
Published 8 months ago by kitsontribe
1.0 out of 5 stars Dead on arrival
Arrived faulty; returned for a refund.

My Blighty Portable DAB Radio wouldn't switch on right out of the packaging, or after charging for two hours. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark G
5.0 out of 5 stars to listen to
this is a great little device has i work with noisy machinery outside the sound on this is has clear has a bell
Published 8 months ago by geoffrey thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars Battery dies in less than a day in standby
As the title suggests, the unit I received had problems holding its charge, the battery died every day, whether used or not. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Graculus
4.0 out of 5 stars A listening pleasure
very good dab radio with great reception. Only drawback is not enough volume. I have a much cheaper clock/dab radio (mains only/mono sound) which gives out 50% more volume through... Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Ward
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