Love this radio & it was my go to portable but about 2 months ago I noticed reception was getting alittle snowy sounding and I could no longer take it with me as walking around the static was so bad that any transmissions were choppy.Listening to other radios and walking around my home before leaving the others were loud & clear,the 106 was choppy or just cut out completely.The most effected freq. were 154.130 & 159.660 Chgo fire & red center. I live in Chgo. & had no problem with these freq. but it just gets worse & worse.Sitting on my porch lately i've had the radio on a metal stand & it seemed to work almost perfectly but the second I pick it up it starts cutting out & very static.